Holy land poster 2015 sBishop Ralph plans to lead a Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land early next year. The Pilgrimage will depart from Manchester to Tel Aviv on 7 March and return on 14 March.

The pilgrims will spend two nights in Jerusalem, 3 nights in Bethlehem and 2 nights in Tiberias. The pilgrimage will follow closely the footsteps of the Master and will include visits to the Basilica of the Nativity, the Shepherds’ Fields, the Pools of Bethesda, St Anne’s Church, the Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Mount of Olives, Dominus Flevit and the Garden of Gethsemane. We would also hope to visit and share Masses with local Christians. Pilgrims will have daily Mass and we hope to again be able to arrange Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

There is full board accommodation throughout the pilgrimage. The all- inclusive cost of the above is £1300 per person.

For those considering travelling, early booking is advised to avoid surcharges.

Visiting the Holy Land is more than a personal Pilgrimage. Your presence there gives hope, comfort and support to our Brothers and Sisters who suffer daily for their faith. Do consider joining the Pilgrimage.

Those wishing to have further information with regard to this pilgrimage or those who wish to travel as pilgrims should contact the organiser Joe McNally;

by e-mail: joegmcnally@btinternet.com or by telephone: 0114 236 4076 or mobile: 07891072858.