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Pilgrimages, Retreats and Visits etc

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some older information with links is left here for general 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.)

2022 current info & links

Cornish Walsingham Annual pilgrimage: Sun 16th to Sat 22nd October 2022. Cost £578 for standard room. Budget room £524, a few ensuite’s available £668. These all include travel, accommodation and most meals. Initial booking fee applies (non-returnable). Contact Christine to book or more information contact parish office

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.]


Residential Retreats 2022 Sclerder Abbey, near Looe. Summer retreats: July 9-11 (Sat-Mon) Weekend Retreat July 11- 15 (Mon- Fri) Midweek Retreat. July 9 -16 (Sat-Sat) 6 Day retreat. See notice on board in churches or phone Wendy on 01752 769164 or 07823447637 Or email diocesan-ignatian-retreats@prcdtr.org.uk 


Plymouth Diocese Catechetical Camps 2022: This year we shall return to the pre-Covid format meeting at Grangehust, Buckfast for Junior & senior camps, and St Rita’s, Honiton for the St Petroc’s camp. 

Junior Camp 7-12 August, (school years 3-6); Buckfast Senior Camp 31 July- 5 August (School years 7-10 Buckfast)
St Petroc’s 31 July- 5 August School years 11-12 Honiton Camp Fee £210. michael.turnbull@prcdtr.org.uk Tel: 07504821558  (No child is ever refused a place on camps because of financial constraints, so please speak to Canon Philip should you require assistance) contact parish office


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


pre-pandemic info & links is left here for reference only


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


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


Lourdes - Diocesan Pilgrimage: 2020 led by Bishop Mark, including the Plymouth Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage. Direct return flight from Exeter. See Diocesan website  There is always a great need for carers / companions. If you are interested in helping, contact the Pilgrimage Director.


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: October 2020 Cancelled due to Covid 19 (Diocesan website link) 1st ever diocesan led by Bishop Mark. Bishop Mark writes “Medjugorje has been a place of great blessing for me”. Pope Francis authorised diocesan pilgrimages in 2019.

Shrine website | latest messages to visionaries | Petitions can be sent by e-mail to Medjugorje at anytime.

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.
Epiphany House Ecumenical Christian Retreat House and Conference Centre in an historic building set in peaceful and extensive grounds on the outskirts of Truro

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 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. See any posters in the churches nearer the time for details. 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

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.) Shrine Website | Clifton Diocese 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


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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