Poor Clares Share the Journey

Two weeks ago I popped in to visit our neighbours, the Poor Clare sisters. Catching up with each others news is always good! Their community is growing from 4 to 17 as another Convent in North Wales is closing and the community moving to Nottingham. So we remember them in our prayers as they face these new opportunities and challenges.

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I updated them on the Share the Journey campaign and passed over some of the campaign cards. This morning after Mass, Sr Lily asked me to pop in again. ‘We did our walk on Saturday, the feast of St Clare, and I have some photos for you’.

They walked around their garden, joining in solidarity with the many, many Catholics in England & Wales who have now walked over 100 000 miles!

 

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‘It was only a short walk, not much’, Sr Lily told me. I assured her that whatever the distance, their participation is wonderful!

I also heard today that the parish of Alfreton & Clay Cross are organising a walk on Saturday 15th September.  So don’t worry if you hadn’t taken part yet.  There is still plenty of time!

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Sharing the Journey in Glossop

Well done to our Catholic Community in Glossop! As well as walking for the Share the Journey campaign, staff and students at St Mary’s Catholic primary school also managed to raise funds! Headteacher Simon Groake told me; “The whole school rallied round to walk through the town to show our support for the plight of refugees and to raise funds for CAFOD’s latest campaign, “Share the Journey”. Parents, family members and parishioners joined the children on their walk. In Norfolk Square we sat and reflected upon the feelings refugees must have. We honoured them with a minute’s silence and sang ‘When I needed a neighbour’  On returning to school, parishioners handed out refreshments for the children after their walk. We hope to have raised £1000 for CAFOD with our sponsored walk. The Liturgy Council organised the whole event to promote the Catholic Life of the School”

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What great witness from the parish and school who added 226 miles to the totaliser that day.    They also managed to get their ‘journey’ published in the local paper, the Glossop Chronicle! Fr Greg Tobin, parish priest said, “I was delighted to see such a positive article in the ‘Chron’ about St Mary’s school joining in the CAFOD ‘share the journey’ campaign. There were some lovely photographs and a form of evangelisation as the school went down into the town highlighting the plight of refugees, and the work of the Church in relieving their suffering through the work of CAFOD”

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CAFOD’s target was to walk the 24 900 miles that circumnavigate the globe.  As I write today (19/7/18) we have reached 79 220 so we are now on our fourth loop of the globe!

Derby to Belper – Day 1 of the Padley/ Share the Journey Pilgrimage

Thanks to Bishop Patrick for putting Vincent Cundy in touch with me. This is Vincent’s 11th year of organising the four-day Padley Pilgrimage and it seemed fitting to combine it with Share the Journey. Day 1 started with Mass in the Bridge Gate Convent Chapel, celebrated by Fr Paul, visiting from Arusha in Tanzania. Padley 1After tea and toast kindly provided by the Sisters, we made our way to St Mary’s Bridge, where on 25th July 1588, Nicholas Garlick, Robert Ludlam and Richard Simpson were hung drawn and quartered and their remains draped over the chapel entrance. Garlick and Ludlam, two Roman Catholic priests, were arrested at Padley Manor and brought to Derby for trial on a charge of High Treason, together with Simpson another priest who was already in custody. After conviction, they spent their last night at the chapel which was then in use as a prison. The men are now remembered as the Padley Martyrs.

We began our journey with prayers; for refugees and for vocations and heard David’s story, a refugee from South Sudan. We then headed north out of Derby, walking along the Derwent Valley Heritage Trail.Padley 2

Along the way we passed some beautiful countryside, tackling some very overgrown footpaths and very dry fields (a turf farm).  We took some time out at Little Eaton for a comfort break and continued on to Duffield where two of our group headed back to Derby.  Finding a lovely spot for lunch we first heard Liz telling us Mohamed’s story and remembered him and others in our prayers.  We carried on to Belper, enjoying a welcome cuppa in Morrison’s café and there I left the group to carry on to Whatstandwell as I headed to the station and the train home.

There is something very humbling about meeting a new group of people from different countries (Fr Paul joined us!) and different walks of life.  And yet we all had something in common.  A desire to walk in solidarity not only as part of  Share the Journey campaign but also to remember our past and pray for our future.  And a wonderful opportunity to walk and talk!Padley 3

At the start of the day I introduced my fellow pilgrims to my two tangible symbols of the plight of refugees; the Lampedusa Cross, which will continue on to Padley and the bracelet I received in May when I attended the CIDSE conference in The Hague.  Each participant was given a gift by our Dutch hosts CORDAID; a bracelet made of fabric from life jackets abandoned on the Greek island of Lesbos.  We all took turns carrying the cross and wearing the bracelet.  Other pilgrims will join the group over the next few days, finally meeting up with pilgrims from both Hallam and Nottingham Diocese at Grindleford Station for Mass at Padley on Sunday at 3.30pm.padley

Are you planning a walk over the summer?  Or are you walking on your holidays?  Our initial target of walking once around the globe has been well and truly smashed and we are now on our third loop of the globe!  Add your miles and let us know about your walks.

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