Thursday, 17 July 2008

Lourdes anniversary!

Last night a minibus full of youngsters from Shrewsbury and BRJ headed north to join me, Bishop Brian, a handful of other clergy and two hundred plus people at Saitn Michael's Church in Birkenhead. The occassion? The Diocesan Mass to mark the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to Saint Bernadette in Lourdes. Yesterday was the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and also the date of the last apparition in 1858. It was a great occassion, really good to gather together to celebrate Mass and then to eat together as a diocese. It's less than two weeks till the three planes, three trains and three coaches from the Diocese depart for the annual Lourdes Pilgrimage under the directorship of Father Peter Sharrocks (Honary CHaplain to the Sanctuaries) and the leadership of Bishop Brian.

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