Share the journey and together we can walk around the world!

Jenny Seymour

Jenny’s getting ready to Share the Journey in Sheffield

Jenny Seymour, Volunteer at CAFOD Hallam will be taking part in her parish Share the Journey Event on May 12th.

For too long the refugee crisis has been at the forefront of the news and more and more people are being forced to flee their homes.

This year Pope Francis has called on all of us to share that journey.  Now of course, he isn’t asking us to leave our homes and family and flee.  Instead, he is asking us to all take a walk of solidarity to show refugees that we support them in their plight and asking governments to listen and look after our brothers and sisters around the world.

Khodesa

Khodesa fled from Myanmar to Banglasdesh: “We waited until the baby was a week old and then we started out. Until then, we hid with our three older children outside our village for safety: eleven people had been killed and their houses burnt.”   

CAFOD have developed this message into their campaign this summer – Share the Journey.  Everyone is being asked to walk a short way – perhaps a mile each or more and CAFOD are hoping that, together, we will have walked the equivalent of the perimeter of the world!  What a target!

On Saturday May 12, parishes from the 4 corners of the Hallam diocese in Sheffield (North, south, east and west!) are taking part in their own Share the Journey walk.  My parish, Mother of God, will be taking part in the Share the Journey walk from church (on Abbeydale Road) into Sheffield City Centre where we’ll all congregate at noon outside the Town Hall where we will be met by Louise Haigh MP.

David from South Sudan

David fled from South Sudan to Uganda: “I didn’t want to leave. I had just graduated from university and wanted to stay and build something there. But the soldiers came and started shooting. I lost some good friends on that day.”

Rita McManus, who felt inspired by Pope Francis’ message and the fact that CAFOD are running this campaign has organised our parish involvement and can’t wait to get walking! “Share the Journey is a golden opportunity to demonstrate hope and solidarity – 2 of CAFOD’s principles” says Rita.

Whilst all the starting points are churches, there is no need to be of any faith to join this walk.  If you are simply concerned about the treatment of refugees around the world – Please join us on 12 May either on the walk or outside the Town Hall.  The more people that share this journey, the more the plight of the refugees will be remembered.  If you can’t join us, please do take action by signing our online petition.

 

Ciara’s coming to Sheffield

Jeremy Cain, Community Participation Coordinator for CAFOD in Hallam, is looking forward to a very special visitor.

Ciara and friends

Ciara with Kayleigh, a fellow Step into the Gap volunteer and Maggie, our woman in Nottingham

I don’t know about you but sometimes I lose sight of why I love CAFOD. So it’s great to get the opportunity to hear news from our “front line” and be reminded about all the life-changing work we do.

Ciara Hogan has just come back from Visiting CAFOD projects in El Salvador and Nicaragua and will be telling us about them next Wednesday at St. Vincent’s church in Sheffield. She’s one of our Step into the Gap volunteers and has seen first hand how the prayers, gifts and campaigning

Romero crosses

Romero crosses. Handmade in El Salvador

of supporters is helping people work their way out of poverty and fight against injustice.

You can get a flavour of what she’s been up to here, but you’d be better off coming to meet her! She has Sheffield roots too, as her dad is from this neck of the woods and her grandma still lives here. We’d love to see you there.

Wednesday 2nd May at 7.30 p.m.

 

St. Vincent’s, 40 Pickmere Road, Crookes, S10 1GY, Sheffield

 

 

 

Journey to Justice – A CAFOD Retreat

Jenny Seymour is a volunteer for CAFOD Hallam

In the current political climate it is easy to feel exasperated by the world we live in and the impact current decisions may have on our children and also the wider world.

As catholics who believe in God’s creation, and here at CAFOD, we strive for a more just world that everyone can enjoy:  where everyone has access to the same human rights.  The word that underpins all of this is “justice” for all.

100 years after the birth of Oscar Romero (who was beatified in 2015), a continuing inspiration to CAFOD, CAFOD are running a number of retreats across England and Wales this autumn.  These retreats, A Journey to Justice, give those who attend the opportunity to reflect on their own journey, be inspired and enriched by stories of those who continue to speak out for justice today and follow in the footsteps of the great Oscar Romero.  An opportunity to take time out to reflect in a busy world!

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The day long retreats are FREE, but donations are always accepted of course.

To find your nearest retreat and register, please click on the green “register” button that you will find when you click on this link.