As part of the Parish project we are required by planning law to produce “A Travel Plan”, designed to manage the transport needs of visitors to the development hereby permitted to minimise car usage and promote alternative modes of transport. It would also be a start to respond to Pope Francis call to “care for our common home ” in his recent encyclical LAUDATO SI’ (praise be to you) and work towards a more sustainable life style for our good and for the good of all our world. We already started by carrying out a short survey of how people arrived at masses on the weekend of the 6/7 of February. If you like be part of the travel working group or contribute please contact Fr Agustin or Anthony Bourke.
This document outlines how parishioners travel to church and how in the future, with a new Pastoral Centre, we intend to manage visitors’ transport needs, will help minimise car usage and promote alternative modes of transport.
In February this year, many of you took part in a Travel Survey and we were able to use that information within the Travel Plan – Thank You to all who participated in the survey.
As part of the survey, some of you told us that you would like better lighting along the streets, somewhere to secure a bicycle and would consider walking, if you had someone to walk with.
As a result, we will be writing to local authorities to share your views and will soon be launching cycling and ‘walking with a friend’ campaigns. Look out for further information in the coming months!
In the meantime, we are all asked to consider how we treat our environment.
At a recent conference I was reminded of Pope Francis’ second encyclical – LAUDITO SI On the Care of Our Common Home.
In this encyclical, published a year ago, Pope Francis references Saint Francis of Assisi who reminds us that
“our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us” …… “This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her”.
As we embark on this new and exciting project, let us think about “our common home”, how we treat each other and all of nature’s great resources.
Please click on the link to download the travel plan: