The Parish Laudato Si’ group seeks to energise parishioners to embrace the messages
of Laudato Si’ and to achieve its objectives in the way we live and influence social and political views. The group is open to all parishioners and has a plan for this critical year with the G7 conference in Cornwall in June and the international COP26 environmental conference in Glasgow in November. You can get more information updates from the Winchester Laudato Si’ Facebook Group.
If you would like to get more involved and share your ideas with other like-minded parishioners then you can join our WhatsApp group by emailing… firstname.lastname@example.org providing your mobile number.
Our Vision: We will be a parish community where everyone is engaged in caring for our Common Home. Our dedication at home and globally, will at all times be recognised, valued and shared through prayer, and in how we act and live our lives in service and thanksgiving to our God. We will always be full of hope, joy and love for our Neighbour and our Planet.
Our Purpose: The Laudato Si’ parish group will seek to energise parishioners to embrace the messages of Laudato Si’ and to achieve its objectives in the way we live
and influence social and political views.
Our Structure: The group is open to all parishioners that initially is a circle of like-minded people being coordinated by Mike Slinn and supported by Beth Taylor.
Over time it will develop a more formal structure.
Our Plan: The immediate tasks are:
– continue to keep parishioners informed about Laudato Si messages and news through the Winchester Laudato Si’ Facebook Group and WhatsApp group and the parish website
– continue to be part of the diocesan Laudato Si’ group and liaise with local parishes,
St Peter’s school and local groups e.g. parish youth groups and children’s liturgy and Churches Together in Winchester.
– develop projects that will engage parishioners in fulfilling the ecological, environmental, economic and social messages of Laudato Si’ in their daily lives (e.g. parish vegetable garden and “tip of the week” environmental or Live Simply actions
in the parish newsletter)
– prepare to meet our MP to discuss the political implications of Laudato Si’s and CAFOD’s Reclaim our Common Home messages as part of Churches Together in Winchester; this will happen in early June when the G7 meet in Cornwall
Subsequent tasks are:
– develop ideas for celebrating Winchester Green Week (September) including art work
– support St. Peter’s School’s mass celebrating St Francis of Assisi’s feast day
– support a parish mass (September?) preparing for the COP26 international environmental conference in Glasgow in November which Pope Francis hopes to attend
– provide formation on Laudato Si’ messages for parishioners
– encourage young people through Faith in Action and JP2 schemes to include
Laudato Si’ themes in their choice of actions.