Crissi Booth reports on the thoughtful series of festivals that took place in the diocese over summer:
This summer, Hexham and Newcastle Diocese hosted a series of festivals aimed at children, young people and adults alike, known as the Festival Fortnight. The festivals are run by the diocesan Youth Ministry Team, together with the Departments of Education and Spirituality and were featured in this month’s diocesan newspaper, the Northern Cross.
This fortnight has been going for a few years now, and this year, featured a Lampedusa Cross. It was used as a focal point in liturgies attended by secondary school students and adults.
The secondary school students were given a booklet featuring the Cross whilst Gap year volunteer Danielle Storey and CAFOD Ambassador Leah Fox hosted a workshop on refugees for young people, where they wrote messages of hope. Adults were also invited to write these messages to refugees.
For more information on the refugee crisis, and to find resources regarding the Lampedusa Cross, visit our website, and get involved!
‘We ourselves need to see, and then to enable others to see, that migrants and refugees are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved.’ -Pope Francis