The morning started off quite overcast but by the time Morning Prayer had ended at St Joseph’s Church the sun was beginning to break through! The pilgrims had all been well cared for overnight by their hosts, Stephen and Ann Merckx and Sue and Paul Rowney and were in good spirits as the parishioners bid them a safe onward journey towards Whitby.
Later that day Helen Russell, helped me run a CAFOD stall (with the kind permission of the Centre Manager, Rory Fleming) in the Parkway Shopping Centre, close to St Mary’s Cathedral. Rory, knew about CAFOD as he had worked with the Catholic Bishops Conference when he was younger, and he happily signed our Get Down to Business campaign card, as did several member of the centre staff, as well as some afternoon shoppers and shop workers! It was quite poignant, as there were empty shop units in the centre, victims of the current economic climate here at home.
The pilgrims arrived late in the afternoon and after signing campaign cards themselves, were treated to a tasty meal at Cathedral House, courtesy of Canon Gerard Robinson, the Cathedral Dean, which was prepared and served by a lovely lady called Mandy McCaffrey. The strawberries and cream were particularly delicious, David told me later! It’s not all hard work being a Regional Manager sometimes, even if you have to undertake a ten mile walk, for your supper!