On the first weekend in January St Mary of the Angels Church in Worthing hosted the Lampedusa Cross as it travels around the diocese. They held a coffee morning on Friday 6th January and invited a speaker from Worthing 4 Refugees to talk to them. On Sunday parishioners were given the opportunity to write messages of hope to refugees on special cards which then be sent to CAFOD so that they can pass them on to refugees.
Many thanks to Rod Thick our CAFOD parish volunteer at St Mary of the Angels for organising the weekend.
The Lampedusa Cross will be travelling to Worth Abbey at the beginning of February as they are organising a special a Refugee Solidarity Liturgy on Friday 3rd February at 8pm with an opportunity to write messages of hope to refugees. Everyone is invited and there will be refreshments afterwards.
Sicilian carpenter Francesco Tuccio made rough crosses from the wreckage of a boat carrying refugees that sank off the Island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea. The crosses were offered to the survivors as a symbol of their rescue and a sign of hope. Pope Francis has a Lampedusa Cross as does the British museum.
People have mentioned that they found reflecting on and holding the cross a profound experience. Many pray for people who have been forced to leave home. Some reflect on what it must be like to go on such a journey. Others have mentioned reflecting that we are all refugees in the Kingdom of God, arriving on its shores with hope for a better life. Most people write a message of hope to refugees as a fruit of their reflection and a sign of solidarity and compassion. We can arrange for special cards to be delivered to your community on which people can write their messages.
If your parish or school would like to host the Lampedusa cross please get in touch with Martin or Jo on 01483 898866 or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org