Dear Pilgrim,

Honour the Past. Celebrate the Present. Embrace the Future.

October 24th 2020 sees the Church celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the canonisation of Edmund Campion, patron of our wonderful parish community based in Maidenhead.

We give thanks to God for the witness and way of life of Edmund Campion who ministered in our area as a Jesuit priest between 1580 and 1581.

Our parish community has been here a long time but the church building celebrated its opening on September 16th, 1982. We look back with pride and humility; we pause and reflect in the present; and we move forward to become a more inclusive, contemporary, spiritual centre of catholic faith for the community and town of Maidenhead.

To celebrate this great occasion to mark 50 years, our church is going on pilgrimage!

Pilgrimage is a meaningful journey to a sacred place, in this case, to the site where Edmund Campion was executed on December 1st, 1581 – Tyburn (Marble Arch). This pilgrimage, walked over four weeks from Stonor village to Tyburn, passing via Maidenhead, provides the opportunity to step out of the non-stop busyness of our lives, to seek a time of quiet and reflection. It gives us the chance to 'walk through' those issues that we have on our minds, whatever they might be. It is a time of simply 'being' rather than always 'doing'.

A pilgrimage allows us to reconnect with our cultural heritage and the natural world — as well as to refresh our faith.

For us, parishioners of St. Edmund Campion, let’s use this time, this sacred walk:

  • To set aside time for God and feel closer to him
  • To discern his will and guidance at times of transition or difficulty
  • To be strengthened in faith
  • To feel inspired by the communion of saints who have gone before us, especially Edmund Campion.

Pilgrimage can be a life-changing, transformational experience. A time of letting go of the old to let the new come in. Pilgrims don't merely visit a place as tourists, they come away inspired and changed by it in some way. Going on pilgrimage may give us a new sense of awareness and wonder, or result in a greater sense of our life's purpose. Pilgrimage helps to illuminate the journey of life by helping us to focus on 'what really matters' and to rediscover the joy of giving and generosity. And to have a greater appreciation for life's gifts.

So, I wish you all a blessed Golden Jubilee and enjoy the experience of walking, of reflecting and reaffirming and recommitting ourselves to the dream of Edmund Campion, that we will be a community of 'Amare et Servire' - 'to Love and to Serve'.

Blessings,

Father Liam

 

St. Edmund Campion: "Into your hands, O Lord, & Your Angels, I place & entrust this Day..."

 

Associated resources

Prayer Guide for use before, during and after the walks.

 

Walking instructions and route map for day 1.

Walking instructions and route map for day 2.

 

Walking instructions and route map for day 3.

Walking instructions and route map for day 4.

 

Walking instructions and route map for day 5.

Walking instructions and route map for day 6.

 

Walking instructions and route map for day 7.

Walking instructions and route map for day 8.