live simply

LAUDATO SI'?

Laudato Si’ is an encyclical (a letter) written by Pope
Francis in June 2015 and addressed not only to all
Catholics, but to everyone in the world. Laudato Si’ – On
the Care of our Common Home, is a real challenge to us
all. Pope Francis teaches us that a right relationship with
the Earth and the whole of creation is as much part of
the Church’s moral teaching as a right relationship with
God and our neighbour. Laudato Si’ urges us to change
our lifestyle, to treat nature with respect, to be deeply
aware of the interconnectedness of all God’s creation
and to live simply and without wastefulness.

Children's Laudato Si'

 

Pope Francis has written a letter addressed to every person on the planet, asking us all to protect the earth. Will you play your part to protect our common home? 

There are resources to use like a song with lyrics, a poster and a colouring in sheet. 

See the animation and all the resources by clicking the more info button.

 

CAFOD LiveSimply Award

As a parish, we are responding to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si’ to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”, by working towards achieving the livesimply award.

The award is given to communities who can show how they have been living:

  • simply
  • in solidarity with people in poverty
  • sustainably with creation.

Join the LiveSimply Team

Join the team

 

We’d love you to join our Live Simply team. Please email livesimply@olchurch.org.uk with Live Simply in the subject line and we will be in touch.

 

 

Small simple ideas

We started by sharing our ideas about what it meant to live simply.

Live Simply Advent Calendar

The Live Simply team have created this wonderful online Advent Calendar for all ages. Hopefully it will help us all to live more simply and sustainably as we journey through Advent this year. Just click on the link below.

https://calendar.myadvent.net/?id=e7054f10232861034b118e517043654b

Living Simply - What to Watch

Now that we’re hibernating due to the decreasing temperatures and the COVID restrictions, the Live Simply team have compiled a list of resources to help us all understand the current climate crisis and how we can live greener, simpler lives. Click the image above, which will take you to the list. They’re suitable for all the family. We hope you enjoy watching them. 

Plant a Tree

We would like to encourage you to plant a tree. As well as fighting climate change, trees are essential for wildlife providing food and shelter. Why not plant a tree in celebration of an event? A baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, anniversary…? We’d love to put a photo of your new tree on our parish website so please send a photo to livesimply@olchurch.org.uk The Woodland Trust gives lots of tree planting advice: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/why-plant-trees/

Trees planted by parishioners so far…

Juniper

Acer

Cherry

Buddleia

Plum

Green Energy Survey

Thank you to all the families who have responded to the green energy survey. It’s wonderful that many families are already on a green tariff and that so many are happy to investigate changing to more sustainable energy. The results of the survey are in the images below (click to enlarge). 

Speak Out

Please sign CAFOD’s petition to urge the Prime Minister to work with other world leaders during the coronavirus pandemic to support developing countries, where poverty is widespread and healthcare systems fragile, through cancelling debt payments due in 2020 and 2021 so that countries can spend money on much needed healthcare and through putting plans in place to rebuild a fairer, more just society after the crisis and to restore our common home for future generations