Ngome Marian Shrine South Africa - Immaculate Mother Mary

Guidelines and Information for Pilgrims

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  3. 2-Day Programme
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  5. Night Pilgrimage

Guidelines and Information for Pilgrims

(Effective Jan 2016)

Dear Pilgrim!
In the name of the Diocese of Eshowe,the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the Benedictine and Franciscan sisters serving this Sanctuary, we are pleased to welcome you to Ngome. Thank you for your openness in responding to the Holy Spirit’s invitation to visit this Sanctuary of Grace and Prayer. May our eternal and ever-loving God, through the intercession of our Heavenly Mother, Tabernacle of the Most High, reward you for all the efforts you make to come to Ngome. As we would like your stay at the Ngome Sanctuary (Shrine) to be as pleasant and helpful as possible, we are providing you with some recommendations, and ask you sincerely to read them carefully and to abide by them.

The Shrine is closed to visits and Pilgrimages during the Easter celebrations of Holy Week (20-27 March 2016) and Christmas (19-30 December 2016).

1. Holy Mass is celebrated only in the Chapel on the Rock and the Parish Church. It is ONLY possible to celebrate Holy Mass at the Springs, with prior permission of the Rector. At VERY special celebrations Holy Mass will be celebrated in front of the Parish Church for extra-ordinarily large congregations. For all pilgrimages, the priest who would be the main celebrant at a Holy Mass at Ngome is expected to confirm this ministry with the Rector before arriving at the Shrine. The largest group that is accommodated at Ngome will ALWAYS be given the first preference to have the priest/s who accompanies them to be the MAIN CELEBRANT and/or PREACHER at the Mass.

2. All priests are invited to concelebrate during the Holy Mass. Priests who accompany day groups are also asked to concelebrate during the Mass. Mass times are as follows:
- 11h00 Saturday morning Mass in English or the vernacular of the congregation
- 22h00 Saturday evening Mass in the vernacular of the congregation
- 06h30 Sunday morning Mass in English or the vernacular of the congregation
- 07h30 Monday morning Mass in English or Zulu or the vernacular of the congregation
- 06h30 Tuesday to Thursday weekday morning Masses in English or the vernacular of the congregation
- 17h30 Friday weekday evening Masses in English or the vernacular of the congregation

Those priests who wish to be the Main Celebrant and/or preach at Mass need to make prior arrangements with the Rector. All Celebrants are expected to wear an Alb, Stole and Chasuble (Chasuble and Stoles for Holy Mass will be provided by the Shrine). Bring what is necessary (Alb, celebration booklet...), and if you have permission from your local ordinary to hear Confessions - to be at the disposal of pilgrims for Confessions in your language, or in the language you speak. For those wishing to join the Parish Mass, it is celebrated on Sunday morning at 10h00 in Zulu (English may also be used for English speaking congregants).

3. All priests working in the Sanctuary have permission to meet pilgrim groups and give conferences or talks. All visiting priests who accompany pilgrims have to obtain permission from the Rector to present any talks.

4. No one, except the commissioned clergy, has the permission to “pray over” any person either in or around the Church area or at the Place of the Seven Springs. Prayer meetings and gatherings in the sanctuary can be organised only with the permission of the Rector.

5. For a group or a family to visit the Shrine, all leaders of these pilgrim groups are expected to make prior bookings in order to secure this visit, this includes day and night visiting groups. This process will ensure that the infrastructure of the Shrine may be able to cope with the number of pilgrims visiting at any given time. Leaders of pilgrim groups together with the accompanying priest(s) must meet with the Rector and/or Assistant Rectors upon arrival at the Shrine to discuss the final programme for their stay. Leaders of pilgrim groups must arrange their meetings with priests or guest speakers at the Sanctuary with the Rector before arrival at the Shrine. Leaders should also arrange to meet with the Rector or Assistant Rector to prepare for the Holy Mass(es). Music should be carefully chosen according to the liturgical norms of the Church, and those proclaiming the Word should be suitably prepared. Those in charge of the worship must meet with the Rector or his Assistant Rector before Holy Mass to finalise the liturgy to be used during the worship.

6. Pilgrimage group-leaders should book the accommodation for their group providing the intended number of pilgrims. The number of males, females and children should be specified for bed allocations. This should be done via email to shrine@ngome.co.za. Children under the age of 12 years may pay half-price. Your booking request will be approved via email from the Shrine. The leader of the group will then confirm, via email, this agreed booking date. The booking is then considered as a TENTATIVE booking until the non-refundable 30% deposit is paid. If the deposit is not transacted 4 months before the arrival date of the group, the booking date will be given over to another group. This is necessary as there are untimely last-minute cancellations which make it impossible for those desperately wanting to visit the Sanctuary to make their bookings at any shorter notice. Two weeks before the arrival of each group the outstanding payment needs to be made into the shrine bank account. Families may also book as some rooms have been setup for this purpose (this is not always possible when the Shrine is very full). Single individuals or small groups may also book even if they are not part of an officially organized pilgrimage group. Refer to the “Accommodation” tab / document at the top of this web page for more details.

