Pilgrimages

 

Mass in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes on Saturday 8th February

HE Cardinal Vincent Nichols presided at the annual Mass in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes, celebrated at Westminster Cathedral.  An invitation was extended to Red Caps, Lourdes assisted pilgrims, Clergy, Nurses, Doctors, medical professionals, volunteers and praying pilgrims to take part in the Mass.  Read more about the day here and visit the Diocesan Flickr album for photographs of the day.

30th Anniversary Pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2020!

This year's Westminster's Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is from 25th to 31st July 2020.  The Diocese is made up of over 200 Parishes, and each one can be represented amongst the hundreds of pilgrims travelling together this summer and there is much to celebrate.

HE Cardinal Vincent Nichols is leading Westminster's pilgrims on this milestone journey as it is 30 years since Cardinal Basil Hume led the first diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Are you planning to travel independently? You must contact the Pilgrimage Office on 0207 798 9173 or email lourdes@rcdow.org.uk to inform organisers that you plan to join Westminster and be counted among the pilgrims attending this year.  The tour operator used by the Westminster Lourdes Pilgrimage is able to assist independent pilgrims and (parish) groups with choice and convenience of travel options and cost.

Booking forms and brochures can be sent to Parishes across the Diocese on request and are also available from the Pilgrimage Office or via this link.

Helpers of all ages needed in Lourdes!

Are you aged 16 to 18 years of age and want to become a Red Cap on the Westminster Lourdes Pilgrimage?  Are you aged 18 years of age or over and ready to lend medical and/or practical support for our pilgrimage this summer from 25th to 31st July 2020?  We are looking to recruit a wide range of volunteers, whose support is essential for the Westminster pilgrimage.
If you, a School Teacher / Chaplain or someone you know might be able to assist, please contact the Diocesan Pilgrimage Office at Vaughan House on 0207 798 9173. Email westminsterstfrai@gmail.com to find out more.

Formal application for these Lourdes Pilgrimage roles is essential and training will be given.

Fundraising for Pilgrimage

Fundraise in your Parish or School to get a sick or elderly pilgrim, a Medical Team volunteer, helper or a Red Cap youth volunteer from your Parish to Lourdes with the Diocese.

New Fundraising Packs will soon be available from the Pilgrimage Office so for materials and presentations or for someone to give a free talk in your Parish or school, get in touch with the Pilgrimage Office on 0207 798 9173 or email lourdes@rcdow.org.uk

Virgin Money Giving: donating to the Lourdes Pilgrimage 

Donations to the Diocesan Lourdes pilgrimage can also be made to the Virgin Money Giving page, just click here

Adding Gift Aid to donations to UK charities makes your donations go further.

A Lourdes Pilgrim's Story

Read Emily Corrigan’s story here to find out how your donations can make a difference. You can support Emily and her young family along with the help of her friends through difficult times.  All pledges gratefully received and Gift Aid can also be applied to them.

'Bernadette - The Musical' in Lourdes

Follow this link for a new promotional video about the popular musical ‘Bernadette de Lourdes’.  Do please share this if you like it.

 

Joyful 'Journeys in Hope' at Farm Street

January 2020

The charity art exhibition fundraiser titled ‘Journeys in Hope’ took place throughout January from the 6th  to the 30th culminating with a well-attended and successful auction evening. Artists' works on the themes of migration, journeying and pilgrimage were auctioned off by Adrian Biddell of Chiswick auction houses and a significant amount of funds were raised in support of the three nominated charities.

The art work may still be viewed on the website www.journeysinhope.com

The organisers and the artists wish to thank EVERYONE who supported the event, the generosity of all bidders and donors, and all who came to see the exhibition throughout the month of January.

 

2020 Walsingham Pilgrimage and Dowry Re-dedication

In preparation for the re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary in 2020, the statue of Our Lady from the Slipper Chapel at the Roman Catholic National Shrine in Walsingham has been taken to each Catholic Cathedral in England for a three-day triduum of prayer. 

Westminster Cathedral will be hosting Our Lady’s statue in March.

The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham takes place on Saturday 12th September 2020.  Please contact your Parish Priest for details especially where Parish or Deanery coaches may have been arranged.  This pilgrimage will be led by Cardinal Vincent Nicholas and Fr John McKenna, Walsingham Pilgrimage Director.

10th Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Would you like to join HE Cardinal Vincent Nichols as he leads Westminster's pilgrims on a pilgrimage of faith, tracing the Lord’s footsteps? This year's 10th Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land takes place from 23rd November to 1st December 2020.

To participate in this very popular pilgrimage and retreat combined, contact the Pilgrimage Office with your contact details on 0207 798 9173 or Tangney Tours on 01732 88 66 66 for booking forms and further information. 

Please note, places are secured by completion of the pilgrimage booking form and payment of £400 deposit.  In case of oversubscription, a waiting list will be maintained.