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Thursday, March 30, 2017
London parish sends priest out to work
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¬†Parishioners at a North London church have decided to send their parish priest out to work in a local supermarket. Father Tim Curtis SJ invited sponsorship to raise funds for St Ignatius Church in the High Road, which this year celebrates its centenary. People were invited to choose whether to get him to work in a local park, hospital, pub or supermarket. The result of the initiative was announced at the parish bazaar on Saturday, at which £3,000 was raised in sponsorship. Parishioners donated a total of £1,446 (or 46.7%) towards the supermarket option, so Father Tim will be stacking shelves and staffing the counters in a variety of departments over the next five days. The Jesuit priest is expected to start work at Safeways in Stamford Hill this morning. "I'm really looking forward to working at the supermarket and to meeting and talking with people there," said Fr Tim. "With Christmas on the horizon, it's bound to be a busy time for both staff and shoppers, so I hope my visibility at the heart of the community will help remind people about the true meaning of the season". The money raised will go towards the £370,000 needed to clean the exterior brickwork at St Ignatius, improve disabled access, and renovate the interior of the church. Last year, the parish raised £15,000 when Fr Tim had his head shaved in a Mohican style, many of the donations coming after the event. Source: Jesuit Communications Office
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