Mercy Works at Walsingham
“Go do something beautiful – in the name of Jesus!” that was the song that nearly 500 young pilgrims were singing on the last day of the 2016 Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage, after they had pledge themselves to do exactly that.
This year’s pilgrimage took as it’s theme ‘Mercy Works’ –mercy shown to Mary who was called to be mother of the redeemer; mercy shown by Jesus in his life, death, and resurrection; mercy shown to us in our lives by the God who heals and forgives us and gives hope; and mercy we are called to show in our lives to others –especially the needy.
So the groups of young pilgrims were challenged to pledge themselves to doing a work of mercy in their own communities, and were sent out as agents of mercy. One group of young people will be hosting a Christmas lunch for isolated elderly people in their parish, another will be setting up a Facebook page to spread messages that are positive and joyful. A number of groups identified projects that support the homeless in their communities to support, and other young Walsingham pilgrims have gone back to their churches to start collecting for the local foodbank. Young pilgrims from St Paul’s Whitley Bay will be doing a sponsored relay run the distance of Whitley Bay to Walsingham to raise money for Water Aid and refugee projects, and other groups identified work overseas to support –including an FGM Foundation in Tanzania, an Aids project, a South African Orphanage and Mary’s Meals. Young pilgrims from across the Diocese of Chichester will be meeting again to raise money for the refugee charity, “Voices in Exile” –a joint initiative between the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton and the Diocese of Chichester.
The Youth Pilgrimage was filled with joy, with fun, with moments of profound worship, of challenge and of great encouragement in faith –and its fruits will be carried back to communities across England and Wales (and even Sweden and Finland!)
Many more photos can be found in the Shrine's Photo Gallery - click here
the past few years the GODPARENT scheme has raised
money to enable young people from all over the country to
participate in the Youth Pilgrimage. In 2015 the Godparents
raised £12,000. To find out more about the 2016 scheme - click here
2017 Youth Pilgrimage
Monday 7th August – Friday 11th August
Click here for the MERCY WORKS 2016
Click here for the Code of Conduct
for the Youth Pilgrimage Health & Safety Guidelines
Click here for a sample Risk Assessment Form
Pilgrimage: The Stats
Camp with hundreds of other young
Christians in the village of Little Walsingham - minutes
from the Shrine
Mass in a Big Top with the amazing
First night BBQ & Disco
Wednesday All-Night Liturgy
Tread in the footsteps of pilgrims
from the past 950 years on the Holy Mile
Workshop afternoon with crafts,
dance, sport, drama, music with CJM - and inflatables!
Chill out in the café
Last night disco and karaoke
Photos of the 2016 Youth Pilgrimage can be found in the Shrine Photo
- and various short videos from previous Youth Pilgrimages can be viewed
on YouTube and Vimeo:
(click title below to open)
BBC Look East News Report of the visit of the Archbishop of
Youth Pilgrimage Video
Four Bond films never seen before!
QUINQUENNIAL OF SOLACE