A stroll through the park on a sunny Sunday afternoon is probably one of the most emblematic images of the British summer. And sunny afternoons have been in abundance! So, walking shoes on and off our walkers go! An almost two miles walk (3km) through Black Park in Slough brought together ten parishioners from Holy Family (nine adults and a child), joining CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign and clocking another 19 miles to the totaliser.
The walk had been enthusiastically supported by Fr Kevin, the parish priest, who at various masses explained that Share the Journey is a global global campaign to raise the profile of migrants and refugees and to lobby world leaders to take decisive steps to respect and protect their lives and human dignity. Fr Kevin encouraged parishioners to take part in the Walk to support refugees and migrants who suffer worldwide. Parishioner Georgina and CAFOD parish volunteer Rose also gave short talks at all the masses. Details of the walk were advertised in the parish bulletin for three consecutive weeks.
The group used the CAFOD Share the Journey resources during the walk. They started with CAFOD’s opening prayer. During the walk, they learnt about the often tragic stories of danger, separation and uncertainty that characterise refugees journeys into Europe. They read about the perilous and difficult journey of an Eritrean couple, the ordeal of family separation of a Sri Lankan refugee and the trauma of a young Afghan man seeking asylum in the UK as an unaccompanied minor. The walk concluded with the end of walk prayer and a greater sense of solidarity with the plea of migrants and refugees by all who took part in this very special Sunday afternoon walk.