Parishioners from St Joseph’s in Cockermouth and Our Lady’s in Keswick came together with visitors and ecumenical partners to celebrate Creation Time by undertaking a pilgrimage to St Bega’s Church on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake.
People walked, cycled and took the bus to share in CAFOD’s Creation Time Service in which they praised God for the Earth, our common home; recognised our responsibility for all creation, especially for those people most affected by global warming; and renewed their personal commitments to do more to reduce harmful impacts.
Co-ordinated by the St Joseph’s Parish Livesimply Group, the event, which included quiet prayer and enthusiastic unaccompanied singing, could become an annual event. Fr Tom Singleton, who serves both Parishes, can be seen on the left of the group standing outside St Bega’s.
St Bega was an Irish princess who fled across the Irish Sea to Cumbria to avoid forced marriage to a Viking prince, coming ashore at St Bees. The atmospheric pre-Norman Church is set in fields at the foot of the 3,000 foot mountain, Skiddaw, which dominates the landscape for miles around.
The peace and isolation show why this was a favoured spot for a holy hermitage. Many thanks to the Binsey Team of the Anglican Diocese for allowing us to use the church for this event.