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Papal preacher, marriage Mass and Gospel study events

Coming East Anglia events include a National Pilgrimage at Walsingham with the Papal Preacher, a marriage and family life Mass in Norwich and a Gospel study series in Suffolk.

Fr Raniero Cantalamessa (pictured above from www.ofmcap.org), Preacher to the Papal Household, will be the guest preacher at the 2017 National Pilgrimage on Monday, May 29. TheNational weekend will also feature a 40 hours of prayer and ecumenical vigil in Sr Mary’s Parish Church, Little Walsingham.

The event is the Shrine’s response to Thy Kingdom Come, a global prayer movement which the Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people around the world to join. The wave of prayer will start in May and run for 10 days between Ascension and Pentecost.

The Anglican Bishop of Norwich (The Rt Revd Graham James) and Catholic Bishop of East Anglia (The Rt Revd Alan Hopes) will join prayers for the unity of the Church. The celebrant at the National Pilgrimage will be the Bishop of Chichester (The Rt Revd Martin Warner).

The Shrine’s Priest Administrator, Fr Kevin Smith, is looking forward to welcome Fr Cantalamessa on his first visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and hopes that pilgrims from all over the country will be present on this significant day in the life of the Shrine as part of its witness to the nation.

The Bishop of Burnley (The Rt Revd Philip North), Master of the Guardians said: "It is really exciting that the National Pilgrimage will be a Beacon event inThy Kingdom Come. It will be an amazing privilege to welcome Fr Cantalamessa as a guest of the Anglican Shrine. I hope that all who love Walsingham will want to make the pilgrimage that day – and that those unable to be there will join us in prayer.”

For full details of the National Pilgrimage Weekendclick here.


Bishop Alan Hopes warmly invites all married and engaged couples to attend a special Mass celebrating marriage and family at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich on Saturday, June 17, 12 noon, followed by a lunch reception. Certificates will be awarded to those married for one year, five years and every multiple of five years thereafter. They will also be given to those who have had a new baby.

For more information, and to RSVP, please contact Kerry Urdzik on 01473 251301, or email mflc@rcdea.org.uk

Pictured right is last year's Mass .

A study of the Gospel of Saint John, retracing the actual steps of the events and accounts of the Gospel will be led by Fr Tony Rogers in Aldburgh from May 12. Into the Heart of Christ is a series of DVD presentations is led by Jean Vanier the founder of the L’Arche Communities. Fr Tony begins this series on May 12 at 6pm, then May 19, 26 and June 2, in The Presbytery, 15 The Terrace Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5HJ.



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