Inaugural ACN pilgrimage to Carfin

AID to the Church in Need is marking the annual day of prayer for suffering Catholics with a pilgrimage to Carfin Grotto in Motherwell tomorrow, on the feast of St Rita of Cascia.

“Everyone is welcome. It is an important event in raising awareness of the plight of the persecuted Church, of thanking God that we have the freedom to demonstrate our faith publicly and to pray for the work of ACN,’ Dermot Lamb, ACN Scottish administrator, told the SCO.

The charity, which holds an annual pilgrimage to Walsingham, hopes the pilgrimage to Scotland’s national shrine to Our Lady can also become a regular date on its calendar.

“This is our first pilgrimage in Scotland and is planned to be an annual event replicating the Walsingham Pilgrimage,” Mr Lamb said.

He also underlined the importance of both pilgrimages taking place on the same day.

“As we are meeting in Carfin, a similar pilgrimage will be taking place in Walsingham making it a special day of prayer for ACN,” he said

Neville Kyrke-Smith, ACN’s UK director, is showing his support for the Carfin pilgrimage by attending and giving a talk on the day. Fr Paul Morton of St Bride’s, Cambuslang, will be joining the charity at Carfin.

The Carfin pilgrimage begins at 12 noon in the grotto next to St Francis Xavier Church and includes Mass and other services including a Rosary procession and the Way of the Cross.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in Carfin’s Glass Chapel.

Contact Dermot Lamb at ACN in Scotland: 01698 337470.

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