The annual pilgrimage takes place this year from August 18 to 25, and the flight will be from Stansted Airport. This will be a medically supported pilgrimage for the first time since 2019 and all the traditional activities will be taking place in Lourdes. Bishop Peter will in fact be leading the whole Catholic Association Pilgrimage.
All facilities are re-opened and assisted pilgrims, who are most welcome, can stay in the Acceuil (Hospital). A number of heavily subsidised places are available, both for assisted pilgrims and nurses. “We need helpers and those who come as pilgrims,” said Deacon Huw Williams, who is organising the pilgrimage.
The hotel for the East Anglian contingent is the same as last year (the Elisio) and the cost is the same as last year – just under £1000 for all travel once you get to Stansted, full board (excellent food) but with a £245 supplement for a single as against a double or twin-bedded room.
“We hope to have our diocesan Mass up at the church in Bartrès,” said Deacon Huw, “where Bernadette lived as a baby and as a young teenager, until just before the meetings with Our Lady in the Grotto. And it will be celebrated by our Bishop.
“I hope that we will be able to give some support to those unable to meet the full costs of the pilgrimage.”
If that is your situation, please contact Deacon Huw who will treat all inquiries in confidence. “Let’s make this a special time in a very special place,” he said. “Book soon!”
There is a lot of detail on the pilgrimage at: www.tangney-tours.com/pilgrimages/lourdes.
If computers are not your thing, or for more information and guidance, you can contact Deacon Huw Williams on firstname.lastname@example.org, 07399 163 718, St Felix’ Church Princess Way, CB9 9BP.