Only Connect – ‘pathway of generosity’ links parishes

The links between Brushstrokes Community

Pathway of generosity: Teresa Clements of Father Hudson's Care and Jo Burrowes of Cardinal Griffin's school chaplaincy team

Teresa Clements of Father Hudson’s Care and Jo Burrowes of Cardinal Griffin’s school chaplaincy team

Project, which is based in the parish of St Philip Neri in Smethwick, and St Austin’s parish in Stafford have always been strong. Over the years, the M6 has become a hidden pathway of generosity connecting parishes thirty miles apart.

Dedicated volunteers share their time and talents every week to teach English and provide food for the most vulnerable. Father Hudson’s Care has now been invited to make the journey along the pathway to Stafford and work alongside St Austin’s proactive Justice and Peace group.

The group is now forging new initiatives to welcome the stranger. They are extending their network of solidarity with newcomers to include the young people at Cardinal Griffin School in Cannock, Staffordshire. The school hopes to support newcomer families in Stafford who are isolated, by providing them with social activities on the school campus.

Harnessing the energy and talents of people of all ages is a powerful testimony to the unique strength of Catholic social action. It unites parishes, schools and community projects in dynamic partnerships of care for the whole human family.

Father Hudson’s Care offers assistance to parishes that want to develop their newcomer support services. For more information, you can download their leaflet here. Alternatively, contact Teresa Clements, Newcomer Development Co-ordinator, on 07464 497417 or teresaclements@fatherhudsons.org.uk.

Brushstrokes Community Project offers vital services to vulnerable newcomers in Sandwell and nearby areas. Services include English lessons and advice as well as practical support such as food and clothing.

Guided by Catholic social teaching and the scriptures, St Austin’s Justice and Peace group works to promote peace and justice for all through prayer and local action.

Cardinal Griffin Catholic College encourages students to think about spiritual and moral issues for themselves. They want each student to leave the College able to make a valuable contribution to society.

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