The Feast of the Assumption and Travelling Families

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The Chapel of Reconciliation was full for sung Mass on Saturday 15th August as members of the travelling community made their pilgrimage. After Mass some
teenagers carried the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham with great devotion to the Slipper Chapel where prayers were said. Mgr John then visited each caravan,
blessed the van and spoke to the families. In the evening there was the ecumenical procession in the village. We started at St Mary`s, the Anglican parish
church, where Mgr John, Bishop Lindsay Irwin, the administrator of the Anglican Shrine, and Fr Andrew Mitcham, parish priest of St Mary`s, sat in the
sanctuary. Fr Andrew gave a short homily and then the torchlight procession started, a wonderful sight as hymns were sung and candles with shades raised at the
chorus of Ave`s. At the front of the Church of the Annunciation, Fr Keith Tulloch sm spoke and then we went on to the grounds of the Anglican Shrine where
Bishop Lindsay spoke and then there were fireworks, which could be heard on the edge of Fakenham. Truly `Maria Assumpta Est`. Bishop Lindsay leaves the
Anglican Shrine at the start of December and returns to his native Australia and the parish ministry. Bishop Lindsay has been a great friend of the catholic shrine
and welcomed our pilgrims to the Anglican Shrine. We wish him great happiness and fulfilment in his new ministry.

The Celebration of the Feast of the Assumption was transferred to Sunday, 16th August, when again the Chapel of Reconciliation was full for the sung Mass. Mgr
John celebrated the Mass and after the Mass welcomed the travelling families and spoke of their faith and belief in the family.