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St Wilfrid’s parish, Widnes, has recently received a prestigious LiveSimply award for their efforts to reduce their waste, improve the environment and support communities, both close to home and around the world.
Parishioners were joined by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, to celebrate receiving a LiveSimply award, an eco-award championed by charity Cafod, which was presented to the parish thanks to their collective effort to become more sustainable.
To gain the award, the parish completed many activities over a year, including partnering with the Medaille Trust and local foodbanks, organising fundraising ‘soup suppers’, and holding community events, like their recent ‘Creation Mass’ which celebrated the environment and called on the UK government to take urgent action to tackle climate change.
Pauline Rolt, a Cafod volunteer, said, ‘Here at the Parish of St Wilfrid, achieving the LiveSimply Award has been a great way to recognise how we can embrace new initiatives and deepen our understanding of what we do and why we do it. Perhaps most significantly of all, it has moved us to see the global, as well as local picture, as we reach out in solidarity, love and friendship.’
In deciding to work towards the award the school community, inspired by Pope Francis’ environmental letter, ‘Laudato Si’, has committed to live in solidarity with all people and sustainably with creation. The group are hoping that their example will inspire others to also take up a simpler way of living.
Archbishop Malcolm, said, ‘Congratulations to St Wilfrid’s on their LiveSimply Award. I hope it will continue to encourage us all in the on-going challenge to LiveSimply.’
Find out more about the LiveSimply award at cafod.org.uk/livesimply