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SVP national pilgrimage returning to Walsingham

The SVP National Pilgrimage is returning to Walsingham after a three-year gap during the Covid pandemic in early July.

This year’s pilgrimage will be on July 3 starting at 1.30pm with Mass led by Bishop Alan Hopes. After a short break there will be the Sacrament of the Sick at 3.15pm, led by Bishop Alan. The Pilgrimage will conclude with Benediction at 4pm

This event is organised by the SVP Central Council of East Anglia, which reminds attendees that most of the congregation will be outside so to come prepared for all weathers, bring plenty of water and your own refreshments.

The usual Holy Mile walk up to the village of Walsingham is not scheduled in because of the health and mobility problems of many of the congregation.

Joan Wall, President East Anglia Central Council SVP, said: “With so many SVP members working in various ways to support those caught up in the conflict in Ukraine we have been asked to coordinate a societal prayer for Ukraine. For the nine days leading up to Pilgrimage we hope to recreate the same groundswell of prayers that we had when praying for our brothers and sisters in Kerala with a novena for peace and protection of the afflicted.  

“This weekend will be the last time the current board of trustees will be meeting in its current form, with a new National President and a new board soon to be elected, they will be finishing their tenure with a weekend long retreat in Walsingham which will close on the final day to coincide with our own pilgrimage.  

“We are also delighted to know that a small relic of St Vincent de Paul and St Louise de Marillac will also be installed at the Shrine. Along with the company of many good and Holy Saints already present it will be possible for all future pilgrims to the Shrine in Walsingham to be in the presence of St Vincent de Paul and St Louise de Marillac.

“The EACC are looking forward to welcoming you all back to Norfolk for the very special day,” said Joan.

If you can help as a steward on the day to carry an umbrella at Communion time, at the Blessing of the sick and for the collection, please let Jackie Roberts know if you can help at:

Pictured above is a previous SVP pilgrimage to Walsingham.