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Pilgrimages, Retreats, outside Events and Visits

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

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Walsingham Annual Cornish pilgrimage: Sunday 11 – Sat 17 October 2020. Already taking bookings. 2020 is an important year as the Dedication of England as Mary’s Dowry will take place in March 2020. full cost etc tba. £50 deposit (non returnable) Book with Christine in the parish office 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. (2019 cost was £470 and slightly cheaper if a member of the Walsingham Association. £50 non-returnable deposit, +£100 by end of July and balance by the end of August.)

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.]


Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage: Fri 31 July – Thu 6 Aug. Led by Bishop Mark, and including the Youth Pilgrimage. (Diocesan website) There is always a great need for carers / companions. If you are interested in helping, please contact the Pilgrimage Director.


Medjugorje Diocesan Pilgrimage: Thu 22 October – Sun 1 November. (Diocesan website)


More details of the above pilgrimages will be available in the New Year. Note the dates if interested.

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 ] --


2019 and older information with links is left here for reference

Ecumenical Pilgrimage to Landevennec Sun 28 April - Fri 3 May 2019. Leaflets / info available in our churches.
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). contact David H Smith on 01736 719432 or email ses.dhs@hotmail.co.uk


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


Lourdes Plymouth Diocese 1-8 August 2019, £795 fully inclusive. Led by Bishop Mark. (visit Diocesan website) Tour operator: Joe Walsh Tours 02034680617 email; info@joewalshtours.co.uk There is always a great need for carers / companions. If you are interested in helping, please contact the Pilgrimage Director.

[Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes | Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes 2-10 February]

Plymouth Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage takes place at the same time??


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


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


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).


The Annual New Dawn Walsingham Conference, New Dawn 2019 August 5th - 9th click link for info
Conference Theme: "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 2019 Conference at Walsingham. Thursday 22nd - Monday 26th Aug ,click link for info.


e-mail / contact parish office

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

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

Medjugorje - No group in 2019 but is always possible to travel with others or go privately. See website with useful links for contact reference. Shrine website | latest messages to visionaries | also see Medjugorje page 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 parish office to be sent on.

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 latest info / dates (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.)
Article link
on Clifton Diocese website | Shrine Website | St. Louis Convent | Joseph of Arimathea and the legend of Glastonbury

'Cornwall Ecumenical Worship' has held many events attended by some parishioners. Check their site for details of latest events

expired information with links is left below for reference. A snapshot of what's been available

left for 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
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. Updates will be noted here ~ for general info, 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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