19 December 2011

The beauty of Gavarnie in winter

For most HCPT groups, the day out in Gavarnie is one of many highlights of the pilgrimage to Lourdes, and the beautiful mountains provide the perfect backdrop to mass, and to a picnic and games on the prairie. The breathtaking scenery found in Gavarnie has earned it the status of a UNESCO world heritage site. Whilst the mountains look spectacular in springtime, they also look fabulous in winter. Here are some photographs.



17 December 2011

16 weeks!

It's just 16 weeks until HCPT group 101 fly to Lourdes!

08 December 2011

Fundraiser tomorrow!

Don't forget tomorrow night's fundraiser at 7pm at Margaret and Phil's house.

The night will be a great start to Christmas, with sherry, mulled wine, mince pies, cakes, raffle, tombola, bottle stall and much more!

Everyone is welcome!

06 December 2011

Fundraising at St Michael's school

On Thursday 15th of December St Michael's school in Rossington will hold an evening of festive fun from 5:45pm to 7pm. Proceeds from the evening will help group 101 take a child to Lourdes.

The evening will feature the St Michael's school choir, a sing along with the headteacher, a raffle, tombola and bingo. Mince pies and homemade fruit cakes will be available to buy as well as juice for the children.

If you fancy a festive tipple feel free to bring your own drinks to enjoy on the night. £2 entry including a raffle ticket.

03 December 2011

The countdown continues!

It is just 18 weeks until Group 101 and the rest of the HCPT family travel to Lourdes!

02 December 2011

New HCPT Chief Executive announced

The following is taken from the HCPT website:
HCPT – The Pilgrimage Trust is delighted to welcome Phil Sparke as its new Chief Executive. Expected to take up the position full-time from March 2012, Phil has already had 16 years experience volunteering with the Trust.
He has travelled on several Easter Pilgrimages, which help over 1,500 children with special needs each year to experience a very special week away in Lourdes and he has provided volunteer assistance to those adults who need it at the Trust’s own accessible Hosanna House, which provides tranquil and spiritual retreats for over 2,000 people each year.
Phil’s former career in the Royal Navy brought experience and knowledge to his voluntary role within the Trust as Chair of the Armed Services Region, which he has held for the last 6 years.
“It is with great personal pleasure that I take up the position of Chief Executive at HCPT – The Pilgrimage Trust,” says Phil Sparke.
“The Trust has helped me strengthen and focus my faith over the last 16 years of volunteering. It has allowed me to understand the true spirit of giving and now offers me the opportunity to contribute in new ways as Chief Executive. I relish the opportunity to guide the Trust through uncertain and difficult times, but with those challenges I also see great possibilities for the second biggest Catholic charity in the Country, one that has already touched so many people in so many ways and has a loyal and enthusiastic supporter base behind it every step of the way.”

Mulled wine and mince pies

Don't forget that next Friday, 7th December, from 7pm there is a Christmas fundraising event at Phil and Margaret house.

Last year the event had to be cancelled because of the weather, this year promises to be fantastic. Mulled wine, mince pies, Christmas carols and good company.

Contact Phil and Margaret for more details.

27 November 2011

Our friends at Tickhill Lions make a donation

We received an extremely generous donation of £1480 from Tickhill Lions that will enable us to take two local children with special needs on an amazing holiday that will change their lives.

Tickhill Lions have generously helped us to support local children for many years now. The work they do is always appreciated by everyone in the group.

£300 raised for Group 101

A big thank you to everyone who took part in the shabby chic fundraiser on Friday evening. £300 was raised for Group 101! Cupcakes and mulled wine were enjoyed by all and everyone had a great night. Thanks for your support it is much appreciated, especially by the children who will benefit from the money raised!

20 November 2011

Fundraising night a great success!

Last nights fundraiser at St Paul's was a great success, including tickets sales, the raffle and donations, £860 was raised for Group 101!

Many thanks to the St Paul's ladies group, people who sold raffle tickets, the musicians who played and everyone who turned up on the night.

Your efforts and support will more than pay for a deserving local child to travel to Lourdes with Group 101 next Easter.

18 November 2011

The Lourdes webcams

Click on the images below to see the four Lourdes webcams live.


Grotto Webcam



Rosary Basilica Webcam



Procession Esplanade Webcam



Crowned Virgin Statue Webcam (complete with spider's web)


10 November 2011

150 days!

In just 150 days, HCPT Group 101 will be in Lourdes!

03 November 2011

2012 Trust mass

The 2012 HCPT Trust mass on Thursday 12th April will be organised by the Scottish region, and the theme will be "We Are All God's Work of Art."

01 November 2011

Fundraising concert update

A reminder that the next fundraising event for Group 101 is the concert and pie and pea evening at St Paul's on Saturday 19th November at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £5 and include a pie and pea supper and entertainment.

There is limited availability, demand is always high and a fantastic night is always had by all at these events. If you want tickets, please contact Phil and Margaret on 01302 868816.

