Monday, 20 December 2010

CA Hospitalité Newsletter

The winter CA Hospitalité Newsletter is now live on the CA website. Highlights in this issue include:
  • Papal visit and Lourdes
  • 2010 Reports
  • Message from our new Chief Branc
  • Hotel Nursing
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Elections 2010
  • Ask Les

Please view here.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Glanfield Christmas Carol Singing 2010

The Glanfield Children's Group and friends got together for a third year to sing carols and raise money for the group on 11 December 2010. The carol singing took place at Whiteleys shopping centre in West London and at one point the group got to meet Santa himself.

The event was organised by Matthew Sharrock who was assisted by a number of musicians and singers. After a jolly afternoon of singing the team raised an excellent £526.07 for the Glanfield Children's Group. Well done to everyone who took part. Look at some photos in our slide show below:

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Volunteer helpers - 2011 Pilgrimage

Our next Pilgrimage takes place from 19 – 26 August 2011, Each year, the Catholic Association Hospitalité of Our Lady of Lourdes is responsible for coordinating the welcome and care of pilgrims, especially our assisted pilgrims, who come to Lourdes.

If you are planning to travel independently, please view our form and further details by clicking on the link below.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

CA Pilgrimage 2010 - Photos

Photos taken by Durand, Lacaze and Viron can now be viewed on our website in a slideshow or in folder. Please visit our photo page here. If you would not like your photo on this website, please email us ASAP, and we will remove it. Enjoy!

Thanks to Johan for collecting these photos from various shops

Friday, 8 October 2010

The CA Hospitalité Council needs you - Elected Members

The Council is looking for somebody totake on one of the Elected Members positions and play a further part in the workings of the Hospitalité and our Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

If you would like to be put forward for this position you need to be nominated by two members of the CA Hospitalité.

Please send your nominations to

All nominations need to be received by 15 October 2010.

An election will then take place in the Hospitalité newsletter.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Lourdes 2011

Our next Pilgrimage takes place from 19 – 26 August 2011. Each year, the Catholic Association Hospitalité of Our Lady of Lourdes is responsible for coordinating the welcome and care of pilgrims, especially our assisted pilgrims, who come to Lourdes.

Assisted Pilgrims:
If you, or a friend/family member would like to come to Lourdes as an Assisted Pilgrim next year, please contact the Chief Doctor on: Our Assisted Pilgrims are those who are ill or disabled, and would like to stay at the Accueil or a hotel, and will need assistance from our team of helpers. Financial help may be available, either through your Diocesan/Group Director, or through any member of the CA Hospitalité.

Volunteer Helpers:
Men and women of all ages and backgrounds come to Lourdes as volunteer helpers to answer Mary’s request for people to ‘come in procession’, but more importantly they come in response to the command of her son Jesus to love God and to love our neighbours as ourselves (Gospel of Mark 12:29-31).These volunteer-helpers, who are pilgrims themselves, strive to encounter Jesus in each pilgrim, caring for their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. The CA Hospitalité includes doctors, nurses, and non-medical helpers: brancardiers (male) and handmaids (female).

If you would be interested, or know someone who would be interested in coming on Pilgrimage next year as a volunteer-helper, please let us know at:, and someone will be in contact with you as soon as possible. Minimum age for helping is now 17 and there is no maximum age. NB, if you are aged 17-25, you can be a part of the Young Helpers’ Group, (a supervised group staying in a separate hotel) please let us know on above email address. Although we are unable to include people under 17 as full volunteers under the terms of our insurance, we welcome enthusiastic younger people whose families are on the Pilgrimage and who are interested in coming as volunteers when they reach 17 and wish to see what volunteer work is like.

Additionally, if you have children, the CA organises the Helpers' Children's Programme (HCP), which offers a programme of activities for the children (0 - 16) of helpers working on the Pilgrimage. It is generally open from 8.30 - 12 and 2 - 6 each day and your duties can be adjusted accordingly.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Welcome to...

...the following new full and ordinary members of the Catholic Association Hospitalité of Our Lady of Lourdes. All the below joined during our Lourdes Pilgrimage 2010 and were welcomed to the Hospitalité by their Head of Service, the President and Patron of the Hospitalité.

