Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Centenary Events for 2013

The first event to mark our Centenary in 2013 is fittingly the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which the League has done so much to promote throughout our history. Leaflets to help you pray this week most earnestly for reconciliation within the Church, are available for download from the left hand side of this website. 
The second event is a Celebration Centenary Festa on the weekend of March 15-17 with a Pilgrimage to the at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. This will include both Catholic and Anglican elements, and it will be led by our good friend, Fr Luke Miller, Archdeacon of Hampstead. The League was the first to make an organised pilgrimage to the newly restored Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in the 1930s, and I hope that you will want to mark our place in its history and give thanks for our own 100 years. We would like as many to be there as possible, at least at some point in the weekend. Please do not think you cannot come because of the cost - £90 (£45 a night for two nights, full board, dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday). Because it is a special year, we can make concessions – it is most important that you can come if you want to. Please contact the General Secretary, Mr David Chapman, to book your place.

Also during the year there will be a special Mass of Thanksgiving at a Catholic Church in London, near the July date of our foundation.
We also plan a launch for a new history of the Catholic League, its significance and achievements, now being prepared by the eminent historian of the papacy, Dr Michael Walsh.
In September we make our annual Pilgrimage for Christian Unity in Bruges to Our Lady of the Vine and the Basilica of the Holy Blood. The dates are 5th to 9th September 2013. Please write to the Director if you are interested in coming.
Finally, the year will be crowned by a Centenary Celebration of Christ the King at the Anglican Church of St Silas, Kentish Town on the weekend of 23rd and 24th November 2013.
On behalf of the officers and executive, I look forward to seeing you at the events, especially in England’s Nazareth. Meanwhile, please pray hard for the healing of divisions between Christians and especially for the peace of the Church throughout the Middle East region: “that they all may be one, as I am in you and you are in me, so that the world may believe it was you that sent me”.
Mark Woodruff

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