Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Appeal from the Catholic Association Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Appeal from the Catholic Association Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The Catholic Association (CA) Pilgrimage to Lourdes has over a hundred years’ experience of bringing pilgrims to the shrine each August. At the heart of the CA are the volunteer helpers (medical and non-medical) making sure that the assisted pilgrims (sick and disabled) have the best possible week in Lourdes. The volunteer helpers and the assisted pilgrims are at the forefront of the CA’s mission in Lourdes, making sure everyone has a good and holy week.

This month, the CA has initiated a campaign to seek potential volunteer-helpers (non-medical and medical), and assisted pilgrims (the sick and disabled) who may be interested in coming on Pilgrimage to the shrine. Our Pilgrimage takes place on 19 – 26 August 2016. Possible funding is available to new volunteer helpers and assisted pilgrims. Our volunteer helpers do not have to be medically trained – the CA needs lots of non-medical volunteers to help too.

Bishop Paul Hendricks, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark and chairman of the Catholic Association, stated "..each year, it is important to provide as many opportunities for new volunteers and new assisted pilgrims to come on our pilgrimage to Lourdes, and we welcome anyone interested in joining us on pilgrimage to the beautiful shrine of Our Lady.”

All volunteers are invited to a preparation day before the pilgrimage to prepare each of them for the work in August. There are also many working opportunities available as a volunteer helper: working in the mixed teams; working in the dining room; or on ceremonies; and so much more.

If you would like to come on pilgrimage with the Catholic Association in August, please note that the deadline for sending in your application form has been extended to 15 June. Please visit our website www.catholicassociation.co.uk, or visit http://tinyurl.com/CAPilgrimage2016 to download forms, or alternatively please contact Tangney Tours on 01732 886666 for more information.

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