20 December 2012

Christmas concert raises £305!

Tonight's Christmas concert at St Michael's school in Rossington has raised £305 for HCPT Doncaster group 101! As well as raising much needed funds to take local children on the holiday of a lifetime, all those who attended had a great time.

Many thanks go to all the staff, children and helpers involved in making tonight such a great success. In particular, thanks go to Nicola Hall, Mark Porter, Rebecca Bubb, Sarah Maughan and Clare Tucker.

St. Michael's Choir singing for HCPT Doncaster 101

19 December 2012

02 December 2012

School Christmas concert for 101!

St Michael's primary school in Rossington are having a Christmas carol concert to raise money for HCPT Group 101.

The concert is on Thursday 20th December from 5pm until 6.30pm. Tickets are £2 for adults, including refreshments (children get in for free).

Please come along to hear an excellent school choir and orchestra and help to raise money to support local children.

Happy Ruby Wedding Anniversary to Phil and Margaret

Congratulations to HCPT Group 101 leaders Phil and Margaret Hall, who celebrate 40 years of marriage today!



18 November 2012

Fundraising events cancelled

The shabby chic and wine evening scheduled for Friday 23rd November, and the mulled wine and mince pie evening scheduled for Thursday 6th December have both been cancelled.

11 November 2012

Thank you Tickhill Lions

We have received an extremely generous donation of £1480 from our good fiends at Tickhill Lions. This money will enable us to take two local children with special needs on an amazing holiday this Easter.

Tickhill Lions have generously helped us for many years now, and we say a big thank you on behalf of everyone in the group.

Just 20 weeks to go!

In just 20 weeks, Group 101 and all of HCPT will be in Lourdes!


05 November 2012

Sr. Elizabeth O'Reilly

For all our lovely HCPT friends, we have sad news, Sr. Elizabeth O'Reilly died on Friday. Elizabeth was a helper with 101 for many, many years and we always had lots of fun with her. Where there was water or snow, she would always share it around! Lots of lovely photos and memories of Elizabeth. 

A lady of great faith ~ May she Rest in Peace.




29 October 2012

Photos from the 1999 pilgrimage

From the Group 101 archives, here are some photos from the Easter 1999 Lourdes pilgrimage. The theme for that year was 'One Father One Family'.






















Photos from the 1998 pilgrimage

From the Group 101 archives, here are some photos from the Easter 1998 Lourdes pilgrimage. The theme for that year was 'Everybody Needs Somebody'.






















24 October 2012

Update on the floods

The following message is borrowed from the HCPT Facebook page.

Here is an update from Phil Sparke, Chief Executive of The Pilgrimage Trust. He is currently in Lourdes, and visited the Domaine and town yesterday: 

"It appears that the two areas affected by the floods on Saturday morning were the area of the Domaine between the arches and the Grotto and the lower end of Rue Du Paradis on the side of the large hotels such as Alba, Paradis, Arcades and Mediteranee etc. Overall, an extremely impressive clean up job has taken place, with the Grotto now effectively back to normal and with hundreds of pilgrims there this afternoon and able to pass through as usual. The Holy Baths have not yet been brought back into use however after some considerable damage.

The main area still affected is that at the bottom end of the Rue du Paradis, where the hotels have no electricity and when we visited today were waiting for representatives of their insurance companies to visit, due today. A decision is awaited from the 

Ministry of the Interior as to whether this constituted a natural disaster as that will affect the insurance settlement. We spoke to the owner of the Hotel Paradis who was remarkably stoic and is confident that the hotel will be open again in February and certainly for us at Easter. He had been visited by the Minister of the Interior, the Prefet and the Mayor, but had much appreciated the expressions of support sent in from overseas from what he described as "extended family". Photo Durand had also been grateful for similar expressions of solidarity.

We also met a local bar manager on the same road who was wearing an HCPT sweatshirt and has not taken it off since being shown on television on Saturday night. His situation is also very grave but he was similarly impressive.

The Underground Basilica had received up to 1m of water but was clear when we passed by with final cleaning underway prior to receiving the next large pilgrimage this weekend.

So all in all the Shrine has bounced back remarkably well, and there looks to be no threat to any element of our Easter pilgrimage from what we have seen today.

With very best wishes from Hosanna House where an unexpected Across Group are having a wonderful week!"

23 October 2012

Photos of the clean up in Lourdes

Click on the image below to see more photos of the clean up operation following the Lourdes floods.


22 October 2012

The clean-up is underway following the floods

Here is a video of the clean-up of Lourdes following the floods at the weekend.

21 October 2012

Flood level subsides in Lourdes

Thankfully the water level is now subsiding and the area around the grotto is no longer underwater.