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   EXPLORING AND EXPERIENCING OUR CHRISTIAN

                                  HERITAGE:

 

A TWO DAY COURSE OF PILGRIMAGE AND RETREAT

                            TO HOLY ISLAND

 

 

............  SUPPORTING THE SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS 

    LEADERSHIP ROLE OF CATHOLIC HEADTEAHCERS

 

              *************** LOCAL AUTHORITY

 

 

A structured opportunity for contemplation, prayerful reflection and spiritual, physical and intellectual refreshment.

 

A unique experience to explore our common Christian heritage, the essence of Celtic Christian spirituality and its impact on developing spirituality in schools.

 

An opportunity to discern and discover at first hand, the place of pilgrimage and retreat for primary school pupils.

 

To receive a resource pack of material, including historical time lines, music CDs, liturgy resources and prayers in the Celtic style, all for use with staff and pupils.

 

         2 days in 2008 depending on tide times

 

 

Proposed Draft Programme:

 

 

Thursday

10.30  Brief introduction, Pilgrimage Prayer and departure

          from a South or West Yorkshire school.

 

11.45  Comfort break at Washington Service Station.

 

12.45  Arrive at St Paul's Jarrow (life-time home of St

         Bede), for exploration and pilgrimage service, 

         followed by light lunch

 

14.30  Departure for journey to Holy island, pausing for

         comfort break.

 

16.30  Arrive Holy Island: registration, room allocation,

         personal space and tea.

 

17.00  A half hour introductory talk on Holy Island and

         Celtic Christian spirituality (weather permitting -

         overlooking Cuthbert's Island).

 

17.30  Personal space.

 

18.45  Bar

 

19.00  Dinner in Manor House.

 

21.00  Evening Prayer on the beach.

 

21.30  Bar and personal space.

 

 

 

Friday

08.30  Breakfast.

 

09.30  Morning Prayer in St Mary's Church.

 

09.45   Personal time: to be, to wander, to see, to

          experience the peace of this wonderful island.

 

10.45  Gather in St Aidan's Catholic Church.

 

11.00  Depart Holy Island.

 

11.40  Arrive Bamburgh for visit to St Aidan's Church,

         overlooking Holy Island, coffee and closing

         pilgrimage prayer.

 

12.45  Depart Bamburgh.

 

14.00  Arrive Washington Service Station for comfort

          break and light lunch.

 

14.45  Depart Service Station for journey back to West or

          South Yorkshire.

 

16.30  Return (expected time of arrival 16.30-17.00).

 

Notes:

The programme is draft and subject to discussion with colleagues but also subject to change because of weather and road conditions.

 

 

February 2008