Many pilgrimages have been cancelled due to lockdown, but that does not mean that you can’t take part in a virtual pilgrimage.From 1-11 July, everyone is invited to take part in a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Island, Lindisfarne, as part of CAFOD’s Summer of Hope.
Since the Sixth Century, pilgrims have made their way – by boat, train, and land – to Lindisfarne. There, they complete the ‘Pilgrims Way’ walk to Holy Island – the site of the famous monastery of Saints Aidan and Cuthbert, and the cradle of Christianity in the North of England. For the first time in nearly 1,500 years, this pilgrimage tradition was threatened due to the coronavirus pandemic.However, devoted Catholics were not going to let lockdown halt their spiritual journey and with the help of CAFOD, organised a virtual pilgrimage for the 1-11 July.
Bishop Robert Byrne, the Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, said:“This opportunity we have in our pilgrimage – perhaps a very different type of pilgrimage this year, but very real nonetheless – is an opportunity for us to journey on our way to the Lord and be closer to him.A pilgrimage is a time when we remember our journey through life. And we are encouraged by our pilgrimage to try and travel light, to bring our needs to the Lord, and to remind ourselves of the real values of life – of the values that bring us closer to God.”
As part of the pilgrimage, 11 pilgrims who have made the journey multiple times will share their favourite memories, photos, and reflections.
To finish the event, on Saturday 11 July at 3pm, Fr Chris Hughes, who would usually say Mass from the island, will be livestreaming a service from his parish church instead.
You can join the Facebook Live mass here: https://www.facebook.com/The-Parish-of-Saint-Cuthbert-and-Saint-Joseph-North-Shields-798826703506481/
We look forward to as many of you as possible of this virtual pilgrimage!