18th – 25th February 2024

 

Led by the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham, this mission will lead you deeper into relationship with God and will help you discover anew the JOY that this authentic intimacy with him brings.

Each day different events will be happening, from talks on the theme from the sisters, to guided times of prayer, to rosary making for all ages and a parish quiz!

Whether you come along to just one of these events or all of them, it will be wonderful to welcome you.  Please see below for the full list of events happening between the different Churches and for FAQs.

 

Monday 19th

Introduction to the theme ‘Called to the Fullness of Joy.’
7 pm – 8:30pm Introductory Talk and Night Prayer of the Church to conclude.  St Mark’s.

 

Tuesday 20th

Prayer: Relationship with God
10am Mass at Holy Family.
11am Talk after Mass.
Packed lunch together, soup and cake provided.

4pm – 5:30pm An evening with Mary for all ages – single-decade rosary making and brief time of prayer at St Mark’s.  Materials provided.

 

Wednesday 21st

Prayer: Relationship with Oneself
9:30 am Mass at St Marks
11am – 1pm Refreshments, talk and time of prayer

Repeated in the evening at Holy Family from 7pm – 8:30pm

 

Thursday 22nd

Prayer: Relationship with Others
10 am Mass at St Mary Magdalene’s
11am – 1pm Refreshments, talk and time of prayer

Repeat in evening at St Mark’s from 7pm – 8:30pm

 

Friday 23rd

11:30am Adoration, Mass
and Rosary at St Mark’s.

One-to-one accompaniment sessions available with a sister from the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham. Sign-up sheets available for this throughout the week or email office@walsinghamcommunity.org to book a time.

Divine Mercy Evening
5pm Soup and sandwiches provided by the COLW sisters.
6pm – 8pm Talk, Adoration, Taizè chant, confessions and prayer ministry.

 

Saturday 24th

Called to the Fullness of Joy Retreat Day at St Mark’s
11 – 4pm Refreshments, talks, and lunch. Parallel sessions for children will be available.
4pm – 5pm Rosary and Adoration
5:30 pm Vigil Mass

 

Sunday 25th

9am Holy Family
11am St Marks
Bring and share at St Mark’s followed by Parish Quiz

FAQs

 

Who are the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham?
The Community of Our Lady of Walsingham (COLW – pronounced colway for short) are a new community based at their convent in Dereham. They are an Ecclesial Family meaning their community is made up of religious sisters, a lay branch, priest associates and, in the future, religious brothers and priests. Their charism as a community is to spread the spirituality of Walsingham, that is, the joy which comes from giving our ‘yes’ to God as Mary did and learning how to grow in our own ‘yes,’ in ways that are practical and incarnate. COLW is both contemplative and apostolic, so the sisters live a life prayer and mission and lay members do so according to the particular duties of their state in life.

(Photo on the right: Fr Chanh with Sr Camilla COLW and Valentina at St Mary Magdalens – the sisters have arrived)

Who is this retreat for?
You! No matter how much you feel you know about your faith, wherever you are in your journey and relationship with God, you are welcome to come along and find out more. It doesn’t matter how much or little you know, what matters is an openness to hear the Holy Spirit speaking to you in a deeply personal way.

Do I have to attend all the talks and events?
No, you are most welcome to attend what you can, even if it is only one evening as we appreciate that people lead busy lives.

How much will it cost?
Nothing! But donations are always welcome to help cover costs and the sisters will be bringing along some items to sell including rosaries made by the sisters, and an All Saints Pick ‘n’ Mix!

Will there be anything for children?
We particularly recommend our event ‘An Evening with Mary,’ on Tuesday 20th along with the retreat day on Saturday 24th, the community has plenty of experience helping people of all ages grow in their relationship with God. Families are also very welcome at the quiz on Sunday 25th.