Today’s blog is from Joan England, one of the pilgrims, reflecting on the day.
After a magnificent celebration of Mass on the Feast of St Peter and St Paul, led by Bishop Drainey at the Cathedral, it was all the way to Redcar and on to Marske. This was the biggy, 15 miles – well nearly, by the end it felt like 30! Everyone had aching feet! Gamini, the guy who was leading the walk gave us an informative history lesson about the ‘Rise’ of Middlesbrough and we passed St Cuthbert’s Church and Captain Cook’s birthplace. It all added to the flavour and companionship of the day. A day spend walking mostly on roads and through industrial estates.
The ladies of St Bede’s Church in Marske, delighted us with another wonderful feast! Mass was celebrated by Fr Brian Nicholson, in which he included the message we hope our pilgrimage portrays, a message of life’s journey. With humour and anecdotes he inspired us during the homily to continue, even in our small way, to carry the Christian message of kindness and appreciation as we make this journey to Whitby and in our daily lives – and then we had the welcome kindness of homestays, with our wonderful hosts!
You can join in prayer with the pilgrims as they journey along using the pilgrimage booklet below. Today’s theme was Environmental Justice and we reflected on the life of St Paulinus, a roman monk who went on to become Archbishop of York.