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CAFOD tell us here about the LiveSimply scheme - Inspired by the Pope's encyclical.

Want to put your faith into action? We've got just the thing for you. Our parish LiveSimply award enables you to strengthen the bonds of community, nourish your spiritual life and care for God's gift of creation.

To win the award, a parish must display nine ways in which it is putting into practice the three principles of livesimply: living in solidarity with people in poverty; living simply; and living sustainably with creation. Receipt of the award is national recognition to Catholic parishes that they are making a difference to their community – and the world

St Mary's Parish Live Simply Project

We have set up a small group to look at how we can best respond to Pope Francis' invitation to live simply so that others may simply live. This group has meet a few times and helped us to begin exploring these important issues and looking how we as a parish and as individuals are and can respond to this challenge today.

In April 2016 we launched our CAFOD Live Simply project. We had a parish Audit, you can see the result of this here, CAFOD Live Simply Parish Audit

Following this we have now drawn up our Parish Live Simply Action Plan which was approved by our Parish Pastoral Council at our Annual General Meeting in September and by our Parish Finance Committee. This has now been sent to CAFOD and they will send us a certificate to let everyone know we are have started. Click here for a copy of our action plan St Mary's Parish Live Simply Action Plan

One of our main actions is to share our own live simply challenges. In both churches, you will find our live simply pledge boards, simply fill in one of the postit notes and place it on the board sharing how you will try and live more simply this coming year – there is no need to say who you are or to give any contact details unless you wish to

Post your pledge here by email and it will be added to the board LIve SImply Pledge

Look out for more live simply ideas and things we can do together as a parish family in the coming weeks and months

How about joining freecycle - a great way of handing on those unwanted items and finding things you need for free visit the Ipswich page FreeCycle

For Christmas 2016 we did not have the usual Christmas Trees in our churches as we made a donation of £126 (the cost the Christmas trees for St Mary's and Holy Family & St Michael's) to the Woodland trust who will be able to plant 42 trees in the coming year - for more information please visit Woodland Trust

In the Spring a country walk will be organised in the parish, ending with afternoon tea

If you wish to be involved in our Live Simply project please speak to Fr John or email Fr John any ideas or questions you have.

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Look out for more live simply ideas and things we can do together as a parish family in the coming weeks and months

How about joining freecycle - a great way of handing on those unwanted items and finding things you need for free visit the Ipswich page FreeCycle