SETTING UP A CELL OF THE SOCIETY OF THE HOLY HOUSE OF WALSINGHAM
Local Cells of the Society of Our Lady of Walsingham offer pilgrims to Walsingham an opportunity to strengthen and renew the spiritual benefits of their pilgrimage. The Cell should be a focus of prayer for all within the parish or institution in which it is based. It may also be the means of encouraging others to go on pilgrimage, providing those in need with material and personal assistance where possible.
Local Cells are asked to observe the feasts of the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25) and the Assumption of Our Lady (August 15), together with the remembrance of the translation of the image of Our Lady of Walsingham from the Parish Church to the present Shrine in 1931 (October 15). On these days in particular, local Cells are asked to pray for the work of the Shrine, and to give thanks for its witness to the mystery of the incarnation. If possible the Cell may meet more frequently to offer Mass for the Shrine and for the objects of the Society:
- To honour Mary, the Mother of God and to deepen faith in the incarnation of Our Lord.
- To promote devotion to Our Lady and pilgrimage to Walsingham.
- To further, with the aid of Our Lady's prayers, the conversion of the nations and the re-union of Christendom.
- To seek holiness of life through prayer, the scriptures and the sacraments.
Members of the Society are asked to say the Angelus each day.
- A Cell may be set up wherever it has the support of the incumbent of the parish or head of the institution in which it is to be based.
- Permission for the setting up of a Cell is given by the Superior General of the Society, the Priest Administrator of the Shrine, who issues the Cell certificate which bears the seal of the College of Guardians.
- i) Seven members of the Society are required for the setting up of a Cell.
ii) In addition each Cell should have a local Superior who must be a Priest Associate of the Holy House and be nominated to the Superior General for his approval by the seven members of the Society seeking to set up the local Cell. If the nominated local Superior is not the incumbent of the parish or head of the institution in which the Cell is to be based, the nomination should be made with the incumbent's or head's permission.
iii) Each Cell should appoint a secretary from among its members. The secretary is responsible for keeping a list of members of the local Cell and notifying the Society's Membership Secretary of any changes in the Cell's membership.
- A local Cell should be placed under the patronage of a saint or saints and thus named: The Cell of the Holy House of Our Lady of Walsingham and Saint(s) N (and N).
- The Cell Secretary may collect the annual subscriptions and forward them to the Membership Secretary in Walsingham. Funds generated for the running of the local Cell should be vested in the PCC or equivalent body.
- If an incumbent or head of the institution in which a Cell is based withdraws permission for its existence, or for any other reason the Cell cannot continue, the Cell Secretary should notify the Membership Secretary. If it is subsequently possible to restore a Cell, a request should be made using the form and requirements for setting up anew Cell. Anew Cell certificate will be issued, if requested.
- When necessary, in exceptional circumstances, the Superior General may withdraw permission for the existence of a Cell or, in accordance with 5.2, appoint a new Superior.