Appeal from Bishop John for Medical volunteers

This year our pilgirmage is in need of doctors, registered nurses and qualified healthcare assistants. We also need more volunteers to help in the care of our sick pilgirms. Can you help? Do you know of someone who may be interested? Please watch this short appeal video from Bishop John and show it to friends and colleagues who may be able to help. Thank you.

https://youtu.be/pphyI-JkSFI

DBS Clinics

It's a busy weekend of preparation for the pilgrimage.
On Saturday & Sunday there will be DBS Clinics taking place at Cathedral Centre for those volunteers who need to apply for or renew their DBS check.
If your DBS is over 3 years old or if you have changed your name or address within 3 years, you will need a new DBS check. Please see your volunteer application form for details and documentation required.
Clinic times: Saturday 10am - 1pm , Sunday 1pm - 4pm. 
All volunteers must have a valid DBS in order to volunteer with us. 

New Nursing Co-ordinators

We are delighted to announce that Brendan Lane has been appointed as our new pilgrimage Nursing Co-ordinator, with Bernie Dawson appointed as Assistant Nursing Co-ordinator. May we please ask you to keep them both in your prayers as they take up their new responsibilities witihn the life of the pilgrimage.

Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes

Wishing you all a very happy Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes! Celebrations will be taking place in Lourdes throughout the day and you can join them at any point by clicking on this link to visit the Grotto live: https://youtu.be/3YoD3-QqMYA

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

Saint Bernadette, pray for us.

 

25th World Day of the Sick - 2017

 

Saturday 11th February is the 25th World Day of the Sick. Initiated by Saint Pope John Paul II, we are called as Christians to pray for those suffering from illness around the world. We particulalrly remember today those members of our own pilgrimage family who are unwell and for those who care for them. 

Prayer of Pope Francis for the 25th World Day of the Sick. His Holiness' full message for this special day can be found via the link below:

Medical & Nursing Team Appeal

Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017 - Appeal for Medical & Nursing Team

Annual Gala Dinner

We invite you to join us on Saturday 4th February for our annual Gala Dinner in aid of the pilgrimage fund. The dinner will be held at English Martyrs Parish Centre in Urmston and is a major fundraising event for our pilgrimage. Funds will go to support our sick pilgrims and medical team in Lourdes this summer. Tickets are £35 and include drink on arrival, four course meal, top class entertainment and some amazing prizes up for grabs including 2 tickets to Lourdes, a trip to New York for 2 people, Take That, Olly Murs & Little Mix tickets.

A reflection on today's Gospel

Following a suggestion from one of our pilgrims, here is a short reflection on today's Gospel, courtesy of the Salesians, Ireland. 

“Jesus needs helpers”

by Mary Bridget Dunlea FMA

Rita Condron R.I.P

We were extremely saddened this week to learn of the passing of a member of our Salford family. Rita Condron passed away on the 28th December and her funeral took place last Friday, 7th January. She had visited Lourdes with us on many occasions with her husband Vincent, most recently in 2015. Please remember Rita, her family and friends in your prayers.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for her.

Saint Bernadette, pray for her.

May she rest in peace.

Improvement of the Grotto area in Lourdes

The Sanctuary of Lourdes are doing a lot of work to improve the facilities around the Grotto. These works include a new sacristy for the Grotto and improved access to the baths and around the Grotto. You can see how the early stages of the work is progressing in this short video. (commentary is in French.)

https://youtu.be/V_JowClIx2g

 

 

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