Why the Live Simply Award?

The Live Simply Award has been developed by CAFOD in response to Pope Francis' 2015 Encyclical letter Laudato Si - on Care for Our Common Home.

The title comes from St. Francis of Assisi and means Praise be to You. The letter was addressed not only to Catholics - or other Christians or people of other faiths - but to everyone. Its theme is the danger to our Common Home of climate change and how the way we live contributes to it.

Pope Francis looks at many aspects of modern life, and brings out their impact on the planet and especially on the poor, who suffer most from the effects of climate change. It is an urgent call to us to examine how we live and use all the gifts God has given us in our beautiful planet. It is easy to read but very challenging!

If you would like to know more about Laudato Si:

You can read the encyclical here
You can see a series of short videos (about 15 minutes each) by Fr Dan Horan OFM Conv. explaining Laudato Si here

What does the Live Simply Award Involve?

There are three themes to the award - living Simply, Sustainably and in Solidarity with the Poor. To gain the award church or school communities - or both - need to undertake one large action - something that is a big change or involves a lot of people - and two small actions in each category. Most parishes take about a year to get there.

At the end CAFOD will give the parish a plaque to put up, but the best result will bringing us closer together.

You can watch a 3 minute video about the Live Simply award and the effect it has had in parishes here

The actions can involve things that are already happening - but we need to do more too. We have decided to try to get the award. Fr. Godric, Fr. Boniface and the Pastoral Council are keen that we go ahead. We have lift off!

A good start will be to find out what is already happening in the parish - lots of good things - and we are keen to have thoughts from everyone about what they are already doing and ideas for new things. Look out for the Live Simply Ideas box in the church porch at St Anne's - just write down your idea and put it in. The box will be emptied regularly.

Did you know that already:

. Some greenery and flowers have been planted in our grounds for use by the Church flower arrangers?
. Action has been taken to recycle more materials after parish events?
. There has been a reduction in some of the paperwork produced by the parish?
. Some of the light bulbs in the Church are now energy saving LED lights?
. Funds from coffee after Sunday Masses go to Marian Care?
. We support the food bank?
. The prayer group have done the Lampedusa Cross liturgy?

Everyone is welcome at all events - and so are all your ideas for ways we can

Live Simply, Sustainably and in Solidarity with the Poor

If you'd like to know more about the award go to the CAFOD website

Grow a Garden

The Scouts have begun to turn a plot of derelict land at the side of the Parish Centre into a garden. The plot is all enclosed -a walled garden that can be seen from the windows of the lounge - and full of sun. Click here for further information.

Simple Vegetarian Recipes:

Parishioners have been asked in the parish bulletin for some simple vegetarian recipes and so far we have the following. We are looking forward to receiving some more.

Aubergine Cannelloni
Tuna Rice Cakes
Vegetable Bake