St Joseph's Action on Climate and the Environment

MAIN ACTION

To introduce the LiveSimply ethos and to advance the LiveSimply process as a continuing ‘Lifestyle Choice’ across our parish community in response to Pope Francis’ ‘Laudato Si’

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St Joseph's Bee Team

Our bees have settled into their new hive and have been busy making honey to feed them through the winter - click here to see photos/videos of our progress.

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We are delighted to announce that following our successful Assessment via Zoom on

Friday 11th June 2021 our parish is now a LiveSimply Community

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We have achieved the Bronze level Eco Church award

 

The EcoChurch award required us to look at the whole church site in terms of environmental friendliness and efficiency

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Fr. Tony and the Parish Team had already been addressing care for the environment by having bird feeders, a bat box, wilder areas of garden, recycling provision in the hall and office, collection of crisp packets for recycling and a bike rack

Two apple trees have been planted in the Church garden

Bee friendly plants have been planted in the presbytery garden

A compost bin is being made

We provide opportunities for Worship and Prayer with an awareness of Living Simply and of Justice and Peace

Small groups meet for:

  • Lectio Divina

  • Mary CAFÉ

  • Women Pausing for Prayer

  • Red Wednesday vigil for Persecuted Christians

Virtual meetings have been organised to enable some of these groups to still meet during the pandemic

Education focusing on Catholic social teaching

Fr Tony delivered a series of talks

A diocesan rep delivered training for Welcome Missionary

We have involved St Joseph’s Primary School

 

Their Eco Group created a banner (using recycled materials), for our St Joseph’s Action on Climate and Environment (SJACE) Board, displaying our LiveSimply and Ecological conversion information

Living in Solidarity with the Poor

As a parish we have organised or been involved with;

  • The Columbian Missionary appeal

  • Interdenominational outreach with Soul Connect Youth Work and Street Pastors

  • A Shared International Lunch

  • Parish Pilgrimages to Rome and Assisi

  • Issuing APF boxes to parishioners with over £1,000 collected per year

  • BESOM, a charity which provides unwanted, useable domestic goods to those in need

  • A collection box in church for the local Foodbank

Youth Involvement

Some of our youth prepared a video on Living Simply in our parish

We organise special opportunities for the isolated, elderly and sick in our communities;

Mass and Meet which meets the first Friday of the month in the Parish Rooms after 12.00 noon Mass for a home cooked meal for those isolated or needing some company during the day.  Everyone is welcome!  The next Mass and Meet will be on Friday 5th November 2021 and the Christmas Meal will be on Friday 10th December 2021 - please note that you must book for the Christmas Meal - Ricki Hughes 07769 824833.

Annual Mass for the sick and housebound followed by sit down refreshments in the hall will be held on Saturday 12th February 2022 at 2.00 pm.  Please contact either Julie, Ricki or the Parish Office if you require a lift.

Those who are unable to come to Mass are visited by parishioners many of whom also take them communion. 

We also have a team of volunteers willing to give lifts for medical appointments.

If you would like some extra support or you are aware of someone else who would, please contact Julie Briscoe (Julie@briscoefamily.co.uk) or Ricki Hughes (07769 824833) who co-ordinate our Parish Outreach Group

Parliament in your Parish

CAFOD are inviting Catholics to organise a virtual meeting with their local MP, to discuss how to rebuild from the pandemic in a way that tackles the major global issues of our time, including climate change and unjust foreign debts

 Julie McCullogh organised a virtual meeting with our local MP, Sir Paul Beresford and representatives from our local churches to discuss these issues

https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Campaign-with-us/Parliament-in-your-parish

CAFOD Walk for Water

 

From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday we held a competition to see which team could raise the most money and/ or walk the furthest

 

The two teams involving 20 parishioners raised £2,200 for CAFOD

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St Joseph’s Bee Team

We have set up a Bee Team who have been busy learning about Bee Keeping

We have been fortunate to have bee hives and other  items donated to us and have also received financial donations

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What next?

We plan to:

  •  research our carbon footprints

  • apply for our silver award from Eco Church

  • keep the Parish informed about Cafod and climate and environmental matters through the newsletter and from the pulpit until the pandemic has finished

  • Organise a “sustainable wardrobe management” event with an expert speaker, garment exchange and alterations & maintenance demo and workshop

Parish Family Groups

Our Parish Family Group get togethers are informal and range in numbers, from a couple of families to whole groups

Activities have included;

 

  • Walks in the local woods and on the hills

  • Afternoon tea and games, casual lunches and social evenings in the Parish Hall

  • Group Mass with Fr Tony

  • Litter Picking sessions*

  • Entertaining each other in our homes

 

If you would like to join a group or would like more information, please contact Julie or Denzyl at: pfg.dorking@gmail.com

 

*If you would like to organise your own Litter Picking Party, the parish have a number of ‘litter pickers’ on long term loan from the council which you may borrow