St Anne’s, Overbury Street, Shares the Journey!

On Sunday 1st July, members of St Anne’s parish Shared the Journey with a walk and picnic in the park. 50 people walked round the park, rounding up a dedicated week of walking from parishioners, who have walked a total of 430 miles! The parish had walkers of all ages taking part, with 15 children and lots of families joining in the picnic, and one 87yr old parishioner walking an amazing total of 10 miles during the week! What a fantastic effort.

Their fantastic effort adds to our CAFOD total miles, which at the moment is over 92,000 miles!

CAFOD supporter, Anne Marie, said, “We had a really good response from 50 people. We decided the best option would be to invite our parishioners to come together for a picnic after mass in Sefton Park before setting off on our walks, where we left it up to the individual how far they chose to walk. Some did half a mile, others did the whole 2.4 mile distance of the park. Those who could not join us for the walk took a prayer card and made their own pilgrimages, adding lots of extra miles to our total too. We were blessed with the weather and we didn’t need an excuse to have a picnic, it was a great event to bring our parish community together and show our support for refugees and migrants”.

CAFOD Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, Emily McIndoe, said, “It’s so wonderful to see so many people of all ages joining together to share their support for refugees and the Share the Journey campaign. What a wonderful event!”

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St Richard’s School Share the Journey

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.

We have already walked twice around the world in solidarity with our brothers and sisters. We are now aiming to walk a third time around the world to send a strong message to Theresa May that she must ensure that the UK takes a lead in the refugee negotiations at the UN later this year. You can sign our petition here.

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St Richard’s Catholic Primary school in Skelmersdale held a Refugee Walk in May to support CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign. 246 children and staff each walked 2 miles, adding a fantastic 498 miles to our total!

CAFOD supporter Julie Carr said, “The children, staff and student teachers took part in the Refugee Walk to highlight the difficulties our refugee neighbours face in their plight to live a safe life. Our children were shocked to learn of some of the dangers which they face day to day and were determined to join the Share the Journey campaign.  We managed to add 498 miles to the totaliser.  On the journey we passed a number of shoppers and dog walkers – the children were keen to pass the reason for their walk on in the hope that others would join in this worthy campaign.”

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CAFOD Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, Emily McIndoe, said “This is such a fantastic effort from St Richards, it’s incredible to hear how the primary school students were so interested in learning about the plight of refugees and showed their support for them. What an amazing event!”

Can you hold a walk in your parish or community to stand in solidarity with refugees?

Find out more about the campaign.

Thank you for Sharing the Journey across Liverpool Diocese!

A big thank you to so many of our wonderful campaigners for taking action on the refugee crisis and showing support for people forced to flee their homes. We have had plenty of wonderful Share the Journey events across the diocese so far, and we still have two months of campaigning left!

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We have now managed to walk TWICE around the world in solidarity with refugees, and now we’re aiming to walk round a third time! You can track our progress here and follow our journey as we petition Theresa May to stand up for human dignity and urge her to ensure that the UK takes a lead during UN refugee negotiations.

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St Joseph’s parish card signing

St Charles and Thomas More, Aigburth have been working hard to Share the Journey. They’ve already held their first walk to Church Sunday event in which 19 people took part, and have plans for a second on 15th July. As well as these wonderful events, on Sunday 24th June (the last day of our Refugee Week of Action) the parish held a Share the Journey walk around Sefton Park, adding 18 miles to their parish total so far!

St Joseph’s, Penketh also supported the campaign by holding a card signing on Sunday 8th July, and managed to get over 170 people to sign petition cards that will be sent to Teresa May. What a fantastic effort!

CAFOD Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, Emily McIndoe, said “It’s wonderful to see so many different parishes get involved with this campaign, it’s so inspiring to see how enthusiastic and passionate our parish volunteers are, and they are achieving tremendous results! I’m excited to see how far we can walk, both as a diocese and as CAFOD as a whole”.

There’s still time for you to get involved and Share the Journey in your community and parish, so see if you can hold a Walk to Church Sunday event or Share the Journey Walk.

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CAFOD Liverpool Office Shares the Journey

stj office 1CAFOD’s latest campaign action, Share the Journey, is focused on taking action on the refugee crisis and showing support for people forced to flee their homes.

War, persecution, natural disaster and poverty force millions of people from their homes. Most come from poor countries, and seek safety in poor countries nearby.

We cannot turn away. These are human beings with hopes, fears, desires and stories to share, just like each one of us.

Pope Francis has declared this time a ‘unique opportunity’ for us to press our governments to make global commitments which place the human dignity of people on the move at their heart.

The campaign asks you to organise a walk in your local parish or community to join us in a walk around the world to urge world leaders to step up to protect rights of refugees and migrants. Here in the CAFOD Liverpool office, we organised a walk ourselves and walked round Sefton Park, counting our miles to the online total.

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Ged, Colette, Stephen, Emily and Jo all signed the petition and walked a total of 10 miles despite the rain, stopping to listen to the stories of those who are making difficult journeys. We enjoyed getting out of the office and found the experience of walking and listening to the stories very moving and thought provoking. See what you can do to get involved and, as always, we would love to hear about it in the Liverpool Office!

Find out more about the campaign by clicking here.

Bishop and schoolchildren add almost 400 miles to around the world charity challenge

Primary school children from a local Wavertree school raised over £1,000 when they teamed up with the auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool to join thousands of others to help complete a 24,900-mile walk around the world in solidarity with refugees.

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On March 2, over 350 school children from Christ the King Catholic primary school were joined by Bishop Tom Williams to support the international development charity CAFOD by completing a one mile sponsored walk around their playground – contributing to the combined total of 3,358-miles already walked – as part of the Share the Journey campaign.

Walking almost 400-miles collectively, the staff and children at the school decided to continue with their walk despite the cold and wind as they knew that refugees and migrants had to travel much further and in much harsher conditions and circumstances than themselves.

Headteacher at Christ the King, Mrs Griffin, said: “Our families at Christ the King are very generous and always willing to help out where and when they can. The children have a great understanding of the work that CAFOD does and are always keen and ready to help those less fortunate than themselves.

“It was lovely to welcome Bishop Tom to our school on this day. He was able to say Mass, complete the sponsored walk and have a tour of the school with two of our school councillors. It was a great day for the whole school community.”

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Bishop Tom with two Christ the King pupils

The group hopes their walk will raise awareness before world leaders meet on 19 September at the United Nations General Assembly in New York toreach two new agreements on protecting refugees and migrants.

Eleven-year-old Libby, who took part in the walk, added: “It was really nice to walk with my friends and talk about the different journeys we have been on. I raised money because I know it is important to help other people. I know how lucky I am and that I shouldn’t take things for granted.”

Last year, Pope Francis launched the Share the Journey campaign. Championed by international Catholic charities, the campaign hopes to encourage global leaders to act.

Groups across England and Wales are now urging Britain to play a leading role in the UN negotiations. CAFOD has launched a petition to the Prime Minister to ensure the UK takes a prominent lead at the assembly.

CAFOD’s local representative in Wavertree, Colette Byrne, said:  “We want to say a massive thank you to all of the children at Christ the King, and Bishop Tom for getting involved and showing his support to the campaign. Everyone came together and showed local leaders that protecting refugees and migrants is an important issue to their communities.

Share the Journey will deliver a powerful message to world leaders that we want new global agreements that ensure refugees and migrants can live fairly and with dignity.”

Find out how you can join the campaign