Year of the Pilgrimage

In 2022 at St. Margaret Mary’s School, we are going on a special Journey – a pilgrimage.

During the pandemic, the journeys we might have normally have made, whether that be to a holiday or pilgrimage destination, have been thwarted; but nevertheless, our spiritual journey continues.

From January through to December 2022, from the comfort of our classrooms, we will be entering on a spiritual pilgrimage to become closer with God through Jesus.

Like all good journeys, this one starts with a map. Below you can see the map of our pilgrimage for the year:

Year of Pilgrimage Map

What do we have to do on our pilgrimage?

In our year of the pilgrimage, we are asking every child to continue to carry out and demonstrate four key tasks:

  • Charity
  • Prayer
  • Penance
  • Solidarity

These four jobs will be threaded through our continual spiritual journey. We will work as a school to understand how these four simple tasks can bring is closer to God.

The four purposes of our Year of Pilgrimage

Where are we now?

Summer

We are currently on our Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Just as the disciples in the Gospel were recognised by their love for each other, pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela journey together in solidarity. Led by the Pilgrimage Guides and with input from a modern-day pilgrim, children will be inspired to consider how they too can be recognised as true disciples of Jesus.

Key Scripture ‘By this love you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples.’ John 13: 31-33, 34-35

Children will learn that:

  • Jesus gives us a simple commandment to ‘love one another’
  • Solidarity and friendship in Christ is a way of following this commandment.
  • We show that we are Jesus’ disciples through our words and actions.
  • The shell is a symbol of pilgrimage which reminds believers to focus on their journey to God.

Year of Pilgrimage Map

Spring 2

During the season of Lent, we have begun ‘Our Journey to the Cross’. We are joining together on a journey to Good Friday where we join Jesus on the cross. Each week there will be a different stopping place on our journey, where we can pause, learn and reflect.

We will be learning more about our relationship with God too! We will learn that Jesus is the way to become closer to God. We trust in Jesus to help us prepare during Lent.