7. You are asked NOT to make any other arrangements during the prayer on Saturday evenings between 19h00 - 20h30. No other liturgies or prayer activities are allowed during this time at the Shrine. Instead it is a period of Communal Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for everyone. The Rector and/or Assistants will preside at this liturgy and lead the singing. All groups should be seated by the Chapel at least by 18:30.

8. The area around the Chapels and Church, the Madonna Grotto, the Place of the Seven Springs, and the Stations of the Cross, are all places of prayer. We ask you to please respect them as such, to behave in harmony with their significance and to dress appropriately so as not to disturb the prayer and meditation of other pilgrims. No eating or drinking is allowed in the church and chapels. We ask you to preserve the cleanliness of all these places. Toilet facilities and litter bins have been provided. The TOILETS can be found in the main dormitory and flat for those pilgrims who have booked accommodation. Other toilets are available in the ablution facility next to the school for day-pilgrims and night-pilgrims.

9. No candles are to be lit in the Original Chapel of Apparition, at the Place of the Seven Springs, in the Parish Church or at the Madonna Grotto. They may be lit in the Chapel on the Rock at the candle-stand provided. Votive offerings (money), religious articles, or photos should not be left at the Original Chapel of Apparition or at the Place of the Seven Springs. These may be dropped into the petition boxes in the Chapel on the Rock or the Parish Church.

10. Smoking is not allowed in or around the special places of prayer. Those wishing to smoke may do so behind the main dormitory accommodation for pilgrims or behind the dining hall.

11. Those who wish to collect water from the Place of the Seven Springs may do so with containers no larger than 10 litres. 25 LITRE CONTAINERS OR LARGER ONES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE USED AT NGOME. The Local children are not allowed to carry the containers for pilgrims.

12. It is forbidden to solicit any money, apart from the offerings during Holy Mass. It is thus forbidden for any individual or group to sell Sacramental items or oils at the Shrine. All Sacramental items are sold at the Shrine Repository. Special collection boxes are to be used for the collection during Holy Mass. If anyone tries to solicit money from you for any other purpose, please contact the Rector. Boxes are available in the Chapel on the Rock and the Parish Church in front of the altar for personal petitions.

13. OILS for use during prayer or devotions are not to be given out or sold to the laity…BY DECREE OF THE DIOCESAN BISHOP. Use of oils is strictly the domain of the ordained clergy in the Catholic Church. At Ngome, the Sacrament of the Sick may be administered according to the liturgical norms, i.e. outside of Holy Mass.

14. Conscious of the presence of God, and in order to protect the atmosphere of prayer and meditation, it is not allowed to take photos during Holy Mass and/or during Adoration.

15. We ask that Mass intentions, pledges or donations for the maintenance of the Sanctuary of Our Mother, Tabernacle of the Most High, be given to the Rector or Assistant Rector or dropped into the boxes at collection time during Holy Mass.

16. PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE AT NIGHT TO NGOME UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE...YOU WILL GET LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS ESPECIALLY IF THERE’S MIST AND RAIN.

17. We trust that the focus of your pilgrimage will be to spend time in prayer with the Eucharistic Lord who has invited us to worship and adore God through the kindness of his Mother, Mary Tabernacle of the Most High. Thank you. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR PILGRIM GROUP IS AWARE OF THE ABOVE INFORMATION WHEN THEY BOOK.

In the Lord Jesus Christ and Mary Immaculate.

Fr Wayne Weldschidt OMI ~ Rector
Fr Nkululeko Meyiwa OMI ~ Assistant Rector
Fr Andrew Knott OMI ~ Assistant Rector

Guidelines for Accommodation for Pilgrims

(Effective Jan 2016)

Dear Pilgrimage Leader(s)
In the name of the Diocese of Eshowe,the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the Benedictine and Franciscan Sisters serving this Sanctuary, we are pleased to welcome you to Ngome. Now that you intend to come on Pilgrimage to our Place of Prayer and Grace, it would be your responsibility to bring your sisters and brothers here to our Lord in the Holy Eucharist and to his Mother.

