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Walsingham Pilgrimage

On Saturday 17' September a coach full of pupils and staff from ASCHC set off to join the Diocese of Leeds on the annual pilgrimage to Walsingham. Every year thousands of people visit this special Marian shrine and this year the Bishop Arthur Roche called for young people to re-establish this annual pilgrimage from our Diocese.


It was an early morning alarm for our pupils who met at school at the dark and cold hour of 6.15am! We were soon on our way singing our hearts out to 'Immaculate Mary' and 'As I kneel before you' - much to the delight of our lovely coach drivers. When we arrived the heavens literally opened, however drenched this did not dismay our ASCHC pupils as we walked with our school banner to the Slipper Chapel.


At midday mass was celebrated led by the Rt. Rev. Kieran Heskin V.G and we listened to the gospel reading of Luke on the Annunciation. Once mass had ended we ate our lunch in the beautiful sunshine in the grounds. At 2.30pm our proud pupils led the Procession into the village along the stony one mile 'Pilgrims Way' track. Carrying the beautiful statue of Our Lady was a huge honour for our pupils, sharing the load by taking it in turns. As we reached our final destination, the sun was fortunately still shinning, finishing our pilgrimage with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.


There was a wonderful yet reflective atmosphere in Walsingham with members of Diocese attending to share in the experience of pilgrimage. There was even time for a quick visit to the village to purchase some souvenirs and an ice-cream! The pupils had what they described as an 'awesome' and fab' experience. `Walsingham was a great day and I had lots of fun. It was definitely a unique experience' said E Tankard in Year 8. A great pilgrimage was had by all and as always our pupils did us proud.