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Hospitality Department

The Hospitality Department
The Milner Wing
The Shrine of Our Lady of
Common Place
NR22 6BP

Tel: 01328 820239
Fax: 01328 824206

The Sacristans

The Sacristans
The Shrine of Our Lady of
The College
Knight Street
NR22 6EF

Tel: 01328 824202


Planning a Pilgrimage

Before you leave - Preparing your People for Pilgrimage. Parish priests should give careful thought to how pilgrims will be prepared spiritually and practically for the experience. Some parishes will organise a meeting before departure for pilgrims, others will celebrate the Mass or provide an opportunity for confessions. Pilgrims should certainly be encouraged to think of a particular intention for prayer for their pilgrimage and those unable to come should know that their needs and thanksgivings will be offered in prayer.

Planning a Programme The first matter to consider is when to come on pilgrimage. The full season runs from Easter until the end of October and a slightly modified pilgrimage programme is offered from February until Easter and throughout November. During Lent there is a special Lenten programme which focuses on the cross and on penitence. The majority of groups come for a weekend; however increasing numbers are opting for a midweek pilgrimage which offers a little more space and tranquillity. The full programme is offered on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Most groups arrive on the Friday evening; this allows plenty of time for pilgrims to settle into their accommodation, socialise on the Friday evening, make the Stations of the Cross on Saturday morning and go for a local visit on Saturday afternoon (Wells-next-the-Sea, Sandringham House and Estate, and Blickling Hall are popular destinations.) However, it is possible to arrive on the Saturday and still take a full part in the weekend programme.

Before departure pilgrimage organisers will want to construct a programme for their group. There are two areas of input for this programme, the first of which is the timetable of worship that the shrine offers for all pilgrims. The fixed points of the full season
Weekend Programme


1700 Shrine Prayers

2015 Sermon, Procession of OLW and Benediction

1100 Parish Mass (at S. Mary's Church)
1430 Sprinkling, Laying-on of Hands and Anointing

1600 Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, Benediction & Last Visit

Midweek Programme

2015 Sprinkling at the Well, followed by Ministries of Healing & Reconciliation

2015 Sermon, Procession of OLW and Benediction

For the full list of services which take place daily in the Shrine Church and to which all pilgrims are welcome, please see the Shrine Church page. Many pilgrims will wish to attend the daily Evening Prayer and Shrine Prayers.

The second area of planning input is the worship that a group will organise for itself. This may include The First Visit, Stations of the Cross (usually made on the Saturday morning), Intercessions in the Holy House, a Mass celebration for the group and a visit to the Roman Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady. The daily Sacristy Meeting (Sunday - Friday 5.45 pm; Saturday 5.00 pm) is the time for Pilgrimage Priests to request an altar for Mass, be allocated a time for Stations etc. For further information, please contact the Sacristans (contact details below left.)

The usual weekend departure time from Walsingham is at 1700 on the Sunday (1530 in the winter months); midweek pilgrimages arrive on the Monday or the Tuesday and leave on Thursday or Friday.
Day Pilgrimage Programme

1200 Pilgrimage Mass
1430 Sprinkling
1600 Benediction and Last Visit

Day Pilgrimage organisers must contact the Hospitality Department preferably well in advance of their pilgrimage (see left for contact details.) There is a limit to the number of pilgrims the Shrine can properly accommodate on any one day.

It is also helpful for us to know whether your group would like the set lunch/supper in the Refectory, or prefers to use the Norton’s Café Bar facilities, or intends to picnic in the Shrine grounds - or indeed, a mixture of all three options!

Please contact and discuss with the Sacristans (see left for contact details) any special liturgical requirements you might have.

Although the organised programme of services for Day Pilgrims (see above) is only available on Saturdays, the Shrine welcomes Day Pilgrimage groups at anytime and on any day during the week. Many parishes within a comfortable distance of Walsingham like to combine a day visit with a Parish Conference or similar. The Orangery makes an ideal meeting room and can be booked through the Hospitality Department.

 Accompanying priests are invited to hold services for their group in the Holy House/Shrine Church or in the Barn Chapel. By prior arrangement the Shrine clergy will, if possible, provide services for those groups which do not have an accompanying priest. During the season (Easter - end of October) Sprinkling at the Well takes place everyday at 2.30 pm.



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