An update from Fr. Grant Maddock (18th April 2023)
As you know, this year will be the archdiocese’s centenary year pilgrimage to Lourdes.
In the build up to this historic event, we would like the archdiocese as a whole to gather in prayer and we are asking all Churches that have a shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes to film a video of you and your parishioners saying a decade of the rosary. This will be shared across the archdiocese in the build up to the pilgrimage to help the archdiocese join together as one big family ahead of this milestone event.
If you have a shrine and would like to take part in this, please email the short video clip to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 10 July. The video can be filmed on any smartphone, but could you please capture in landscape (horizontal) format.
This year, we also have an appeal for fundraising in order to buy more wheelchairs for the pilgrimage. More details can be seen in the poster above and finally a reminder that on Sunday 25 June at 5pm, there will be a celebration Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral to mark the centenary pilgrimage. The Mass is a chance for us to gather as one big archdiocesan family and for pilgrims past and present to come together to celebrate this milestone.
A message from the Archdiocese 14-03-2023
Lourdes centenary year – we need your help
As you know, this summer will mark 100 years since the archdiocese’s first pilgrimage to Lourdes. We would like to mark this special occasion by asking people across the archdiocese to share their memories of the archdiocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes and any photographs or video clips you may have taken on any trips there over the years. We will collate these memories and use them on the archdiocesan website, social media channels and the Pic.
It could be that generations of your family have travelled to Lourdes, you could have photos from decades ago or even that a member of your family went on our very first pilgrimage in 1923.
If you have anything you are happy for us to share publicly or if you would even like to record a video message for us, then please email any details to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, parish and year(s) you travelled to Lourdes.
More details can be found here: Lourdes centenary year – we need your help! | News (liverpoolcatholic.org.uk)
Further details about the pilgrimage for priests and group organisers can be found in the document shown below.
Update 25th February 2023
Lourdes Pilgrimage 2023
St Peter and Michael’s Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from July 21st to July 28th 2023 and is affiliated to the Liverpool Archdiocesan Pilgrimage. A list of the major events have been received from Liverpool and sent to those participating. The list of events can be seen below, so take a look and, if you wish to join us and the other 12 pilgrims travelling who represent our parish, it’s not too late, just add your name to the list at the back of church.
Update 30 January 2023
This year is the 100th anniversary of the Liverpool Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
The dates for this years trip have been finalised for 21st to 28th July. Flights will be from Liverpool Airport to Lourdes Airport.
Costs will be between £829 to £979 depending upon which hotel you select and these are either hotel selected 3* or 4*.
Price does NOT include Medical Insurance or travel to and from Liverpool Airport.
Some concerns have been raised at this years' costs from the 23rd October 2022 Newsletter as compared to previous Lourdes Pilgrimages from St. Peter and St Michael. The main reason for the increased costs is that previous Pilgrimages were for 5 days (4 nights), whereas this Pilgrimage is for 8 days (7 nights). The Pilgrimage organisers do not appear to be running shorter pilgrimages, for how long, who knows?
The PDF below contains ALL of the information we currently have with regard to the trip.
If you are interested in this years pilgrimage, could you please confirm your name is on the list, or register your interest by attaching your Name, Number of people and Phone number to the list in the church porch as soon as possible, and in any case by the latest date of 12th February 2023.
Once we have your information, we will then be able to let the Pilgrimage Organisers know. Gerry Allison is acting as our point of contact for the parish and his details are on Page 1 of the PDF above if you would like to discuss this further before making your mind up.
Update 30th September 2022
Alongside our own parish, where we are trying to ascertain interest in a trip to Lourdes in 2023 (register in the porch at church), Chris Sykes, a parishioner from St. Benedict's, is organising a pilgrimage to Lourdes and Nevers between the 1st and the 8th of June 2023. Chris tells us that the cost of the trip is £645 on a half board basis. The trip is via bus, includes all transport, overnight stay in Paris, 5 nights in Lourdes full pilgrimage programme and 2 excursions. From Lourdes there is a one night stay in Nevers, where Mass will be celebrated in the chapel at St. Gildard Convent, where the incorrupt body of St. Bernadette lies at the side of the altar in a glass case. The only additions would be a single room supplement of £170 and your travel insurance unless you have your own. This would cost £50 with no age limit or medical screening required.
Passports should be valid until at least December 2023. If you are interested in doing the St. Benedict's tour, then please contact Chris on 07587046985.
2023 marks the 100th anniversary of the Liverpool Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. It would be lovely if we could take a group from our parish. To date we don’t have a price but this is only a preliminary notice to see what interest we have. It is possible for friends and family not from our parish to join our group if you know of others interested. It would also be good if we could get at least six of our youth to travel with the Archdiocesan Youth Pilgrimage. They will help with our sick pilgrims and have a wonderful experience. Please sign up at the back of church if interested.
The Lourdes Pilgrimage has restarted this year and we are fortunate enough to have our people there at what appears to be a more concerning time. We hope and pray that there will be no adverse situations caused by C-19 or anything else.
The schedule for our pilgrimage has been uploaded to the Archdiocese website and the information can be found at the following link for people at home to follow:
26 July Update
It was announced in Lourdes today that Fr Des Seddon has been made a Chaplain to His Holiness and is now titled 'Monsignor'. This is wonderful news and very well deserved. Congratulations Monsignor Des.
We have taken the liberty of copying a few of the Warrington and Widnes Coach photos from their twitter feed as they go through their schedule and also included their twitter feed below so anyone wishing to follow the trip can do so. There are a few of ex-St. Peter's School pupils on this coach. See if you can recognise anyone.