Over 150 miles walked AMAZING!

Flora & Claudia

Flora & Claudia

Wow we have smashed it! Thank you so  much to everyone who has taken part in our 10,000 step challenge to walk 100 miles the length of Portsmouth Diocese .So far we have walked 182 miles with more volunteers ready to walk  maybe we can reach 200 miles and get back to Holy Rood Church in Hinksey!

We have raised 80% of our target of £2000 for CAFOD’s coronavirus appeal  so please do donate to our just giving page and help us  reach it by next weekend!


Thank you to members of the UCM at Corpus Christi Wokingham:- Kathy, Terry, Emelyn, Doreen, Frankie and Cathy and their husbands and a daughter, to Jude and Marina from St Joseph & St Edmund Southampton, to Maureen & Stuart from SS Thomas of Canterbury & St Thomas More Emsworth, to Claudia, Flora, Mary & Stephen from St Joseph & St Margaret Clitherow Bracknell, to Richard Arthur from Corpus Christi Boscombe and to Simone and Paul from Sacred Heart & St Philip Howard Fareham for completing the 10,000 step challenge!   An amazing 90 miles was walked this week so thank you all so much!

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So last week we had reached Portsmouth Cathedral so from Portsmouth we take the ferry to Ryde and walk 20 miles to Our Lady & St Wilfrid in Ventnor . Then we walk to Saviours  Church Totland and take the ferry from Yarmouth to Lymington and walk to Our Lady & St Joseph’s Church about 68 miles so far.  From Lymington we walk to Corpus Christi Church in Boscombe and finally on to Sacred Heart & St Therese of Lisieux in Ringwood.




Maureen reflects on how to Give, Act, and Pray in Support of CAFOD’s Cornavirus Appeal

Maureen & Stuart

Maureen & Stuart

Across Portsmouth Diocese volunteers have responded to CAFOD’s appeal to walk 10,000 steps each to build up to a total of 100 miles. This is the equivalent of walking across our whole Diocese of Portsmouth.  Various people from Andover, Theale Twyford, Basingstoke, Winchester and East Hundred have already played their part and reached 72 miles This week Stuart and I have added to this total.  We decided it would be good to walk across the parish, so as well as walking we could add our prayers outside both Ss Thomas Emsworth and St Joseph’s in Havant, on the way back we also stopped briefly at St Thomas Becket Warblington.




We and other volunteers have acted, we are now asking for your  help to please support CAFOD by making a donation to the Portsmouth diocese 10,000 step appeal https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Cportsmouth-Aldershot


Unite against coronavirus

We are living through the biggest public health crisis in a century. Right across the UK, coronavirus has had a devastating impact on all our daily lives, and many people have lost precious loved ones. But in many developing countries where poverty is widespread and healthcare systems are much more fragile, the effects are even more disastrous.

We must never forget that we are one global family, united in this struggle. Now is not the time to build barriers, but for the world to unite in love and compassion.

Out of love for our sisters and brothers overseas, please sign CAFOD’s petition asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the most vulnerable people are the priority in the UK’s international efforts as well as at home.



Bishop Stephen handing out WASH kits

Bishop Stephen handing out WASH kits

As we walked today, we offered this prayer for all the countries of the world where CAFOD and its partners works

We invite you also to support the work of CAFOD by sharing our pray that people across the world will Survive Rebuild and Heal  

Lord Creator and Father of all

We prayer for all who work for CAFOD and our brothers and sisters in need throughout the world

We prayer that as many as possible will survive. That they will work together share training and support to provide information, sanitation and emergency food.

We prayer for all those that are ill, those who died, and those who are left behind to mourn their loved ones. As communities begin to rebuild, we stand with them offering our prayers, sharing by giving, and acting with practical support

We pray for healing, everyone’s life has been disrupted, some have endured great suffering and face a very uncertain future. Give us strength to offer new hope as people of faith, courage to step forward strengthened by the gifts of the Holy Spirt offering Your love

We make this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen

We prayer that people across Africa will Survive Rebuild and Heal

People in Democratic Republic of Congo Central African Republic Ethiopia Kenya Liberia Mozambique Niger Nigeria Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and  Zimbabwe

We prayer that people across Asia will Survive Rebuild and Heal

People in Nepal, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Philippines and Sri Lanka

We prayer that people across Latin America will Survive Rebuild and Heal

People in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and  Peru

We prayer that people across the middle East will Survive Rebuild and Heal

People in Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Occupied Palestinian territory and Israel

Many thanks to Maureen for this reflection .

Young Leaders from Salesian College Farnborough fundraising quiz!

Salesian College

Salesian College

Despite lockdown our amazing Young Leaders from Salesian College Farnborough organised an online quiz to raise money for CAFOD’s Coronavirus appeal . Each week they are posting quiz questions and then teams send in  their answers. They have raised over £500 so far and hope to reach £700 by the end of term. Thank you so much!

Quiz posters

Quiz posters

Young Leaders planning their quiz questions

Young Leaders planning their quiz questions

What great idea. If you want to fundraise we have lots of ideas here.