The following guidelines will help you make a good pilgrimage:

1. All bookings for Parishes or Sodality/Bible Study/Prayer/Ministry groups must be done with the approval of your Parish Priest. An email from the Parish Priest will suffice for approval. Bookings for families do not need the approval of the parish priest.

2. NB: If a PARISH GROUP (60 OR MORE PEOPLE) has made a booking for accommodation in the year, a second group from that parish WILL not be considered for a weekend booking for accommodation in that same year. This is due to the great demand from the many parishes in Southern Africa who wish to visit the Shrine. However, a second group from that same PARISH MAY ONLY be considered for a pilgrimage during the weekdays of the same year, if the demand for bookings allows it.

3. All bookings/changes or cancellations must be done either by fax or email. We do not except bookings/changes or cancellations via a telephone call.

4. All cancellations must be done at least 30 days in advance. Children under 12 years pay half price. Bookings should be done via fax or email. Your booking request will be approved via email or fax from the Shrine. Once you have received approval, to confirm your booking, a 30% non-refundable deposit should be made 4 months before the date you are to arrive at Ngome. If the deposit is not paid 4 months before your group is to arrive, the booking will be given to another group to meet their urgent need. This is necessary as there are untimely last-minute cancellations which make it impossible for those desperately wanting to visit the Sanctuary to make their bookings at any shorter notice. Families may also book as some rooms have been setup for this purpose (This is not always possible when the Shrine is fully booked). Individuals or small groups may also book even if they are not part of an officially organized pilgrimage group.

5. You are expected to pay the full amount for accommodation and meals at Ngome. Religious Sisters, Brothers and Priests are not expected to pay, but they may make a contribution if they are able to help with costs incurred. If the deposit is not paid 4 months prior to your arrival the booking will be given to another group. The total number of pilgrims the Shrine will allow you to book includes priests, religious & drivers. Please do not add extra numbers for the priests, religious and the drivers of your vehicles.

6. Cheque payments are to be made out to 'Ngome Marian Shrine'. If you have paid directly into our account (ABSA Vryheid, Account Name: Ngome Marian Shrine, Account Number: 712 496 681) in advance, please provide us with a proof of payment. This can be done by emailing: shrine@ngome.co.za (use a copy of the bank deposit slip. Use your name or parish or group leader as a reference.

7. For weekends, accommodation is available from 16h00 on Friday until 09h00 on Sunday morning.

8. Accommodation is not available from Sunday midday until Monday afternoon, and on Friday during the day, as the facilities need to be cleaned. However, accommodation is available from 16h00 on Monday until 09h00 on Friday morning.

9. At Pilgrims-Rest, you are accommodated in 4 dormitories (70) beds in cubicles of 3-4 beds each, and a 4-roomed flat with 5 or 6 beds in each room. There are a total of 95 beds available at the Shrine.

10. Bring your own bedding (sheets, pillowcases and extra blankets if you need them), toiletries and towels. Each bed has a pillow and a blanket provided for by the Shrine.

11. 2016 Tarrifs:
* Accommodation per person per night : R85-00
* Breakfast per person per meal : R75-00
* Lunch per person per meal : R80-00
* Dinner/supper per person per meal : R75-00
* The cost of accommodation for one person for two nights is R550-00.
This includes Supper the first night, three meals the next day, and breakfast the last day.

12. We kindly ask pilgrims to be punctual for their meals:
BREAKFAST : 07H30
LUNCH : 12H00
SUPPER : 18H00 ( NB: SUPPER on Saturday 17h30)

We also ask that pilgrim groups come to Ngome accompanied by a priest(s), if possible.

Please either complete our online Booking Form (click here) or furnish us via an email with the following details:
1. NAME OF APPLICANT(including contact details):
2. NAME OF PARISH OF APPLICANT (including Diocese & City/Town):
3. NAME OF PARISH PRIEST (including contact details):
4. NAME(S) OF ACCOMPANYING PRIEST(S) (including contact details):
5. NUMBER OF RELIGIOUS SISTERS and/or BROTHERS:
6. NUMBER OF PILGRIMS IN YOUR GROUP (Number of males, females and children under 12 years):
7. MEALS EATEN - PROVIDED BY THE SHRINE:
8. INTENDED TIME OF ARRIVAL AT THE SHRINE:
9. INTENDED TIME OF DEPARTURE FROM THE SHRINE:

Please refer to the 'Guidelines' tab of this website page (tab no.1) and other relevant tabs when drawing up a Programme for your stay at our Sanctuary. Your Programme should be forwarded via email to us so that we may fully meet your needs. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR PILGRIM GROUP IS AWARE OF ALL THE ABOVE INFORMATION WHEN THEY BOOK (Simply refer them to this website, www.ngome.co.za, which has all the information required & more).
We thank you for your prayerful cooperation and ask our Lord Jesus Christ and his Mother to bless your pilgrimage abundantly.

