The parish lies at the heart of every community. Families, churches, schools, chaplaincies to hospitals and prisons. Parishes provide an inclusive hub for people of all walks of life to journey together in faith and to reach out to the wider community to serve in social action.
Young people are visible in the Church. They are involved in parish life, school and university communities and the wider community, witnessing to their relationship with Jesus Christ. The Diocese supports young people to respond to the invitation of faith in various ways.
The fast pace of today's world often has us rushing through our daily life, with little direction or thought as to the kind of life we should be leading. Fortunately, the Catholic faith provides us with a solid moral compass and many great role models to help us find our way.
Good communication is really important to us. Whether it's sharing the impact of our community projects and sharing the witness of inspiring individuals, or reaching out to collaborate and dialogue with groups and individuals, and providing resources to enable others, we want to build long lasting effective relationships and help people to develop their faith journey.
Whilst we prepare for Christmas, we must remember those groups who may be less fortunate than ourselves, including the homeless. Shelagh Moon volunteers for the Southampton Sunday Lunch Project, which provides a hot meal each week for the Southampton homeless.
What is your Parish
St Vincent de Paul, Southampton
What organisation do you support?
Southampton Sunday Lunch Project
Where is it based?
St Marks Institute Woolston & St Denys Parish church St Denys, both in Southampton.
What do they do?
They provide a free hot meal each Sunday of the year to people who are in need or lonely.
Why did you choose to join them?
In 1995 the project was started by a group of volunteers who appealed to local churches for more volunteers to start a centre in Freemantle, Southampton and I felt that I would like to help people who were less lucky in life than myself.
How long have you been involved with the organisation?
Since the first meals were served at the original site in Freemantle in October 1995
What is your role?
For the first 24 years I was on general duties including cooking and washing up. I then became a Team Leader and then joined the committee and had responsibility for bulk buying. I remain on the committee and now help with fundraising, especially at Christmas time collecting food and chocolates for our clients.
Do you need any specialist skills or training?
I did need a Food Hygiene Certificate to be able to supervise food handling, but our general volunteers just need patience and a smile.
How often do you do this?
We work in teams and are placed on a rota.
What do you enjoy about doing this?
Helping people when they are having a tough time in their life. I enjoy fundraising events.
If you had one wish to help this organisation, what would it be?
That our generous supporters will carry on supporting our project to maintain our good work.
How can others join or help your organisation (please include contact details and website if they have one)?
We would like to welcome more volunteers and donations. More information and contact can be made via our website www.southamptonsundaylunch.org.uk
To provide the best experiences, we use technologies like cookies to store and/or access device information. Consenting to these technologies will allow us to process data such as browsing behaviour or unique IDs on this site. Not consenting or withdrawing consent, may adversely affect certain features and functions.
The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network.
The technical storage or access is necessary for the legitimate purpose of storing preferences that are not requested by the subscriber or user.
The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for statistical purposes.The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for anonymous statistical purposes. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, information stored or retrieved for this purpose alone cannot usually be used to identify you.
The technical storage or access is required to create user profiles to send advertising, or to track the user on a website or across several websites for similar marketing purposes.