Caring sustainably for Creation

livesimply-children-with-bannerTwo parishes in the Archdiocese of Cardiff: St Mary’s in Monmouth and St Frances of Rome in Ross-on-Wye are ministered to by one priest, Fr Nicholas James.

Both parish communities have been working together, exploring exploring CAFOD’s liveSimply award, following a series of talks earlier in the year from CAFOD South Wales.

In Laudato Si’, the encyclical from Pope Francis on Care for our Common Home, Pope Francis invites us all:

” to work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us.”  (LS #242)

The liveSimply award is an opportunity for Catholic communities – parishes, schools, livesimply-bulb-planting-monmouthreligious orders and chaplaincies – to respond to that invitation.

As Autumn approached, one of the actions that the livesimply group from the parishes was inspired by, was to do something to attract more wildlife to their green spaces in line with one of the liveSimply ideas for living sustainably with creation.

In the month of October, newsletter announcements were made appealing for unwanted planters and donations of bulbs.


There was a generous response from parishioners of all ages and on Sunday 16 October a working party was formed and after Mass in both parishes, the official bulb planting scheme took place.

Further ideas include installing nesting boxes, roosting pockets and insect homes in the gardens, planting a tree for National Tree Week, providing information on organic gardening and composting and inviting parishioners to make similar changes in their own gardens.


To find out how you and your parish community can make simple changes to care for creation, take a look at the liveSimply award which helps us to realise that God is in the simple and beautiful world all around us.

It helps us to challenge ourselves to live simply so that others may simply live.


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