St John Vianney parish are the first in the diocese to receive the Livesimply Award!

Congratulations to Fr Joe Ryan, John Mooney, Mariantha Fomenky and all at St John Vianney church, Tottenham, on becoming the first parish in the Westminster diocese to receive the Livesimply Award!

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The award, which is jointly organised by CAFOD, was presented to the parish’s Livesimply group after 11 o’clock mass on Sunday, 22 September. The plaque, itself made from a recycled church bench, recognises the efforts of the parish to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor.

The parish began working towards the award in July 2011. Since then, many enthusiastic parishioners have taken it upon themselves to live more sustainably, reduce their energy use, and walk to church. They have also made efforts to support local charity shops, reuse leftovers and even grow their own fruit and vegetables in their gardens. The parish has also been very supportive of CAFOD’s work overseas, getting involved in campaigns such as Hungry for Change.

The parish has taken practical action to reach out to those affected by poverty in closer to home by supporting a homeless project in Central London and the Catholic Worker House in North London, which serves homeless refugees. In the aftermath of the 2012 Tottenham riots, the Livesimply group worked with North London Citizens to affirm and support the whole community in the area.

Parish Priest Father Joe Ryan said: “[It is] a great honour to receive the Award. This is only the beginning of an ongoing programme to reduce the parish carbon footprint and develop our mission to serve people in need and protect God’s creation”.

Thanks again to Father Joe Ryan, group leaders John Mooney and Mariantha Fomenky, and all at St John Vianney who helped achieve the first Livesimply award in the diocese!

Working towards a Livesimply award is a fantastic way to bring your parish together to make a real difference, both in your local community and to those in need around the world. If you would like to find out more about what it takes to become a Livesimply parish and how to get your parish involved, visit www.cafod.org.uk/livesimply.

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