St Edmund's exhibition highlights community efforts

'All called and gifted by God'

‘A chance to share all the good work that goes on.’ This is how Kenny Lawler, the pastoral associate at St Edmund of Canterbury, Waterloo summed up the exhibition that took place at the parish recently.

The event, organised by Kenny and the parish priest, Father John Cullen, was an opportunity for parishioners to display the different forms of volunteering and ministry in which they are active participants. It took place on Mission Sunday, 20 October, and coincided with the launch of the first theme of the Synod, ‘All Called and Gifted by God’.

To spread the word, there were flyers put up in local churches, shops and community centres, updates in the parish newsletter and even a plug from presenter Roger Phillips on BBC Radio Merseyside.

Kenny explained: ‘I was delighted that we’d arranged it, unknowingly at the time, on the same weekend that our first Synod theme was launched. It fits so well. It was an opportunity for the wider parish community to get a real taste of what goes on and what opportunities there are for people to get involved. Some people might know what Eucharistic ministers do, but they might not know about the SVP, Justice and Peace or family groups. Some people might know about all these groups but aren’t sure about the ministry of keeping the church clean and the gardens in good condition.’

Kenny, who is based at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Seaforth, added that every parish could benefit from an exhibition of this kind. ‘There was something very special about seeing the fruit of the work we do together as a community. This was a prime example of everyone being “called and gifted” and will definitely aid the discernment of people thinking of their proposals on this first theme.’