The southern part of the diocese make their annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady at Fernyhalgh near Preston; we in the north make our annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Our lady at Cleator, this year with Mass and Blessing of the Sick at 3pm. Leading us this year will be Bishop Michael Campbell.
We are told we live in a ‘post-truth’ society. Trust in politicians and the media is greatly undermined. As we honour Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom-we see her offering us her Son–a more profound truth than this world can offer.
As well as having a beautiful replica of the Lourdes grotto, in the grounds of the shrine at Cleator, are statues of the Cure of Ars and of St Therese of Lisieux. The pilgrimage will be an opportunity not only to honour Mary the Mother of God, but also these two great saints, and to ask their intercession for healing and consolation. All are invited from the parishes in the northern part of our diocese, especially the sick.
As usual we invite the young people of our Diocese to walk in pilgrimage from Honister across Haystacks into Ennerdale then on to Cleator, beginning their journey at Castlerigg Manor on Friday 8th September. This is also an event to make friends and be physically challenged and concludes with the diocesan Mass at Cleator at 3pm. Young people, 16+, can register their interest in joining the walk by contacting Fr John at Castlerigg -tel. 017687 72711.
I will take the car to Cleator, leaving St Catherine’s about 1.30pm and can easily take three others. If you want to join me, let me know. Fr Jerome.