The Lady Chapel at Corpus Christi is dedicated to Our Lady of Walsingham. This shrine Chapel was redesigned as part of the restoration of the church under the parish priest, Fr. Alan Robinson, together with the architect, Anthony Delarue. The design is based on the Holy House of Loreto.
The message of Walsingham links directly to this church as a Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament. When Our Lady appeared to Richeldis de Faverches and asked her to build the Holy House, She was pointing us to the Truths of the Incarnation. And so it is truly fitting that the Holy House, where Our Lady received the Archangel Gabriel at the Annunication, becomes very much a part of the Shrine to Our Eucharistic Lord. That same child who became incarnate at Nazareth, comes down to our Altars every day at Mass under the forms of Bread and Wine in the Blessed Sacrament.
On Thursday 3rd September 2015, Bishop Alan Hopes, the bishop of East Anglia, came to celebrate Mass and to bless the new statue of Our Lady of Walsingham, which was carved specially for the chapel by Stuflesser in Italy.
We were delighted that, among a congregation of many well known Catholics, the Rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady, Monsignor John Armitage, was also present and preached to us the first homily to be heard in the newly restored Lady Chapel here at Corpus Christi. Also present were Bishop Robert Byrne, Auxiliary Bishop in Birmingham, and Bishop Michael Barber, Bishop of Oakland, California. With the parish come together after many months of waiting to see the restoration of the chapel come to fruition, it was a very memorable evening.