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CHRISTIANS

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CHRISTIAN

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Defending the rights of

Christians to express

their genuine beliefs.

Helping people to have a better life on their way to hell is not the purpose of the ‘Church.’

Good works are good, but who gets the glory? Is it you? Is it the church? Or is it Jesus?

Jesus and Mary

and the Disciples

 

Shrine of ‘Our Lady’

at St Mary’s Church, Cleator

 

Situated in a quiet location to the rear of St Mary, car park, the site is overlooked by the fabulous hillside of Longbarrow.

 

Each year there is a Diocesan Pilgrimage to the shrine, usually in September and usually attended by the Bishop of Lancaster.

 

There is also a yearly Knights of St Columba pilgrimage.

 

The shrine is a replica of Lourdes.

 

The communities of Cleator and Cleator Moor were dependent on the mining and iron industries, and during the Great Depression of the 1920s and 1930s, times were very difficult for many. Fr. Clayton (priest in Cleator from 1904 to 1954) placed an appeal in the national Catholic press, and generous support was received from around the country.To provide employment for some of the parishioners Fr. Clayton bought some land adjoining the church's site and asked for volunteers to help construct a replica of the Grotto at Lourdes. These volunteers were rewarded with vouchers for food and clothing.

 

The Grotto was opened on the 30th October 1927, and rapidly became a focus for pilgrimage from all parts of the diocese. The tradition of pilgrimage continues with a number of groups coming each year. In early September the diocesan pilgrimage brings several hundred people together.