Latin Mass pilgrimage, book sale, 50-year celebration

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Latin Mass pilgrimage, book sale, 50-year celebration

Latest news of interest to the East Anglia Catholic community includes a Latin Mass Pilgrimage in Walsingham, a book sale and a church organist marking 50 years in the role.

The Latin Mass Society 2023 Walsingham Pilgrimage ended on August 28 with a Sung Mass in the Slipper Chapel offered for the intentions of Bishop Peter Collins of East Anglia, who gave his blessing for the pilgrimage.

This year’s pilgrimage (pictured above courtesy of the LMS) saw a record number of participants – with over 200 people registered for the full three-day walking pilgrimage, and more than 400 people attending the High Mass celebrated at Walsingham on the Sunday.

A subgroup of pilgrims started the Pilgrimage on Thursday morning, departing from Cambridge for Ely. They met the other pilgrims on Thursday evening in Ely.

On Friday morning, a 5.45am wake up started the pilgrims day of walking from Ely to Stoke Ferry. Mass was celebrated at St Etheldreda’s, Ely. On Saturday, pilgrims walked from Stoke Ferry to Great Massingham. Mass was offered for LMS benefactors at Our Lady of Pity, Swaffham.

On Sunday, pilgrims arrived in Walsingham. A coach from London brought additional day pilgrims to Walsingham, and more pilgrims made their own way to Walsingham for the day. High Mass of Our Lady was offered for the conversion of England at the National Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham, with over 400 people in attendance. A Procession was held to the Priory Ruins – the historic site of the Holy House, which was the principal point of Our Lady’s 1064 vision.

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There will be a Book Sale in the Duckett Library during Heritage Open Days on Friday September 8 and Saturday September 9 at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist. It is open from 10.30am – 4.30pm on both days with a large number of good quality religious books on a wide range of subjects (biblical studies, art, history, theology, spirituality, etc) included.

Nick Walmsley has celebrated his 50 years as organist and Musical Director of St Helen’s Church, Hoveton. At a special celebration Mass  on August 19, Nick was presented with a figurine depicting J S Bach at the organ.

A large congregation gathered after Mass to enjoy refreshments with Nick.

Pictured below is Nick with Parish Priest Fr Peter Raj.

Click here to read an earlier article about Nick’s 50 years as an organist.