We had a fantastic day last Saturday, 27 June, celebrating and appreciating creation in the glorious sunshine.
A group of 18 pilgrims gathered at St Francis de Sales church in Hartley ready to pray, praise and a reflect on the wonderful gift of creation. We began with a lovely lunch very generously provided by parishioners at St Francis De Sales. We were then sent out on our walk by parish priest Fr Alex Saba, who helped us to reflect on our relationship with all of creation and with God, and encouraged us to look for the signs of God’s love around us on our pilgrimage.
We then set off on our 3-4 mile walk in the beautiful countryside surrounding Hartley and Fawkham stopping a further five times to consider how we might better care for the the world around us in our daily lives. We heard about Sinteyo and her community in rural Kenya and how a CAFOD funded solar pump is making a really positive impact in the life of the community and helping them adapt to the changing climate.
On our final stop at All Saints church in Hartley, members of the livesimply group from St John Fisher parish in Rochester, shared the simple yet wonderful ways they have been encouraging each other and the parish as a whole to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor. The group have started initiatives like a local litter pick, fundraising for the food bank and partnering with a community in Cameroon.
Bernard Hyde from the group said:
“it [livesimply] has transformed the parish, it has brought people together”
Watch CAFOD’s livesimply video
We finished our Pilgrimage back at St Francis de Sales where we enjoyed a well earned cup of tea and slice of cake.
Thank you so much to everyone who joined us on the journey and made it such a wonderful day!
Special thanks to the group of parishioners who provided refreshments, the Knights of St Columba, lead by Frank Stanley, who guided us and kept us safe on roads and to CAFOD Parish Contact at St Francis de Sales, Phil Kerton who organised all the logistics for day.