Pope Francis launched ‘Share the Journey’, in November last year, a new global campaign to stand up for the rights of refugees and migrants. The timescale of the campaign is from now until the Pope goes to address the UN in September. A week of action will also take place during Refugee Week 16 – 24 June.
In support of the campaign, CAFOD is aiming to walk 24,901 miles – the distance around the whole world! It is inviting all schools and parishes to engage in this campaign. It’s an act of solidarity to Share the Journey with our global neighbours fleeing their homes. Every step you take, together with others from across the England & Wales, will send a message to world leaders that they must step up too. They need to act with courage and compassion when they agree ambitious new UN agreements on refugees and migration in 2018.
An online petition is up and running already, and an organiser’s guide can be ordered. This guide includes:
• Tips to walk with your parish/school group – it really is as simple as it sounds!
• Prayers, stories and conversation starters to use as you walk.
• What the campaign is calling for.
Bishop Patrick states “During the Week of Action in June, I encourage all parishes and schools to walk a mile in solidarity; perhaps organise a walk to church that weekend or around the school playground. Taking part in the Share the Journey campaign is an opportunity for parishes / deaneries to work together and also an opportunity to raise awareness of the campaign in preparation for Pilgrimages already in the Diocesan Calendar. If any events or activities are being planned it would be great to hear about them so we can share how the Diocese of Nottingham is responding to the call of Pope Francis to take part in his campaign.”
Some walks have already been planned by schools and parishes and here are details of a few that you may wish to join in – or even better, organise one in your parish/ school. Order your resources and as Bishop Patrick says, do let us know what your are planning so we can celebrate and share how we in Nottingham Diocese are taking part in this campaign!
Saturday 12th May Humber Bridge Cross Annual walk linking Nottingham & MIddlesbrough Dioceses. Start Barton upon Humber 2pm
Saturday 16th June St Barnabas Cathedral to Nottingham Volunteer Centre. Start 11am
Friday 29th June Holy Cross Primary School Hucknall, whole school walking to the parish and back.
Holy Cross Parish, Hucknall has 3 Saturday evening walks of 1 mile to walk to evening Mass
Sunday 24th June Holy Spirit West Bridgford are walking to morning Mass from the park and back again for a picnic.
School groups visiting The Briars are also clocking up the miles when they visit
For more information about these and planning your own walk do get in touch:
Maggie Mairura 0115 975 6138 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Beall – Campaign Volunteer Coordinator 07837 163375 email@example.com