After extensive local preparations, the annual Clare Priory Pilgrimage took place on Sunday, May 12, with coaches from Hoxton and Hythe and others attending from all over East Anglia (pictured above).
It was a time to catch up with old friends and find out what is happening in other parishes reports Steven Cubitt.
A Rosary in the church took place followed by a procession to the shrine of Mother of Good Counsel with prayers at the shrine and Regina Caeli. At 12.15pm the Service of Reconciliation Adoration took place in the church.
In-between and afterwards teas, coffees and cakes were served to everyone attending. With everyone enjoying picnics in the grounds of the priory on a glorious sunny day. The children playing hide and seek and enjoying the wilder parts of grounds.
Finally there was a Mass in honour of Our Lady of Good Counsel with Celebrant and Preacher being Fr Stefan Park OSA, Prior of Clare.
Former diocesan financial secretary John Pitt has expressed his gratitude to the clergy and parishioners of the diocese for their “very generous presentation” to mark his retirement. “It was a great and gratifying surprise and I very much appreciate their good wishes,” wrote John to Bishop Alan. “It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the last 12 years of my working life in support of the diocesan mission and I wish you all the best in the future.”
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