Independent travellers, i.e. those who are not travelling with Tangney Tours but intend to join the Westminster Diocesan Pilgrimage in Lourdes, need to complete a Westminster Diocese Lourdes Pilgrimage Medical Form, available from the Pilgrimage Office, and 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 essential support and care of sick pilgrims in the St Frai.
It is vital that in the event of a medical emergency, even if a pilgrim requires the most basic medical care, that details are shared with the Chief Pilgrimage Doctor Sian Davies. These records are and kept securely for the remainder of the year to which the Pilgrimage applies.
Lourdes Theme 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. Final bookings are now being made and booking forms are available from the Pilgrimage Office at Vaughan House and at the back of the Cathedral.
Alternatively, contact Tangney Tours as soon as possible on 01732 88 66 66 or use the online booking portal for the Diocesan Pilgrimage https://www.tangney-tours.com/pilgrimages/lourdes/westminster-lourdes
Fundraising performance at the Old Bailey
The wonderful performance of 'Peter's Way of the Cross', an original collaborative composition by Giovanni Marseglia and Bernard Lavery, took place after an evening Reception in the Great Hall of the iconic Old Bailey, London EC4M 7EH on Wednesday 30th May 2018. Proceeds from ticket sales will assist the sick and disabled pilgrims on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer. Many thanks to Sandra McGregor, those who helped to organise the night and to all who attended. Sincere appreciation goes to His Honour Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC The Recorder of London at the Old Bailey, members of the Catholic Association for the Performing Arts and the Lourdes Volunteers' choir.
Lourdes Fundraising 2018
On 13th April 2018, Bob and his grandson William completed a mammoth walkathon from their Parish Church of St John Fisher, Shepperton, following the River Thames downstream to Westminster Cathedral.
Having been a Lourdes pilgrim since birth, William, now aged 15, succeeded alongside his dear Granddad in far exceeding the pair's target to send a sick person to Lourdes.
Their welcome party included family and friends, and Fr Michael Quaicoe who gave them a blessing on their return. If you would like to add to the generous donations received so far for this very worthy cause, go to https://www.gofundme.com/bob-amp-william-walk-to-westminster
Remember: Gift Aid makes your donations go further, so do please sign-up if you are a UK Taxpayer. Donations to the Diocesan Lourdes pilgrimage can also be made to the Virgin Money Giving page at:
Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
21st-29th November 2018
Booking has now closed for this very popular pilgrimage. Bishop John Wilson and Fr John Farrell OP will lead pilgrims on the 8thDiocesan pilgrimage/retreat to the Holy Land covering visits to sites in Galilee, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
Pilgrims who would like their name to be added to a maintained waiting list should contact the Pilgrimage Office on 0207 798 9173 or Gill at Tangney Tours on 01732 88 66 66.