St. Mary’s Cathedral share the journey

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St. Mary’s Parishioners

Don Lillistone, CAFOD Parish volunteer reported:
On Sunday 20th May, 42 parishioners from St Mary’s Cathedral walked to Mass, producing a combined total of 147 miles in order to support the global campaign led by Pope Francis, Share the Journey, to stand up for the rights of refugees and migrants.
The ‘walk to Church’ Sunday is also an element of the Parish’s Livesimply action plan under the heading ‘Actions to live sustainably with creation’ and is linked, of course, to the talk Deacon David Cross gave last November on Laudato Si’ and to the recent launch in the Parish of the new Diocesan environmental policy.


The attached photo is of two parishioners having just ‘signed up’ their walking miles with Teresa.

To see how far we have walked, Click here to view on our online totalizer.

Gaudete et exsultate – Rejoice and be glad!

Rejoice and be glad

The new mothers group in Kariyangwe, Zimbabwe

It’s Volunteer’s Week and we at CAFOD Middlesbrough would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to each and every one of our amazing volunteers.

They are some of the most generous people you could ever wish to meet. They are dedicated and tireless, innovative and energetic, kind and compassionate, humble and loving.

They are the life-blood of our organisation, helping us to promote and support our work in our parish and school communities which in turns helps us to complete life-changing programmes of work to improve the lives of some of the poorest people on earth. They come from a wide range of ages and backgrounds but they all have a passionate concern for people in any kind of need.

So, whether you volunteer with CAFOD in our volunteer centre, or speak at Mass or promote our Lent and Harvest fast days in your parish or by visiting our diocesan schools, or by campaigning we’d like to say a big THANK YOU – you are the salt of the earth and light of the world and living examples of faith in action.

If you will like to volunteer for CAFOD, you are more than welcome to join us, please contact us via Email:, or Tel: 01642 822301

In this way, led by God’s grace, we shape by many small gestures the holiness God has willed for us, not as men and women sufficient unto ourselves but rather “as good stewards of the manifold grace of God”. (Pope Francis, Gaudete et exsultate)

Sharing the Journey across dioceses

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The annual Humber Bridge Cross took place on Saturday 12th May with staff, supporters and volunteers from Christian Aid and CAFOD walking the 2 miles span from Hessle to Barton and back again, as they have for many years. It was as always, a very pleasant event with a jovial air and a shared mutual concern for people in need both at home and overseas.  The age range of the almost 200 people taking part was from babies in pushchairs to octogenarians! The historic event was recorded by photograph and instant media on Twitter and Facebook: CAFOD Nottingham

This year CAFOD Middlesbrough volunteers and supporters met their counterparts and school children from CAFOD Nottingham who were participating for the first time, somewhere near the middle of the bridge, as part of the worldwide Caritas International Share the Journey campaign, which CAFOD is promoting in solidarity with refugees and migrants around the world. Read more about how you and your parish can be involved here

Thanks to all who helped to organise the event and those who made long journey’s to take part, including our new communications volunteer, Obinna and his friends, William and Ty, pictured with parish volunteer Mary Rose, at the end of the walk.


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