St Clements Parish Church became the third Parish in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton to receive the live simply award on the 6 April 2019.
The parish started to work towards achieving the award in 2017. They were inspired by reflecting on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si. They contemplated how they could best respond to the Pope’s prophetic words.
They decided that they wanted to do something practical and the Live Simply Steering Group was born.
Jonathan Inns, coordinator of the group, explained that working towards the award has brought the whole parish together. Both young and old have taken part and all of the Parish has been able to share in the achievement of receiving the award.
The process has raised awareness of green issues and highlighted the benefit of living simply so that others can simply live.
has established a vegetable garden, implemented a recycling scheme and developed
a tree planting scheme for newly baptized children.
Jonathan would encourage other parishes to get involved . He explained that it has been a very rewarding faith, affirming process.
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The Campaigns Team and CAFOD Arundel and Brighton would like to extend their congratulations to Fr Graham, Jonathan Inns, The Live Simply Steering Group and all the Parishioners at St Clements, Ewell on their outstanding achievement in gaining this award. We hope that this will inspire other parishes to follow suit.
Campaigning can seem challenging, it can feel like nothing is making any difference and that no one is listening. We often feel powerless when it comes to influencing decisions at top level. But we can make a difference, if we all take small actions to make our voices heard together we can be powerful! Campaigning is often rooted in feelings of powerlessness and struggle, it’s important that we use these feelings and turn them into useful tools for positive action, a desire to make the voices of the world’s poorest heard. As Oscar Romero said, ‘Be God’s microphone on earth’. One way in which we can do this is by speaking with our MPs, they are our link to Parliament!
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Last Saturday around 160 people from the Diocese attended the Justice and Peace Assembly at the St Philip Howard Centre (DABCEC) on the theme of “Human Trafficking: Slavery on our Doorstep.”
A very interesting talk was given by Richard Lancashire from Sussex Police about ‘What is Modern day Slavery which is often hidden from plain view. It could be happening to people working as car washers, in care homes, cleaning hospitals etc. He emphasised that although some of them may think they were better off in this country, it was unacceptable practice to exploit them for miserable wages. People were encouraged to contact the Police and the Modern Slavery Helpline – if they suspected exploitation.
Mick Duthie, Deputy Director of Santa Marta Group spoke about ‘The Church and Law Enforcement Combating Modern Slavery’ and the great work being done by the Catholic religious sisters in tackling the issue to overcome modern day slavery in conjunction with the police. Pope Francis instigated the Santa Marta Group to bring the Church and law enforcement agencies together.
Sr. Pat Mulhall (Brigidine) who works at Bakhita House in London spoke movingly about the work of supporting women victims who have been trafficked. Deacon Roger Stone who was the Apostleship of the Sea Port Chaplain for Southampton highlighted the challenging problems of helping victims of human trafficking but of the necessity for the Church to play a key role in supporting them.
John Paul de Quay (Ecological Conversion Group/Social Action Commission) ran some thought provoking workshops challenging us to look at every aspect of our lives and how it effects others and the earth. Although the problems that the world faces may seem insurmountable and our efforts insignificant; every little bit helps – he reminded as to do all things well – even recycling!
There were many stalls representing a wide variety of charities and it was clear to see how each one is meeting a need in our society today. Furthermore, there was a fairtrade stall with a huge array of fairtrade goods to buy. I enjoyed chatting to people about CAFOD and was very impressed to see so many of our CAFOD parish volunteers at ‘The Assembly.’
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