I would like you seriously to consider the possibility of a Parish pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2018. It would be a great opportunity to visit an amazing place; a centre of veneration of Our Lady for Catholics not only from Europe but from all over the world.
Two of us from the parish recently joined a group from Garstang on a pilgrimage and it was an inspiring experience, being both a spiritual renewal as well as relaxing and very enjoyable. There was the chance to meet with people from many different parts of the globe and benefit, in so many ways, from the sense of joy and healing to be found there.
What about a parish pilgrimage in 2018? It would likely last one week which would allow time to experience everything Lourdes has to offer: the Grotto where Our Lady appeared to St Bernadette, the baths, the Basilica Shrine, the underground church which seats 25,000 as well as the different places associated with St Bernadette. It would also give us the chance for a trip to Gavarnie into the Pyrenees mountains to appreciate the countryside where St Bernadette lived. In fact, there is plenty to see and do in the week. Above all, such a pilgrimage would be a time for spiritual renewal for parishioners of any age and background.
All that's needed at this stage is an indication who might be interested. For the moment no one need commit to anything, but if you think might be interested then drop me a line by post, email, leave a message in the Sacristy or have a brief word with me to judge the feasibility of forming a parish group for this. What a wonderful opportunity for a group of us to visit a glorious place and reap the benefits of it spiritually, as well as enjoy some relaxation & friendship! Above all, a time to pray for the spiritual welfare of the parish. Fr Jerome.