***The Group will start up again after the summer holidays.***
The St Lucy's Justice & Peace Group is one of the newest arrivals in the parish. The first meeting was held on the 29th January 2003 and attended by around 8 people, a very respectable number. The group meets at approximately monthly intervals, and everyone is most welcome. Keep an eye on the bulletin for information or email the website. Over the next few months the group will focus on fair trade issues.
Monthly Traidcraft Stall
Sunday the 5th September (2004) saw the start of a monthly stall run by the young people in the parish to be held in the hall after 11.00am Mass. At first, the stall will sell mainly chocolates, sweets, coffee and tea but could expand to include other items depending on demand. We wish our young volunteers every success!
The SCIAF Christmas campaign for 2003 was 'Real Gifts for Real People'. The publicity featured a picture of a pig to highlight the fact that a gift of £30 woukld buy a breeding pig for a fmaily in Vietnam or Columbia. The group decided to ask a parishioner to make a papier-mache pig which was placed at the back of the church for a few weekends over Christmas. The sum collected was well over £700 and together with the money raised by a family disco, the total was £847.84. On 21st February a SCIAF representative came to the parish to accept a cheque, and both the Scottish Catholic Observor and the Cumbernauld news were there to record the event.
A Traidcraft Coffee Morning was held on Saturday the 6th March in Or Lady & St Helen's church hall in Condorrat from 10.30am - 12.30pm. This was to mark Fairtrade Fortnight which ran from 1st to 14th March this year. The event was run by the Our Lady & St Helen's Justice & Peace Traidcraft Group, with help from the St Lucy’s Group. Traidcraft goods to the value of £371 were sold, and donations totalled over £60. Many thanks to all who helped on the day, and to those who kindly provided home baking. The format was much the same as the event we hosted in November 2003, with a wide variety of Traidcraft goods on sale, lots of home baking, tea & coffee, and an array of free fair trade tasters such as chocolate and biscuits.
As you may have read in the press over the past two or three years, children in the Philippines are subjected to horrific abuse within the prison system. St Lucy’s J & P group responded to an article in the Catholic press from Fr Shay Cullen with a letter from one of the group members to a member of the Philippines senate. We received a very prompt reply from the senator.
Fair Trade Locally
LLocal supermarkets stock a variety of fairly traded goods, such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate, fruit and chocolate, but keep your eyes open for additions to their stock The more of these products we buy, the greater will be the variety stocked by supermarkets. They may be slightly more expensive, but look at this as part of your contribution towards helping producers in developing countries, and in creating a fairer world.