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On Thursday 22nd September 2016, Years 3 and 4 took the metro into Newcastle city centre to visit St Mary’s RC Cathedral.
On arrival we were met by two volunteers who took us on a tour around the cathedral. Our tour began with a journey through the holy door which has been opened especially to mark the Year of Mercy. Pope Francis has invited all Catholics to enter a year where we can seek out mercy and show mercy towards others in our words and actions. As we journeyed through the door, we made our pilgrimage towards God to ask for his mercy and to help us show love and forgiveness towards each other.
Moving around the cathedral, we studied the beautiful stained glass windows and discovered how they tell stories of our past as well as religious stories
We were all able to light a candle in the side altar and place our prayers into the hands of Our Lady. Our candles remained alight after we had left the Cathedral showing that our prayers had remained in the hands of Mary the Mother of God.
One of the highlights of our trip was sitting in Bishop Seamus’ special chair on the sanctuary known as the ‘cathdera.’ We took it in turns to have our photograph taken wearing one of the bishop’s hats. As you can see from the pictures, some of us would make quite a good bishop!
A great afternoon out was had visiting the cathedral which is the central church of our diocese, Hexham and Newcastle.