Pilgrimage to Lourdes
15th -20th October 2008
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The small but intrepid group of pilgrims from Our
Lady Star of the Sea, Tobermory, set out from Mull to Lourdes on 15th October
2008. They travelled from Prestwick to Pau via Stansted and stayed in Bartres
Villa, the HCPT self catering house for groups in Bartres, about 4 kilometres
The Pilgrims (Fr. Paul behind the camera!)
Candles burn at the Grotto.We had one for Bishop-elect Joseph.
The Way of the Cross with its life-sized figures.
relaxing at the villa
Fr Paul in Procession after the Enlish language Mass
The HCPT Villa at Bartres
View from the Villa
The statue of St Margaret of Scotland,close to the Grotto and one of
the earliest to be erected there.
Here they had peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings,
while the riches of Lourdes were just a taxi ride away. Two other parishioners
were staying in the town but joined the group, making ten with Fr Paul
During the four days, there was the English language
Mass at the Grotto at which Fr Paul concelebrated, a visit to the Baths,
the High Way of the Cross, a torchlight procession on Saturday, the International
Mass at the Basilica of St Pius X, and a wonderful truly French meal on
the Sunday lunchtime.
A highlight of the visit was hearing the news of
the appointment of our new Bishop, which was followed by prayer and rejoicing
and grateful thanks! They made sure that Mgr Toal had a large candle at
the grotto to represent the prayers of the Diocese for him. As any good
pilgrimage should, this one held challenges, worries, great fellowship,
spiritual growth and an unmissable experience.