31 March 2012

Memories from 2006

The Easter 2012 HCPT pilgrimage is just one week away. Group 101 are already looking forward to returning with a bang in 2013 and preparations are under way for a Yorkshire trust mass.

In the meantime, we can reminisce about past pilgrimages and the fantastic experiences Lourdes has given to us. Here is a recently unearthed video from the 2006 pilgrimage, where HCPT celebrated its 50th birthday and Dr Michael Strode joined us for the week.

25 March 2012

The sixteenth apparition

Early on March 25 1858, the feast of the Annunciation, Bernadette made her way to the grotto, where the beautiful Lady was already waiting for her. This is what Bernadette herself said about the day:
"I went every day for a fortnight, and each day I asked her who she was – and this petition always made her smile. After the fortnight I asked her three times consecutively. She always smiled. At last I tried for the fourth time. She stopped smiling. With her arms down, she raised her eyes to heaven and then, folding her hands over her breast she said, 'I am the Immaculate Conception.' Then I went back to M. le CurĂ© to tell him that she had said she was the Immaculate Conception, and he asked was I absolutely certain. I said yes, and so as not to forget the words, I had repeated them all the way home."
How the grotto looked at the time of the apparitions

23 March 2012

When Oliver was baptised in Gavarnie

2005 was a very special year for Group 101. On Tuesday 29th March, we set off for Gavarnie and with the beautiful backdrop of the spectacular Pyrenees mountains, we celebrated the baptism of Oliver Hall-Evans.

Fr Paul, the chaplain from Trinity All Saints College, conducted the service, which was the highlight of a memorable pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Here is a video with some images from the service.

New altar in the Rosary Basilica

This morning, the new altar in the Rosary Basilica, designed by the artist Goudji, was consecrated. The service was led by Jaques Perrier, Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes. Here is a video of the service, via LourdesWebTV.

22 March 2012

Video of the 2005 pilgrimage

Here is a video of the 2005 Group 101 pilgrimage that has recently been found. It brings back many great memories of what was a fantastic pilgrimage in Lourdes.

07 March 2012

Happy Birthday Ryan!

Group 101 member Ryan Baker, who travelled to Lourdes with us in 2011, celebrates his 16th birthday today. Have a great day Ryan!

02 March 2012

"Come here in procession and build a chapel"

It was on the 2nd of March 1858, during the thirteenth apparition at the grotto, that Our Lady asked Bernadette to tell the priests to build a chapel and to come in procession. On this same day, Bernadette spoke to Fr Peyramale about the apparitions.

Since then, an estimated 200 million people have visited the grotto.

The Rosary Basilica was completed in 1876.

01 March 2012

154 years ago today


On the 1st March, 1858, Our Lady appeared to Bernadette for the twelfth time. Over 1500 people gathered near to the grotto as this happened and among them, for the first time, was a priest.

This was also the day of the very first miracle of Lourdes; Catherine Latapie, a friend of Bernadette, placed her damaged arm into the spring and it was healed.