On Sunday 1st July 2018, 15 parishioners from 4 parishes in Nottinghamshire added 69 miles to CAFODs Share the Journey totaliser.
Ann and Roger Neale from St Joseph’s in Shirebrook told me:
“We headed off on our walk from St Philip Neri in Mansfield with parishioners from St Philip’s, St Patrick’s, Forest Town and Our Lady of Help of Christians in Kirkby in Ashfield. It was lovely and cool in the church as we started our walk with prayers, reflecting on the journeys that refugees and migrants have to take. We knew it was going to be hot outside!
Half way and we arrived at St Patrick’s, where we were given a very welcome drink and cake. When we finally returned to St Philip’s all tired and hot, we really felt we had achieved something. Responding to Pope Francis’ Share the Journey campaign we knew we were part of something bigger, joining with our global Catholic community to raise awareness of the issues facing refugees and migrants on their journeys. It was also very moving to be walking with the Lampedusa Cross. It was hot but that made it even more significant, as we remembered the plight of refugees as we walked, and to be able to bring this terrible situation to the attention of our political leaders and feel united with Pope Francis when he addresses world leaders at the UN Assembly in September.
We arrived at our destination tired and weary but happy that we made our short walk with CAFOD. Some took a different route to a different destination and it made us wonder how refugees feel when they walk and have no end in sight.
We managed to add 69 miles to add to the Share the Journey total. Carrying our bags and the Lampedusa Cross in solidarity with refugees and migrants . Thanks to the 13 people who joined us and all those who joined us in spirit!”
So many schools and parishes have taken part in the campaign and more walks are planned over the summer. The original target was to walk the 24 900 miles that circumnavigate the global. We have nearly completed that…… twice! So help us make it three times?
Our next Diocesan walk is joining with the Padley Pilgrimage which starts on Thursday 12th July in Derby and ends at Padley on Sunday 15th July. I will be joining pilgrims on Thursday morning at 8am Mass and walking with them to Belper.
And after that on Saturday 22nd September during the time of the UN Assembly we will be walking to Crich Stand from the Briars at 3pm