Congratulations to the parishioners of Holy Apostles Pimlico who have succeeded in becoming the fourth livesimply parish in the Westminster diocese!
The award was attained earlier this year, and on 20 September, Baroness Shirley Williams presented the livesimply plaque to the parish priest Canon Pat Browne, Judy Masters and Ignacio Abarra after the 10:30 mass. The plaque, made from recycled church pews, recognises the parish’s efforts to put livesimply’s three key principles into practice. These principles are:
- To live simply
- To live sustainably with creation
- To live in solidarity with those living in poverty
Parishioners of Holy Apostles are very active in their work in the community and they found that they were already close to qualifying for the award. Geared towards social justice and action, Holy Apostles parish is involved with London Citizens, lending support to initiatives such as City-Wide Safe Havens and the London Living Wage. The parish also supports CAFOD’s work overseas.
To live sustainably, the parish has moved forward on recycling in a big way, installing recycling bins throughout the premises. A dozen children in the parish have been given recycling T-shirts, and they have the important job of policing the bins, making sure that recyclable material goes in the right place!
By becoming a Fairtrade parish, parishioners have shown solidarity with the poor. Last April, Holy Apostles hosted a diocesan-wide Fairtrade celebration, with guest speakers from the Fairtrade Foundation, CAFOD and Divine Chocolate.
The livesimply assessors stated that the parish has gone above and beyond expectations. Well done!
Judy Masters, Pastoral Coordinator at Holy Apostles, has some advice on the first steps to take to become a livesimply parish: “Change all of the lightbulbs- they should all be energy-saving. Switch over to Fairtrade. We left notes on non-Fairtrade items in the cupboards and also profiled Fairtrade goods in the parish newsletter.”