Thank you for Sharing the Journey in Shrewsbury Diocese!

A big thank you to so many of our wonderful campaigners for taking action on the refugee crisis and showing support for people forced to flee their homes. We have had plenty of wonderful Share the Journey events across the diocese and there is still time to add to the total!

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CAFOD supporters have now walked over 100,000 miles and are travelling around the world for an amazing FIFTH time in solidarity with refugees. You can track our progress here and follow our journey as we petition Theresa May to stand up for human dignity and urge her to ensure that the UK takes a lead during UN refugee negotiations.

 

Here is a round-up of some of the events that have happened across the diocese…

 

Parishioners at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Ellesmere Port, braved rain and bad weather in June to walk through Rivacre Valley country park. 15 people and a dog walked four miles each, contributing a total of 60 miles to the CAFOD total. They started and ended their walk with prayers from the campaign cards, as a reminder of why they were walking.

 

St John the Evangelist, Bridgnorth, Shared the Journey during May, with 35 parishioners walking a total of 56 miles. The walkers were started off with a prayer read by Fr Iain, with three walkers even managing to participate on crutches! They had wonderful weather and groups stopped at appropriate points to read the stories from the campaign cards, an excellent way to show solidarity with refugees.

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In Madeley, 55 parishioners and friends of the Good Shepherd Parish assembled in St Mary’s Church for a short service before setting off on their walk. They rested and enjoyed a picnic in the village hall, before walking back to church. They added a brilliant 352 miles to the CAFOD total.

 

St Joseph’s and Holy Family, Sale, held their walk in July. 30 parishioners walked between the two churches, followed by tea, cake and activities at the end. There was a treasure hunt for children, as well as a quiz, the answers to which were given as part of the parish’s Share the Journey display!

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Parishioners from Christ Church in Heald Green added their support to the campaign, walking 25 miles during the Refugee Week of Action, whilst parishioners from Holy Apostles and Martyrs in Wallasey have continued with their series of group and individual walks, with the total now standing at an amazing 611 miles!

 

Thank you for all you have done! If you haven’t yet got involved with our campaign, visit our website to see how you can still organise a walk in your local parish or community.

CAFOD Campaigning Masterclass in Liverpool – 13th October

We’re looking for young adults aged 18-30 who are passionate about campaigning to come and join us for a free Campaigning Masterclass at the Gateway Centre, Liverpool, on Saturday 13th October, from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

 

CAFOD’s campaigning tackles the causes of poverty and hunger, not just the symptoms. Speaking out for justice goes hand in hand with our work overseas to help vulnerable families and communities to flourish.

It enables us to help thousands more communities than we could through fundraising alone, by advocating for changes in policy and practice to reduce poverty overseas. It includes political campaigning, but it is not party political.

Our campaigning reinforces CAFOD’s relationships with politicians, and enables our research and recommendations to reach the people who have the power to put them into practice. We make a difference when we join our voices with others who feel the same, as part of coalitions including all faiths and none.

 

The masterclass is a fantastic opportunity to develop your campaigning skills alongside other like-minded individuals and to learn more about CAFOD’s work!

 

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, the masterclass will be led by a member of our campaigns team and North West regional team members.

 

After a day of building your skills, you’ll be supported to put what you’ve learned into action in support of the world’s poorest people.

 

The masterclass will be comprised of interactive and informative session on the following topics:

  • How to campaign effectively
  • How to engage with your MP
  • How you can get involved with your local CAFOD team.

 

These are all crucial skills to have to be a key campaigner in the future!

 

This is a one-day course and is completely free of charge – lunch will be provided too!

 

To find out more and to secure your free place, email emcindoe@cafod.org.uk by Monday 8th October.

 

We can’t wait to see you there!