Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (Chesham Bois) sends messages of Hope to refugees

Parish sends messages of hope to refugees

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (Chesham Bois) sends messages of hope to refugees

The Jubilee Year of Mercy has had a major impact on Catholics particularly in recent months when many parishes across the Northampton diocese have joined their voices with other those across the country in standing up for refugees and sending them messages of hope. The parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Chesham Bois was no exception.

Messages of hope

Messages of hope

Monica (the parish contact) was so moved by the plight of refugees and wanted to get her parish involved in praying and thinking of them. Hearing about the Lampedusa Cross, and the possibility of sending refugees a message of hope she took this action to her parish priest Fr Andy.  Fr Andy was also keen to support this; to pray, reflect and act on the tragic crisis that has hit many migrants.


Short talk at mass

Short talk at mass

Both Fr Andy and Monica wrote messages of hope as a strong symbol of solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are facing such hardships and how we support them by.  They had a speaker at mass who informed and encouraged the parish in this Year of Mercy to pray for refugees.

Monica commented; “It was joy to see so many people join in faith, hope and love. This is the true message of the Lampedusa Cross.”   She also felt that it was a great way to encourage the youth to become active members of CAFOD and the parish.

Fr receiving messages of hope from the parish

Fr receiving messages of hope from the parish

Monica also noted,  “There were some lovely illustrations by youngsters on the cards.  This is a major breakthrough in the parish to have the youth participate in these events.  They will become the next generation, who will carry these traditions and the faith we hold closely in our hearts, especially when we unite through beliefs and events such as the Lampedusa Cross.”




If you would like to host the Lampedusa Cross in your parish for a time please get in touch with Philly at the cathedral and do inform Deborah Purfield (CAFOD coordinator – Northampton) 

Written by Isabelle

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