St Mary’s Parish Community Orchard


The three churches of St Elizabeth’s, St Vincent’s and St Mary’s, inspired by the Parish UCM Group, decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Family Fast Day by providing a fruit orchard for a community overseas.  The photo’s show the composite collage of the orchard together with a picture of the the childrens liturgy group at St. Elizabeth’s presenting their finished tree to Fr. Chacko Panathara at the end of the project.

This was a great way for the parish to demonstrate Community as described in the following from Bridget Wright

“The idea came from CAFOD’s World Gift Christmas leaflet. At a UCM meeting at St. Mary’s Parish Dunstable Agnes Milne asked if someone could paint a tree

“The UCM picked the Orchard Project as they felt as a Parish it would be nice to pick one of the bigger less popular projects to celebrate 50 years of CAFOD’s Family Fast Day.

“Volunteers from the Parish made butterflies, apples and leaves out of shiny paper; with a small white sticker on each so people could write their Christian names. This was to demonstrate our solidarity as a community and it was agreed that although there are three churches we would treat the project as a Parish one and support Bishop Peter in his efforts to create “community”

“As a Parish £500 was raised which enabled us to provide not only a Fruit Tree Nursery but also support additional projects related to training the farmers, planting vegetables, supplying water and buying emergency kits.

“Many thanks to all who helped by buying leaves and apples and butterflies to put on the trees; also to the organizers of the Seder meal who made a generous donation.

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