Richard Arundell
Maria Bertenshaw
Aimee Dangalan
Jim Dujardin
Marivic Fabiculana
Izzie Fernandes
Steve Gill
Frances Hicks
Aran Houlihan-Burne
John Jackson
Christine Lees
Shaun Mahon
Paul Mallabone
Edward Martin
Nuala Mellows
Anna Moore
Paola Moretti
Patrick Noble
Jessica Norton
John Robbins
Christina Santiago
Sarah Sheppard
Sarah Jane Ward

Roseanne Allen
Ann Barry
Caroline Blaazer
Louise Child
Shelley Foreman
Mary Hamilton
Catherine Hobday
Chantal Hobday
Mary Lycett
Ciara Mellows
Mary Okeke
Patrick Page
James Silsbury

Applications are still open for people to join the CA Hospitalité and the form can be downloaded from here. and must be submitted to him or her by 1st January of the following year (2011), having first been signed by a Head of Service. For this purpose, Heads of Service are defined as: Chief Brancardier, Chief Handmaid, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nurse, and leader(s) Glanfield Children's Group. Other helpers on the pilgrimage not directly in these services (such as clergy) should have their forms signed by the President of the Hospitalité. Further information on the Hospitalité can be seen here.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

CA Lourdes Pilgrimage 2010

A number of our groups and dioceses have produced a page about their pilgrimages to Lourdes with the Catholic Association this year. These can be viewed below:

Monday, 20 September 2010

Angela Clarke

Please pray for Angela Clarke, who worked for Tangney Tours for seventeen years, who sadly passsed away on 19 September from cancer. Angela worked with countless CA Heads of Service over the years and is well known to many CA pilgrims.

Angela was taken ill a few weeks ago and deteriorated very quickly.

Please pray for Angela, her family and her friends at this difficult time.

May she Rest in Peace.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Young branc begins Dachau placement

A young CA branc who travels with the British Province of Carmelites has recently started a years placement at Dachau, the Second World War concentration camp.

For more information, please read the Carmelite news story about Roy's journey, here.

(Photo shows Roy in the middle presenting a cheque to the Glanfield Children's Group)

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Walsingham Retreat - 2011

Every two years the CA Hospitalité holds a retreat at Walsingham - now organised by Pat Richardson.

The next CA Hospitalité Walsingham Retreat is taking place on 8th-10th April 2011, and will be given by Fr Antony Lester, O.Carm.

If you would like to attend, please fill in the form and send to Pat's address with a £20 deposit per person. Please download form here. The Walsingham retreat is a very popular event, so people should send their forms to Pat as soon as possible.

For news of the last two retreats, please view here, or to learn more about Walsingham, please view here.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Papal visit: Have immigrants saved the Catholic Church?

An influx of immigrants have brought their faith into the pews of Catholic churches in the UK since Pope John Paul II's visit in 1982. Just how important are these newcomers to the Church's survival, as Pope Benedict XVI prepares to begin his tour? Former CA Chaplain of the Sick and Hospitalité has been interviewed by the BBC to discuss this question.

Fr Michael is Parish Priest for St Peter The Apostle church in Woolwich, London. Please view the BBC interview here.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Simple profession

Andy with his CA friends
click on photo for a larger size

On 11 September 2010, Andy Joyce made his simple (first) profession of vows as a Carmelite friar during a celebration of the Eucharist at Aylesford Priory at 11.30am. Andy was joined by many of his CA friends, seen in the picture above.

Please pray for Andy as he dedicates himself in the service of God and neighbour.

Andy has been coming with the CA on Pilgrimage for a number of years as a nurse. Andy is also an Elected Member of the CA Hospitalité council and attends May stage with the Catholic Association.

Please feel free to leave messages for Andy below.

Image copyright Kevin

Friday, 10 September 2010

CA Filming

This year, James Silsbury - normally a branc - was filming everything about the CA Pilgrimage. Here, James talks about his work in Lourdes and for the next couple of months!

Lourdes 2010. Wow what a year. What turned out as a small chat over a beer last year turned into a reality this year as I embarked on the momentous task of filming a small documentary about the work the Catholic Association does out in Lourdes while on Pilgrimage.

I set off with my camera in one suitcase, the tripod in another, just hoping they would reach Lourdes safely. They did and the filming began almost instantly. I set myself a challenge and with a rough idea of what I wanted to film, set out capturing everything I possibly could – even if this meant getting into an interesting and slightly argumentative ‘conversation’ with an Italian stagiaire one evening!

