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St Oswald’s Caritas Group, Longton, was formed in May 2017 with the aim of helping all Parishioners to feel ‘included’.
We began with a Lunch Club (inspired by Father Philip Inch, Parish Priest at the time). All parishioners, including those from our neighbouring parish of St Teresa’s and St Mary Magdalen’s Penwortham are invited. Hot pot and cheese and potato pie (provided by a caterer) are served together with tea and coffee and home-made cakes. There is no charge just a voluntary donation.
Over 35 parishioners regularly attend our monthly lunch. The Faith in Action students, Year 6, from St Oswald’s Primary School, eat their lunches sitting amongst the parishioners, then serve cakes and clear tables. Their interaction with the adults is a great success.
Our 1000th lunch serving last November was a wonderful achievement and the lucky diner was presented with a box of chocolates. We sincerely thank everyone for their support, particularly Father Michael Barrett, Parish Priest, and Father Roy Cooper (St Teresa’s and St Mary Magdelen’s). We also provide transport as required to the lunches and to Mass.
This year we have organised a family treasure hunt, a day of reflection, a visit to both Cathedrals in Liverpool, to the shrine at Ladyewell and to a local garden centre. On each occasion we filled a 59 seater coach.
The money we raise from bingo and parish collections is donated to provide for certain children in our school and to support our young people on the Lourdes Pilgrimage.