Share the journey around our diocese

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Over forty churches and numerous schools have been involved in CAFOD’s Share the journey campaign throughout April, May, June and July. Many of our schools have taken part in our “On the Move” workshops which encourage our young people to think about the plight of refugee children and their families. All these will be brought together in our Share the Journey Pilgrimage to Holy Island on Saturday 1st September. Everyone is most welcome.

Our Pilgrimage begins at 11.30am  on the Mainland side of the Causeway (We’re asking people to be there for 11.15am at the latest if they intend to walk across the sands) Please note the starting point is at the white refuge tower part way along the road onto the island.

For those not walking there will be a Share the Journey Liturgy in St Aidan’s Catholic Church at 1.00pm.

Our CAFOD Mass of Thanksgiving will be said by Fr Chris Hughes and will take place at 3.30pm in the Priory Church of St Mary.

Join us for what will be a truly inspiring day in which we will pray for our sisters and brothers forced to flee their homes and for Pope Francis as he prepares to meet the UN on this very issue.

We need your help on the day:

Are you a musician and willing to play at our Mass?

Can you give a little time as an event steward to help escort pilgrims across the causeway?

If the answer is yes to either or both questions then please get in touch with David on 07779 804243 or Kevin on 0191 410 2779


Over 150 Catholics attend Lampedusa cross pilgrimage to Holy Island


Pilgrims walking across the causeway


Parish volunteer Kevin Haigh, from St. Joseph’s Birtley was one of the 150 Catholics who took part in this year’s annual Holy Island pilgrimage, walking the Causeway with CAFOD’s Lampedusa cross to raise awareness of the refugee crisis. He joined 50 others in writing messages of hope for refugees and walking the mile-long pilgrimage. Here he recounts his experience. Continue reading

CAFOD Hexham & Newcastle Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Holy Island, Saturday 10 September 2016.

Come and join us for our CAFOD Hexham and Newcastle Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Holy Island on Saturday 10 September. This year our pilgrimage will focus on the refugee crisis and people will be asked to write messages of hope which will be presented to refugees later in the year. We will be using the Lampedusa Cross reflections throughout the pilgrimage.

lindisfarne pilgrims

Crossing to Holy Island on The Pilgrim’s Way

Our walk across the causeway begins promptly at 12.30pm. There will be a coinciding liturgy in St Aidan’s RC church on the island at 1.30pm and the day will conclude with Holy Mass, celebrated by Fr Chris Hughes at 3.00pm in St Mary’s church in the priory grounds.

We need volunteers on the day!  We need stewards, musicians, readers, Eucharistic Ministers… can you help? If so please get in touch either by email; or by phoning 0191 384 4847