Well, one week and 15 hours worth of footage later, I arrived back home, ready for the task of digitising the footage to the laptop. With this now done, I have set about making a rough edit of the film, trying to condense 15 hours of footage down to 15 minutes - this gives you a rough idea of the ratio!

The film should be ready by November at the very latest, although I would like to get it finished by mid October, but that may be a fantasy rather than a reality at the moment looking at the amount of footage to actually edit.

I will keep you posted of my progress and let you all know as soon as possible when it’s finished.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Ray Salt

The CA Hospitalité is extremely sad to announce the death of Ray Salt, a long standing member of the CA Pilgrimage, who passed away on Friday 27 August 2010. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family.

Ray's funeral will be taking place on Thursday 9th September 2010 at St Joseph's Catholic Church, 39 East Street, St Neots, Cambs, PE19 1JU at 12pm.

May he Rest in Peace.

Monday, 30 August 2010

CA Lourdes Pilgrimage 2010

Thank you to everyone who joined the Catholic Association on Pilgrimage this year.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Sponsored Cycle Ride 2010

Congratulations to Patrick Noble, Matthew Sharrock & their support team (Alex Turvey, James Walden, Dail Maudsley) who took up the formidable challenge of cycling from London to Lourdes (a distance of approximately 600 miles in 6 days) to raise money for the Glanfield Children's Group and another charity.

After arriving on 20 August, they immediately started work in the Glanfield Children's Group for the whole week.

Well done to them for this amazing achievement.

Photos (c) Dail Maudsley

Saturday, 28 August 2010

New look for CA news

The Catholic Association webteam have recently created this new CA news page, which can be accessed through our website: by simply clicking News.

We are now using Google's Blogger to create our news page, so it's more user-friendly and easier for people to add news items to it.

We hope you enjoy the new look, please let us know what you think on

If you would like to join the CA mailing list, please visit:

Many thanks
CA webteam

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Congratulations to...

....Becky and John Warren-Heys on the birth of their daughter, Laura Beth Warren-Heys this morning at 02:02 weighing 6lbs 13ozs (3.1 kg).

Monday, 23 August 2010

New Chaplains of Honour

Three members of the Catholic Association have been appointed a "Chaplain of Honour" by the Bishop of Tarbes & Lourdes in recognition of their promotion of the "Message of Lourdes and pilgrimage to the Grotto".

Fr. Tony Lester, O.Carm, Monsignor William Saunders of Southwark Archdiocese, and Fr. Nicholas King, S.J., of the Society of Jesus all receive the Chaplain of Honour.

The announcement was made on 12th July by the President of the Catholic Association Hospitalité, Colette Sharrock.

The citation makes reference to the three priests' work in promoting Lourdes and its spirituality by their preaching, writings, retreat-inputs, and their serviceof the sick. All three have committed themselves to Lourdes and the Catholic Association for a number of years. Fr Tony and Fr Nick are members of the HNDL and the CA Hospitalité, and work in the Accueil each year. Mgr William has been Pilgrimage Director of the CA for a number of years, and is a member of the CA Hospitalité.

Chaplains of Honour were first appointed in 1909 by Bishop Schoepfer to recognise priests who for the most part are not resident in Lourdes but who nevertheless contribute to the Shrine's pastoral life and outreach. Chaplains of Honour are presented with a distinctive insignia - a cross with Marian symbols.

Fathers Lester, Saunders and King received their new insignia at the celebration of Mass at the Grotto on 23rd August. The insignia was presented in the name of Monsignor Jacques Perrier, Bishop of Tarbes & Lourdes, by Bishop Paul Hendricks, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark and Chair of the Catholic Association.
Photo taken by Johan Bergstrom-Allen

Friday, 20 August 2010

Maureen Quill

The CA Hospitalité is extremely sad to announce the death of Maureen Quill, a long standing member of the CA Pilgrimage, who passed away earlier this year.

Maureen who lived in Harlow was a long-serving Handmaid, and adoptive mother of Chris and Clare Quill, who used to be part of the "children's ward" in the 1980s, then part of the Glanfield Children's Group.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

May she Rest in Peace.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Please pray for...

Please pray for the following people who have died recently and who have been connected and contributed to the Catholic Association Pilgrimage for many years.

