Parish walking group add miles to Share the Journey

St Teresa in Princes Risborough is hoping to establish a regular parish walking group as a way of bringing the community together.  On Friday 27 April, a group got together and having heard about Share the Journey, decided to do their walk in solidarity with refugees and migrants and to have their miles added to the totaliser.

St Teresa Princes Risborough walking group – Share the Journey walk

One of the walkers said, “Although the forecast was not optimistic, 15 walkers optimistically set off for a 5 mile walk through the Chiltern fields and hills.  It did not rain the whole time and along the way we were able to appreciate the bluebells and cowslips which were in full bloom.  Despite some difficulties with muddy paths which resulted in a last-minute change of route (and an additional mile!), we all managed to arrive at the Black Horse in Lacey Green at the same time and were ready for our pub lunch.  Due to the heavy rain, the return to the car park to collect our cars was something of a route march and there was just time for a quick prayer and photo before returning home to dry out.  In all we each covered a route of 6 miles, totalling 90 miles towards the Share the Journey target.”

Well done to all who participated on the walk in solidarity with refugees and migrants. By walking you have sent a powerful message to world leaders that they too need to step up and protect the rights of people on the move.

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Share the Journey: the Pope’s call to walk in solidarity with migrants and refugees

Last September, Pope Francis launched the “Share the Journey” Campaign. This initiative responds to the Pope call to promote a culture of  encounter with migrants and refugees.  The Church, through Caritas Internationalis, is responding to one of the greatest challenges of our times.  The migration crisis is above all a crisis of global solidarity, the Pope has reminded us, urging Christians and non-Christians to welcome refugees into their communities and promote their integral human development, thus humanising the phenomenon of migration.

Bishop Peter has given his full support to the campaign in the Northampton Diocese.

Bishop Peter Doyle supporting Share the Journey campaign

Share the Journey is therefore an appeal to open our hearts and minds, and change perceptions through personal encounters that open our eyes to the stories of people who, like you and me, hope and dream and strive for a better future.

David Songa – fled his home in South Sudan in mid-2016. Seen here in the vegetable patch outside his new home in Bidi Bidi refugee camp.

Mohammed – Syria to Lebanon

So, how can you get involved in the campaign?  Here are some examples:

Bishop Peter signing a Share the Journey petition to the PM

Many in our diocese have already started walking in solidarity.  Help us walk 24.900 miles – distance around the world, and send a powerful message to world leaders that they too need to step up and protect the rights of people on the move

St Teresa – Princes Risborough

Walking across Central Beds.

Are you ready to Share the Journey?




Lent Soup Lunch at Princes Risborough

Many parishes across the diocese are holding soup lunches in Lent to support CAFOD’s work and St Teresa – Princes Risborough is no exception.  In fact,  they are holding soup lunches most Friday’s in Lent to raise funds for CAFOD and the UK government will double all funds up to £5m.

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Preparing for CAFOD Lenten soup lunch

Marie Pennell getting the soup ready

We had really lovely soups to choose from – Beetroot & apple, carrot & coriander and Spiced parsnips – all made by the parishioners.  Over 18 people supported the soup lunch.  The sign up sheet to make soup has been filled!

Lent Soup lunch – St Teresa Princes Risborough

Marie Pennell (parish volunteer) said, “We are really pleased with the turn out and delighted to have Debbie Purfield deliver a talk about CAFOD’s work so that those who don’t normally get a chance to attend the Supporters’ day can hear about the wonderful work their donations are contributing to.”

It was good to see familiar faces and new ones too. The first soup lunch has raised over £90 which will be doubled by the UK government.  Tax payers were encouraged to Gift Aid their donations which saw an increase of 25% in their donations.  Fabulous!

Debbie Purfield shares how donations are spent


Polly (CAFOD group member) summed it up by saying “It drew out the essence of Lent.  Those preparing soup and those who showed up to support the event were all giving, fasting and praying.   Giving of their time, money, talent.  Fasting by having a simple meal and building community.  Praying – some attended mass before the lunch and we had communal prayers.  Hearing how we, CAFOD, have made a difference was wonderful.”



Thank you to St Teresa and all the parishes who have been carrying out various activities over Lent to Support CAFOD’s work to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters.

>>  Donate to our Lenten Appeal and have your donations doubled by the Uk government.