A fantastic Hartley Pilgrimage

We had a wonderful day last Saturday, celebrating and reflecting on creation in the glorious sunshine. Thank you to everyone who joined us on our pilgrimage. Below is a recount of the inspiring day that we had. 

A warm welcome

On Saturday, a group of pilgrims gathered at St Francis de Sales church ready to pray, praise and reflect on how we can care for Our Common Home. We were warmly welcomed with a cup of tea and biscuits provided by the church parishioners.

Do you want to reflect on creation too? Why not host a Creation Celebration in your parish? 

Our Pilgrimage

The Pilgrims set off on their 3-4 mile walk through the Kent Countryside

The Pilgrims set off on their 3-4 mile walk through the Kent Countryside

We then set off on our 3-4 mile walk in the beautiful countryside surrounding Hartley and Fawkham. We stopped regularly to pray and reflect along our walk and shared a delicious lunch. We reflected on our relationship with all of creation and with God and how we might better care for the world around us in our daily lives. We thought about how we could take action on climate change, in order to protect Our Common Home.

On our final stop at All Saints church in Hartley we shared our resolutions of how we would live more sustainably and made commitments for the future.

Inspired to take action on climate change? You could organise a Creation Celebration in your parish, or sign our petition. 

A Creation Celebration

We had the chance to sign CAFOD's Climate Change Petition

We had the chance to sign CAFOD’s Climate Change Petition

We finished our Pilgrimage back at St Francis de Sales where we enjoyed a well-earned rest, before joining the parishioners of St Francis de Sales in a Creation Celebration. This consisted of a Creation Mass, where we prayed for Our Common Home. We also had the opportunity to sign CAFOD’s petition to the government, asking them for urgent and ambitious policies, to ensure they reach their target of net-zero emissions.

 

“It was a real privilege to spend an afternoon of prayer and reflection with a group of wonderful CAFOD volunteers and supporters” Sarah C.

Thank you

We reflected together on creation and prayed about Our Common Home

We reflected together on creation and prayed about Our Common Home

Sarah, one of the Pilgrims, said ‘It was a real privilege to spend an afternoon of prayer and reflection with a group of wonderful CAFOD volunteers and supporters; all sharing a concern for creation and a determination to do all we can to care for and protect Our Common Home.’

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us on the journey and to all at St Francis de Sales parish who made it such a wonderful and memorable day!

Future opportunities to reflect on creation

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Reflect on our glorious creation and discuss how we can fight climate change with a Creation Celebration

If you missed this opportunity to pray and reflect on creation, why not host a Creation Celebration in your parish? It is a wonderful way to come together and reflect on the glorious creation God has given us, to pray for Our Common Home and to take action on Climate Change. Discover more information and resources in our Creation Celebration Organiser’s Guide.

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We had a fantastic day, praying, walking and reflecting together

Thank you to everyone who came on this year’s Pilgrimage!

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