Soulserve: a haven of hope on the path to healing
Soulserve is an Edinburgh initiative with one goal: to gather around members of the local community recovering from painful addiction, to share a meal together and offer a space to discuss spirituality as a means of healing.
The initiative, based at the Sacred Heart Church, Lauriston Street, originated in response to the Universal Apostolic Preferences announced by Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ at the beginning of the year. The reference is the one focusing on walking with the excluded.
The initial concept developed through discussions between Andrew Cassidy, Pastoral Associate at Sacred Heart, and the Pastoral Associate from St Mary Star of the Sea, who meet monthly for pastoral support gatherings. "From these meetings we established that we would like to create a group offering spirituality for people in recovery from addiction," explains Andrew. "A group was then formed from parishioners at the Sacred Heart Church. This consists of seven people and they are all young adults."
In order to support the initial fundrainsing needed for this programme, they we have organised a ‘Pub Quiz’ with one of the winners of University Challenge 2019 agreeing to form a team to help selling tickets. This fundraiser event will take place on Thursday 26th September.
The start date of Soulserve is fixed for Tuesday 3rd of December, which is the Feast of St Francis Xavier SJ. The project will then take place at the Sacred Heart Church on the first Tuesday of each month. Each event will begin with a meal, followed by some time to socialise and it will then conclude in the church with a moment of prayer.
There has already been a number of people currently in recovery who have made enquiries to attend Soulserve. The aim is to be a haven of hope and a resource to help those on the path to healing.