We were delighted to hear an update from Ash on their work towards becoming a livesimply parish. Mike Harte, CAFOD Volunteer, said:
‘Our CAFOD team held a combined Live Simply Pledge and Power to Be talk at each weekend Mass recently. Three of our team (there are six of us in total) gave the talk
‘As a result, we received 24 signed Live Simply pledges and 39 completed Power To Be cards, which we presented during the Mass Offertory collections on the subsequent weekend’s Masses. These will be forwarded to CAFOD as part of our Live Simply plan.’
Two of the Ash team encouraging their fellow parishioners to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor
The livesimply plan can be seen below:
Live Simply Plan
- Parish families’ nature walk (8th Oct)…..newsletter/notices 24 Sept, 1 Oct
- Live Simply banner (recycled materials)….by 1st Oct (Offertory), notices/newsletter 24th ff.
- Weekly Live Simply Tip in parish newsletter
Live Sustainably with Creation
- Supply flower bulbs to create an outdoor reflection area…..by 1st Oct (Offertory);
- CAFOD Power to Be card signing at Masses 16/17 Sept.
- Appoint ‘monitor persons’ for energy saving
Live in Solidarity with People who are Poor
- Weekly food bank collection.
- Fairtrade stall.
- Fairtrade ‘kitchen’
The Livesimply Pledge, designed by the group for the subsequent week was:
I pledge myself to live simply by participating in the parish launch week activities:
Sat/Sunday – short talk and sign Power to Be card
Monday – ensure to turn off lights and TV etc ‘standby’
Tuesday – turn off all laptops, I-phones, etc one hour earlier than normal
Wednesday – cook left-over foods
Thursday – sort out recyclable materials for parish banner
Friday – spend 15-30 minutes in quietness, maybe outside
Sat/Sunday – replace a weekly shopping item with one from our Fairtrade stall
The days could be rearranged to suit the signatories.
CAFOD and Oxfam campaigners campaigning about Sainsbury’s ‘Fairly Traded’ Tea
In addition to this the group wrote to four local Sainsbury’s store managers regarding Sainsbury’s new policy of restricting the local farmers control over the financial premium they receive on the sale of all ‘Fairly Traded’ goods.
Mike said ‘While Sainsbury claim to be very supportive of small, poor farming communities, three respondents have promised to pass on our concern about the wording “Fairly Traded” on their products, to the team that deals with this policy.’
Our thanks go to Mike, the CAFOD group and the parish for making great progress on the livesimply award and for raising a voice about Fairtrade.