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.
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!
‘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!
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”
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”
Other walks have also been organised in the parish so thanks to all involved especially CAFOD parish contact Moira Hind.