Sacred Heart Leigton Buzzard’s 2.6 Challenge for CAFOD coronavirus appeal

Three months away from parish communities has been a long time and the Justice and Peace group at Sacred Heart parish -Leighton Buzzard are planning an event to help parishioners reconnect and unite with one another and at the same time to help people in dire need around the world by raising money for CAFODs coronavirus appeal.

>> Find out how the coronavirus is affecting vulnerable communities and what CAFOD is doing to help

Families and friends are encouraged to join in the parish’s 2.6km challenge walk/jog/run. For the keener and more able, they can go round more than once!  To maintain social distancing, the set-off time will be staggered.  The route will start and end at the church and go via the local roads and down by the river; maps will be provided.  There will even be a chance for private prayer in the church which will be opened throughout the morning .

Date – Saturday 18 July

Time – anything between 9am-12noon

Starting point – Sacred Heart Church, 5 Beaudesert, Leighton Buzzard  LU7 1HZ

It is hoped that this event will be the first of many to help the parish reconnect both in prayer and action.  Fr John, the parish priest, has already said he will be walking (not jogging!).  Why not join him?

If you would like to donate or sponsor someone, please go to the Justice and Peace Sacred Heart LB JustGiving page or give directly via the CAFOD website.

How coronavirus is affecting indigenous people in the Amazon

A few weeks ago, we shared the story of Dario Kopenawa Yanomami, an indigenous leader from the Amazon rainforest, and the effect that Coronavirus is having on his community.

He shared how the virus has unfortunately already reached his community and forced some members to leave the village, retreating further into the forest for protection.

Learn more about CAFOD’s projects across Brazil

Dario said: “Today, the Yanomami people are very sad and worried. But we’re going to keep fighting this important battle against coronavirus in our territories.” 

Please join us on 11am-12pm, Thursday 2 July, where Cecilia Ilorio, CAFOD’s Country representative for Brazil, will be sharing updates on the situation in the Amazon.

She will speak about how we are working alongside communities to help them prepare for and respond to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, while also working alongside these communities to help them to safeguard their indigenous lands.

Together, we are working to improve indigenous peoples living conditions, health access and education so they cannot only survive the coronavirus crisis but begin to rebuild and heal.

Register to join us.

Could you do a virtual pilgrimage for CAFOD this summer?

As part of the Summer of Hope, we’re encouraging people to create their own events – and lots of parishes and individuals have decided to get involved by organising sponsored pilgrimages.

Bernadette Goddard on one of her daily walks

The CAFOD group at St Edmund’s, Godalming, have decided to virtually walk to the Abbey at Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk – a distance of 109 miles.

While parishioners at St Mary’s, Harborne, are doing a virtual pilgrimage to the birthplace of St Augustine – Hippo – over the month of June. This is about 2,300,000 steps and parishioners are encouraged to donate 1p per step to the coronavirus appeal.

Find out how you can get involved in the Summer of Hope

“This summer I was supposed to be walking the Camino De Santiago pilgrimage but, as it was cancelled, I decided to do it virtually,” explained Bernadette Goddard, who lives in Mayfield, Sussex.

“I will now be walking 480 miles to raise money for a charity close to my heart, and the amazing work they are doing during this difficult time. Plus, it’s a good reason to get fit at the same time.”

Bernadette has been volunteering for CAFOD for over ten years and was inspired to join in the challenge after seeing first-hand the impact the charity has on communities around the world.

Learn more about CAFOD’s volunteering opportunities

She said: “In 2014, I completed a gap year with CAFOD where I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Nicaragua to meet with some of the communities that CAFOD works alongside. There, I met some amazing women whose stories still impact me today.

“Having seen how much of a difference that CAFOD’s projects make, it only feels right to try and help in these difficult times.”