Retreats & Pilgrimage
We strive to have a retreat take place in every year of a student’s time in school, starting in Year 7 & 8 whereby all the students are taken off timetable for a full school day, which is created and delivered by our Chaplain and 6th Formers. They lead games, team building exercises, small group discussions and facilitate input on the theme of the retreat, giving the students a moment to reflect on their journey and faith.
This then follows into Year 9 where they have the opportunity to visit a retreat site for a day lead by the ministry team at the venue. Following into Year 10 – Year 13 whereby they have an opportunity to have a residential retreat for minimum of 1 night stay. The places we have been in the past are spread over many different dioceses:
Brentwood Catholic Youth Services: http://bcys.net/
Worth Abbey: http://worth.co.uk/
Our students in Year 9 have an opportunity to go on pilgrimage to The Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham, the only Basilica in the country. This is the country’s national shrine to our blessed Mother Mary. During this day we have the opportunity to deepen our understanding of pilgrimage, prayer, Our Lady of Walsingham’s story and our lady’s love for us. We celebrate Mass as a community in the Shrine Chapel, visit the Anglican shrine too and have an opportunity to wander around the shops in Little Walsingham.
To go on pilgrimage is not simply to visit a place to admire its treasures of nature, art or history.
“To go on pilgrimage really means to step out of ourselves in order to encounter God where he has revealed himself, where his grace has shone with particular splendour and produced rich fruits of conversion and holiness among those who believe.
Pope Benedict XVI