Brentwood parishioners plan to ‘Share the Journey’ with people on the move

Over the coming weeks and throughout the summer parishioners from across the Brentwood Diocese are preparing to engage with the ‘Share the Journey’ campaign by organising or joining walks in solidarity with people on the move. Below are some of the walks organised by CAFOD volunteers and supporters over the next few weeks:

On Saturday 2nd June, Damian Dillon from the Knights of St Columba in Southend is combining a yearly sponsored walk on behalf of Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society


The coastline at Shoeburyness (Photo credit:

(BCCS) with CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign  The walk begins with Mass at 10am at the parish of St Helen’s in Westcliff before the walkers set off with Father Joseph along the seafront to Shoeburyness. The walk is approximately five and a half miles and certificates will be handed out and refreshments served at St Georges in Shoeburyness at 12o/c. Registration is free, and any sponsorship raised will go direct to the BCCS, while the accumulated miles will be added to CAFOD’s Share the Journey totaliser. For more information and to join the walk contact Damian on 07887 678741 or email


Melbourne Park

Time for reflection in Melbourne Park, Chelmsford (Photo credit:

The Blessed Sacrament in Chelmsford have announced that they too will be demonstrating empathy with their global neighbours on Saturday 26th May at 10.30 a.m. with walk around Melbourne Park, starting and ending at the Church Hall, with refreshments to follow. The more people who walk, the more miles will be counted!



For more information about this Chelmsford walk, please contact Eileen Webster at

St Joseph’s parish in Upminster are also inviting parishioners to join a walk with on the 1st July around Upminster Park followed by a High Tea at the Sacred Heart of Mary Girls School. For more information on this contact the Bernadette Tsocos at

Upminster Park

Upminster Park will be the scene for St Joseph’s Share the Journey walk on July 1st (Photo credit:

You can also join Ann, a parishioner from Hertfordshire, who is embarking on the LOOP walk around London in support of the campaign. Ann will be passing through our diocese later this month.

Would you like to organise a Share the Journey walk in your parish? Have a look at our website for more information on the campaign including an organisers guide, prayers and promotional resources.

And don’t forget – please do let us know if you are organising a walk!

EVENT: Go LOOPY and Share the Journey

Do you like walking? Are you in, on or near the LOOP? (The LOOP is a circular walk around the edges of London

Then join Ann, a parish volunteer from Hitchin, as she travels through the Brentwood Diocese section of the walk, in solidarity with refugees and migrants and to clock up the miles for our Share the Journey campaign.

Ann will be walking the following routes in the Brentwood Diocese this month, and would be happy for you to join her. You can join for a the whole route or just a small part of it, it’s up to you.

17 May Enfield Lock to Chingford (4 miles)
17 May Chingford to Chigwell (4 miles)
25 May Chigwell to Havering-atte-Bower (6 miles)
25 May Havering-atte-Bower to Harold Wood (4.3 miles)
26 May Harold Wood to Upminster Bridge (4 miles)
27 May Upminster Bridge to Rainham (4 miles)
27 May Rainham to Purfleet (5 miles)

For more information and to register your interest in joining Ann, see the blog below:

CAFOD Westminster Blog

Go Loopy to Share the Journey.

Pope Francis has launched Share the Journey, a new global campaign to stand up for the rights of refugees and migrants. In support of this initiative, CAFOD is asking its supporters to help to walk 24,901 miles – the distance around the whole world!

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See CAFOD’s website  for more information.

As a contribution to CAFOD’s campaign, the parish of Our Lady Immaculate and St Andrew, Hitchin is organising a pilgrimage around the London Outer Orbital Path (the LOOP) consisting of a series of prayerful day walks taking place between May and June 2018.

Join us and Go Loopy to Share the Journey!

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Made any new year’s resolutions yet? Here’s some suggestions…

We often make resolutions for the new-year, promises that will improve our lives and those of others. Why not make volunteering for CAFOD your resolution?

Many of the biggest changes in the world have come from groups of people saying ‘I will’ together. Help us share God’s love by ending poverty. Help us reach everyone in poverty.

We need people in our local Churches raising awareness of poverty and our work to alleviate it. We need people to visit schools, or contact their MPs on issues of importance. We need people to pray for our work. Could you make this your number one resolution?



Could you take up one of these resolutions to change the world? Click on the links to find out more.

  1. Volunteer for CAFOD – In parishes, schools or in many other ways – see above.
  2. Pray for the work of CAFOD and our world one day each week.
  3. Make a regular gift to support our work. You can even specifically support our work in emergencies or in your Parish’s Connect2 Community.
  4. Write (or change) your will this year. Could you consider leaving a gift to CAFOD? We have info on how to do this for free.
  5. Use our resources in church with Confirmation, Communion or Children’s Liturgy.
  6. Sign up to receive updates from our blog.
  7. Campaign with us – raise your voice about issues of injustice.
  8. Hold an event in your community to raise awareness or funds for CAFOD – Use your talents, passions and your imagination. Do what you enjoy, and do it for CAFOD. Our Family Fast Day is a perfect opportunity to do this.
  9. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter
  10. Become an MP Correspondent – help to ensure that the voices of many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are heard in the corridors of power

Contact us on 01277 218730 or email and let’s try and make this a happy new year for all. It will be a New Year’s Revelation.

Come Lord Jesus, come and let your light shine through us so that through our actions we may be salt for the earth, a light in people’s sight and that we might reach out to you in one another, especially those in need.