Our Virtual Parish Pilgrimage starts on Sunday!
On the Feast of Corpus Christi on 14th June, our very first Parish Virtual Pilgrimage will set off for Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, the historic home of our Patronal Saint Edmund. This is particularly appropriate because St Edmund was not only England’s original Patron Saint but is also Patron Saint of Pandemics and for Protection against the Plague!
Our Parish Pilgrims from the liveSimply group will not actually be walking the route but will be covering the 109 miles by walking locally. Our aim is to complete the pilgrimage in five weeks, which will give us plenty of time to visit holy places en route and have an occasional virtual pint.
Why are we doing it? Well, this year due to lockdown we can't arrange an actual pilgrimage so this is ‘virtually’ the only alternative. It’s also an opportunity to raise money for the CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal: during this global emergency CAFOD is helping our sisters and brothers in the world’s poorest countries by providing emergency food packages, hygiene kits and training local volunteers to carry out awareness campaigns.
So how can you get involved? First by sponsoring our Virtual Pilgrimage via our justgiving page. Our target is £1000 over five weeks, and we will set a target of raising £200 for each of the five weeks. We will keep you updated on our progress and we will share with you our reflections and photos of the virtual places we visit.
And we invite you to join us in walking (virtually of course; apparently, the limit of six people does not apply to virtual pilgrimages) – and you don’t have to walk the full 109 miles. Just tell us where you walked and how many miles by emailing: Honeysett@btinternet.com or post on our Facebook page. We will keep a record and at the end of the pilgrimage we will add up all the miles and let you know the result. Who knows, we may find we’ve made it to Rome – or Jerusalem!
What if we don’t raise the £1000 by the end of week five? Knowing how generous you all are, that hardly bears thinking about. But, if it should happen, we will pray even harder and keep going till we do. If we’re still not there by Christmas, we may have to have a re-think!
St Edmund, pray for us.