Holy Island Pilgirmage – Saturday July 1

CAFOD supporters and volunteers are invited to join together for the annual Holy Island pilgrimage on Saturday July 1.

Holy Island

David Cross took this photo at last year’s pilgrimage

The pilgrimage is set to start at 1pm and for anyone not walking across the causeway, there will be a liturgy at St Aidan’s RC Church at 1.30pm.

A Mass of Thanksgiving will be held at 4pm in the Priory Church, celebrated by Father Chris Hughes.

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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 Holy Island Pilgrimage makes a welcome return

David Cross and Jeremy Cain are pleased to make an important announcement…

Holy Island David Cross Photo

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

By popular demand the CAFOD Holy Island pilgrimage is back. Since we arrived here in Hexham and Newcastle we’ve had a steady stream of supporters asking if and when this was going happen. We’re delighted to say the answer is “yes!”

It’s planned for Saturday 10th September 2016 and we’ll post more details here as we finalise them. In the meantime, please get in touch with any questions, suggestions or offers of help!