St Joseph's Action on Climate and the Environment

Livesimply

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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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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’

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

Education focusing on Catholic social teaching

Fr Tony delivered a series of talks

A diocesan rep delivered training for Welcome Missionary

St Joseph's Preloved

St. Joseph’s Preloved “Caring for our school and our world” is a private Facebook page where parents and parishioners will be able to post donated items on Facebook so other members can acquire them while creating extra funds for our school and avoiding reusable things going to the landfill.

 

 

THANK YOU! To everyone who participated in one way or another, school parents as well as parishioners. We raised over £120 in these two weeks. Fortunately, the donations have gone even further. In the last weekend of the scheme, we were able to help The Sunnybank Trust with several items for their fundraising stall at Westfest, they support adults with learning disabilities. A few other items went to Brockham Green Nursery and some others were delivered to the Stripey Stork this week, they help local families experiencing hardship. We appreciate ALL the support and the opportunity to help our school by creating additional funds as well as benefiting other families. Thanks so much, have a great summer!

Kathia Thornton

link to Preloved page and further details.

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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

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

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 monthly in the Parish Rooms after Mass for a home cooked meal for those isolated or needing some company during the day

Annual Mass for the sick and housebound followed by sit down refreshments in the hall

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

As these activities have ceased due to the pandemic, a Virtual Coffee Morning has been organised to offer an opportunity to chat with others.

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

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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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

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

Please contact Julie McCullogh, juliemg.mcculloch@gmail.com if you are interested in helping us to organise a virtual meeting with our local MP, Sir Paul Beresford, to discuss these issues

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

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

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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