Virtual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Our annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham was due to take place on Saturday 23rd May but had to be cancelled due to the closure of places of worship as a result of Covid-19. However, thanks to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham’s 24 hour livestream service we can still have a virtual pilgrimage by joining the services being livestreamed via the Shrine’s website on Saturday 23rd May from 11am.

Good Shepherd Sunday

This Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday when we traditionally pray for vocations to the priesthood for our diocese. Usually on Good Shepherd Sunday the seminarians travel to parishes to speak about vocations. This year three of them, Michael Barwick, Jonathan Burden and Deacon Paschal Uche have recorded video messages in place of this, asking for your prayers and encouraging those who think they might have a vocation to get in touch for an informal chat with vocations promoter Fr Mark Swires. You can watch their video message here.

Evenings for enquirers

We continue to have evenings for those who would like to enquire about a vocation to the priesthood. At the moment these are being held online. Please get in touch with Fr Mark Swires at for more information. Please continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood and to the religious life and also that all of us may be able to hear what God is asking us to do. See Vocations Prayer Card. For more informaton visit

Acts at Easter Lockdown

Lockdown may provide us with opportunities to dedicate more time to the reading of Scripture, celebrating our own Liturgy of the Word. Throughout the Easter season we read from the Acts of the Apostles, seeing how the Easter gospel is preached in Jerusalem, Judaea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. Fr Adrian Graffy has recorded a talk on the opening eight chapters of Acts, which is now available on It is hoped to provide a further talk later in the Easter season.