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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Join us for a Lent Family Fast Day briefing this February

Please come and join us at one of our Lent Family Fast Day briefings to hear about our work in Zimbabwe and how we are helping children like Svondo have enough healthy food to eat, and therefore prevent malnutrition.


At the briefing you will hear about how your generous donations have made a difference to Marian from Zimbabwe and her two sons Tawanda and Svondo. Her older son Tawanda lived his childhood without enough to eat and often went hungry. Marian told us that when she used to leave him to find work in the morning she would come back later to find him sitting in the same place as he didn’t have the energy to move.

Marian and familyWhen Tawanda was a teenager Marian had her second son Svondo. He is now seven and has been brought up on fresh vegetables, beans and peanut butter. Marian was supported to be able to grow enough to feed her family by the local Catholic diocese who is one of CAFOD’ s partners. So this Family Fast Day we are reaching out to other families like Marian’s to help them grow enough healthy food to feed their children.

You will also hear the exciting news that the government have agreed to match any fundraising for the Family Fast Day appeal up to £5 million, so we need to ensure that every parish in the diocese is aware of how important their support is. So please come and hear more about this project and help us to raise £5 million. We look forward to seeing you at one of our briefings which are on:

Saturday 20 January (Central London) 10am until 12.30pm – St Mary Moorfields RC Church, 4-5 Eldon Street, London, EC2M 7LS.  To book a place for this briefing contact Tony Sheen at or call 020 8449 6970 (nearest stations are Liverpool Street or Moorgate)

Saturday 3 February (Cambridge) 10.30am until 1pm – Margaret Beaufort Institute, 14 Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DU with guest speaker Fr Sterlin from CAFOD partner CHOCO in Columbia. To book a place for this briefing contact Jane Crone at or call 01223 358552.

Monday 5 February (Wanstead) 8pm until 9.30pmOur Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 51 Cambridge Park, London E11 2PR. To book a place for this briefing contact Chris Driscoll at or call 01277 218730

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CAFOD’S Fergus Conmee in East Africa with our partner organisations

Saturday 10 February (Brentwood) 11am (10.30 arrivals and refreshments) until 1pm – Cathedral House, Brentwood, CM15 8AT. With guest speaker CAFOD’s Fergus Conmee (Head of Africa Region) who will be speaking about CAFOD’s work in Africa and in particular our response to the famine in East Africa. To book a place for this briefing contact Chris Driscoll at or call 01277 218730

Tuesday 13 February (Brentwood) 10.30am (arrivals from 10am) until 12.30pm – Cathedral House, Brentwood, CM15 8AT. To book a place for this briefing contact Chris Driscoll at or call 01277 218730

Online briefings Unable to make it to one of the briefings above? Why not join Chris for an online briefing:

Wednesday 31 January 2.30pm until 3.30pm – To register for this online briefing click on this link

Wednesday 7 February 2.30pm-3.30pm –  To register for this online briefing click on this link

Monday 12 February 2.30pm – 3.30pm To register for this online briefing click on this link

Wednesday 14 February 7.30pm – 8.30pm To register for this online briefing click on this link

Saturday 17 February 11am – 12pm To register for this online briefing click on this link

When you register you’ll receive a confirmation email with another link for you click at the time of the briefing. You’ll need a headset or speakers with a microphone.