Padley Pilgrimage

On Tuesday, July 11th, our Year 6 children embarked on their annual Padley pilgrimage to Padley Chapel.


The weather forecast predicted rain, but luckily, the day remained mostly dry, allowing the children to fully immerse themselves in the experience.


Upon arriving at Padley Chapel, the St Marie’s children were delighted to be joined by students from other schools within the diocese of Hallam. Together, they formed a vibrant and diverse community, united in their shared faith and purpose. The highlight of the day was the mass, which was celebrated with Bishop Ralph, Mgr. Desmond Sexton, and Father Paddy.


Following the mass, the Year 6s explored Padley Chapel, eager to learn about the historical significance of the site. They were captivated as they listened to the story of the Padley Martyrs, individuals who had valiantly defended their faith, even in the face of persecution. This tale served as a reminder of the importance of courage and conviction, inspiring them to embrace their beliefs with strength and resilience.


As the day drew to a close, it was time for the Year 6’s to return home. They made their way to Grindleford, where they boarded the train bound for Sheffield and then caught the 120 bus back to school.


The Padley pilgrimage had not only deepened their faith but also provided the children with an opportunity to remember the sacrifices made by those who came before them.

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