Our diocese has been so supportive by walking in great solidarity with refugees and migrants. Yet more parishes and schools have been taking part in a Share the Journey Walk.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish in Adur Valley organised a walk this weekend, Beth Ricketts reports: ‘Our walk consisted of a huge variety of ages from 1-80 years old. We walked 4 miles but every mile was worth it because we thought of the hungry and suffering refugees.’ It was also a sponsored walk which is a great way of multiplying the effect!
Catholics from Bexhill-on-Sea, Little Common and Sidley also took to the promenade in Bexhill on a busy weekend to Share the Journey. This was a culmination of much activity within the parish – talks at all of the three churches and a strong encouragement to sign the petition to Theresa May. There was so much desire to be part of the campaign that there weren’t enough cards to go around. 46 miles were added to the total mileage for which we’re very grateful. In the picture below, you can see Christina in the blue T-shirt. Christina was in the Papal Audience when Pope Francis launched the Caritas International campaign in Rome last year and was delighted to be able to lead on the campaign in her own parish
Holy Angels in Ash were also out in solidarity. A group of 11 people of all ages took to the streets and completed a 1.5 mile walk while praying for migrants world-wide.
Crawley parish has been encouraging people to do their own walks in solidarity and many people have been taking this opportunity. They also hopes to arrange a joint walk later in the summer. St Edmund’s in Godalming also took part in a walk earlier in July.
Schools and School Volunteers have been organising a variety of visits, workshops, walks and assemblies over the diocese. St Catherine’s in Littlehampton, St Anne’s in Chertsey and Sacred Heart in Hastings were Primary Schools visited this month learning about CAFOD, our wider work and our Share the Journey campaign. St Richard’s in Bexhill and Cardinal Newman in Hove also got introduced to the plight of refugees and the Share the Journey campaign, walking in solidarity themselves.
We are delighted that the total number of miles walked has far exceeded our aim. We wanted one time around the world. Now look how far we’ve got!
There are more walks still to happen – in Bognor and Redhill for example. Do keep an eye on our Upcoming Events Page for more information. And it’s not too late to organise your own simple walk. Perhaps while things are peaceful over the summer you could walk around a local park and reflect with a few friends or parishioners? Do get in touch if you’d like to chat about how to do it – it really is quite simple. We have two people just waiting to help you out!
Thanks to all the volunteers and walkers who have been doing all these wonderful things.