Archbishop Malcolm McMahon supports CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign

This week is Refugee Week, a week which is a celebration of the contribution of refugees and promoting understanding of why people seek sanctuary.

Pope Francis calls us to act in solidarity with refugees and migrants.  One way you can respond to this call is to get involved with our Share the Journey campaign.

Join us as we walk 24,900 miles – the distance around the world – in solidarity with people who are forced to flee their homes. As part of our campaign we also invite you to sign our Share the Journey petition to the Prime Minister, asking her to put human dignity at the heart of global agreements on refugees and migrants.

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon is also on board!  He signed his card last week, and CAFOD’s Community Participation Coordinator, Colette Byrne was there.  She said, “We’re so happy to have the support of the Archbishop with this campaign.  We have been really impressed with the way that so many parishes have embraced Share the Journey, and we’ve even seen pastoral areas coming together to walk with one another too’.

‘We were extra happy yesterday on World Refugee Day, when it was announced that people from across England and Wales have managed to walk the whole distance around the Earth already.  Its not too late to take part though…. We’re going around again, so please join us!”

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Archbishop Malcolm McMahon signs his CAFOD campaign Share the Journey action card.

St Joseph’s Shevington Shares the Journey

Its the start of Refugee week!  War, persecution, natural disaster and poverty force millions of people from their homes. Inspired by Pope Francis, we respond with compassion and call on governments to protect the human dignity of people on the move. As part of our Share the Journey campaign, we are aiming to walk 24,900 miles – the distance around the world. You can see how far we’ve walked already by checking our online totaliser here!

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St Joseph’s Shevington have joined us on our journey and contributed a fantastic 2,319 to our mileage total! Between Monday 7th and Saturday 12th May, families from the parish walked in solidarity with refugees and migrants. They were joined by primary school student from St Bernadette’s and St Marie’s schools, who each walked a mile a day for four days racking up an outstanding 1,668 miles!

On Saturday 12th May, 49 walkers chose between a 6-mile and 10-mile route, with parish priest Fr John Hindley among others successfully completing the 10-mile walk.

Later in the day, 81 walkers completed the shorter 2 and 4-mile routes, with 37 children completing a 2-mile treasure trail along the way.

All walks began with a prayer and when asked by members of the public what they were doing, walkers responded, “The Pope asked to walk so we are doing!”

CAFOD volunteers, and event organisers, David and Joyce Madden said:

“Pope Francis asked Catholics to walk in solidarity with refugees and migrants and CAFOD asked its supporters to walk around the world – how could we refuse?!

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“Our group is a small one – of six members – but we are lucky and very thankful for the friends in the Parish who willingly step in to help on special occasions.  We announced our basic plan at the weekend Masses during the CAFOD Lenten Fast Day Talk. Refinements, brilliant ideas and the co-operation of our two Primary Schools and St Bernadette’s Nursery culminated in a very successful 5 days.

 

The actual walk day was hectic, noisy, full of laughter and eventually cake.   It made all the hard work worthwhile.”

 

All their hard work certainly paid off, and they have managed to get the Liverpool diocese’s total off to an incredible start!

 

Ged Edwards, CAFOD Area Representative, said, “It’s a fantastic achievement to bring together not just people in the parish but also local schools as well. St Bernadette’s does a brilliant job for CAFOD in keeping our focus on the pressing issues on refugees and migrants, and this is just one example of that.”

 

To find out more about how you can get involved with Share the Journey, visit our website: https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Share-the-Journey

Volunteer’s week celebrations!

We had a great time celebrating the achievements of our wonderful volunteers for Volunteer’s Week on Saturday at the CAFOD Volunteer Centre, where we had a Volunteer’s ‘Thank You’ Afternoon Tea Party!

CAFOD Community Participation Coordinators, Colette Byrne and Ged Edwards, baked home made cakes and scones to treat their volunteers and thank them for the hard work that they do throughout the year!

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CAFOD Volunteers Pat, Irene and Pauline kindly helped with scone preparation.

Ged said, ‘Our volunteers do so much for CAFOD in their parishes, in local schools and in their communities.  We rely on them so much to spread the message of CAFOD’s work to the supporters in their area and they do a fantastic job!’