In the Lord Jesus Christ and Mary Immaculate.

Fr Wayne Weldschidt OMI ~ Rector
Fr Nkululeko Meyiwa OMI ~ Assistant Rector
Fr Andrew Knott OMI ~ Assistant Rector

2-Day Programme Weekend Pilgrimage

(Effective Jan 2016)

Dear Pilgrimage Leader, this is a suggested programme for the weekend pilgrimage. The only aspects we ask to remain unchanged are Meal Times, Shrine Talk on the first morning, Holy Mass on the first full day at 11h00 and at 06h30 on the day of departure, and the Adoration on the second evening at 19h00. These are marked in blue text. Everything else is flexible. *** Information in RED TEXT is OPTIONAL for 2016 depending on the weather and the groups ***

DAY 1
16h00 ~ Arrival: Pilgrims enter Chapel on Rock and greet the Lord: 1minute. Enter Chapel of Apparition to greet Our Blessed Mother with 7 Hail Mary’s. In the meantime, unpack the bus. Pilgrims return to bus and fetch the luggage & settle. Each pilgrim then goes to Our Lady’s Grotto opposite the Main Dormitory to place the particular petition before Her image. Then entry in Chapel for Holy Mass.
17h30 ~ HOLY MASS
18h30 ~ SUPPER
20h00 ~ Quiet private Adoration with Confessions offered or quiet visit to the Place of the Springs, or Chapel on the Rock or Chapel of Apparition...personal prayer
21h30 ~ Retire/Sleep

DAY 2
06h00 ~ Meet in Chapel on the Rock and Pray Rosary to the Place of the Seven Springs. At the Springs...Priest(s) leads pilgrims in Renewal of Baptismal Promises, Priest(s) and Deacon(s) prays over Pilgrims…and then leads Litany of Blessed Virgin Mary. Return in silence to Grotto of Mary and pray decade of Rosary quietly.
07h30 ~ Exposition of Blessed Sacrament in Chapel of Apparition for PERPETUAL ADORATION by individuals or groups until 6pm
07h30 ~ BREAKFAST
08h30 ~ Talk/Conference
10h00 ~ Private Prayer …Confessions can also be offered during the Talk
11h00 ~ HOLY MASS
12h00 ~ LUNCH
Quiet time for Prayer & Reflection or Shopping at Repository until 15h00
13h30 ~ Confessions can be offered
15h00 ~ Pray Divine Mercy Chaplet / Pray the Stations of the Cross.
PLEASE REST FOR EVENING ADORATION
17h30 ~ PERPETUAL ADORATION ends…
17h30 ~ SUPPER
PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL FOR ADORATION
19h00 ~ EUCHARISTIC ADORATION with Prayer for Healing
20h30 ~ Time for Faith Questions to answered by Priests, Personal Prayer Time....Retire/Sleep
24h00 ~ Candlelight Procession with Tabernacle of the Most High Statue down the Stations around and up the paved pathway back to the Parish Church.

DAY 3
06h30 ~ HOLY MASS with Blessing of Religious Articles and Gifts
07h30 ~ BREAKFAST
09h00 ~ Departure

In the Lord Jesus Christ and Mary Immaculate.

