On Saturday21st July St Joseph’s Peasedown held their Share the Journey CAFOD Refugee Walk from Beacon Hill Wood to St Aldhelm’s well in Doulting. During the journey they reflected on the personal stories of refugees such as Khodesa from Myanmar. Mohammed whose family fled from Damascus and David from Sudan.
After visiting the well, the group continued on to St Aldhelm’s C of E Church, Doulting who were holding a Flower Festival. The parishioners welcomed them with tea and cake – a very welcome welcome after a hot walk!
The walk was organized by Peter and Anne Barrett. The parish of St Joseph’s has now contributed 1/400th of the total target for CAFOD supporters all over England and Wales who are walking ‘around the world’ (24,900 miles) in solidarity with refugees and migrants all over the world.
The group all signed our Share the Journey cards and Anne kindly sent them in to CAFOD – a fantastic effort by St Josephs!
CAFOD Parish Volunteer David Bray writes about his attendance at the YOUTH FOR CHRIST (Bristol) Event at the Park campus Knowles Bristol.
Youth for Christ leader Jamella Asotigue enthusiastically shared with David when he visited the event, that the group had chosen to donate to CAFOD because ” we want to be champions for the poor”. She continued by outlining that YOUTH FOR CHRIST are Christ centric, and that they had supported CAFOD previously via activities at school and in the church’s they attend, and as a result know that CAFOD really helps the poor worldwide.
Jamella Asotigue (left in black) Youth for Christ Area Lead.
Marianne Vasquez (right) YFC member and host for the event.
David outlines “There was much love and friendship between the youngsters who clearly had dignity and respect for each other and for their elders. They opened the afternoon with a prayer and followed it with the OUR FATHER.
To be honest it took me back just how aware of God’s presence they all seemed. Everyone of them joined in and they meant what they were saying. Christ lives in the hearts of these Filipino children”.
As part of the event, David gave a short talk on how CAFOD has been working in the Philippines since 1969, working through local NGOs and churches for human rights and the sustainability of those projects, as well as during emergencies. David also explained that if they put their donation in under the lent appeal it would be matched pound for pound by UK government making a real difference, through Match Funding.
The CAFOD group and many other volunteers from the parish in Stonehouse went on a walk recently in aid of CAFOD’s SHARE THE JOURNEY campaign.
A little rainy at the start . . . .
The parish walk was rainy at the start but quickly cleared up and the sun came out so it got pleasantly warm. All the walkers had stickers on, said the CAFOD prayers and had a campaign card to fill in.
Fr. Bill at Mass the next day outlined how it was good to see these events being held in our parishes.
. . . . . but the weather quickly improved