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Pilgrimages, Retreats and Visits etc

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some older information with links is left here for reference - Pilgrim's Prayer

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Pilgrimage: “A pilgrimage is a ritual journey with a hallowed purpose. Every step along the way has meaning. The pilgrim knows that life-giving challenges will emerge. A pilgrimage is not a holiday; it is a transformational journey, during which significant change takes place. New insights are given. Deeper understanding is attained. New and old places in the heart are visited. Blessings are received and healing takes place. On return from pilgrimage, life is seen with different eyes. Nothing will ever be quite the same again.” (Sister Macrina Wiederkehr OSB, an author and spiritual guide based in the Benedictine monastery of St Scholastica, in Fort Smith, Arkansas.)

page will be updated when Covid 19 pandemic restrictions end

2020 info & links for reference only

Gather 2020: Light for my steps. The annual Gather Conference unites people across the diocese for a weekend of faith, formation and friendship. Fri 31 Jan - Sun 2nd Feb at the Best Western Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay. Speakers: Sr. Gemma Simmonds CJ, is a teacher, a spiritual and retreat director: Mgr. Robert Draper, and Fr Anthony O’Gorman of Newquay. More details - see available leaflet or click here > Diocesan website < -- [The annual GATHER Conference unites people from across the Diocese of Plymouth and further afield for a weekend of faith, formation and friendship. In 2020 we will gather at the Best Western Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay from Friday 31 January – Sunday 2 February. This year we are delighted to welcome our speakers; Sr Gemma Simmonds CJ, director of the Religious Life Institute. Sr Gemma is a teacher, spiritual and retreat director and a passionate advocate of the treasure that is the spiritual tradition of St Ignatius of Loyola; Mgr Robert Draper, Vicar General of the Diocese of Plymouth. Fr Robert is a parish priest, a teacher and preacher and has a gift of bringing scripture to life through his reflections; Fr Anthony O’Gorman, parish priest of Newquay, Cornwall. Fr Anthony leads the annual diocesan youth pilgrimage to Lourdes and is experienced in supporting the faith of young people. To find out even more about Gather 2020 and to book your place, click here > Diocesan website ] --


Ecumenical Pilgrimage to Landevennec: Wed 29 April - Mon 4 May 2020. INFO LINK Ecumenical Retreat and Pilgrimage at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Guenole. Situated on the river Aulne in Brittany. Organised by Churches Together In Cornwall. By coach (or share cars), travelling by Brittany Ferries from Plymouth to Roscoff and onto Landevennec (48 miles). INFO LINK


Good Friday 'Walk of Witness': with Churches Together In Penzance Area - see newsletter nearer the time


United Pentecost Sunday Service: at Gwennap Pit - hymns from 2.30pm, service 3pm, every year > Churches Together In Cornwall


Knock Shrine Ireland - Fully escorted, 8th July 2020. £649.00 per person sharing. Fly from Bristol with 10kg hand luggage, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with breakfast and dinner. All excursions included. Lunches on days out. Single extra £100. Call Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.


Lourdes - Diocesan Pilgrimage: Fri 31 July – Thu 6 Aug. led by Bishop Mark, and including the Youth Pilgrimage. Direct return flight from Exeter. £799. See Posters. (Diocesan website)
There is always a great need for carers / companions.
If you are interested in helping, contact the Pilgrimage Director.
Plymouth Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage ~ £499 - takes place at the same time.


Diocese of Plymouth Catechetical Camps: see: www.pdsummercamps.org.uk (No child is ever refused a place on camps because of financial constraints, so please speak to Canon Philip should you require assistance). e-mail / contact parish office


Walsingham Annual Cornish pilgrimage: Sunday 11 – Sat 17 October 2020. Cost to include travel £485 standard rate, and slightly cheaper if a member of the Walsingham Association. £50 non-returnable deposit, due now. Book with Christine in the parish office if you wish to go or want more information. Money can be paid weekly in instalments (cheques payable to 'Walsingham pilgrimage'.) The cost covers travel, including outings, bed and breakfast, a light lunch and evening meal, with a packed lunch for the homeward journey. £50 non-returnable deposit, + £100 by end of July and balance by the end of August.)

2020 is an important year as the Dedication of England as Mary’s Dowry will take place in March 2020. Walsingham (known as England’s Nazareth) is the oldest Marian Shrine outside the Holy Land and has been a place of pilgrimage since 1061. [note: 2011 was 950 years since the vision of our Lady to the Lady Richeldis to build a replica of the holy house in Nazareth.]


The Annual New Dawn Walsingham Conference:  August 3rd - 7th 2020. click New Dawn link for info. Conference Theme 2020: 'Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it' (Matthew 16:25) ... (2019 theme was "I hereby command you: be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." ~ Joshua 1:9)

Youth 2000 Conference at Walsingham: 2020 dates tbc, mid Aug? << click underlined link for info.


