St. Mary Magdalene pray for refugees

Janet Royan, Parish Contact at St. Mary Magdalene in Maltby, tells us how the parish spent time reflecting on the plight of refugees.

St. Mary Magdalene Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage

Messages of hope for refugees (photo courtesy of Geoff Spark).

“To make Lent special this year, our CAFOD group organised a pilgrimage around the church in solidarity with refugees.  Over two consecutive Sunday afternoons, we used a liturgy put together by the Jesuit Refugee Service, CAFOD and CSAN – and very moving it was too.

We were fortunate to be able to use one of our diocesan Lampedusa crosses, made by a Sicilian carpenter using wreckage from boats crammed with refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean which did not make it to land. This was our focus.

The pilgrimage finished with an opportunity to write messages of hope, support and love to refugees already in this country. The photo shows how we displayed our messages in the church.”

If you’re inspired to take action on the refugee crisis too, CAFOD has a range of resources which can help, along with details of how we and our partners are responding.

Invitation to Doncaster pilgrimage with the Lampedusa Cross


In this Jubilee Year of Mercy we are encouraged to go on a pilgrimage by Pope Francis.  Hallam Justice & Peace Commission is leading a Diocesan pilgrimage using the Lampedusa Cross liturgy to pray in solidarity with all refugees and those forced to leave their homes by war and persecution.  Please join us on

Saturday, 22 October 2016 

at 1.00pm 

in St Peters-in-Chains, 

Chequer Road,



We will go home after meeting together; they may never see their homes again.

Click here for more information on CAFOD’s Refugee Appeal.

Tea and coffee will be available in the Church Hall before and after the pilgrimage

Hallam and Nottingham Bishops come together with Pilgrims to honour refugees


On 10 July, Nottingham and Hallam Catholics completed the annual Padley Pilgrimage, carrying a Lampedusa Cross – a cross made from the wreckage of refugee boats, to show solidarity to refugees across the world.


Bishop Ralph and Bishop Patrick listen as Maggie introduces the Lampedusa Cross

Both Bishop Patrick McKinney and Bishop Ralph Heskett were in attendance for the presentation and walked with the pilgrims before the Mass that followed at Padley Chapel, where the crosses were placed at the sanctuary.

Each Catholic cathedral in England and Wales has been presented with a cross and invited to display it. The crosses will now act as a symbol for communities in England and Wales as they respond to the refugee crisis.

CAFOD representative for the Hallam Diocese, Anne Prior, who was in attendance, said:

“Through local acts such as the pilgrimage we feel we are acknowledging our deep sense of solidarity and welcome with the refugees arriving in the UK, as well praying for those far from our shores. We also feel we are answering the call of Pope Francis to show our love for those who are suffering.”


Volunteers Helen and Sue lead the procession

As part of a campaign led by the Catholic charities CAFOD, CSAN and the Jesuit Refugee Service, Catholics of all ages in schools, churches and communities are sharing messages of welcome, hope and love, which will be shared with refugees in the UK as an act of solidarity and dedicated at a special event to take place in November.

Please click if you would like to hold your own Lampedusa Pilgrimage