Message from Pope Francis for the Care of Creation
Fr Michael spoke to us to about Pope Francis’ message to feel challenged to assume, with prayer and commitment, our responsibility for the care of creation. Also for God to grant us the courage to do good without waiting for someone else to begin, or until it is too late. A summary of Pope Francis’ appeal can be found here and the encyclical Laudato Si’ here.
Diocesan Justice & Peace Commission newsletter
Welcome to our October newsletter which contains updates about:
- * A report from the NJPN conference about involving people from younger generations in the Church.
*A roundup of Live Simply News from 3 parishes across the Diocese.
*Report on a second winner of a Million Minutes award from our Diocese.
* An update from one parish about the impact of doing the Family Poverty workshops.
* Why we are having a second Day of reflection about Creation – and there is still time to sign up for it!
* Details of our Spring 2020 Day of Reflection – which will be led by John Bell of the Iona Community.
* A reprint of the article that appeared recently in the NJPN column of the Universe about SPARK Social Justice, our project for people aged 16-30.
Kim’s poem for corporal David O’Connor
Kim wrote this poem just after David’s funeral. He was Kim’s brother’s eldest son. He was a corporal in the Royal Marines. He was killed while on active service in Afghanistan on 24 October 2012. He was 27 years old.
CAFOD – El Salvador and Columbia
Our parish has supported CAFOD’s work with the Puentecitos community in El Salvador for the last 4 years. We raised £491 from book sales in the church foyer and £2,511 from our parish team running the 2015 Great North Run. Read here about the amazing projects that have been completed, helping to improve people’s income and food production in this very poor region of the country. From January 2019 our parish has been supporting people in Magdalena Medio, Columbia through CAFOD’s HandsOn programme.
Dates for future parish meetings are below, all start at 7:30pm
2019 Thursday 17 October
2020 Thursday 30 January, 21 May
Minutes from the October 2018 meeting can be found here.
Knights of St Columba
You can find out more about the work and the history of the Knights of St Columba (KSC) here. An application form to join our parish KSC can be downloaded here.