Lourdes Fundraising 2018

On 13th April 2018, Bob and his grandson William are undertaking a sponsored walk starting from their Parish Church of St John Fisher, Shepperton, following the River Thames downstream to Westminster Cathedral. 

William has been on Pilgrimage to Lourdes every year since he was born, and now aged 15, he wants to help his dear Granddad try and raise enough money to send a sick person to Lourdes.

Please show your support by giving what you can so that every contribution moves them closer to making their pilgrimage a reality.  Just follow the link: https://www.gofundme.com/bob-amp-william-walk-to-westminster

Lourdes 2018

The theme for Lourdes 2018 is 'Do whatever He tells you'.  This year's Diocesan pilgrimage is from Saturday 21st to Friday 27th July 2018 due to changes in airport flight scheduling and other operational changes.  Booking forms are available from the Pilgrimage Office at Vaughan House and leaflets are available at the back of the Cathedral.

Alternatively, contact Tangney Tours on 01732 88 6666 as there is now a new option to book online for the Diocesan Pilgrimage.

Please note: Independent travellers, i.e. those who are not travelling with Tangney Tours, must arrange to make a suggested payment of £30 levy per person cost towards running costs of the Diocesan Pilgrimage in the Shrine at Lourdes and the support and care of sick pilgrims in the St Frai.  

If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a St Frai Helper. Some of our sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay in a hospital-like building called the Accueil St Frai in the centre of Lourdes. It is well-equipped for their care and they are looked after by a team of doctors, nurses and volunteer St Frai Helpers.

The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. This includes helping the pilgrims get up and ready in the morning; making large amounts of tea; taking the pilgrims to various pilgrimage events; shopping and socialising with them and other helpers; and putting them to bed at night. The timetable is shared across two shifts so there is enough time to rest, make your own pilgrimage, spend time with your groups and make new friends.

Helping in the St Frai is an extremely moving and rewarding experience. Working in the St Frai is an opportunity to give our care and company to our pilgrims and make a huge difference in their lives.

If you are interested in helping in the St Frai in Lourdes, please email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at westminsterstfrai@gmail.com

The Lourdes Mass for New Recruits on 6th March 2018 at 6:30 pm in the Cathedral Crypt will be celebrated by Fr Michael Maguire.  There will be time afterwards for drinks and a social gathering at a nearby venue and a chance to find out more about the work that the Westminster Diocesan Pilgrimage does whilst in Lourdes. 


Diocesan  Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

21st-29th  November  2018

Join Bishop John Wilson and Fr John Farrell OP, on the 8thDiocesan pilgrimage/retreat to the Holy Land. Visit the holy sites, support local Christians and deepen your faith.

Galilee-Bethlehem-Jerusalem. Full board. Flying BA. Price £1549 per person sharing. Single room and travel insurance extra.

For booking forms and more information contact Elizabeth Uwalaka 0207 798 9173 or Gill at Tangney Tours 01732 886666