Fr Wayne Weldschidt OMI ~ Rector

Dear Pilgrimage Leader, this is a suggested programme for the week. The only aspects we ask to remain unchanged are Meal Times, Shrine Talk, Confessions, Holy Mass times and the Adoration on Day 4 at 19h00. Everything else is flexible. WEEKDAY PILGRIMAGE PROGRAMME DAY 1 16h00 Arrival: Pilgrims enter Chapel on Rock and greet the Lord: 1minute. Enter Chapel of Apparition to greet Our Blessed Mother with 7 Hail Mary’s. In the meantime, unpack the bus. Pilgrims return to bus and fetch the luggage & settle in. Each pilgrim then goes to Our Lady’s Grotto opposite the Main Dormitory to place the particular petition before Her image. Then entry in Chapel for Holy Mass. 17h00 Introducing Priests (Fr Wayne, Fr Nkululeko, Fr Andrew) 17h30 HOLY MASS 18h30 SUPPER 20h00 Quiet private Adoration...personal prayer 21h00 Retire/Sleep DAYS 2 & 3 06h00 Meet in Chapel on the Rock and Pray Rosary to the Place of the Seven Springs. At the Springs...Priest(s) leads pilgrims in Renewal of Baptismal Promises, prays over Pilgrims…and then leads Litany of Blessed Virgin Mary. Return in silence to Grotto of Mary and pray decade of Rosary. 07h30 BREAKFAST 09h00 Talk/conference on 10 the Apparitions Associated with Ngome 11h00 HOLY MASS 12h00 LUNCH Quiet time for Prayer & Reflection or Shopping at Repository until 15h00 13h30 Individual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Chapel on the Rock 15h00 Pray Divine Mercy Chaplet down to the Stations of the Cross. Then pray the Stations of the Cross. 18h00 SUPPER 19h00 Quiet private Adoration...personal prayer 20h30 Time for Faith Questions to answered by Priests, Personal Prayer Time....Retire/Sleep DAY 4 06h00 Meet in Chapel on the Rock. Procession to Chapel of Apparition while we Pray Rosary. Time for personal intimate Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Return in silence to Grotto of Mary and pray decade of Rosary. 07h30 BREAKFAST 08h30 Examination of Conscience - Confessions 11h00 HOLY MASS 12h00 LUNCH Quiet time for Prayer & Reflection or Shopping at Repository until 15h00…Confessions may continue if necessary 15h00 Pray the Rosary of Sorrows in the Church. Eucharistic Procession to Apparition Chapel Personal Prayer Time 18h00 SUPPER 19h00 ADORATION LITURGY 20h30 Time for Faith Questions to answered by Priests, DAY 5 06h30 HOLY MASS 07h30 BREAKFAST 09h00 Departure LJC et MI Fr Wayne Weldschidt OMI
Guidelines for Pilgrims attending the Night Pilgrimage (Effective Jan 2016) Dear Pilgrimage Leader(s), In the name of the Diocese of Eshowe, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and Benedictine Sisters serving this Sanctuary, we are pleased to welcome you to Ngome. Now that you intend to come on Pilgrimage to our Place of Prayer and Grace, it would be your responsibility to bring your sisters and brothers here to our Lord in the Holy Eucharist and to his Mother. The Night Pilgrimage entails an all-night pilgrimage with no sleeping facilities provided by the Shrine. We would expect pilgrims to arrive before 6pm so as to be part of the Communal Adoration at 7pm in the evening. The following guidelines will help you make a good pilgrimage: 1. All bookings/changes or cancellations must be done either by fax or email. We do not accept bookings/changes or cancellations via a telephone call alone. 2. All cancellations must be done at least 30 days in advance. Pilgrimage group-leaders should book for their group providing the intended number of pilgrims. This should be done via fax or email. To confirm bookings, a 30% non-refundable payment should be made 2 months before the date you are to arrive at Ngome. If not your pilgrimage date may be given to another group for the urgent need. This is necessary as there are untimely last-minute cancellations which make it impossible for those desperately wanting to visit the Sanctuary to make their bookings at any shorter notice. 3. Cheque payments are to be made out to “Ngome Marian Shrine”. If you have paid directly into our account (ABSA Vryheid, Account Name: Ngome Marian Shrine, Account Number: 712 496 681) in advance, please provide us with a proof of payment. This can be done either by emailing (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or faxing (034 967 9120) us a copy of the bank deposit slip. 4. Tarrifs for Night Pilgrims: Per Bus per night R450-00 Per mini-bus per night R150-00 Per car per night R75-00 5. Please ensure that you furnish us with the name(s) and contact details of the priest(s) who will accompany you on this pilgrimage to Ngome. 6. We kindly ask Night Pilgrims to arrive before 6pm so as to be punctual for the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday evening at 7pm-8.30pm. No other liturgies or prayer activities are allowed at the Shrine during this time of Adoration. Instead it is a period of Communal Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for everyone. The Rector and/or Assistant Rectors will preside at this liturgy and lead in the singing. 7. Evening Mass is offered to Pilgrims at 22h00. Please ensure that you confirm this change with the Rector. The Rector and/or Assistant Rectors will concelebrate during this Mass. We also ask that pilgrims come to Ngome accompanied by a priest(s). Please refer to the “Guidelines and Information for Pilgrims” document when drawing up a Programme for your stay at our Sanctuary. Your Programme should be forwarded to us via fax or email so that we may fully meet your needs. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR PILGRIM GROUP IS AWARE OF THE ABOVE INFORMATION WHEN THEY BOOK. We thank you for your prayerful cooperation and ask our Lord Jesus Christ and his Mother to bless your pilgrimage abundantly. In the Lord Jesus Christ and Mary Immaculate. Fr Wayne Weldschidt OMI Fr Nkululeko Meyiwa OMI Fr Andrew Knott OMI Rector Assistant Rector Assistant Rector
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