Changes to the co-ordination team

An update from pilgrimage director Fr. Michael Jones regarding changes to the pilgrimage co-ordination team for the coming year:

Dear pilgrim,

The 2017 diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes was a great success.  Pilgrims, young and old, sick and able travelling from all parts of the diocese were together as a family of faith in Lourdes.  In that place where Our Lady appeared to the young Bernadette Soubirous they experienced the prayerfulness of the Grotto and joy of recalling the words of Our Lady in the Magnificat ‘the Almighty has done great things for me.’

Margaret Kerr R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that we report that Margaret Kerr, a much loved member of our Salford family, passed away on the morning of the 31st August.

Margaret was one of the real characters of our pilgrimage community and well known to many. Sadly she could not travel to Lourdes with us this year but had done so many times previously and loved that most special of places.
Please remember Margaret, her husband Roy, her family and friends in your prayers at this difficult time.
We will post funeral arrangements when we have them.

Airport arrival times

We look forward to welcoming you to Manchester Airport on Friday 28th July for our flights to Lourdes. Please read the following information concerning arrival times at the airport for your flight. Your co-operation would be appreciated to ensure smooth passage through the airport for all pilgrims and volunteers.

For the 0800 ENT501 - volunteers 2 1/2 hours early, pilgrims 2 hours.

For the 0930 AP8151 - volunteers 3 hours early, Accueil and other pilgrims 2 1/2 hours.

Travel details and tickets

As we begin our final preparations for this year's pilgrimage, tickets and flight details have now been issued to those pilgrims who booked their place through our travel partner Joe Walsh Tours. If you have not received your tickets by Friday 21st July please contact Joe Walsh Tours directly on 0161 820 8790.

For general enquiries not relating to travel please contact the pilgrimage office. 

Thank you.

Pre-departure Mass 2017

We warmly invite members of our pilgrimage community past and present to join us at Salford Cathedral on Sunday 23rd July at 5.30pm, as we gather together in preparation for our departure to Lourdes for our 85th diocesan pilgrimage. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop John and will be followed by refreshments in the Cathedral Cloisters. 

Following Mass we will also have the traditional blessing of the pilgrimage van as it begins it's journey to Lourdes with the pilgrimage medical supplies and our two intrepid drivers.

Can you sponsor Liz?

Today Liz Lord began her sponsored walk along the Anglesey Coastal path to raise money in memory of her mum Rita Condron, who sadly died earlier this year and was a Salford pilgrim for many years.
Backed by her dad, Rita's husband Vincent, Liz wants to raise enough money to send a child to Lourdes with HCPT in her Mum's memory. 
Please support Liz if you can, via the link below. Thank you.

Message from the Diocese of Raphoe, Ireland.

We're very grateful to the Diocese of Raphoe, Ireland for their message of support for the people of Manchester and our pilgrimage community. We wish them a blessed and happy remainder of their pilgrimage time in Lourdes:

'Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time and The Diocese of Raphoe presently here in Lourdes will be with you in prayer during the next few days.
Regards to you all and prayers from us in Lourdes. '




Winnie Buckley R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of a member of our Salford family; Winnie Buckley died on Monday evening. 
Winnie travelled to Lourdes with us for a number of years and was a popular member of our pilgrimage community. 
Please remember Winnie and her family in your prayers. Winnie's funeral will take place at Salford Cathedral, on Tuesday 13th June at 12.10pm. 

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for her.
Saint Bernadette, pray for her.
May she rest in peace. Amen.

Services for Manchester in Lourdes

With our grateful thanks to Caroline and the Joe Walsh Tours team in Lourdes; information on how the people of our Mancunian family & our pilgrimage family will be remembered at services in Lourdes tomorrow:

Manchester Attack

We continue to join in prayer with the people of Manchester for all those killed, injured and affected by the horrific attack at Manchester Arena, along with the emergency services and the people of Manchester who responded so quickly to provide assistance to those in need. We also remember those families who are anxiously waiting for news of loved ones who are still unaccounted for following the attack.

Our Lady of Manchester, pray for them.


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