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Priest’s pilgrimage, international weekend, charity appeal

Latest news of interest to the East Anglia Catholic community includes a Norfolk priest’s pilgrimage, a church weekend of international cultural celebrations and an appeal to pray in May for the current Ethiopian crisis.

Today, May 1,  Fr Andrew Eburne is making a walking pilgrimage of 36 miles from his parish of Our Lady of the Annunciation, Poringland, to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham to raise money for the parish. 

“As we are Our Lady’s parish, we always try to do something special in Our Lady’s month of May,” explained Fr Andrew.  Fr Andrew will be covering the 36 miles to the National Shrine of Our Lady in two days, and has been sponsored for each mile walked in order to raise money for the parish.

“I’ve had some wonderfully generous sponsors,” said Fr Andrew, “but most of important of all, I have lots of prayer intentions which I am taking from the parish to Our Lady’s Shrine.” 

Pictured above are parishioners of Our Lady of the Annunciation giving Fr Andrew a send-off at the start of his pilgrimage.

St Peter’s church in Gorleston is staging an International Weekend in mid May in partnership with Great Yarmouth Council’s Cultural Exchange programme.

An International Evening including presentations, costumes, music, dancing and snacks will take place in the church on Saturday May 18 from 7pm. On Sunday May 19 there will be an International Mass at 9.30am with multi-language readings, prayers and music and a flag procession in international dress. Then at 10.45am the will be a Celebration in the Church Hall with tea, cakes and shared international cuisine. Assistant parish priest, Fr Alvan Ibeh said: “all are very welcome to join us.”

Catholic charity Mary’s Meals, which provides school meals to over 2.4 million children every day, invite you to join its Pray in May campaign. During the month of May, they invite you to join them in praying for the hungry children who rely on its life-changing school meals, and for all the children and families around the world who live in poverty.

They will pray particularly for families facing extreme food insecurity and hunger in Ethiopia and are hosting a special online session where charity founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow will share more about this under-reported crisis on Tuesday May 16 at 7pm, find out more at Charity events | Mary’s Meals UK (

Please visit to access our Pray in May resources and find out more about our Crisis in Ethiopia appeal.