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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Churches Together in Formby Join Together in a Walk around the World

Back in September 2017, Pope Francis urged ctf1Catholics across the world to come together to respond to the ongoing refugee crisis with compassion and call on governments to protect the human dignity of people on the move.

Incredibly, we have already walked three times around the world, and are now aiming to walk a fourth time around to send a strong message of support for refugees to Theresa May and the UN.

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Churches Together in Formby have Shared the Journey by organising a walk round Duke Street Park on Saturday 7th July. Together, the parishes of Our Lady of Compassion, St Jerome’s and St Anne’s Freshfields walked a total of 58 miles that will contribute to our efforts to walk a third time around the world in solidarity with refugees and migrants.

They have also signed campaign cards to petition Theresa May to ensure that the UK stands up for human dignity at the UN discussions of refugees later this year.

CAFOD volunteer, Siobhan, said ctf3“I got involved with Share the Journey because I hope that should we ever find ourselves in such awful conditions that we need to flee our homes that others would help and welcome us. It’s not that long ago that Liverpool kids were evacuated to the likes of Wales during WWII. My dad was amongst them. What would we have done had the families in Wales not took our children in during those war-torn years of bombings?”

“It was lovely to see our own parishioners from Our Lady’s meeting up with parishioners from a number of Formby churches including St Jeromes, St Anne’s, Holy Trinity and the Methodist church. Pope Francis is an inspirational gentleman who is touching the hearts of many people.”

CAFOD Community Participation Coordinator, Ged Edwards, said, “This is a fantastic achievement, especially just before an England match! It’s wonderful to see the churches in Formby coming together in this way and supporting this fantastic campaign. Thanks to all concerned for the brilliant organisation.”

 

Find out more about the campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

St Anthony’s of Padua helps to Walk Round the World

That Parish of St Anthony of Padua in Mossley Hill have been hard at work responding to Pope Francis’ call to respond with compassion to the refugee crisis and to Share the Journey.

AoP124 members of the parish joined together in a walk around the church grounds, adding 7 miles to the CAFOD total, which now consists of over 85,000 miles!!

They carried the Lampedusa Cross with them, and listened to a talk on the importance of the cross and its symbolism as part of their parish event. After mass CAFOD supporters held a card signing, encouraging members of the parish to sign the petition asking Theresa May to ensure that the UK takes a leading role in the UN refugees negotiations later this year.

CAFOD volunteer, Kath Lydon, said, “24 people took place in a prayerful walk in the church and grounds which has added 7 miles to the goal of walking around the world.  We were well supported by three members of the Franciscan community, who took part in the walk.

CAFOD Campaign Volunteer Coordinator, Emily McIndoe said, “It’s wonderful to see how many members AoP2of the parish came together for a walk, even just a short walk like this makes such a difference to the campaign! It’s also great to hear how Kath and the rest of the parish incorporated the Lampedusa cross into their campaign event – just having the cross as a physical reminder of why this campaign is so important sends a powerful message in itself. Fantastic work!”

Find out more about how you can Share the Journey.

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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

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?