Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017

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Our next Pilgrimage takes place from 18 – 25 August 2017. Each year, the Catholic Association Hospitalité of Our Lady of Lourdes is responsible for coordinating the welcome and care of pilgrims, especially our assisted pilgrims, who come to Lourdes. You will require a PDF viewer to view most of these forms. To view the forms click on the link. To save the forms, right click on the link and choose Save As.

Assisted Pilgrims

If you would like to come on pilgrimage as an Assisted Pilgrim, please fill in the following form:

Brancardier and Handmaid

If you would like to volunteer as a brancardier (male non-medical helper) or as a handmaid (female non-medical helper), please fill in the form below. This form needs to be returned to Mrs Ciara Jackson, Chief Handmaid by 1 June 2017.

Young Helpers’

If you would like to volunteer as a brancardier (male non-medical helper) or as a handmaid (female non-medical helper) as a member of the Young Helpers’ Group (age 17 – 25), please fill in the form below and send to Mr John Toryusen before 1 June 2017.

Nurses

If you would like to volunteer as a nurse on our Pilgrimage, please fill in the form below. The nurses form need to be returned to the Chief Nurse by 1 June 2017.

Families

Additionally, if you have children, the CA organises the Helpers’ Children’s Programme (HCP), which offers a programme of activities for the children (0 – 16) of helpers working on the Pilgrimage. It is generally open from 8.30 – 12 and 2 – 6 each day and your duties can be adjusted accordingly.

Families wishing to book their children in with HCP please email HCP@catholicassociation.co.uk with the name(s) and date of birth of your children so that we can start the registration process. HCP accepts the children of helpers (handmaids, brancardier, nurses and doctors); it can also accept the children of Assisted Pilgrims on a case by case basis.

People wishing to volunteer with HCP are most welcome – please email hcp@catholicassociation.co.uk for more information. We have a preference for people who have come with the CA as a helper at least once before and who have experience of childcare/teaching/youth groups. Please do not hesitate to contact us by email if you have any queries.

Glanfield Children’s Group

The Glanfield Children’s Group was set up in 1987 in memory of Father Frank Glanfield, a priest who was involved with the care of children with special needs both in Lourdes and in England. Since 1987 the group has taken to Lourdes many children with learning difficulties as well as chronic and terminal illness each August as part of the Catholic Association Pilgrimage.

The Glanfield Children’s Group has a Roman Catholic basis but many of the children and the helpers are of other faiths or none. All appear to gain much from both the spiritual and the sharing aspects of the group. The Glanfield Group has its own Chaplain, Fr Tony Rogers, and it encourages the children to learn about prayer and fellowship through fun and simple liturgies, such as the ‘night prayer’ gathering every evening.

If you are a family who would benefit from this wonderful group, or would like to come as a helper, please contact their leader, Chantal Hobday.