This year's pilgrimage to Lourdes is from Saturday 21st to Friday 27th July 2018. 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 that independent travellers should arrange to make a suggested payment of £30 levy 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. The theme for 2018 is 'Do whatever He tells you'.
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’re interested in helping in the St Frai in Lourdes, please email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at firstname.lastname@example.org
All are welcome to attend the next Lourdes Quarterly Reunion Mass on 6th March 2018 in the Cathedral Crypt at 6.30 pm.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2018
A reunion for pilgrims who travelled on the 7th Diocesan Holy Land Pilgrimage led by Bishop John Sherrington in 2017 will be held later this spring.
This year's 8th Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land is from 21st to 29th November 2018 led by Bishop John Wilson and Fr. John Farrell OP. Pilgrims are advised to book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited. More information will follow over the coming months.
Booking forms are available from the Pilgrimage Office or Tangney Tours.