Medjugorje Diocesan Pilgrimage: Thu 22 October – Sun 1 November. (Diocesan website link) 1st ever diocesan led by Bishop Mark. Flight from Heathrow. £595. Bishop Mark writes “Medjugorje has been a place of great blessing for me” Pope Francis authorised diocesan pilgrimages last May.

nb It is also always possible to travel to Medjugorje, either with others or to visit privately. Linked website has useful general information and some contacts. Shrine website | latest messages to visionaries | also try Medjugorje page and scroll down for links. NB: Petitions can be sent by e-mail to Medjugorje at anytime. Donations to support aid work by Sr. Muriel's mission St. Joseph the Worker always gratefully received via our parish office to be sent on.


'Cornwall Ecumenical Worship' has held many events attended by our parishioners. Check their facebook page for events

2019 + older information with links is left here for reference

Knock Shrine, for parishes in Plymouth, Clifton, Menevia & Cardiff dioceses, 3rd -7th July 2019. £649 sharing. Contact: Patricia Tel 01268762278 or mob; 07740 175557 knockpilgrimages@gmail.com

other retreat resources in our Diocese

The Retreat Higher Menadue, Nr. St Austell, run by Fr. David Mead 
Fowey Retreat - Peaceful relaxing holidays or Christian retreats and teaching in the beautiful harbour town of Fowey.
Find a South West Retreat website 
Epiphany House Ecumenical Christian Retreat House and Conference Centre in an historic building set in peaceful and extensive grounds on the outskirts of Truro

some older info & links for reference only

Feast of St Rita of Cascia Tuesday (22 May 2018) Honiton. 12 noon Mass & blessing of Roses for the sick 3.30pm Benediction. See any posters in our churches for more details | Wikipedia

Lourdes:  HCPT military pilgrimage to Lourdes - joining the International Military Pilgrimage. information, contact Richard Tipping on 01752 787697 email richard.tipping@blueyonder.co.uk [Joint services Hosanna House Group] 

St. Cuthbert Mayne, Launceston Pilgrimage, Sunday ** May from 2.30pm. See any posters in the churches nearer the time for more info. click here for Launceston Parish website. St. Cuthbert Mayne history | wikipedia

Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Boniface in Crediton. see newsletters nearer the time and any posters in the churches

Rome: (last in 2018) -- Camino and Santiago de Compostella: (last in 2018)

'Our Lady of Glastonbury' - Glastonbury Abbey, check links below for info (Pilgrimage note: whilst visiting priests are hearing Confessions, the Shrine's Healing Ministry may be offering private healing prayer for anyone who would like to receive it.)
Clifton Diocese website | Shrine Website | St. Louis Convent | Joseph of Arimathea and the legend of Glastonbury

left for general info: Invocation at Oscott College, Birmingham. Young men and women 16-35 who are looking to deepen their relationship with the Lord and his will for their lives. More info from www.invocation.org.uk

left for general info: The 'Lost Shrine' to Our Lady in Cornwall at Ladye Park in Liskeard. Ladyepark is on private property and currently unavailable for pilgrimage ~ the most recent took place in June 2007. see website link above


A Pilgrim's Prayer
If some things do not happen as they are scheduled, Lord may I remember that I am a pilgrim not a Tourist!
If I should get tired and inclined to become short tempered, Lord may I remember that I am a pilgrim not a Tourist!
If my meal in a foreign country may not be to my particular liking, Lord may I remember that I am a pilgrim not a Tourist!
If any delays should occur and I should become anxious, Lord may I remember that I am a pilgrim not a Tourist!
If some other pilgrim is making noise so that I cannot hear the guide,
Lord may I remember that I am a pilgrim not a Tourist! when I ask that person to be a bit more quiet.
If someone takes a better seat or more choice place, Lord may I remember that I am a pilgrim not a Tourist!
If I find myself last in line or waiting, Lord may I remember that I am a pilgrim not a Tourist!
If the person in front of me buys the last item which I really wanted, Lord may I remember that I am a pilgrim not a Tourist!
If I should get a chance to help another person, who always seems to be annoying me, Lord may I remember that I am a pilgrim not a Tourist!
If someone is always the "last one on the bus" and I am always on time, Lord may I remember that I am a pilgrim not a Tourist!
But Lord especially let me remember that what I find objectionable in another is really what you oft times find objectionable in me.
And let me remember this and forgive the other, As you are continually forgiving me!"

"Keep yourself as a pilgrim and a stranger here in this world, as one to whom the world's business counts but little. Keep your heart free, and always lift it up to God." ~ Thomas a Kempis

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