War, persecution, natural disaster and poverty force millions of people from their homes. In September 2017, Pope Francis urged Catholics across the world to come together to respond to the ongoing refugee crisis with compassion and call on governments to protect the human dignity of people on the move.
Fr David carrying the Lampedusa Cross together with CAFOD volunteers and parishioners from St Peters, Lytham
Thanks to the amazing work of CAFOD supporters, we have already walked TWICE around the world in solidarity with our brothers and sisters. We are now aiming to walk a THIRD time around the world to send a strong message to Prime Minister, Theresa May, that she must ensure that the UK takes a lead in the refugee negotiations at the UN later this year. You can sign our petition here.
During Refugee Week of Action (16th-24th June), St Peter’s, Lytham, took part in our Share the Journey campaign, adding over 1,000 miles to our total.
They started their campaign by holding a Walk to Church Sunday event on Sunday 17th June, where parishioners were encouraged to walk rather than drive to church, where possible, and all miles walked were counted towards the parish total. They also held a card signing after Mass, where parishioners who hadn’t walked were able to sign the petition cards to support the campaign.
St Peter’s parish on their Share the Journey walk
On Saturday 23rd June, over 150 walkers from St Peter’s Catholic Church, St Peter’s Catholic Primary School and all church denominations in Lytham walked in the Lytham Club Day parade, with every step counting towards the final total. Parish priest, Fr David, carried the Lampedusa cross during the parade, a great reminder of the purpose of the walk. Campaigners also encouraged members of the public to get involved with the campaign and sign the action cards – a great way to raise awareness for the campaign!
CAFOD volunteer, Emily McIndoe, speaking about the CAFOD campaign and the importance of the Lampedusa Cross at the Songs of Praise service at Lytham Hall.
On Sunday 24th June, St Peter’s ended their week of campaigning with CAFOD volunteer Emily McIndoe speaking about the campaign and the importance of the Lampedusa Cross at the Songs of Praise service at Lytham Hall.
CAFOD campaign volunteer, Emily McIndoe, said “It was incredible to see how much support we received, both within the parish and the wider community of Lytham. We had some great discussions with members of the public about why it’s so important to stand in solidarity with refugees. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire week of campaigning and we were overwhelmed with the positive response the campaign received. A big thank you to Fr David, the churches of Lytham and the team of CAFOD parish volunteers at St Peter’s, Lytham!”
Find out more about CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign