Walsingham Pilgrimage & Local Cell

Walsingham LogoThe parish has very strong links with the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in North Norfolk and members of the congregation are regular pilgrims.

In a typical year we attend:

-The National Pilgrimage in May
-The Youth Pilgrimage in late July/August
-The Pilgrimage for Healing and Renewal on August Bank Holiday Monday
-The Bible Week in the October school half-term  The contact for this event is Andy Gambles
-The Families Pilgrimage in November  The contact for this event is Maria Madeley
-The 18-30s pilgrimage ‘Adoremus’ in late November  The contact for this event is Mike Parsons

as well as making private visits.

A growing number of people at St James are members of the Society of Our Lady of Walsingham and members of St James have been part of the Year4God Scheme in 2011/12. part of the Youth Pilgrimage Ministry Team and former PCC member Stuart Grout works full time at the Shrine as a Sacristan.

Walsingham Cell

Cell Fraternity DocumentA number of church members belong to the Society of Our Lady of Walsingham as a way of staying in touch with and supporting the Shrine’s work. To honour Bishop Lindsay’s work others have joined too, indeed 18 members of the two congregations have now joined and have formed a local branch or Cell of the Society and others have already enquired about joining. The Cell met for the first time on Wednesday 24th September 2015, the Eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham. Mike Parsons is acting as Cell Secretary so if you would like to join the Society then please do ask Mike for a membership form. Events the local cell organises will be advertised and anyone is welcome to come along.

The local Cell is dedicated to St James the Great and Our Lady of Castlethorpe. It was only in the 1700s that Castlethorpe came to be dedicated to the apostles Simon & Jude. Historically churches dedicated to ‘Our Lady of…’ were normally on historic mediaeval pilgrimage routes to places such as Walsingham or Santiago de Compostella. Often they had accompanying Holy Wells in or very near to the churchyard perimeter, for instance. The local detail is lost in time now but who is to say that the well in Barbara Shepherd’s garden might have been the original holy well! We shall probably never know!

Programme of Events & Key Dates 2017

 

Sunday 7th May  – Mary’s Month of May

May Devotion and Benediction  followed by drinks

6.00pm at St James the Great, Hanslope

 

Monday 29th May – National Pilgrimage

 

Monday 7th – Friday 11th August – Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage

 

Tuesday 15th August – The Assumption

at SS Simon & Jude, Castlethorpe – 7.30pm

 

Monday 28th August  – Pilgrimage for Healing & Renewal

 

OLW ChadwickThe 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 St James at the Healing & Renewal Pilgrimage on August 31st 2015

Members of St James at the healing & Renewal Pilgrimage in August 2015

Walsingham from the air, as captured by Andy Gambles

Walsingham from the air, as captured by Andy Gambles

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