Diocese of Argyll & the Isles Scottish Charity registration No SCO  02876

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 from Lourdes.

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.

The HCPT Villa at Bartres                                           View from the Villa

                          relaxing at the villa                           Fr Paul in Procession after the Enlish language Mass

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 Hackett SJ. 

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.