COME ON BOARD our coach for the SHRINE & PARISH EXCURSION to St Winefride’s Well in Holywell next Saturday 13th August. It is a great opportunity to do something together outside of Mass and with the larger parish of St Benedict's, St Oswald's and St Mary's.
Our parish priest, Fr Dave Heywood will lead the excursion, with Fr James Mawdsley, FSSP and FSSP Seminarian Gwilym from Wales.
- COST/person for return trip: only £5.00. Please give Fr Mawdsley your cheque made payable to FSSP Warrington, or the same amount in cash.
- Depart from St Mary’s at 9:30am, Buttermarket Street (you are welcome to leave your car in the Church car park).
- Return by 4:30pm at St Mary’s.
- Sign-up sheet in Narthex: please put your name down ASAP.
History: St Winefride's Well first erupted at the spot where her would-be rapist Caradog cut off her head with his sword. Restored to life at the prayers of her uncle St Beuno, Winefride lived as a nun until her second death some 22 years later. The extraordinary and enduring personality of this 7th-century Welsh woman has meant that she has been venerated as a Saint ever since the moment of her death. Since that time, too, her Well at Holywell has been a place of pilgrimage and healing – the only such place in Britain with a continuous history of public pilgrimage for over 13 centuries.
Let us pray:
O blessed Winefride, pure virgin and glorious martyr, so especially chosen, so divinely graced and so wonderfully restored from death to life! Hope of all that fly unto thee with full confidence and humility! We, though, unworthy, yet thy devoted pilgrims, make our petitions unto thee. Sanctuary of piety, look upon us with patient eyes; receive our prayers, accept our offerings, and present our supplications at the throne of mercy, that through thy powerful intercessions God may be pleased to bless our pilgrimage, and to grant our requests and desires; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The website for Holywell tells us: Winefride - the Welsh Lazarus - went down into death and returned to life through a special mercy of God. For Christians, their baptism paralleled this experience and, like Winefride going down to death and rising to life, and like the Christian entering the waters of baptism and coming forth to spiritual wholeness, the sick pilgrim to Holywell went down into the waters of the Well and came out restored to health. Spiritually imitating Winefride, renewing their own baptisms, and incorporating themselves into Christ, all devout pilgrims to Holywell have experienced their pilgrimage as a profound symbol of their whole spiritual life.