Share the Journey Walks in Lancaster Diocese

Peter and Peter - St Athony of Padua in Preston

Peter and Peter speaking at Masses at St Anthony of Padua in Preston about their parish Share the Journey walk

Pope Francis launched ‘Share the Journey’, in November last year, a new global campaign to stand up for the rights of refugees and migrants.  The timescale of the campaign is from now until the Pope goes to address the UN in September. A week of action will also take place during Refugee Week 16 – 24 June.

Pope Francis launches Share the Journey Campaign in November 2017

In support of the campaign, CAFOD is aiming to walk 24,901 miles – the distance around the whole world! It is inviting all schools and parishes to engage in this campaign. It’s an act of solidarity to Share the Journey with our global neighbours fleeing their homes. Every step you take, together with others from across England & Wales, will send a message to world leaders that they must step up too. They need to act with courage and compassion when they agree ambitious new UN agreements on refugees and migration in 2018.


An online petition is up and running already, and a Walk Organiser’s Guide can be ordered. This guide includes:
• Tips to walk with your parish/school group – it really is as simple as it sounds!
• Prayers, stories and conversation starters to use as you walk.

What the campaign is calling for.

Order your Share the Journey guide here

Some walks have already been planned by schools and parishes and here are details of a few that you may wish to join in – or even better, organise one in your parish/ school.  Order your resources and do let us know what your are planning so we can celebrate and share how we in Lancaster Diocese are taking part in this campaign!

Saturday 16th June   Holy Family, Warton.  Parish are going to base their Annual Freckleton Club Day parish processional walk on “Share the Journey”,The parish is also having t-shirts printed with the “Share the Journey” CAFOD logo.

Sunday 17th June   St Peter’s, Lytham.  Parish holding a Walk to Church Sunday.

Sunday 17th June   Our Lady Star of the Sea, St Anne’s.  Parishioners asked to dedicate a walk towards this event; it might be as simple as walking to church on June 17th or to plan a hike further afield on a different day. Then fill in the mileage slip and hand it in to our Tea & Toast gathering on Sunday 17th June between 10 and 11am at the Parish Centre.

Sunday 17th June   Our Lady & St Edward’s, Preston.  Parish Walk to Church weekend and also inviting parish groups to organise walks.

Wednesday 20th June  Churches Together in Fulwood & Broughton.  The annual evening stroll will be held this year on 20 June (World Refugee Day). Meeting at Sherwood Pub at 7.30 for 7.45 start. The stroll is about a mile and a half through Mason Wood and then back to the pub for conviviality. We will be having some reflections on refugees during the walk and inviting all participants to sign campaign cards. It is a good way for parishioners to do some (non strenuous) miles.

Wednesday 20th June  St Mary’s Catholic Academy, Blackpool, together with parishes and schools in Blackpool and Poulton. Walk starting at 10am at Sacred Heart Church, Talbot Road, Blackpool, walking along the promenade to South Pier and back for Mass at noon.

Wednesday 20th June  Our Lady of the Lakes and St Charles, Keswick. A walk around the Lake. Meet after 10.00am Mass in the car park. This is quite a long walk but can be shortened by those who want to, by returning by bus or ferry to Keswick.

Saturday 23rd June  St Peter’s, Lytham.  Part of Lytham Club Day, all church denominations in Lytham including St Peter’s walking in the parade, and this year they have all agreed to count their miles towards Share the Journey. They are also counting the miles walked by those walking alongside the St Peter’s Children’s Liturgy float.

Saturday 23rd June   St Mary of Furness, Ulverston & Dalton.  Parish walk from Our Lady’s Church in Dalton starting at 11.00am to St Mary’s in Ulverston. A special invitation is extended to the young people preparing for Confirmation (you will need to be accompanied by an adult). It is a flat walk of approx. 5 miles, there are stiles, and it can be muddy in places. Bring a drink and a sandwich. Tea and cakes in Ulverston when we finish – probably between 2.00pm and 3.00pm.

Sunday 24th June    St Anthony of Padua, Preston.  Parish walk starting at 2pm from the church.  It will cover about 3 miles along pushchair-friendly paths along the canal and through Haslam Park, taking about 1.5 hours

Sunday 24th June  St Gregory’s, Preston.  Parish walk will take place after the Sunday 10am Mass and lead from St Gregory’s Church, walking around Moor Park, and finishing back at church for tea and biscuits

Sunday 24th June  Our Lady of the Lakes and St Charles, Keswick. A circular walk to and from the Millenium Seat on the Lake foreshore. This path is suitable for pushchairs, wheel chairs and mobility scooters. Meeting at the Wishing Well by the Theatre, by the Lake car park at 2.00pm.

Sunday 24th June  St Wilfrid’s, Preston.  AWalk to Church Sunday’ or walk around Winckley Square/Park before or after Mass on the final weekend of Refugee Week.

Wednesday 11th July  St Teresa’s, Cleveleys and Thornton deanery. A walk will take place at 6pm starting from the ‘plaza’ at the top of Victoria Rd, Cleveleys, near to St Teresa’s Church. Walking along the promenade towards Bispham and back.

Share the Journey Campaign logoFor more information about these and planning your own walk do get in touch:

Patrick Gardner    01772 733 310

Stephen Garsed  – Campaign Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteers making a difference

CAFOD volunteers make a huge difference to those living in poverty overseas.

Whether you’re a Communications volunteer, amplifying the voice of some of the poorest communities around the world; an Education volunteer, inspiring future generations, an Office volunteer ensuring the smooth-running of the office, or a Parish volunteer, helping at Fast Days, responding to emergencies, or campaigning for change; thank you for standing with us as we work to end poverty and injustice.

Volunteers are an important part of the CAFOD family.


Eithne Butler – an Office Volunteer at the CAFOD Lancaster Volunteer Centre

Whatever your interest, talents or time, if you’d like to volunteer with CAFOD, please contact Patrick Gardner, CAFOD Lancaster on 01772 733310 or


Celebrating our volunteers

Without volunteers, our work at CAFOD would be made much more difficult.

Whether you play your part as a communications volunteer who amplifies the voice of those in need, an education volunteer helping to inspire future generations, or an office volunteer helping to ensure the smooth-running of the office, your input is valuable. People who help out at Fast Days, respond to emergencies, make change by campaigning or spending your Sunday’s speaking at mass, your passion for social justice is clear and your help appreciated.

Here, CAFOD’s Director of Operations, Geoff, has a message of thanks for you:

Throughout this week, we will be celebrating many of the volunteers here at CAFOD and saying thank you for all the work that you do within schools and your own parishes in the Diocese of Lancaster!

Interested in volunteering with CAFOD? Find out more