Website upgrade

In the coming weeks we'll be working on a brand new website for the pilgrimage. Whilst our current website has served us well, we feel it's in need of a refresh and update. We're in the process of designing the new website and aim to launch it on the 8th December - Solemnity of the Immacualte Conception. The new site will be easier to navigate, mor accessible and will allow us to share documents and booking forms more easily along with photos and videos from our pilgrimages. 

Canon Kevin O'Connor R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that we report that Canon Kevin O'Connor died peacefully in the early hours of the 24th October at North Manchester General Hospital.
Kevin was born on 2nd August 1930 and was baptised on 17th August 1930 at St Wilfrid’s, Hulme. He was educated at English Martyrs, Whalley Range and St Bede’s College, Manchester.

Sponsored Bakeathon

Sponsored Bakeathon!

Middleton and Heywood Lourdes Group are having a Sponsored Bakeathon!
This Saturday, 21st October, a group of bakers will work throughout the night creating goods that will be sold at a coffee morning following the 9.30 mass at St Peter's Church, Middleton. 
Funds raised will support members of the group with their travel and accommodation costs in Lourdes next Summer. 
All welcome! Please do sponsor the group if you can. 

Meeting for Families

Next Sunday we're holding an informal meeting for all families in the diocese who may be interesting in joining our pilgrimage to Lourdes next Summer. Come and find out about our new provision for families, specially selected accommodation and meet our new co-ordinators for the families group.
As Bishop John says: "Perhaps you'd like to consider bringing your family, I think they'd enjoy it, in fact I know they would. This is a wonderful place for a family to celebrate the love of family together and to be together in a Holy place of pilgrimage."

Volunteer Information Meetings - Lourdes 2018

We would like to invite you to attend one of our two Volunteer Information Meetings, where you can find out about volunteering with our friendly and welcoming pilgrimage family on our 86th Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in July 2018. 

Without our amazing volunteers we wouldn't have a pilgrimage; they enable sick pilgrims to fully participate in, and be at the centre of all that we do during our time in Lourdes. We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities and have many roles in which you can get involved. 

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.

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