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Hundreds of Catholics will leave Redbridge in July to celebrate centenary

PUBLISHED: 11:34 14 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:41 14 July 2017

Christians visited  the shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham in Norfolk. Picture PA

Christians visited the shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham in Norfolk. Picture PA

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There will be a mass exodus of Catholics leaving Redbridge for Norfolk at the end of the month.

Some of the estimated crowd of 10,000 who took part in a previous pilgramage at Walsingham. Picture: PaSome of the estimated crowd of 10,000 who took part in a previous pilgramage at Walsingham. Picture: Pa

To celebrate 100 years of the Diocese of Brentwood – which Redbridge falls under – Catholics from every parish in the area will journey to the shire of Walsingham on July 22.

Father Quentin Jackson of St Thomas of Canterbury, High Road, in Woodford Green will be going along to celebrate and said it will be like one big party.

“When it’s your birthday you have all your family and friends over to celebrate.

“It will be like that but with God and children of the Catholic faith are going to have one big party,” he said

“It is a big pilgrimage and we will pray for thanksgivings and our current needs.

“Like the Canterbury tales, pilgrims in the past took risky and time consuming journeys and would often stop in pubs to tell stories to each other, we won’t be able to get thousands of Catholics in a pub but we will all share a packed lunch instead.”

Saturday vigil masses in the diocese will be cancelled to allow priests and parishioner to attend the event.

Rev John Harvey, Diocese communication officer said it will be a “joyful celebration” and the location is one of the oldest Marion shrines in Europe.

“It is our national shire of the blessed virgin Mary and people have been pilgrimaging there, sometimes barefoot, for a thousand years.

“The centenary celebration is led by the bishop, Alan Williams, and there will be a thanksgiving mass said in the old Augustine abbey ground.”

The venue has the capacity to hold 10,000 people and representatives from every parish in the Diocese of Brentwood – which includes Essex and five east London boroughs- will be in attendance.


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