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St Bonaventure’s parish aims to live simply

Parish in Bishopston, Bristol, is working to achieve a Livesimply award

By on Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton with parishioners from St Bonaventure’s parish, in Bishopston, Bristol

Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton with parishioners from St Bonaventure’s parish, in Bishopston, Bristol

St Bonaventure’s parish in Bishopston, Bristol, is working to achieve a Livesimply parish award. The new award scheme was launched at Clifton Cathedral on Friday May 20 by Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton, who chairs the international department of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

He said: “We want to be known as people of God who care for God’s Creation and the new award helps parishes to do practical things, making a difference to help treasure our world.”

Hilary Farey of St Bonaventure’s spoke of Livesimply initiatives in her parish over the past six months to care for the environment and the victims of environmental problems, such as climate change. There have been parish lunches, children’s liturgies on the “live simply” theme and a regular Livesimply “Thought for the Week” in the parish newsletter. The parish’s carbon footprint has been worked out and on-going projects to reduce it include improved insulation in the presbytery and the possibility of solar panels on the church roof. Parish recycling days and “bring and buy” events on different themes have ensured the re-use of unwanted items and raised money for Cafod projects.

Mrs Farey said: “We are delighted to be a pilot parish for the Livesimply parish award and living simply is not just about consuming less, but is a whole attitude to the way we live our lives.”