CAFOD Pilgrimage 2014

The setting sun over St. Cuthbert's Island, Lindisfarne.

The setting sun over St. Cuthbert’s Island, Lindisfarne.

On Saturday 5 July, we will hold our annual pilgrimage to Holy Island also known as Lindisfarne. At mid-day we will set off, like pilgrims have for over 1100 years, to walk across the sands to this other-worldly island. From the mainland side, there are poles sunk into the sand leading arrow-straight onto the island. Twice each day, the North Sea rushes in to cut off the island and flood the causeway and the sands. Safety refuges dot the route but as we’ve checked the tide times, we aren’t planning to use them.

It’ll still be wet, but all the better to plodge in. It’s a good idea to bring wellies (Izzy, one of our volunteers, always stands out in her bright pink ones!) but many cross barefoot. At various times on the way, we will stop to reflect on our theme. This year it is the “Legacy of Oscar Romero” and we are being joined by Bishop John Rawsthorne who visited El Salvador with many of the pilgrims a few months ago.

If walking isn’t your thing, we will follow the same pilgrimage at St. Aidan’s church on the Island.

After lunch, we’ll meet under the watchful gaze of St. Aidan’s statue (unless we have to use St. Mary’s church due to bad weather) for Mass at 2.30pm to be celebrated by Bishop Rawsthorne.

Then at 4.30pm, one of CAFOD’s partners in Kenya will speak about green energy and how this is transforming the lives of people in the Kitui area. Anthony Mbandi is Caritas Kitui’s Director and will also speak about “Hands On”, CAFOD’s latest project to help the people of Kitui to solve their problems with water supply. For more details, check here,

The causway is open until 7.30pm so there will be time for a wander around the Island if you wish before setting off for home.

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