2014 Procession of Faith - Report
On Sunday, 27th July, a beautiful summer’s day, people came in their hundreds from all over the Northampton diocese and beyond to visit Bedford and take part in the biennial Procession of Faith, led by Bishop Peter Doyle.
Following a blessing in St Joseph’s Church by the Bishop, crowds gathered outside and joined one of the five groups to sing well-known hymns and recite psalms - the idea being that this would be more ecumenical than the usual recitation of the Rosary.
As has now become customary, the Procession halted outside the Bedford prison, where Prayers were said by Bishop Peter, before moving into Harpur Street and de Parys Avenue up to the park. Before the start of the service, the Zimbabwean community did their traditional greeting involving the gift of water pots which were presented to the bishop.
The service itself consisted of readings, prayers and bidding prayers interspersed with hymns, concluding with Benediction and blessing in English and Italian. Before the final Blessing Following this, there was an enthusiastic rendition by Christ the King Church Gospel Choir of “O, Happy Day”
Visitors could then admire the artwork produced by the Catholic schools, or explore the various Faith stalls representing SPUC, CAFOD, SVP, EVC-Uganda (a newly formed Charity), Knights of St Columba and CaFE; otherwise families enjoyed the beautiful park and picnicked, ignoring some uncharitable interruptions by hecklers.
The Relic Image at Norwich
As part of the National Visits’ programme, the Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe left the shrine in Bedford on Monday 28th July 2014 for a week’s stay at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich. During the evening Mass, Fr James Walsh, Dean of the Cathedral, received the Relic Image into the care of the Cathedral and Knights of St Columba. Mr Andrew Hinde then gave a talk on the importance and significance of the Relic Image. After Mass, many people queued to touch and to pray in front of the Image The Relic Image remains in Norwich until 4 August, when there will be Mass celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes together with the ceremony of return after which the Relic Image will be in Bedford before going to Walsingham, in middle of August, for the Youth Festival and to Portsmouth Cathedral at the beginning of September
New Shrine Co-ordinator
It is with great pleasure that the Guardians, with the approval of Canon Seamus Keenan and endorsed by Bishop Peter Doyle, announce the appointment of the new Shrine Coordinator, Donna Gardner. Donna, who is married and lives in Wellingborough, is the mother of 4 children. She will be known to many of you through her work with the Rosary Link in the Diocese.
She can be contacted by phone on 07940 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information about the shrine and the Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, please visit the web site www.relicourladyofguadalupe.co.uk
Thanks to Sue Sarsfield for these items
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