A summer of Share the Journey

As a response to Pope Francis asking to show compassion to those who lost everything and desperate to find somewhere safe, CAFOD began Share the Journey, with the aim of adding up enough miles to stretch around the globe: 24,900 miles. Parishes, schools, local communities have been invited to make a symbolic walk, to stand in solidarity with people on the move and to urge the UK government to step up and defend the human dignity of migrants and refugees.

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Parishes from all over Lancaster Diocese have organised events and walks all around the community. We are so grateful by the amazing response and the number of parishes, schools and local communities that have added their miles to CAFOD’s totaliser. We would like to thank you for these gestures which are true acts of kindness and compassion.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the parishes and communities that have contributed in the summer to the totaliser. We hope that reading about all this amazing work you would feel encourage and motivate to create that change.

Holy Family parish, Warton

 

Holy Family Warton parish walked in the annual Freckleton “Club Day” parade;

 

 

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St Peter’s, Lytham, held a walk to church weekend and an ecumenical procession as part of Lytham “Club Day”

 

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Our Lady Star of the Sea, St Anne’s, parishioners dedicated a walk, like walking to church;

 

 

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Our Lady & St Edward’s, Preston – parish ‘Walk to Church’ weekend and also inviting parish groups to organise walks

 

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Churches Together in Fulwood & Broughton, during the walk they reflected on refugees with the Lampedusa cross;

 

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Saint Mary’s Catholic Academy, Blackpool, together with parishes and schools in Blackpool and Poulton walked along Blackpool Promenade

 

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Parishioners from Holy Trinity and St George, Kendal, walked up Coniston Old Man in the Lake District

 

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St Gregory’s, Preston walked around Moor Park

 

 

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Saint Bernadette’s Lancaster held a “walk to church” weekend;

 

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Our Lady & St Charles parish in Keswick held a walk around the Lake

 

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St Anthony’s and the Holy Family held a 3 miles walk through Lancaster canal and Haslam Park;

 

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St Mary of Furness, Ulverston & Dalton, finished their country walk with tea and cakes

 

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St Teresa’s, Cleveleys and Thornton deanery, walked from ‘plaza’ at the top of Victoria Rd along the promenade.

 

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We want to thank all of you for your support for CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign, and for standing in solidarity with refugees and migrants across the world. We want to remind you that we have already hit our target of 24,900 miles and we are now aiming to double that to 49,800 miles.

So, if you have been thinking about organising a Share the Journey walk with your parish or community you still have time to do so. Thank you!

 

Fun CAFOD fundraiser at St Anne’s

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If you live anywhere near St Anne’s, please come along and support Our Lady Star of the Sea parish’s fundraising event on Friday 13th July.

A light trip back to the Sixties with live music from “Mike and the Legends”. All monies will go to the CAFOD Refugees Crisis Appeal.

It’ll be an amazing fun, family and friendly event. Tickets are just £6, and will include a sandwich and a cake. All details are on the poster:

Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Centre
67 St Albans Road
St Annes
FY8 1XD

Thank you for your support!

St Peter’s, Lytham… Shares the Journey!

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.

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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.

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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!

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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