Year of Mercy Secondary Pilgrimage
On Wednesday 19 October 2016, as the sun shone, staff and pupils from our secondary schools took part in the inaugural, St Philip Howard Feast Day Mass and Pilgrimage.
Bishop Richard welcomed all the pilgrims as they arrived, gathered them together for a prayer and then sent them off on their three mile walk with a blessing.
Pilgrims enjoyed the beautiful scenery of countryside and woodland surrounding Swanbourne Lake, walked up the hill to the folly of Hiorne Tower and finally descended towards Arundel Cathedral.
The pilgrimage ended as the schools entered through the Holy Door into the Cathedral Church where ushers from Cardinal Newman School, Hove, welcomed them and distributed Year of Mercy prayer cards for them to reflect upon.
As the pilgrims entered the Cathedral they were greeted with the beautiful sound of Taizé chants led by St Richard’s Catholic College, Bexhill.
Mass then began, the musicians and choir from Notre Dame, Cobham, led the congregation in beautiful singing, readings were provided by students from St Philip Howard Catholic High School, Barnham and prayers of the faithful were led by St Andrew’s Catholic School, Leatherhead.
Bishop Richard spoke about the life of St Philip Howard and the important lesson he has for us, he reminded us to open the doors of our hearts and minds, especially in this Year of Mercy, to be witnesses to the love of Jesus.
It was a thoughtful and mindful day, enjoyed by everyone.