18 June 2020
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The Parish of St John Mary Vianney’s has been brought together by a common cause at a time when they, along with the rest of the UK, must be physically apart: the CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal. The Parish has become the first in the Diocese to create their own Parish JustGiving Page for the Appeal.
Many of us are familiar with the little CAFOD donation envelopes at the back of our Churches. But in a time when we cannot enter our places of worship, alternative ways of making donations have been created. CAFOD are encouraging Parishes to set up their own individual Parish JustGiving Pages to support their Coronavirus Appeal.
The St John Mary Vianney JustGiving Page was set up and is managed by Martin McKibbin, a member of the St John Mary Vianney CAFOD Group. The page has already raised £230 for the coronavirus appeal which will help CAFOD to deliver food to where it is most needed, improve hygiene and sanitation in households and communities and raising awareness about risks and prevention measures.
As the UK lockdown has put an end to groups face-to-face meetings, they have been meeting online instead. In a meeting in May, the eight attendees decided that creating a Parish JustGiving Page would be the best way for St John Mary Vianney’s to support CAFOD while Churches remain closed.
Vince Borg, a member of the Parish CAFOD Group said: “We felt we had a responsibility to lead the way and continue our long tradition of supporting poor communities abroad with CAFOD” because St John Mary Vianney’s is also the largest Parish in the Diocese of Leeds.
But it is also expected that the Parish JustGiving Page will have positive repercussions more locally too. The CAFOD Group believe that it will help St John Mary Vianney’s to nurture a Parish identity during a time when it is perhaps more fragile than usual. It is hoped that the page will become a source of pride for the parishioners as they work together to reach to support their brothers and sisters in need.
It is not only the CAFOD Group working to maintain the spiritual relationship between Parishioners and the Church. Fr Philip, the parish priest, is also working hard to help his parishioners continue feel connected to the Parish. Each Sunday he provides mass from the Immaculate Heart Church, which along with the Church of St Paul the Apostle forms the Parish, on the Parish’s YouTube channel.
The St John Mary Vianney’s Parish identity extends further than its two Churches. The Parish is also connected to two primary schools: Immaculate Heart of Mary and St Paul’s Catholic Primary. The Parish’s history of supporting CAFOD extend to the schools too: this lent Immaculate Heart raised over £100 for CAFOD. But, with most pupils still learning remotely from home, the link between the Parish, the children and CAFOD has changed.
The Parish’s weekly online bulletin now includes a link to CAFOD’s Children’s Liturgies LIVE, providing parents with a new way to get children involved with CAFOD outside of school. These online children’s liturgies began running during lockdown, and are every Sunday at 10am. They include the week’s Gospel story, prayers, activities and songs. Their creation of a space where families can join each other for a short while in faith have attracted international participation, with families from as far as Australia joining in!
The Parish of St John Mary Vianney has shown that while schools are still closed for most pupils, and parishioners are still unable to attend mass, the positive impact parishes have on the world can continue unaffected.
By setting up a Parish JustGiving Page for the CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal, the St John Vianney CAFOD Group have made a difference to both the lives of people in the most vulnerable communities, and to the sense of identity in their own parish.
If you are interested in setting up a JustGiving Page for your Parish, please click here
For more support getting online you can call your local CAFOD worker email@example.com between the hours of 9:30am and 2:30pm