Holy Apostles and Martyrs’ Parish in Wallasey has been granted the CAFOD LiveSimply Award in response to Pope Francis’ invitation in his encyclical Laudato Si’ to ‘work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us.’
The award can be earned by Catholic parishes, schools, religious orders and chaplaincies who can show how they have been living simply, in solidarity with people in poverty and sustainably with creation.
Parish organiser, Anne Litherland said, “The award celebrates what we have already done and inspires us to do more. It helps our community to live, not just more simply, but also more fully. We have been working towards this for over two years and have been involved in many different activities: a car idling campaign, growing vegetables in the church garden, recycling personal pledges to LiveSimply and much, much more.
“Late last year we informed CAFOD that we were ready to be assessed and recently two assessors visited our parish to meet us and view the evidence. They were delighted to talk with many parishioners and hear how they had been involved. We are only the second parish in the Shrewsbury Diocese to receive the award.
“Wirral Mayor, Cllr George Davis attended a celebration Mass on Sunday 20 February and while there, cut and shared a celebration cake. We have a plaque to display marking the award and will continue in our work to protect Our Common Home. We are working with Faiths4Change and the Cool Wirral partnership to reduce our individual Carbon footprints and will join in CAFOD’s Walk against Hunger during Lent.”
CAFOD assessor, Eileen Brennan, said of the portfolio, “It is a wonderful record of the Livesimply actions of the parish. You can all feel really proud.”
Anna Fraine, the CAFOD LiveSimply Coordinator said, “It is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates your commitment to living simply as a vital part of the everyday life of discipleship of your community.”