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BE Green

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Aim:

To be awarded the CAFOD Live Simply Award during 2020

Patron:

Fr Jim Casey C.Ss.R

Contact details and Additional Information

For further information and to help in the project contact Tim Walsh at  

Click here to read a copy of the BE GREEN 2020 plan and here to download a copy of the pre/post project survey.

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BE Green

15th March 2020

  Patron: Fr Casey 

Bishop Eton Parish living simply, sustainably with creation and in solidarity with the poor

Message from the Pope:  

“Our grandparents used to make a point of not throwing away leftover food. Consumerism has made us accustomed to wasting food daily and we are unable to see its real value. Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of the poor and the hungry”

Current Parish challenge:  (wk 11) 

Last week we were each challenged to take stock through the week. Was any food thrown away in our home - both food uneaten at mealtimes and 'out of date’ food? What food did we bin?
This week we are challenged to BE food smart. Why do we waste food? Make a commitment as a family to reduce the food wastage in our home.

CAFOD Lent Family Fast Day:

Thank you for taking part in the recent Lent Family Fast Day. There are still some CAFOD envelopes at the back of Church if you have forgotten to donate the money saved. These can go in the collection or be passed in at the Monastery.

Did you know:

Q: what are the 5 most commonly wasted foods in UK households?
1. Potatoes (5.8million whole spuds per day);
2. Bread (24million slices per day);
3. Milk (5.8million glasses per day);
4. Bananas (1.4million bananas per day);
5. Salad (178million bags of salad per day).

The first ever Family Fast Day took place 60 years ago this week (Friday 11 March 1960) to help starving people in Dominica.

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BE Green

8th March 2020

  Patron: Fr Casey

 

Bishop Eton Parish living simply, sustainably with creation and in solidarity with the poor

Message from the Pope:  

“Fasting is not only about abstaining from food. It also means sharing food with those who are hungry”

Current Parish challenge:  (wk 10) 

Food production and distribution are major contributors to global warming and climate change, yet one third of the food the world produces is wasted.

We can all help to reduce food wastage.

We are each challenged to take stock throughout this week. any food thrown away in your home - both food uneaten and 'out of date’ food?

What food do you bin?

Future challenges:

  • During Lent the challenges will all be food related, culminating in Fairtrade chocolate eggs on Easter Sunday.
  • Research is being undertaken to see if we can create a wildflower meadow here at Bishop Eton.
  • A simple meal is being planned with no plastic, no wastage and no electricity (i.e. by candlelight)!

Did you know:

WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme) one of the UK’s leading charities on this stuff, reports good news and bad news:

We waste a lot less food than we did 10 years ago (about a 25% improvement)!
But the average UK family still throws away £730 of food each year.

Q: what are the 5 most commonly wasted foods in UK households?
A: next week.

Want more info:

Please visit the dedicated page on the website click here

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BE Green

1st March 2020

 Patron: Fr Casey

 

Bishop Eton Parish living simply, sustainably with creation and in solidarity with the poor

Message from the Pope:  

“It is a scandal that there is still hunger and malnutrition in the world. It is not just a question of responding to immediate emergencies, but of addressing together, at all levels, a problem that challenges our personal and social conscience, in order to achieve a just and lasting solution.”

Current Parish challenge:  (wk 9)

Eat Simply and feel hunger:

Next Friday (6th) is the CAFOD Lent Family Fast Day, when we are challenged to “live in solidarity with the poor.” Will you purposefully eat less at one or more meal-times during that day, so you feel what it is actually like to be hungry?

Will you then back that up by placing what you save in to the envelope to help CAFOD’s work with people who endure hunger every day? (The envelope then goes in with the collection next Sunday.)

Success:

Some 90 people dropped in a green token last Sunday to indicate that they had walked, cycled or taken public transport to Church, that compares to 149 in January … food for thought!

Did you know:

  • There are currently some 795 million people in the world who do not have enough food to lead a healthy life.
  • That is 795,000,000 people, which is 12 times the population of the UK and 1 in 9 of all the people in the world.
  • But the world does produce enough food to feed everyone. The United Nations reports that, worldwide each year, one third of all food produced is lost (eg used for bio-fuels) or wasted! 

Want more info:

Please visit the dedicated page on the website click here

 

 

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 BE Green

23rd February 2020

  Patron: Fr Casey

 

Bishop Eton Parish living simply, sustainably with creation and in solidarity with the poor

Message from the Pope: 

“A way has to be found to enable everyone to benefit from the fruits of the earth … to satisfy the demands of justice, fairness and respect for every human being.”

Today: Walk to Church Sunday (Feb):

  • Reducing the number of car journeys we each make is a key aim of BE Green 2020.
  • On the final Sunday of each month – today for Feb - throughout the year we are challenging all Parishioners who can, to walk, cycle or take public transport to Mass … and  having done so, to place a green token in the receptacle at the back of Church.

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 BE Green

16th February 2020

  Patron: Fr Casey

 

Bishop Eton Parish living simply, sustainably with creation and in solidarity with the poor

Message from the Pope: 

“Each community can take from the bounty of the earth whatever it needs for subsistence, but it also has the duty to protect the earth and to ensure its fruitfulness for coming generations.”

Current Parish challenge:  (wks 7 + 8)

Let’s BE Fair!  To tie in with Fairtrade Fortnight 2020, which starts next week, each Parishioner is challenged to find out more about the Fairtrade Scheme – see below – and to buy / try at least one Fairtrade product.

Walk to Church Sunday (Feb):

Next week (23rd), being the final Sunday of the month, is Walk to Church Sunday. Cycling and coming by public transport also counts.

If you need to drive to Church, are you able to leave the car behind for one journey during the week?

