Health Walk

By Clare, fcJ, first appeared at FCJ Sisters Blog

Members of the Yogyakarta FCJ community took part in a Jalan Sehat, a health walk, at their local parish in mid-December. This is one of the ways in which they are celebrating twenty one years since the local church became a parish.

The sisters walked to church at 5am and attended Mass before the walk began. The car park was transformed by the addition of a large outdoor stage and a number of food stalls. One of the parishioners led a lively aerobic session which certainly warmed everyone up before the walk began.

Eight hundred and forty people took part in the walk: adults; young people, children and ‘babes in arms’. It was lovely to see that a number of our Muslim neighbours took part as well. Fr Sabto, our parish priest, said a prayer and then the walk began. We took about an hour and fifteen minutes to walk the route set out for us. We arrived back to the church in time for a delicious soup breakfast.

There was dancing, singing and games. It was a lovely start to the day which celebrated our existence both as a parish and as an important part of our larger interfaith neighbourhood.