St Erconwald’s in Walton-on-Thames Share the Journey with Refugees in Global Campaign.

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who took part in St Erconwald’s Parish Walk. 46 people joined in, including 18 of their confirmation candidates, who helped with wheel chairs. These and a few dogs walked from St Erconwald to Cowey Sale and along the river path to the Minnows pub and back again.

The activity was arranged by our M2M team (Maintenance to Mission) and supports Pope Francis’ ‘Share the Journey‘ call to support refugees and migrants around the world.

Their mileage, along with those from other supporters from around England and Wales,  will be added together with a collective target of 24,900 miles – the distance around the whole world.

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Each individual taking part on Sunday walked approx 11,777 steps and we have added 212 miles to our target.

‘And importantly,’ Said Lucy Jardine, parishioner and member of  CAFOD’s Education Team, ‘we started and finished the walk as a team, helping to build our Christian community. At 3.00 pm we all stopped to say a Hail Mary in support of fellow Catholics around the country taking part in the Coastal Rosary.’

Our thanks go to Lucy, the confirmation group and the parish for their support, and adding their voice to a petition to Prime Minister, Theresa May:

‘Inspired by Pope Francis’ special concern for people on the move, we urge Britain to play a leading role in the forthcoming global compacts on migration and refugees.

We urge you and other world leaders to develop a united, global response which:

  • respects human dignity
  • protects the vulnerable
  • supports host countries
  • keeps families together
  • tackles the reasons why people migrate.’

Share the Journey across the Weybridge Deanery 23-24 June

Share the Journey We Are HumansGroups of CAFOD supporters and volunteers will be walking from church to church across the Weybridge Deanery for our Share the Journey campaign. What promises to be a wonderful occasion of people coming together from various parishes is all in solidarity with refugees.

The walk will start in Thames Ditton on the 23rd of June and pass through Walton-On-Thames, then on Sunday the 24th will head to Weybridge, Chertsey, Egham Hythe, Englefield Green before finishing in Royal Holloway. Refreshments will be served at each stage and a simple prayer will launch and end the walk in each Church.

Some people will be able to walk a few stages of the journey while others will walk from their own church to the next on the journey. No stage should be too taxing and lifts should be available back to the set-off point of each stage.

St Thomas of Canterbury Parish in Mayfield about to set off on their Share the Journey walk.

St Thomas of Canterbury Parish in Mayfield about to set off on their Share the Journey walk a few weeks ago.

Would you like to join? See the plan below and do get in touch with the CAFOD office in Wonersh to find out more and let us know you’re intending to join us. All miles walked will be added to the totaliser, which is counting our miles as we try to walk the distance around the world.

Would you be able to organise your own walk. This needn’t be large or complicated, but could be a simple walk in the park with a few friends or fellow parishioners. Simple materials are available to order or download to aid reflection, prayer and conversation. More information can be found on our website.

Times are estimates and could be subject to a little change at this early stage. Note that the first leg is on Saturday morning 23rd of June, the rest happen on Sunday 24th of June.

Leaving from Est. Time of Departure Arriving at Est Time of Arrival Est Walking Time
Our Lady of Lourdes, Thames Ditton Saturday Morning after 9:15 morning prayer St Erconwald’s, Walton-on-Thames 10:45am 1hr, 15 mins
St Erconwald’s, Walton-on-Thames Sunday morning after 9:15am Mass (~10:30) Christ the Prince of Peace, Weybridge 11:30am 1hr
Christ the Prince of Peace, Weybridge After 10.30am
Mass & refreshments (around midday)
St Anne’s, Chertsey 1/1:15pm 50mins
St Anne’s, Chertsey Around 1:15pm St John of Rochester
Egham Hythe
2:40-3pm 1hr 25 mins
St John of Rochester
Egham Hythe
3:30pm The Assumption of our Lady
Englefield Green
4:30pm 1hr
The Assumption of our Lady
Englefield Green
4:45pm Royal Holloway, (University of London) 5pm 10mins

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Mayfield Walks in Solidarity with Refugees

Our first Diocesan Share the Journey walk, in solidarity with people on the move, took place on Sunday the 8th of April. Fourteen members of the St Thomas Of Canterbury parish in Mayfield did the ‘Mayfield Walk’ after Mass.

St Thomas of Canterbury Parish in Mayfield about to set off on their Share the Journey walk.

St Thomas of Canterbury Parish in Mayfield about to set off on their Share the Journey walk.

‘The whole event was lovely.’ said Christine Georgeson, parish volunteer. ‘We said the Share the Journey prayer to begin the walk and talked about the issues the campaign is focusing on.

A nice picnic to finish off the walk

A nice picnic to finish off the walk

‘It started off raining a little but it soon stopped. We’re a small parish so easy to get to know each other and everyone said how much they enjoyed it. We finished with a lovely picnic and everyone got their campaign cards.’

Inspired by Pope Francis’ special concern for people on the move, with the Share the Journey campaign we are urging Britain to play a leading role in the forthcoming global compacts on migration and refugees. We are asking Prime Minister, Theresa May, and other world leaders to develop a united, global response which:

  • respects human dignityShare the Journey Logo
  • protects the vulnerable
  • supports host countries
  • keeps families together
  • tackles the reasons why people migrate

We are hoping to walk around the world with such walks. The world is 24,900 miles in circumference and we need your help. The fourteen people (not counting the dogs) in Mayfield walked a total of 56 miles. How many could you and your parish walk? Click to see our on-line totaliser to see how we’re doing so far.

Walks like this will be happening across the diocese and across England and Wales in solidarity with people on the move. Would you be able to organise one? See our website for more information on the campaign and how to organise a similar walk.

Our thanks go to Christine, the walkers and the St Thomas of Canterbury Parish in Mayfield for organising the walk and sending us lovely pictures of it.

The Mayfield group mid-walk

The Mayfield group mid-walk