This is a new parish organisation. Its development is also being discussed at parish council level. It is really just about organising our charity work.
Charitable work is one of the 3 principal activities of the church. Pope Benedict said that parishes need to organise themselves well so that they can carry out this crucial activity. In addition to what already goes on (like the Bereavement Group), we now have another group called Heart of Tamworth (HOT).
The committee members so far are: Bridie Spicer, Catherine Cox, Sheree Peaple, Barbara Kelly, Rob Breeden, Andy Quinn (from Father Hudsons), Wendy Quinn, Paul Mehew and Fr Michael.
The aim in our constitution is:
To meet the needs of the most disadvantaged members of the Tamworth community and to help to bring about social cohesion. It is ambitious but no more than Christ asks of us. Pope Francis has also been very outspoken in challenging Dioceses and parishes to reach out to the 'poor'. This new organisation will make us more able to do that.
There are 4 things to say about it:
- We plan to collaborate with as many organisations/charities as we can, including Starfish, Foodbank, Homestart, Breast Friends, the Boxing Club, health & fitness groups, Manna House, youth organisations and many more. This 'partnership' working is vital if we are to be effective.
- We will use existing facilities to accommodate this work and develop new facilities if necessary and if we are able to do it.
- We will continue to run our own services with our own volunteers and expand on this where we can. It will include events like the Christmas day dinner, the summer scheme. Heart of Tamworth will develop this through networking with other organisations, getting funding and helping to set up new groups. An example of this it that we are now working with the Polish community to help establish a support group.
- We will seek charity status so that we can apply for funding and look to employ a community worker to help develop these charitable activities in due course. It is hoped that the structure of such a charity will strengthen us through dedicated team work, professional expertise (e.g. accountancy, legal, care work skills etc), clear aims and methodology. Having a separate name will also make it easier for people who are not Catholic to see that what we do is for everyone, whether they are members of our parish or not. Once again, it is volunteers who make charities like this effective. We constantly rely on parishioners to bring the Good News to others by what they do more than what they say. In that way we are richly blessed. Thank-you for all you do. If you would like to be involved, please let us know.
Two Quote from Pope Francis:
What the Church needs to do today:
"I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. [...] The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules. The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you."
Neither rigorous nor lax, but merciful:
"And the ministers of the church must be ministers of mercy above all. The confessor, for example, is always in danger of being either too much of a rigorist or too lax. Neither is merciful, because neither of them really takes responsibility for the person. The rigorist washes his hands so that he leaves it to the commandment. The loose minister washes his hands by simply saying, 'This is not a sin' or something like that. In pastoral ministry we must accompany people, and we must heal their wounds."
For more information please visit Heart of Tamworth Community Project website
Registered Charity No: 1157449