A reminder to helpers who are considering travelling to Lourdes with Group 101 at Easter 2012, there will be a group meeting at 2.30pm at Phil and Margaret's house on the afternoon of the concert.

Read 'The Pilgrim's Journal'

Click the image to go to the latest edition of The Pilgrim's Journal, a free supplement from the Lourdes magazine

30 October 2011

160 days!

It is just 160 days until HCPT travel to Lourdes for the 2012 pilgrimage!

22 October 2011

Happy Birthday Jamie!

Happy Birthday to Jamie Black! From everyone in Group 101.

14 October 2011

Happy Birthday Jade!

Group 101 helper Jade celebrates her birthday today. Happy Birthday Jade!

10 October 2011

Details from October's group meeting

On Friday, Group 101 had a fantastic group meeting, thank you to everyone who attended.

Here are some upcoming dates and events:

The next group meeting will be held on Saturday 19th November at 2.30pm at St Paul's church hall in Cantley. This will be followed by a pie and pea supper and fundraising concert that same evening.

On Friday 25th November, there will be a 'shabby chic' fundraising evening at Kate and Gav's house starting at 7.30pm.

On Friday 9th December the annual mulled wine and mince pie evening will be held at Phil and Marge's house from 7pm.

The Group 101 New Year Party will take place at St Paul's church hall on Saturday 14th January 2012.

Steff raises £200 for HCPT 101!

Group 101 helper Steff Szalma held a collection at the McAuley school and raised £200 for the group.

Well done Steff!

09 October 2011

Phil and Marge in Lourdes

Last week, 101 group leaders Phil and Margaret spent a day in Lourdes. Here are some photos of their visit.











03 October 2011

ASCPG have a new website

The US branch of HCPT, the American Special Children's Pilgrimage Group have a new website, it's worth taking a look, click on the image below to go to the site.

01 October 2011

Phil and Margaret in Lourdes today

Group 101 leaders Phil and Margaret have taken the opportunity to visit Lourdes today whilst on a trip to southern France.

The weather is fantastic and they've had a coffee in the Jeanne d'Arc hotel, lunch in La Terrace and have lit a candle for Group 101 and all HCPT at the grotto.

Photos to follow!

29 September 2011

October's group meeting

October's group meeting will take place at Phil and Marge's house at 7.30 pm on Friday 7th October. All helpers for the 2012 trip are welcome.

NOTE: As this is the day before Mike H's birthday, it might be nice if everyone brought with them a medium value gift (no less than £50.) Don't tell Mike about this though, as it's a surprise.

02 September 2011

Check out the new HCPT HQ website

HCPT headquarters have launched a new website today. The address is the same as the old website but the content and appearance has been updated to include lots more features, news and information. A link to the HCPT HQ website can be found in the links tab above.

Click on the image below to take a look at the new website.

28 August 2011

Group meeting next weekend

Next Saturday 3rd September there will be a group 101 meeting for helpers wanting to come on the 2012 Lourdes pilgrimage, which is only 223 days away!

The meeting will take place at Margaret and Phil's house from 7.30pm. For further information, phone Margaret and Phil on 01302 868816.

21 July 2011

HCPT announcement about Tony Mills

Today, HCPT have made an announcement regarding Chief Executive Tony Mills:

"After having lead HCPT - The Pilgrimage Trust through 20 successful years of pilgrimage with all the significant management and logistical challenges involved, Tony Mills the Chief Executive of the Trust has announced his retirement from the post. He would like to thank the Trustees, staff and volunteers over this period who have worked with him and who have contributed to the Trust's success over this period.

The Trustees thank Tony for the many contributions he has made to the development and success of the Trust over this period and wish him all the best in his future projects."

18 July 2011

Group 101 win video competition!

HCPT Group 101 have won a competition to create a video to promote the Trust.

The competition was organised by HCPT HQ and the prize of £500 will help to take children with special needs to Lourdes next Easter.

Here is the winning video:

14 July 2011

The Tour de France visits Lourdes

Tomorrow, Friday 15th July, the Tour de France, the biggest annual sporting event in the world, arrives in Lourdes.

Around 200 cyclists will travel over 150km from Pau to on stage 13 of the Tour, and the stage will end with in the town centre of Lourdes.

Highlights of the stage can be seen on ITV4 at 7pm.

The route of the Tour through Lourdes

19 June 2011

Fundraising at Cantley Park

Group 101 helpers and supporters have been busy baking and selling cakes this weekend at the Cantley Park fun days. These are the first fundraising efforts towards the 2012 pilgrimage. We raised over £140 over the two days, so many thanks to everyone who helped.

On Saturday, following the reunion, we also had the first meeting for next years trip. We have a big challenge ahead this year to raise the funds needed. All fundraising, donations, and ideas are welcome!

101 helpers singing to drum up support for the cake stall

Millie and Mel busy selling cakes

Rosi busy eating cakes

101 Reunion

It was great to see so many children and helpers together again at yesterday's Group 101 reunion. We looked at photos, sang songs and ate cakes- a great time was had by all! Here are some photos from the reunion.

Ryan puts down the pegs and picks up a donut!