Let’s beat the 149 green tokens posted for Jan.

Did you know:

The Fairtrade Foundation was founded by CAFOD and 5 other charities in 1992 to help farmers and workers in the poorest countries secure a fair price for the goods they produce.

The “Fairtrade Fortnight 2020” website will tell you all you need to know.

Want more info:

Please visit the dedicated page on the website click here

An analysis of the Saint or SInner Survey appears in the Feb 2020 issue of BE Alive (Click here)

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BE Green

9th February 2020

Patron: Fr Casey

 

Bishop Eton Parish living simply, sustainably with creation and in solidarity with the poor

Message from the Pope:

You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. This is how prayer works.”

charitybagsFeb2020Current Parish challenge:  (wk 6)

Flick the switch! No household to have lights on needlessly; if a room is unoccupied, turn the lights off … though this is   always subject to safety and security considerations.

Future challenge:

Watch out for our upcoming challenge on Fair Trade goods.

Successes:  Thank you …

An impressive 142 bags of surplus clothing, books or household items were delivered to Nugent, Hospice Africa or Jospice. A magnificent effort. We will be repeating this challenge later in the year.

Did you know:

The average UK home uses a third of the electricity of a USA home because

  1. Their houses are bigger
  2. They have air conditioning, and
  3. We use a lot more gas.

The average UK home uses 10+ times more electricity than a Third World home because

  1. We have a consistent supply for our multitude of appliances
  2. They have an inconsistent (or no) supply for their few (or no) appliances in their modest dwellings!

Want more info:

Please visit the dedicated page on the website click here

An analysis of the Saint or SInner Survey appears in the Feb 2020 issue of BE Alive (Click here)

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BE GREEN

2nd February 2020

Patron: Fr Casey 

Bishop Eton Parish living simply, sustainably with creation and in solidarity with the poor

Message from the Pope:

“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”

Current Parish challenge: (wks 5 + 6)

Flick the switch: No household to have lights on needlessly; if a room is unoccupied, turn the lights off … though this is always subject to safety and security considerations.

Today:  Nugent, Hospice for Africa or Jospice

Please place one blue token in the receptacle at the back of Church for every bag of surplus clothing, books or household items taken to these Charity shops in the past two weeks.

Please note that bags should not be left at church.

walktochurchJan2020Successes:  Thank you …

  • 1. 149 Parishioners either walked or cycled for our first monthly ‘Walk to Church Sunday’ last week that’s about 1 in 4 of us. We hope to see this number increase as the months go by. (PS travelling to Church by public transport also counts!)
  • 2. The BE Resettlement Group’s recent meeting was completely paperless – well done to them! … Producing a piece of paper during a meeting at BE is becoming so passé!

Did you know:

Household electricity consumption in the UK is reducing year on year, in part due to more efficient lighting.

Q: why does our average home use a third of the electricity of a USA home but up to 10 times more than many Third World homes?  A: Next week.

Want more info:

Please visit the dedicated page on the website click here

An analysis of the Saint or SInner Survey appears in the Feb 2020 issue of BE Alive (Click here)

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BE GREEN

26th January 2020

  Patron: Fr Casey 

Bishop Eton Parish living simply, sustainably with creation and in solidarity with the poor

Message from the Pope:

“Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home… but we must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.

Current Parish challenge (wks 3 + 4):

Each Parish household to donate at least one bag of surplus clothing, books or household items to Nugent, Hospice for Africa or Jospice. (When you arrive at church next Sunday look out for the blue tokens to record how many bags we have donated.)

Today: Monthly ‘Walk to Church Sunday’…

Reducing the number of car journeys we each make is a key aim of BE Green 2020.

On the final Sunday of every month throughout 2020, we are challenging all Parishioners who are able, to walk or cycle to Church. If you have walked or cycled today, please record this by placing a green token in the receptacle at the back of Church.

We are looking in to installing bike racks in the car park!

Successes: Thank you …

Just short of 19,500 of your Christmas cards have now been recycled by the Just & Peace Youth Group and others.

Did you know:

The first modern-style charity shop was set up in Oxford in 1947 by Oxfam to raise funds to relieve famine in Nazi-occupied Greece! - In the UK we call them “charity shops” and we have around 11,200 of them. In the Americas they are “thrift stores”!

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BE GREEN

19th January 2020

  Patron: Fr Casey

Bishop Eton Parish living simply, sustainably with creation and in solidarity with the poor

Message from the Pope:

“Future generations stand to inherit a greatly spoiled world. Our children and grandchildren should not have to pay the cost of our generation’s irresponsibility.”

Current challenge (wks 3 + 4):

Each Parish household to donate at least one bag of surplus clothing, books or household items to Nugent, Hospice for Africa or Jospice.

Next week: ‘Walk to Church Sunday 26 January.

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BE GREEN

12th January 2020

  Patron: Fr Casey

Bishop Eton Parish living simply, sustainably with creation and in solidarity with the poor

Message from the Pope:

“All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.” 

Today:

To measure our success in galvanising change, we will be surveying the Parish at the start and at the end of 2020. Please take part in the ‘start’ survey at Mass this Sunday… are you an environmental saint or sinner?

Current challenge (wks 1 + 2):

Recycle all of the Christmas cards we received. Bring them along to church (until Tuesday 14 January).

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BE GREEN

5th January 2020

  Patron: Fr Casey

Bishop Eton Parish living simply, sustainably with creation and in solidarity with the poor

Message from the Pope:

Each of us must “… work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us.”

Current challenge:

Recycle all of the Christmas cards we received. Bring them along to Church this/next Sunday. The J&P Youth Group will sort them and, among other things, we will create ‘visitor cards’ for people visiting Bishop Eton.