The Lampedusa Cross has been a strong symbol of solidarity with refugees and many parishes and schools across the diocese held special services to included the cross. Fr Paul Fitzpatrick from Scared Heart (Henley-on-Thames) was no exception. Fr Paul had the cross in his parish and involved Sacred Heart primary school as well. Fr Paul shares his thoughts about the experience :
Having the Lampedusa Cross – has been the most important privilege. It’s presence has really changed the outlook of our School, and the awareness of the parish, where we have prayed with the cross. Not only did it raise awareness but it also raised a significant amount to support the diocesan agencies working with refugees and Migrants, e.g. Fatima House. It has also helped as I seek to recruit a CAFOD volunteer in the parish.
From a personal point of view, the Lampedusa Cross has been a very powerful aid to prayer – I am very sad to see it go but hope we might have the opportunity to host the Cross, in the near future. It has done so much good.
You can still write messages of hope to refugees.