We are a Live Simply Parish!
"We are called to be instruments of God our Father, so that our planet might be what he desired when he created it and correspond with his plan for peace, beauty and fulness' (Pope Francis LS 53)
We officially received our Live Simply award from CAFOD in March 2021 having set out on this journey in the summer of 2019.
The Live Simply movement grew out of Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudate Si’ ‘On care for our common home’ which reminds us that Creation is an expression of God’s love and encourages us to recognise that all our actions, however small, have an impact on each other and on our environment. Our ‘ecological conversion’ leads us to a new lifestyle of living simply, sustainably, and in solidarity with those in poverty.
We respond to the 'cry of the earth and the cry of the poor' through raising awareness of environmental concerns such as the climate crisis; fund-raising for CAFOD to draw attention to their campaigns to help the vulnerable and needy; supporting local needs in the community such as the foodbank, the homeless and local prisoners; and organising events which bring our parish community together such as an annual ‘plant giveaway’ and a special Mass during the Season of Creation.
Our group meets every month, and we welcome new members; please get in touch if you would like to join us by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org Please also subscribe to our monthly email newsletter so that you can receive ideas to inspire your Live Simply journey.
“The ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion…Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience". (Pope Francis LS 217)