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Annual Pilgrimage & Open-Air Mass

“In the Heart of Jesus He gave us the grace to

celebrate with joy the great mystery of our salvation

of His love for us...” (Pope Francis):

Devotees Attend Maryvale Institute's

Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sunday 25th June 2017


Annual Pilgrimage

Blessed with dry weather on Sunday 25th June 2017, Maryvale Institute held its annual pilgrimage Mass and procession in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As has been traditional, a guest celebrant presided at the Mass and this year we were grateful to Canon David Oakley, Rector of St. Mary's College, Oscott. The day was attended by a wide range of friends of Maryvale, old and new, including local parishioners, children from the neighbouring Maryvale Primary School, who had recently received their First Holy Communion, students and alumni, staff and supporters of the Institute, along with our resident Bridgettine Sisters.

Annual Pilgrimage

The Sacred Heart has played a prominent role in the spiritual life of Maryvale since Bishop John Milner gained papal approval to found a public chapel on this site, dedicated to this devotion, in 1814, bringing back from Rome the stained glass image that you can still see today to provide a focus point behind the altar. Consequently, the Pilgrimage Mass and Procession of the Blessed Sacrament around the grounds are a highlight of liturgical year at Maryvale, again coming as the culmination of a series of well-attended Novena Masses to the Sacred Heart. These Masses, which took place between 15th and 23rd June, were led by a mixture of staff and guest celebrants, including the newly-ordained priests from the Archdiocese of Birmingham, Frs Simon Baker, Chris Yule and Tomas Zuna, and Fr Fretch Ballesteros of the Vocationist congregation. The services were also blessed with uplifiting music from a wide range of singers and instumentalists across the Novena period, including the Birmingham Zimbabwean Choir, The Three Js (from St Josephs, Burntwood), local guitarists Geoff and Mike, violinist Gerba and Maryvale's own maestros Jobe and Sr Emily. In light of the success of both the Novena Masses and the Pilgrimage Day for 2017, Institute Director, Fr Edward Clare, extends his "thanks to all who participated, attended and made the time such a success and a blessing".


Annual Novena

Annual Novena

Annual Novena

Annual Novena

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