Francis Grimshaw R.I.P.

Sadly this evening we have learned of the passing of a member of our pilgrimage family, Mr. Francis Grimshaw. Francis passed away on the 5th July; his funeral took place this last Thursday 14th July. He had joined us as a pilgrim in Lourdes each year with his family since 2009. Please remember Francis and his family in your prayers at this diffucult time.

May we also ask you to remember in your prayers Francis' brother Father Anthony Grimshaw who is not well at this time.

Cycle to Lourdes!

In a weeks time the first of our Salford pilgrims will begin their journey to Lourdes . . . on 2 wheels! 
A 9 strong team of cyclists from our Children & Families group will be tackling the 850+ mile route over a period of 12 days. Make no mistake, this is not an easy ride with some challenging climbs and soaring temperatures to overcome. 
Some of the cyclists are veterans of the ride (Pat Murden's 4th cycle to Lourdes), some however have hardly cycled before this challenge.

Limited availability for our flights!

We now have limited availablilty for our flight travel option. If you wish to book a place on this year's pilgirmage in just five weeks time, we would ask you to do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. For all bookings please contact Joe Walsh Tours on 0161 820 8790.

St. John's Deanery Group Fundraiser with a Difference!

Our St. John's Deanery Group are hosting a fundraiser with a difference! 

Important information for Independant Pilgrims


If you wish to join us on our pilgrimage in five weeks time and have not booked your travel and accomodation through Joe Walsh Tours, it is necessary to affiliate with the pilgrimage by filling in and returning our registration pack for independant travel - this can be found on the home page of our website for download, or requested from the pilgrimage office.

Volunteer Training Day

Today over 100 volunteers from across the diocese came together at Cathedral Cantre to take part in their training for our pilgirmage to Lourdes which takes place in just under 6 weeks time. Our volunteers had an informative, funny and at times emotional day. Despite the early start on a Sunday, all were in good form and are very much looking forward to arriving in Lourdes. The day was started by our pilgrimage director, Fr.

Updates to Choir Rehearsal Schedule

There have been some ammendments to our choir rehearsal schedule, please see below for the latest schedule which is up to date as of Thursday 16th June.

We are seeking more singers and musicians to join our music ministry, all are welcome, so if you are interested please contact our Music Director Sarah Clark for more information by email:

Update to rehearsal schedule for Lourdes choir with venues;

Volunteer Training Days

Two important dates for your diary this month. Our two volunteer training days will be held on:

Sunday 19th June, 9am - 5pm
Saturday 25th June, 9am - 5pm

Calling all singers and musicians!

Please see the following message from our Director of Music, Sarah Clark:

Calling all choir members, old and new! 

Our first rehearsal will be held on Thursday 9th June, 7pm at Mount Carmel, Blackley. 

Please let me know if you are planning on joining the choir this year so that we can start to prepare music. We will be holding 1 rehearsal each week until we go to Lourdes so should still have plenty, despite starting late! Dates/times as follows (venues tbc);

Only 2 months to go!

It is exactly 2 months / 8 weeks / 62 days until the 84th Salford Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. 

If you've not yet booked your place with us in this extraordinary Year of Mercy, now is the time to do so! To book, call Joe Walsh Tours 0161 820 8790


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