Livesimply Award plaque presented to New Barnet Parish!

Well done to the Catholic Church of Mary Immaculate and St Peter’s in New Barnet!

Stephen Shiela and Fr James and Tony Sheen

Stephen Shiela and Fr James and Tony Sheen

“Congratulations to all of you for your commitment to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor” said Tony Sheen of CAFOD Westminster as he presented a Livesimply Award plaque to the Catholic Church of Mary Immaculate and St Peter’s in New Barnet, Westminster Diocese. The parish in North London is run by the Spiritans. He told more than 150 parishioners, holding a special celebration for Pentecost Sunday in the parish hall, that the plaques are made from recycled church pews. Their parish plaque will now be put on public display. Continue reading

New Barnet parish to become 36th to receive Livesimply award!

By: Ellen Teague, of Columban JPIC

The Catholic church of Mary Immaculate and St Peter’s in New Barnet, Westminster Diocese, is to become the 36th parish in the country and the fifth in Westminster Diocese to receive the Livesimply award.

Peace Garden Live Simply Fr with Stephen and Sheila

Peace Garden Live Simply, Father James with Stephen and Sheila

Barbara Kentish of Westminster J&P and Ellen Teague of Columban JPIC assessed the North London parish for the award on 16 March. The parish lead contacts were Stephen Hill and Sheila Gallagher, and parish priest Fr James Fasakin joined them in showing
the assessors around the Spiritan parish with a congregation of around 300.

The New Barnet parish explained their Livesimply work over the past four years, starting with securing Livesimply pledges from more than 80 parishioners in 2014 and keeping in regular contact with them by text messaging and e-mail. They have been active in CAFOD campaigns, collecting goods for refugees in Calais, and a ‘friendship’ project which reaches out to vulnerable and housebound people. Continue reading

There is still time to organise Power to Be Campaign in your Parish!

Fr Chinedu signing a Power to Be campaign card

Fr Chinedu signing a Power to Be campaign card

Approaching the end of the Church’s year with the precious space in the parish newsletter long since committed to notices about schools admissions, special Advent services and carol concerts, it was rather a tardy, hurried and speculative notion to have CAFOD’s Power to be card signing in my Parish last weekend. The issues were complex. The goal of the exercise was clear enough: it was aimed at helping poor people to gain access to electricity, but it involved asking the World Bank, which was already doing this, to change its policy so that the overwhelmingly carbon dependent projects were replaced by power production through solar and other renewable schemes. And we also had to announce that we were handing out CAFOD World gift catalogues that weekend too!  Would that be too much even for our CAFOD- friendly priests to announce in the notices? Would it be lost on the people? Continue reading