Pilgrimages

Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage: 20th to 26th July 2019

Bookings being made at this stage with Tangney Tours for the 2019 Westminster Diocese Pilgrimage to Lourdes will require payment in full. Take advantage of the new 'Accommodation-Only' option on the booking form which is less expensive, if pilgrims seek their own travel options to fit in with the Westminster Pilgrimage dates.  Call Tangney Tours on 01732 88 6666 to make a booking. Alternatively, online bookings can be made following this link

Lourdes Volunteers:  If you would like to help in Lourdes, click here.

Lourdes Pilgrimage wheelchairs wanted!

Thank you to those who have donated wheelchairs since this appeal started.  During last year's pilgrimage there were only just enough wheelchairs to cope with the needs of assisted pilgrims.  It is anticipated that this year's pilgrimage will be larger in numbers and hiring extra chairs is a costly and complex option.

If you or your fellow parishioners have a wheelchair that is no longer needed, or know of someone, a care centre or an organisation with an unused surplus of wheelchairs, this would be welcome.  Just contact the Pilgrimage Office on 0207 798 9173 or email lourdes@rcdow.org.uk and collection can be arranged.

 

Have you talked to your Parish or School about Lourdes?

Have the fundraising efforts of your Parish or School helped get you or a loved one to Lourdes with the Diocese? Have you given your support to a fundraising event to help youth volunteers serve as Red Caps in Lourdes?  If you would like materials and presentations to give a talk in your Parish or school, or would like a guest speaker to come to you, get in touch with Elizabeth in the Pilgrimage Office on 0207 798 9173 or email lourdes@rcdow.org.uk.

Are you a school group wanting to travel to Lourdes this summer? Several schools have been successfully fundraising to support their Red Caps, teachers and volunteers who help in Lourdes.  Training is always available.

Please consider ways in which you can fundraise to help send a sick or elderly pilgrim, a Medical Team volunteer, helper or a youth volunteer from your Parish to Lourdes with the Diocese. 

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.

 

Diocesan  Pilgrimage to the Shrine at Walsingham

Saturday 21st September 2019

Pilgrims from groups and Parishes across the Diocese have begun registering their interest in joining Cardinal Vincent and his and Auxiliary Bishops for this year’s Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham, on Saturday 21st September 2019.

The theme of the pilgrimage, "Blessed are the poor, for the Kingdom of God is theirs” echoes the words of his Holiness Pope Francis in his Message for the XXVII World Day of the Sick 2019.  This one-day pilgrimage will take place close to the Feast day of Our Lady of Walsingham.  

From 2018 to 2020, the statue of Our Lady from the Slipper Chapel at the Catholic National Shrine in Walsingham is touring each Catholic Cathedral in England as part of the preparation for the rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary in 2020.

 

9th Diocesan  Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2019

Booking is now closing for the 9th Westminster Diocese Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 20th to 28th November 2019.

The itinerary for this all-inclusive pilgrimage led by Bishop Paul McAleenan includes full-board status, overnight stays and a full programme in Jerusalem, Tiberias and Bethlehem.

Contact Tangney Tours for more information on 01732 88 66 66 or to be added to a maintained waiting list.