On Sunday 13 July 2014 was a very special day for the parish community of St James in Petts Wood as they celebrated not only their 75th Anniversary but also received the livesimply Award. They became the very first parish in the Archdiocese of Southwark to receive the award, which is given to recognise that the parish has taken substantial steps to living simply, sustainably and in solidarity with people who are poor.
To mark the occasions, Archbishop Peter Smith said Mass for the parish and commented:
“Well done to St James’. Southwark is one of the few dioceses that has got the award for living simply and I think it shows what they’re doing – what Pope Francis is asking us all to do: to care especially for the disadvantaged and those living in poverty.”
At the end of Mass CAFOD Director Chris Bain presented Parish Priest Fr Bryan Wells with the livesimply plaque, which is made from the wood of a recycled church pew.
The whole parish then joined Archbishop Smith outside as he blessed the freshly planted Live Simply worship garden.
The garden was designed by a group of parishioners led by Joe Falzon who said, “We cannot afford to be passive and merely depend on others to care for our environment; we should all be taking an active part. Participating in livesimply challenged us all to think deeply on lots of levels about what we do within our own society to have an impact worldwide.”