The Herefordshire deanery of parishes attended a presentation on Share the Journey, followed by Mass at Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs in Hereford on Tuesday, 8 May.
Our thanks to the Dean, Fr Matthew Carney for his kind hospitality and welcome.
Share the Journey is a global campaign launched by Pope Francis in Autumn 2017. The Holy Father is hoping that each and every one of us will step up and show our support for refugees and migrants.
The meeting was called to give more background to the campaign and what it is calling for and to ask our supporters and their fellow parishioners to get together to organise a walk in their individual parish – to show solidarity with our neighbours who are fleeing their homes.
Every step we each take, together in our parishes, with our fellow townspeople, with other faith groups, will send a message to world leaders that we want them to step up too.
The aim is to walk 24,900 miles around the world – it isn’t as difficult as you might imagine… you don’t have to attempt the strenuous Pen y Fan and Corn Du circular walk or the Black Hill (Crib y Garth) in the Black Mountains in Herefordshire… you can just walk inside your church, around the pews, slowly, in pairs – holding the CAFOD action card in your hand, to guide your conversation.
You might walk around the church a couple of times – you might achieve half a mile each, but with a group of people, all walking together, the miles will soon add up…
The action cards include a story, prayers and questions for reflection; a message to send to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, calling for global agreements which put the human dignity of people on the move at their heart.
You can download a Share the Journey Organiser’s guide and if you order any of the petition cards, you will be sent a copy of the organiser’s guide automatically.
There is an informative Share the Journey factsheet with all the information you need at your fingertips to get started and which you can share with your fellow parishioners.
If you are thinking of inviting your MP, then why not take a look at this template for ideas which you can then personalise.
If you would like us to come along to your parish to give a short presentation on the campaign, we would be delighted to support you.
Lastly, if your parish is getting involved – please, please let us know when and where!
We are here to help publicise your good work and we want to do that as effectively as possible.
You might like to think about holding a walk or card signing during Refugee Week which is from 16-24 June. Some frequently asked questions can be found here.
There is a Share the Journey online petition here which you can sign. Please encourage others to do the same. Thank you.
Here’s the Health and Safety guide for your walk.
If you can’t get together with others to organise a walk, please can we encourage you to organise a petition card signing event after Mass.
Don’t forget to send us any photos you take, and if you have enough time, a few details about what motivated you to get involved and raise your voice in solidarity?