Laudato Si
The ecological crisis, Pope Francis writes
, is a summons to profound interior conversion, to renew our relationships with God, one another, and the created world.

Ray Woods, who is well known in our parish with his wife Lucy, attended a recent weekend conference to see if there are ideas we can use here at Holy Family.

We have seen some great changes over the last months in our great parish. Just look at the Car Park, and the clearing and bulb planting, grass sowing, and the feeling of well being just looking at it, and imagining what it will look like in the springtime, with flowers and insects and bees and birds.

Between the 22nd to 25th January, Sr Margaret Atkins from Boarbank Hall Augustinian Convent, held a ZOOM conference to try and see what we can all do to encourage sustainable living, with less waste, packaging and plastic; nurturing a real feel for the environment and the birds and wildlife with which we share that space.

Since then she has hosted 2 more conferences, with average attendance of 40 people per conference. We could be part of this crucial movement.

We all have to start somewhere and she brought together people with real experience of small beginnings and simplicity, who are bursting to share their experience with others of similar minds. There is no 'one size fits all' solution, we have to decide what we want to do, how to do it, and then give it our best shot.

Ray very kindly agreed to attend on our behalf, and now we are trying to see what interest we can drum up from all of our parishioners. Here we have his brief account:

"Last weekend I joined in a virtual retreat, led by Sister Margaret of Boarbank hall. It was entitled Laudato Si, Your Parish and your Planet. It was based on the Popes Encyclical letter of 2015, Laudato Si. It was aimed at people of a like mind that want to help make a difference in helping us look after this special Earth that the good Lord has put us on, to care for each other and the earth. Thinking especially of using its resources in a more thoughtful way and reducing pollution. It was attended by people from all over the UK and one lady from India. There were talks, followed by discussion on many topics, including local community allotments also with schools, sustainable living, recycling, energy saving and insulation, at home, in Church as well as in the community. Some Parishes have already got projects under way, others are in the planning stage, some are just thinking about it. It was very interesting and enlightening.
We know that due to restrictions due to Coronavirus some things will not be able to be put into practice until these are lifted, but plans can be put into place, others we can do ourselves, replacing traditional bulbs with efficient LED lights, where possible, buying local in season food, and a host of other things.
Please contact the Parish office, if you feel drawn to finding out more. We have to join together on this, for the sake of the future generations."

Let's try and make a difference together!...

The alternative is to do nothing, but is that an alternative? And where's the fun in that? 

So I'm asking if anyone out there in Holy Family parish would like to join in with this idea of sharing ideas of how we can live more simply with less waste. 

If you want to be part of this initiative, we will assist with getting you connected. Just let the Parish Office know.

Sr Margaret will be conducting another weekend about this in September with ZOOM sessions, and we would love you to be a part of this.

CLICK HERE for the article on the Boarbank Hall website, and Sr Margaret would be delighted if you This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

We look forward to hearing from you...

A few ideas from that conference are: an allotment growing vegetables, a committment to use less plastic bags and packaging, when shopping, to cut down on energy usage, car use etc and to try and use renewable resources where possible. Considered and minimal use of chemicals in gardens and the house, repair not renew. I'm sure you get the idea. All these individual actions add up to making a difference. Getting started is the hard bit...

Perhaps we need young people here to show us the way?

If there is any interest in this please contact us.

Thanks as always