30 March 2014

What a great preparation day!

Yesterday Group 101 had a fantastic preparation day and meeting to get ready for the 2014 Lourdes pilgrimage that is now less than three weeks away!

Thanks to Phil and Margaret who put in so much work to make the day a success. It was great to have almost every member of this year's group together for the first time, so many new helpers and especially so many young helpers. Bring on Lourdes!


25 March 2014

Mass for Gareth and 101 preparation day

A mass will be said for Gareth Boylan at 7.30pm on Friday 28th March at St Paul's church in Cantley.

This will be followed on Saturday 29th March with the 101 preparation day at St Paul's church hall, DN4 6BT The day will begin at 10.30am with tea and coffee and the meeting will start at 11.00am. Helpers are asked to bring their own packed lunch, or fish and chips are available nearby.

After the preparation day there will be a meeting for the children who are coming to Lourdes with 101 this year, this meeting will take place between 4 and 5pm.

The meetings will be followed by mass at 6pm and a social gathering at Phil and Margaret's house.

21 March 2014

A fitting farewell for Gareth

A very sad day today, but it was overwhelming to see so many people in church for a lovely service to say farewell to our friend Gareth.

In four weeks, Group 101 will be in Lourdes, where we will remember and pray for Gareth, Lizzie, Joseph and Dominic in a special place that was very close to Gareth's heart.

19 March 2014

Prayers for Gareth

There is an Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the rosary to pray for Gareth Boylan on Thursday 20th March at 7.30pm at St Matthew's Church, York Avenue, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, NE32 5LP. 

Everyone is welcome.

18 March 2014

More photos of Gareth in Lourdes

To help remember and celebrate Gareth Boylan's life, here are some more pictures of Gareth in Lourdes with HCPT.

15 March 2014

Funeral arrangements for Gareth Boylan

Gareth's funeral will held be on Friday 21st March, 10am at:

St Matthew's Roman Catholic Church
York Avenue
Tyne and Wear
NE32 5LP

This will be followed by a service at:

South Shields Crematorium
John Reid Road
South Shields
NE34 9DT

Then we will continue to celebrate Gareth at:

The Lord Nelson Inn
Monkton Lane
Monkton Village
Tyne and Wear
NE32 5NN

Gareth's wife Lizzie has kindly requested flowers from the family only. Donations given in memory of Gareth will go to HCPT and to the Hexham and Newcastle Lourdes Nursing Fund.

13 March 2014

Gareth Boylan

Gareth Boylan 07/06/1979 - 11/03/2014

It is with great sadness that we have learned that Group 101 helper Gareth Boylan has died.

Gareth travelled with 101 to Lourdes eight times between 2002 and 2013, first as a helper and more recently as group nurse. He also travelled to Lourdes several times with TASC 708 and once with a London based HCPT group. As well as this he made a pilgrimage to Lourdes with his diocese every summer, so Lourdes and HCPT were very much in Gareth's blood.

Gareth died suddenly on Tuesday 11th March, tests have so far failed to find the cause of death. Gareth was just 34 and he leaves behind a wife and two young sons. The thoughts and prayers of Group 101 are with Lizzie, Joseph and Dominic and all of Gareth's friends and family.

Gareth had a very calm and gentle nature, he was great fun and he will be missed by everyone in Group 101. We have wonderful memories of times spent with Gareth in Lourdes and many prayers will be said for him this Easter.


08 March 2014

02 March 2014

Bacon buttie morning for 101

On Sunday 6th April at 10.30 there will be a bacon buttie morning at St Paul's church hall in Cantley. The Ladies group are arranging it for HCPT 101. 

There will also be a raffle and it would be great if we could get a few helpers there to support it!

01 March 2014