The Parish of Our Lady and St Edmund is an active community
that is home to a thriving programme of spiritual support
and care services, a diverse range of Church groups, regular
social activities and a welcoming environment for new or
Our enthusiastic and passionate volunteers along with the
proactive Parish Council, work hard to provide
opportunities, activities and support to maintain and care
for the life of our community.
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with The Poor
Inspired by Pope Francis` s
challenge to become a Church FOR the Poor
and WITH the Poor, and prompted by Bishop
Philip`s call that we must ALL have a
special concern for justice, peace and
social responsibility, our Parish re-drafted
and renewed our Covenant with the Poor in
2013. Originally we had drawn up this
Covenant at Pentecost in 1998 at the
instigation of Bishop Crispian Hollis, and
recently we have reaffirmed our commitment
to the new Covenant at the Parish Day in
2014. Meetings are held periodically in the
Parish to review how we fulfill these
commitments and are open to all.
COVENANT WITH THE POOR
To pray regularly for those who are
disadvantaged and marginalised and to
support with our prayers those organisations,
local and international, who work with
people in need.
To inform ourselves of the causes of poverty
and to campaign for change in the light of
what we have learned.
To continue and increase our financial
support for the Advent and Lenten Parish
Projects and for those organisations who
work in our area with those in need.
To continue and increase our support for
CAFOD, Christian Aid, Pax Christi and other
organisations who work in the light of
Catholic Social Teaching for a world of
justice and peace.
To buy and encourage the use of fairly –
traded goods, both as individuals and as a
To support our sister Diocese of Bamenda in
Cameroon by prayer and financial help.
To live as simply and sustainably as
possible in our individual lives,
recognising that we are stewards of God`s
Loving Father, help us to share justly the
good things that come from your loving hand;
to bring peace and reconciliation where
strife and disorder reign; to speak out for
those who have no voice; and to rejoice in a
bond of prayer and praise with our brothers
and sisters throughout the world. This we
ask through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen
Our Lady and St Edmund Parish September 2013