Jamie will definitely be playing at the Yorkshire Region mass in 2012

Jasmine enjoyed being back with her friends

Matthew enjoys being looked after by Marianne

Phil leads the singing

Rise and shine, one last time!

It was great to have everyone together again

14 June 2011

Can you bake for us this weekend?

This weekend, HCPT group 101 are holding two cake stalls to raise funds to take children with special needs on holiday next April.

The cake stalls will be at Cantley Park on Saturday between 10 and 12, and on Sunday between 10 and 3.

Could you help us by making some cakes or buns to sell? Or maybe you can come along to the event and buy one of our cakes.

Also this weekend we have the Group 101 reunion! It will be fantastic to see all the helpers and children who came to Lourdes this Easter. The reunion takes place between 1 and 3 at St Paul's church hall in Cantley on Saturday.

There is also a Group meeting for helpers, this will take place on Saturday evening at 7.30 at Marge and Phil's house.

31 May 2011

Thanks to our supporters

Getting a group to Lourdes takes, time, effort, money and a lot of support. The following company gave us lots of support to get to Lourdes in 2011.

Quality Water Specialists donated lots of hand gel to keep the members of the group clean and safe from infection during the pilgrimage.


You can visit their website here.

20 May 2011

Parachute jump for 101!

On 2nd July, Group 101 helper Lilian Hollidge is bravely jumping out of an aeroplane and doing a parachute jump to raise money for HCPT Group 101 and for Cancer Research.

Please sponsor her! Contact Lilian, email us at hcpt101@gmail.com, or phone Group leaders Phil and Marge on 01302 868816 for details of how to sponsor.

An artist's impression of Lilian's parachute jump

18 May 2011

Reunion and first fundraiser for 2012!

The reunion for everyone who went on the Group 101 pilgrimage this year will be held on Saturday 18th June between 1pm and 3pm at St Paul's church hall, Cantley, Doncaster.

Please be there if you can, it will be fantastic for the group to be together again and to sing Rise and Shine one last time!

The reunion will coincide with a fundraising weekend for the groups 2012 pilgrimage. On the Saturday morning, we will be holding a cake stall at Cantley Park for two hours. A cake stall will also be held on Sunday 19th June. So we need as many cakes as possible for the weekend, and we also need helpers to volunteer to man the stalls and sell the cakes. Let's get our fundraising efforts for 2012 off to a great start.

To complete the HCPT activities during the weekend, a group meeting will be held after the reunion for those wishing to travel to Lourdes in 2012.

If you have any questions about the weekend, either email us at hcpt101@gmail.com, or give Phil and Margaret a call on 01302 868816.

15 May 2011

The grotto

Bernadette said, "The grotto was my heaven." Years after she left the town of Lourdes, when asked if she missed the grotto, Bernadette replied that she visited the grotto every day in her heart.

It is now more than two weeks since Group 101 and all the other HCPT groups left Lourdes: another fabulous pilgrimage over. Many people come home feeling sad, missing their group and wishing they were back in Lourdes.

Like Bernadette, we too can visit the grotto every day in our hearts. We can also visit the grotto webcam to see the peace and calm of that special place.

Click here to visit the grotto webcam now.

Here is a video of Group 101 visiting the grotto during our 2011 pilgrimage.

11 May 2011

Having fun in the cafes of Lourdes

Here is a video of Group 101 having lots of fun in the cafes around Lourdes.

10 May 2011

Group 101 in Gavarnie

Exactly two weeks ago Group 101 were in Gavarnie, celebrating mass and enjoying spectacular views of the Pyrenees mountains. Here is the video of what happened when we were there.

07 May 2011

Thank you to the young people of 101

Without the children, the HCPT pilgrimage would not take place at all. This year the children were fantastic, and a real credit to their families back home. Thank you to the young people of Group 101!

L-R: Ollie, Millie, Jade, Sam, Marianne, Jamie, Jasmine, Ryan,
Ashley, Rosi, Becky, Malaika, Shannon and Sonia.

04 May 2011

Lighting the Group 101 candle

A video of Steff lighting the Group 101 candle for the first time in Lourdes 2011. The Group then sing 'Peace is Flowing' to end Mike B's session.

101 - A family group

HCPT Group 101 are definitely a family group. Group leaders Phil and Margaret's three children and their in-laws all travel with the group,as do all of their six grand children. Here they all are at the 2011 Trust mass.

Phil and Margaret with their family in Lourdes

02 May 2011

Group 101 are back home

Group 101 arrived home last night after a fabulous week in Lourdes. We would like to say thank you to all the children, helpers and supporters of 101 for making the week so special.


Keep checking the website- lots of updates from the week with fantastic photos and videos will be here very soon!

29 April 2011

We're having a fantastic time!

Group 101 are enjoying a fabulous pilgrimage in Lourdes. We've had sunshine, laughter, singing and all of the children are having a wonderful time.

To those waiting at home, we'll see you on Sunday. In the meantime, here are a few photographs from our time in Lourdes so far. Lots more photos and videos will be on the website when we return.