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 →
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.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 0191 384 4847