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.
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 Warton parish walked in the annual Freckleton “Club Day” parade;
St Peter’s, Lytham, held a walk to church weekend and an ecumenical procession as part of Lytham “Club Day”
Our Lady Star of the Sea, St Anne’s, parishioners dedicated a walk, like walking to church;
Our Lady & St Edward’s, Preston – parish ‘Walk to Church’ weekend and also inviting parish groups to organise walks
Churches Together in Fulwood & Broughton, during the walk they reflected on refugees with the Lampedusa cross;
Saint Mary’s Catholic Academy, Blackpool, together with parishes and schools in Blackpool and Poulton walked along Blackpool Promenade
Parishioners from Holy Trinity and St George, Kendal, walked up Coniston Old Man in the Lake District
St Gregory’s, Preston walked around Moor Park
Saint Bernadette’s Lancaster held a “walk to church” weekend;
Our Lady & St Charles parish in Keswick held a walk around the Lake
St Anthony’s and the Holy Family held a 3 miles walk through Lancaster canal and Haslam Park;
St Mary of Furness, Ulverston & Dalton, finished their country walk with tea and cakes
St Teresa’s, Cleveleys and Thornton deanery, walked from ‘plaza’ at the top of Victoria Rd along the promenade.
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!