A group of young people from a parish in Stockport have been working hard in lockdown to serve the most vulnerable people in their community. Here they share how they have been inspired by Pope Francis to respond to the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth.
For many of us, lockdown has been an opportunity to slow down our pace of life. But for a group of young people from Our Lady and St Christopher’s in Romiley, lockdown has been a busy time of service for their community.
Young Caritas was formed in November 2019 and set straight to work on issues concerning the environment, poverty and homelessness. Before lockdown, they had already held an appeal for Christmas gifts for the elderly, served mince pies after Mass during Advent and held a silent vigil on the steps of the Church to raise awareness of homelessness.
When lockdown was announced, Young Caritas leapt into action and began working hard to serve the vulnerable people of the parish. They began by delivering 350 parish newsletters to homes and invited people to contact them if they needed assistance.
With help from the council and local businesses, they quickly began to provide practical help to those in need. With donations and countless hours of service, Young Caritas have delivered fresh food boxes, picked up and delivered prescriptions and gone shopping for those unable to leave the house. They have been a lifeline to so many in the community.
Oliver joined Young Caritas before lockdown “to make the world a better place”. Unfortunately, due to coronavirus he is having to shield but has come up with some amazing ways of making a difference at home.
Oliver said, “I’ve been to work on multiple projects including growing herbs and vegetables, riasing a baby Harris Hawk to fly and also growing flowers from seed to send out to my local community”.
“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.” – Pope Francis, Laudato Si’
During lockdown, Libby, aged 10, has been inspired by Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si’. She has focused on recycling and reusing things we would usually throw away without a second thought. She’s used old plant pots and has created her own fairy garden, turned plastic bottles into bird feeders and has even made nursery resources out of cardboard boxes!
Young Caritas aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. We can’t wait to see what they do next! You can follow them on Twitter @YoungCaritasRo1
Are there any young people in your parish who are doing amazing things in lockdown? Let us know!