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Click here for a PDF version of the full Youth Pilgrimage 2014 brochure.

For an A4 version of the booking form, click here.

 

In 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 2013 the Godparents raised £11,000. To find out how to become a Godparent click here.

 


Bond-tastic! The 2013 Youth Pilgrimage

 Fr Stephen Gallagher, the Shrine's Youth Missioner writes:

A Bond-tastic time was had by all at the 2013 Youth pilgrimage 00Heaven!

Over 700 young people and their leaders came together from all over the country, and from Sweden and Norway to share in this year’s James Bond extravaganza!

The sight of Bishop Lindsay, suitably dressed in Tuxedo and bow tie, being driven through the smoke and flashing lights into the Big Top in an Aston Martin DB7, chauffeured by “the Stig”, is one that will live on in Youth Pilgrimage folklore for many a year!

Throughout the week Bond movie titles were cleverly adapted to give them a Christian flavour and the opportunity for some counter Bond-cultural Christian teaching: “From 00Heaven with Love, The World is not Enough, The God who loves us, You only Live Forever, On His Majesty’s Special Service, translated into teaching on the Incarnation, Materialism, the Cross, the Resurrection and the Mission of the Church.

Three of our morning Masses were prepared in advance and delivered by participating youth groups from Exeter, Bucks-Ebbsfleet and Whitley Bay together with their parish priest, and we were treated to some wonderfully creative liturgies as a result. It was great to see so many young people creatively involved in this way. Our fantastic Ministry Team of nine young people, including our Yr4God Team, was responsible for the other liturgies and lots of fun and games, including some very funny “spoof” Bond Videos. (To view - click on the titles to the right.)

CJM were once again brilliant in their leading of the music ministry and particularly excelled themselves this year with some very clever re-writing of Bond themes to give them Christian lyrics.

We were also very blessed this year with an overnight visit from the Archbishop of Canterbury, who presided barefoot over the Holy Mile Walk and Benediction at the Altar of the Mysteries of Light, and led a Bible Study and concelebrated and preached at the Mass the following morning. His visit was a real encouragement and he clearly very much enjoyed his time with us.

On Thursday evening our Café Royale was transformed into a Bond-style Casino complete with Mocktail Bar, serving fruit cocktails - shaken not stirred, of course!

At our final Mass the groups were sent out by Bishop Lindsay, “On his Majesty’s Special Service” with Top Secret Mission Dossiers, prepared by the Ministry Team, reminding them of their Mission to go and spread the good news of the Gospel of Jesus, as his Special Agents in the world.

We have been overwhelmed by the number of amazing Facebook posts by so many of the young people who took part, giving testimony that 00Heaven! clearly has been a resounding success!

Sadly, the end of the Youth Pilgrimage also marked the end of the current Yr4God Scheme for Georgina, Erik and Louise. They really have, over the past academic year, built on the foundations laid by the two previous teams and have done great work in the encouragement of our young pilgrims and in their day to day work and ministry at the Shrine. They were instrumental in very successful Families and Children’s Pilgrimages and have made successful visits to parish youth groups and schools throughout the country.

We will miss them and wish them well for the future. Both Georgina and Louise are hoping to secure positions as Teaching Assistants and Erik, after spending some time travelling, plans to return to higher education in Sweden.

I was delighted to be able to introduce on stage at the Youth Pilgrimage three new members of the Yr4God Scheme for this coming September: Hannah, Katy and Bethany, and I am very hopeful of filling the remaining place before they arrive. It is also great to be able to report that interest in the scheme is really taking off with several enquiries already for successive years.

All in all young people’s ministry at the Shrine is going from strength to strength. Thank you all for your continued prayers and support for this vital area of our life.

 

2014 Youth Pilgrimage dates:

Monday 28th July - Friday 1st August


Click here for the Youth Pilgrimage Health & Safety Guidelines

 

Click here for a sample Risk Assessment Form


Walsingham Youth 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 band CJM
  • Bishop Lindsay's Bible Studies
  • 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 2013 Youth Pilgrimage can be found in the Shrine Photo Gallery (click here)

 - and various short videos can be viewed on YouTube and Vimeo:
(click title to open)

 

BBC Look East News Report of the visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury

 

Youth Pilgrimage Video Highlights

 

Four Bond films never seen before!

CASINO CANTERBURY

 

QUINQUENNIAL OF SOLACE

 

THURIBLE!
X-rated Horror!

 

OCTOCROCCY

 
   

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