St John Bosco crosses the line first for livesimply award!

Rita with the livesimply plaque!

We are so very proud of St John Bosco’s parish in Woodley, Reading, and their livesimply group! They were the first parish in England and Wales to receive the livesimply award – which was presented by our Director Chris Bain during a special Creation Mass yesterday.

Fr Chris Whelan with our Director Chris Bain

Our volunteer Rita Belletty, together with the other members of the livesimply group and group chair Paul Draper, have been working tirelessly for over a year now to achieve this important milestone.

Rita said: “Being the first church to receive the livesimply award is like winning a gold medal! Our efforts started back in 2008 when we decided it was time to do something about the threat to our planet, not just personally but also to spread the message. We formed the Climate Change Action Group, which later became the livesimply Group, and our focus has been on raising awareness, worship and practical activities.”

Paul proudly showed us the solar panels that were installed on the church’s roof

As Chris Bain pointed out in his speech, we hope there will be many parishes following suit in St John Bosco’s footsteps – but “there’s only one gold metal”, and we know well how thoroughly deserved it is!

The Creation Mass also featured a special “Harvest Offering” and parishioners were invited to bring their home-grown produce, which was going to be taken to the Reading drop-in centre afterwards.

The Harvest offering

The Mass yesterday was special also because it was Fr Chris’ leaving Mass before he moves to his new parish (in Aldershot actually, where our office is) and it was followed by a BBQ party to thank him for his 7 years of faithful service spent at the parish.

It was such a lovely occasion and we are so pleased that St John Bosco was “No 1”, and they are now also featured on our main website!

We do hope, though, that more parishes will take the award on board – would you like to have a chat about it and what’s involved? Are you interested in getting a livesimply group going in your parish? We would love to hear from you, please contact us at portsmouth@cafod.org.uk or 01252 329385

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