A small group of parishioners from Our Lady and St Thomas and Mother of God Parishes met on 22 May to watch The Letter.
The Letter is a film that tells the story of a journey to Rome of a group including a young female Indian climate activist, the chief of an indigenous Amazon community whose life is regularly threatened, a young Senegalese asylum seeker who watched friends drown trying to escape his flooded village and two American marine scientists who were invited to discuss the encyclical letter Laudato Si’ with Pope Francis. The exclusive dialogue with the Pope, included in the film, offers a revealing insight into the personal history of Pope Francis and stories never seen since he became the Bishop of Rome.
All of those who watched it were inspired by it, and as Rita McManus said, “We were deeply moved and our determination to play our part was re-ignited” In the words of Pope Francis we were encour , to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the Poor in the following ways: inviting and encouraging families to watch the Letter at home and think about the small steps they can take to care for the planet; working towards forming Laudato Si circles in both parishes and meeting again during Laudato Si Week 21-28 May 2023; reading Laudato Si; promoting the Cafod Fix the Food System campaign during the summer(more details can be found here: https://cafod.org.uk/news/campaigning-news/five-reasons-why-seed-sovereignty-matters), arranging a Parish Gardening Party to care for OLST parish garden and to invite Confirmation Candidates to be involved.
If you would like to find out more about watching the film as a parish group or as an individual please contact Kevan Grady in the Formation and Mission Team [email protected]