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.)




Lourdes at Easter with HCPT Manchester Region

HCPT Manchester LogIf one trip to Lourdes isn't enought for you, how about going twice this year? As well as volunteering with us in the Summer, would you be interested in journeying with a young person to Lourdes this Easter? Our friends at HCPT Manchester are looking to recruit Helpers for this special opportunity to support and care for young people with a range of abilities.
For more information about the trip please see their website: http://www.hcptmanchester.org.uk
Email: group44@hcpt.org.uk
Call Liz Lord on: 07879698851

Christmas & New Year Wishes

We would like to wish our Salford family, past, present and future a blessed and peaceful Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year. We look forward to welcoming you to Lourdes with us in 2017.

Margaret Hemmings R.I.P.

It is with sadness that we report that Margaret Hemmings, a much loved member of our Salford family passed away on Saturday 10th December. Please see below a message from her daughter Liz. Margaret had travelled with us to Lourdes for many years and will be sorely missed. Please remember Margaret and her family in your prayers at this very difficult time.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for her.

Saint Bernadette, pray for her.

May she rest in peace.

From Liz Hemmings:

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Today we celebrate the Solemntity of the Immaculate Conception. We are also very much looking forward to the launch of our 2017 pilgrimage to Lourdes later this evening. Bishop John will celebrate Mass at Salford Cathedral at 7.30pm and afterwards ,over refreshments, we will relaease the booking forms and volunteer application forms for our 85th diocesan plgrimage ot Lourdes next Summer. We vety much hope that you will join us.

One week until the launch!

It's now just one week until the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the launch of our 2017 pilgrimage to Lourdes!

We warmly invite you to join us at Salford Cathedral, next Thursday 8th December at 7.30pm for the celebration of Mass by Right Reverend John Arnold, Bishop of Salford. Mass will be followed by the launch of our 85th pilgrimage to Lourdes including pricing and travel options, over refreshments in the cathedral cloisters.

Please ask a family member of friend along too so that they can consider joining our Salford family in Lourdes next Summer.

Salford's Christmas Social

We'd love you to join us at Salford's Christmas Social on Saturday 10th December at St. Kentigern's Social Club, Fallowfield. Organised by our Heywood & Middleton Group this is a great opportunity to gather together once again as a pilgrimage family. All members of our pilgrimage family past, present & future are welcome. The event begins at 7.30pm, entry is £3 on the door and all monies go to the pilgrimage fund to support our sick pilgrims and medical team in Lourdes.

Annual Gala Dinner - tickets now on sale!

We are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for our annual Gala Dinner in aid of the pilgrimage fund. The dinner will be held on Saturday 4th February at English Martyrs Parish Centre in Urmston. 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 and a trip to New York!! 

Tickets can be purchased from Filippa Martin on 07866 583870 or by email: martin_filippa@yahoo.co.uk


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