To reserve places on
the Walsingham Families Pilgrimage (18th - 20th
November, 2016) please contact the Shrine's Hospitality Department
to check availability - Tel: 01328 820239
Please note that the all-in adult rate for the Families Pilgrimage is £88.20. The all-in child rate for the Families Pilgrimage is £30 and includes a free T-Shirt.
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Pilgrimage information and application form
Details of the 2016 Adoremus Pilgrimage for young adults will be available late July
THE 2016 WALSINGHAM CHILDREN'S PILGRIMAGE - Friday 26th - Sunday 28th February
‘Mission Mercy’ was the theme of this years Children’s Pilgrimage, and 230 young pilgrims celebrated God’s care for them and their care for others in a weekend packed with worship, activities and fun.
The scene was set at the First Visit on Friday evening with a drama presented by the Yr4God team acting as ‘special agents’. We heard about God’s mercy for everyone shown in the gift of Jesus, and then recalled how that mercy was shown by his choosing Mary to be the way Jesus would be born. Each pilgrimage group had thought about the prayers they wanted especially to offer on pilgrimage, and the service ended with a moving procession of prayer banners into the Holy House. After hot chocolate it was time for bed, and after long journeys ‘lights out’ was fairly easy!
On Saturday the focus moved down to the Roman Catholic National Shrine and an activity in which the children learned about the ‘works of mercy’. Having celebrated God’s mercy shown to us we moved on to think of ways we can all show that same mercy to others. Mgr John Armitage the Rector of the Shrine welcomed us, and led the way through the ‘holy door’ and to the start of a joyful procession down the holy mile back to the Anglican Shrine for Sprinkling.
In the afternoon the Shrine grounds were filled with the sounds of happy children enjoying the ‘activity zone’ –with bouncy castles galore, and great craft activities to enjoy. The fun continued into the evening with a great disco presided over by Jonny Jaffa Cake and Charlie Cheese Cake –clearly there are budding prospective contestants for Strictly Come Dancing amongst the young pilgrimage constituency!
The Sunday morning Mass focussed on ways we can show mercy in our homes, with the parable of the fig tree helping us thing of ways we could be fruitful in our lives. The atmosphere in the Shrine Church was wonderful, with the children participating throughout the liturgy, and raising the roof with the weekend ‘theme song’ ‘Mercy is Falling’.
After Benediction on Sunday afternoon it was time for tired and happy children (and even more tired leaders) to head back home –having celebrated God’s love for them, and having been encouraged to share that love with others as part of his ‘Mission Mercy’ for everyone! (To view an extensive range of photographs taken during the Children's Pilgrimage go to the Shrine Photo Library)
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