25 March 2017

Building Work Nearly Finished

The work to move the taps and build a sacristy near the grotto is almost finished.



Great Preparation Day Today

Well done to group leaders Phil and Margaret for organising today's preparation day to make sure we give the children we are taking to Lourdes this year the best possible holiday.

3 Weeks To Go!


Sixteenth Apparition, 159 Years Ago



Thursday, March 25, 1858: The Lady finally reveals her name

Sixteenth appearance. The vision finally reveals her name, but the rose (or rose hips) on which she sets her feet during the Apparitions does not bloom. Bernadette recounts: "She raised her eyes to heaven, joining as a sign of prayer her hands, which were stretched and open to the earth, and said to me: 'I am the immaculate conception.'" Bernadette runs away and repeats these words incessantly on the way, words she does not understand.

24 March 2017

Preparation Day

Tomorrow, Saturday 25th March, Group 101 have their preparation day for all helpers on the 2017 pilgrimage. It starts at 1pm at Phil and Marge's house.

22 March 2017

The Jeanne D'Arc Hotel In The Past

Here is a photo of what the Jeanne D'Arc hotel looked like in the past, before the redesign of the entrance.


Flight Details Have Been Announced

Today we have found out details for the flights for this year's pilgrimage to Lourdes.

The outbound flight departs Manchester at 9:10am, arriving in Lourdes at 12.00 midday.

The return flight departs Lourdes at 15:45, arriving in Manchester at 16:55.

A Look Back To The 2015 Pilgrimage

The Sights And Sounds Of Group 101 In 2015

18 March 2017

11 March 2017

Remembering Gareth



Remembering Gareth Boylan, who died three years ago today.


Remembering Gareth

Three years ago today we lost our friend and our group nurse Gareth. Always in our thoughts.

5 Weeks To Go!


04 March 2017

A Look Back At The 2013 Pilgrimage

Phil Singing At The 2013 Trust Mass

A Look Back: The Sights And Sounds Of The 2013 Pilgrimage

6 Weeks To Go!


Fifteenth Apparition, 159 Years Ago


Thursday 4 March 1858: Eight thousand people at the Grotto

Fifteenth appearance. The ever-increasing crowd (about eight thousand people) awaits a miracle at the end of this fortnight. The vision is silent. For the next three weeks Bernadette was no longer going to the Grotto; she no longer felt the irresistible attraction.

03 March 2017

The Excitement Is Building!


The Fourteenth Apparition, 159 Years Ago




Wednesday 3 March 1858: The smile of the Lady

Fourteenth apparition. At seven in the morning, in the presence of three thousand people, Bernadette went to the Grotto, but the vision did not appear! After school, she hears the inner invitation of the Lady. She goes to the Grotto and asks for her name. The answer is a smile. Father Peyramale repeated to her: "If the Lady truly desires a chapel, let her give her name and make the rose of the Grotto bloom."

02 March 2017

Thirteenth Apparition, 159 Years Ago


Tuesday 2 March 1858: The message to priests

Thirteenth appearance. The crowd grew more and more. The Lady asks her: "Go and tell the priests to come here in procession and to build a chapel there." Bernadette spoke to Father Peyramale, the parish priest of Lourdes. The latter only wants to know one thing: the name of the Lady.

01 March 2017

Twelfth Apparition, 159 Years Ago

Monday 1st March 1858: the First miracle of Lourdes

Twelfth appearance. More than 1,500 people are gathered and among them, for the first time, a priest. In the night, Catherine Latapie , a friend Lourdais, went to the Grotto, she dipped her dislocated arm in the spring water: her arm and her hand were healed.