‘We were really keen to acknowledge their efforts, inviting them to our Volunteer Centre and giving something back to them, and what better way to do that than with home made cake!”

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CAFOD Volunteers, Doreen, Pat, Irene, Pauline and Ricardo enjoying tea with Colette from CAFOD.

CAFOD volunteers are currently working on organising parish walks for the current Share the Journey campaign.

Colette, said, “The volunteers who attended the tea party really appreciated the opportunity to talk to fellow volunteers from other parishes in neighbouring areas, we would really encourage CAFOD volunteers to attend our future get togethers, not only to hear about the amazing work they are contributing to, but also to enhance the team spirit among all CAFOD volunteers’.

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CAFOD Volunteer, Sr Jo Gleeson enjoyed tea and cake with CAFOD supporters from St Dominic’s Parish.

Share the Journey – Our favourite Liverpool walks

We are so lucky to live in a place like Liverpool, where there is such a diverse variety of places to walk and take in the culture of our city.  From the city centre to beaches and squirrel reserves, we at CAFOD Liverpool have chosen our favourite places to walk.

 

It’s easy to get involved in our Share the Journey campaign and to log your miles.

 

Colette’s favourite walk is along Otterspool Promenade, Liverpool:

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I often walk here as I love being by the waterfront and getting some really fresh air in to my lungs!  I love watching the sun reflect on the water, it gives a fantastic sparkle which is really magical to see on a sunny day.  It is a beautiful alternative to getting the car, bus or train in to the city centre, if you can take some time to walk along the promenade.  There are many people of all ages who use the prom, walking, cycling, running and it is enjoyable to see the fisherman’s catches too!  You can always hear lots of laughter around here.

 

Ged’s favourite walk is from the Catalyst Museum to Pickering Pasture, Widnes:

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The walk allows you to take in the view of the estuary in both directions. The walk is flat and has picnic benches are available outside of Pickering Pasture, making it the perfect family day out. The walk also covers a lot of history making it not only a scenic experience but also an educational one.

 

Emily loves walking along the beach in Crosby:

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Along Crosby beach there is an art installation called ‘Another Place’, which most people will know as the life-size iron men figures. The beach is nothing short of a picturesque seaside, perfect for a summers day outing. It’s also so different from other walks within the busy crowded city centre, giving you a peaceful alternative.

 

Beth’s favourite walk takes you past the best sights the city centre has to offer, from Pier Head to Queens Dock, Liverpool:

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This route allows you to take in all the sights Liverpool has to offer, including the Three Graces, the Albert Docks and the Mersey. Starting at the historic the Liver Building you can take in the view of the city. On your way you will pass the Albert Docks, giving you the chance admire all the padlocks people have attached to the railings, while the Mersey runs alongside you throughout the whole of this walk. This is the perfect way to appreciate the beauty of Liverpool

 

Rosie enjoys visiting the squirrels on a walk at Freshfield beach:

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Getting the train to Freshfield, and hopping off to walk towards the beach, you reach the red squirrel reserve – one of the last remaining red squirrel sanctuaries in the country.  If you continue walking on through the dunes along to the shoreline beach, you can turn left towards Liverpool or right, walking straight through to Crosby. Then you’ll reach the destination of Emily’s walk – a popular choice – and Antony Gorman’s ‘Another Place.’ There are no roads, just beautiful nature, and the fresh crisp air will certainly mean you sleep well that night!

 

 

Why not take in the views of Liverpool by gathering your friends and going on your own Share the Journey walk?

Celebrating our Volunteers

Without volunteers, our work at CAFOD would be made much more difficult.

Whether you play your part as a communications volunteer who amplifies the voice of those in need, an education volunteer helping to inspire future generations, or an office volunteer helping to ensure the smooth-running of the office, your input is valuable. People who help out at Fast Days, respond to emergencies, make change by campaigning or spending your Sunday’s speaking at mass, your passion for social justice is clear and your help appreciated.

Here, CAFOD’s Director of Operations, Geoff, has a message of thanks for you:

Throughout this week, we will be celebrating many of the volunteers here at CAFOD and saying thank you for all the work that you do within schools and your own parishes here in the Archdiocese of Liverpool!

Interested in volunteering with CAFOD? Find out more