Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham
September 17 2011

The Pastoral Council is keen to increase the spiritual life of the parish by encouraging people to come together for a Pilgrimage. We have chosen to go to Walsingham in Norfolk.


Why Walsingham ?
In the year 1061, the Blessed Mother Mary appeared to Richeldis, the Lady of the Manor, and asked her to build a replica of the Holy House of Nazareth.  When Richeldis asked where it was to be built, she was shown the spot by a spring of water that began to flow where she was standing.  She did as she was told and she encouraged people to come on Pilgrimage.  Many healings took place there and, by the 16th century, it was the greatest Marian shrine in Europe.  Henry V111 and his henchmen put a stop to this and desecrated the Shrine which lay in ruins for over 300 years.  At the end of the last century, newly found devotion to Mary under her title of Our Lady of Walsingham began.  A place of devotion was established at the slipper chapel (the place where pilgrims of old took off their shoes before walking the last mile of the pilgrimage in bare feet).  About the same time the Anglican church also established a shrine in the village.  This makes Walsingham fairly unique being both a Catholic and Anglican place of Pilgrimage (as well as visits from Methodists and Orthodox Christians).

What will we do ?
We go on Pilgrimage to attempt to do three things: To make PRAYER; to do PENANCE; to walk in PROCESSION. On our day Pilgrimage, we shall try to do just this.

We shall leave by coach around 7:30 am and aim to get to Walsingham around 10:30am . Mass is at 12. We then enjoy our picnic lunch in a well equipped picnic area. In the afternoon we do the Stations of the Cross; participate in the prayer of healing; join in intercession; walk in procession and finally receive blessing from God in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Leaving Walsingham about 5pm we hope to reach Chelsea by 9pm.

There are no costs other than the coach. Our estimate is that the coach should cost £15 for adults and a reduction to £10 for youngsters. There is a list at the back of church which you need to signup NOW so that we can book the coach with confidence.

It will be a great day for you and your family on Saturday 17th September

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