Parishioners of Corpus Christi Church in Oxford and Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Wheatley are doing their best to make a reality of Pope Francis’s call in Laudato ‘Si to live more simply and to care for the planet. Parish volunteer John Guy explains :
Inspired by sermons from Parish Priest Canon Mervyn Tower, our understanding of the scriptural imperative to care for God’s creation has led us to work towards the CAFOD Live Simply Award.
A journey in solidarity
Over the past 18 months, the Parish has been developing concrete ways of putting their faith into action to engage the whole parish.
Early on, over 100 parishioners gathered for a pilgrimage to join in CAFOD’s Share the Journey project, to express solidarity with migrants on the move across the world.
Caring for our common home
More recently, the parish has turned its attention to recycling, alerted by worries expressed by scientists that valuable precious metals are being used up too rapidly in electronic devices.
Parishioners gathered items with hidden value found in every household such as old mobile phones, cameras, and sat navs which contain precious metals like gold, silver, copper, platinum and palladium.
Parishioner Fortunata Oates explained: “We discovered that mining these metals from ore is difficult – it takes a tonne of ore to get 1g of gold but we can recover it from existing mobile phones and other electronic equipment.”
The churches are also collecting other items usually left in drawers and cupboards like jewellery and watches, foreign currency, and used postage stamps for recycling.
Claire Harvey, a parishioner at Corpus Christi, said: “I was astonished to find that I had three old mobile phones in the drawer at home which I had collected over the last 10 years – alongside three cameras, a tablet and a broken Kindle!”
Sackfuls of precious trash have now been sent to Recycling for Good Causes, a company which gives money back to the Parish which they have chosen to donate to CAFOD.
A big thank you to the parish of Corpus Christi and Our Lady of Lourdes for all you are doing to care for our Common Home. You are a wonderful example!