Caring for our Common Home

Clean for the Queen April 2016Hello to everyone at The Sacred Heart and St Peter the Apostle parish in Waterlooville who showed they ‘cared for our common home’ last weekend and ‘cleaned for the Queen’ too at the same time!  Fantastic!

Patrick and Isobel Flynn, our volunteers at the parish told us:

“A group of 20 parishioners took part in a litter-pick in Jubilee Park on Saturday in support of Havant Council’s “Clean for the Queen” initiative and in response to Pope Francis call to ‘care for our common home’ in his recent encyclical ‘Laudato Si”

“Young and not-so-young enjoyed a walk from the church or a bike ride from home to gather at the park where we were issued with high-vis clothing, gloves and pickers (all provided by the council) and posed for the camera before embarking on the task of cleaning up the park.

“Havant Borough Council had provided a number of suggested destinations for a litter-pick and the Waterlooville recreation ground was selected because of its proximity to the church and because of the special association with the local community.

 

“Many members of the local community stopped to chat and to thank us for caring for their park. There was a request for further collaboration with another community group which also cares for ‘our common home’.

 

“At first sight, we wondered if there was any rubbish to be picked – the park looked lovely! However, once we set off with eyes peeled and pickers at the ready, we found plenty of pieces to pick from edges, hedges and in the bushes.  Our dedicated teams of pickers enjoyed an hour or two in the fresh air and accumulated over 20 bags of assorted litter!

“All the adults present agreed that it was wonderful to see so many young people join in and get involved with looking after the environment”.

Find out more about Laudato Si’ and the Pope’s call to care for our common home.

Watch our short film below.

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