“Share the Journey” in Clapham Common

Maria Chiara is a journalist from Italy. She has been volunteering in CAFOD’s communication team for one month. Last week-end she got the opportunity to join St Mary’s “Share the Journey” walk in Clapham Common. She is telling us all about it.

Last Saturday I joined Ruth and the others CAFOD supporters at St. Mary Church in Clapham, for a Share the Journey parish walk. The sunny weather helped our walk and shared reflections on refugees. We walked one mile around Clapham common.

Share the Journey: a time to meet a new parish community

Maria Chiara (on the left) with Ruth, CAFOD St Mary's parish Volunteer after the Share the journey walk in Clapham Common.

Maria Chiara (on the left) with Ruth, CAFOD St Mary’s parish Volunteer after the Share the journey walk in Clapham Common.

First of all my journey started with meeting the Redemptorists fathers from the local community: Fr Casper, Fr Richard and Brother Michael. I was also really happy to meet people from the parish community. We were twenty people in total to walk in solidarity with refugees. I felt so welcomed by the Priests and the local community. I could feel their loving care and they were genuinely interested in what I had to say.  I wished refugees could feel the same when they arrive to a new community/country.

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🙏 pray,👀 think and 🚶 walk to support refugees

Parishioners from all over Southwark have been gathering together to organise walks as part CAFOD’s response to Pope Francis’ Share the Journey campaign. Together they prayed, reflected and walked.  Discover some of those walks, get inspired and plan on how you are going to add your steps before September. 

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CAFOD supporters walking for Refugees and migrants as part of the Share the Journey campaign launched by Pope Francis

CAFOD supporters walking for Refugees and migrants as part of the Share the Journey campaign launched by Pope Francis.

Kathleen O’Brien of Our Lady of Mt Carmel said: “Most of our parish Share the Journey walkers completed the entire six and a half miles from Faversham to Seasalter, walking along part of the Saxon Shore Way, an ancient pilgrimage route.

The weather was glorious and everyone enjoyed the views over the sea wall, across the beautiful blue water in the estuary to the Isle of Sheppey beyond. On the way we read and reflected on refugee stories from around the world. It was sobering to hear the latest UN statistic that one person is forced from their homes every two seconds. We traced the shoreline all the way to Seasalter, where Una and Derek welcomed us into their beachfront home for a much-needed cup of tea.”

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Our Lady of the Rosary will “Beat the Bounds” on 8th July 2018 with a Share the Journey walk

Come and join the parishioners from Our Lady of the Rosary in Blacken as they walk around the Parish Boundary in support of CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign on Sunday 8th July 2018.

CAFOD volunteers on their way to a Share the Journey walk to show their Solidarity with refugees

CAFOD volunteers on their way to a Share the Journey walk to show their Solidarity with refugees

Every Stranger who knocks at our door is an encounter with Jesus Christ’  Pope Francis

 

Leaving at Junctions: Leaving at: Miles
Starting at Our Lady of the Rosary Church

330a Burnt Oak Lane, Blackfen, DA15 8LW

1.30pm 0.4 mi
Lyndon Avenue/ Wellington Avenue

Walking along Lyndon Avenue and Boundary Road to

1.15pm 1.4mi
Bexley Road/  Avery Hill Road

Meeting at shopping parade side of traffic lights

2.00pm 0.7mi
Halfway Street / Crombie Road

Walking via Old Farm Avenue to

 

2.20pm 1.4mi
Station Road / Hurst Road

Meet outside Holy Trinity Church

3.05pm 0.9mi
Hurst Road / Penhill Road

Walking along Penhill Road to

3.35pm 0.8mi
Park Mead / Danson Underpass

Walking along East Rochester Way  and Gwillim Close to Blackfen OLOR

4.00pm 1.0mi
5.00pm Tea and Cake in the small hall.

 

 

 

H&S:  All participants are responsible for their own safety