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

Best Wishes for a Happy and Joyful Easter

 Overcoming the Cross of Hunger

Risen Lord,

shed your light on those who live in the shadow of death

and warm the hearts of those who have lost hope,

that they who daily bear the cross of hunger

may find your Promised Land,

and move from slavery to freedom.

As we proclaim your Easter song

help us to die to greed and rise to justice,

to abandon apathy and take up action,

that rich and poor together may travel the road to freedom,

and be restored to your resurrection life.

Amen.

Annabel Shilson-Thomas/CAFOD

Wishing you a happy and blessed Easter – Martin and all at CAFOD

Pope Francis announces the World Day of Prayer and Fasting for Family Fast Day

At his weekly audience, Pope Francis invited parishioners join the World Day of Prayer and Fasting on Friday 23 February, which is our Lent Fast Day

Pope Francis motivated us to keep in our prayers the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Sudan during the Lent Fast Day.  The Catholic Church, CAFOD and many other partners are providing a safety net for the victims of violence, giving psychological support, medical services and access to justice for rape victims.

More than 1 million people are estimated to have been displaced by violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo

More than 1 million people are estimated to have been displaced by violence in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo

As a partner of Caritas,  we’ve mainly been working with national Church structures at parish, diocesan and national levels in many African countries. The DRC is devastated by a civil war that killed almost four million people. Many as half a million women and girls have been victims of extreme sexual violence carried out by armed groups.

South Sudan - sever drought and conflict have left millions of people in need of humanitarian aid

South Sudan – sever drought and conflict have left millions of people in need of humanitarian aid

In the meantime, South Sudan is facing a major humanitarian crisis, caused by severe drought and an on-going conflict. We provide food and water to people who have been forced out of their homes by fighting, promote peace and justice, and provide education.

On Family Fast Day we will be fasting and praying not just with Catholics in England and Wales but Catholics across the entire world, and as Pope Francis suggested we are calling to everyone to pray and support our campaign in the DRC and South Sudan.

Money raised towards our Lent appeal between Shrove Tuesday 13 February and Saturday 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government, up to £5 million.Funds raised for our Lent appeal go towards CAFOD’s general funds which resources our work in these countries. This year, money raised towards our Lent appeal between Shrove Tuesday 13 February and Saturday 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government, up to £5 million.

Please remember to pray on Family Fast Day, the 23rd of February.