Right Reverend Mervyn Alexander DD LLD (Hon), the eighth Bishop of Clifton, died on 14 August 2010 at St Angela’s Home in Clifton, Bristol. Mervyn Alban Alexander was born on 29 June 1925 in Highbury, London, the eldest son of William and Grace Alexander. On 20 December 1974, he was made Bishop of Clifton. He was succeeded as Bishop of Clifton by Bishop Declan Lang on the 28 March 2001. He attended the Catholic Association Pilgrimage as Bishop for many years and is well known to his Diocese.

And, please pray for Fr John Dunne, former Parish priest of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Bournemouth who died last week. His parish have sent many young people and Assisted Pilgrims to Lourdes over the years, and he was very much involved in the fundraising initiatives.
May they both Rest in Peace.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Congratulations to...

...Emma Gale and JP Court on their recent wedding in Norwich, Norfolk. The couple were surrounded by family and friends. Fr John Warrington gave the blessing.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Congratulations to...

John and JoJo Kelly on the birth of their son, Daniel. Daniel was born on 10 August 2010.

Please keep this new family in your prayers.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Lourdes News: GPS Blunders

GPS blunders see Lourdes pilgrims travel to village of Lourde.

A small, but rising portion of the six million pilgrims who flock to the world's third most visited Catholic shrine in Lourdes are showing up at another, rather less well-known village called Lourde.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Congratulations to...

...Libby Ridley (nee Waddington) and husband Nelion who are now proud parents to Dominic Christopher Ridley.

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Congratulations to...

...Mary Dujardin and Shane Edwards on their recent wedding in Peterborough. The couple were surrounded by family and friends. The Mass was celebrated by Fr John Warrington.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Congratulations to...

...John Kelly and JoJo Hickey on their recent wedding in Guildford, Surrey. The couple were surrounded by family and friends. The Mass was celebrated by Fr Tony Lester, O.Carm.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Sponsored Walk 2010

On Saturday, 29 May 2010, a few members of the CA successfully walked along the Ridgeway, which is Britain's oldest road, for 15 – 20 miles to raise money for the CA Hospitalite and Glanfield Children's Group. The team was (from left to right in photo): Thomas Gallop, Mary Maybury, Steve Daly, David Thonger, Nicole Gallop, Therese Gallop, Terri Betts, Naomi Ball, Judy Ball, David Ball, Matt Betts, Andrew Loynd, Jane Cadogan, Bernard Kelly and John Kelly. And, Mary Kelly, who took the photo.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

New Archbishop of Southwark

Congratualtions to Archbishop Peter Smith, who was installed at St George's Cathedral, Southwark on Thursday, 10th June 2010 to become the new Archbishop of Southwark.

Archbishop Peter Smith was born in Battersea on 21st October 1943. He completed his secondary education at Clapham College and gained his degree (LLB) from Exeter University in 1966. He studied for the priesthood at St John's Seminary, Wonersh, and was ordained Priest on 5th July 1972.

His first appointment was as an assistant priest at St Francis, Stockwell (1972 - 1974). In 1977 he gained his Doctorate in Canon Law (JCD) from the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas in Rome and became Professor of Canon Law at St John's Seminary (1977 - 1984). He was parish priest of St Andrew's, Thornton Heath, (1984 - 1985) and Rector at St John's Seminary from 1985 - 1995.

He was appointed as Bishop of East Anglia in 1995 and Archbishop of Cardiff in 2001. On 30th April 2010, the Holy Father announced that he would succeed Archbishop Kevin McDonald as the tenth Archbishop of Southwark.

Archbishop Peter is Vice-President of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. Since 1998, he has been Chairman of the Department of Christian Responsibility and Citizenship of the Bishops' Conference.

His previous responsibilities have been as Chairman of the Catholic Truth Society (1993 - 2007) and Chairman of the Central Religious Advisory Committee (CRAC) of the BBC and ITC (2001 - 2004).

Monday, 24 May 2010

Congratulations to...

...Kate McCaffrey who has just completed her first half marathon on Sunday 23 May 2010 to raise money for the CA Hospitalite. Kate has raised over £600. Well done!

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Benemerenti Congratulations

Special congratulations to John and Ros Hartley who have both received the Benemerenti in acknowledgement of their years of service to Catholic Church.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Congratulations to...

...Cliona and Paul Devereux on the birth of their new baby boy, Colm Patrick Devereux. Colm was born on 15 March 2010 at 9.36am.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Muriel Shryane

Muriel Shryane mother of Father Tony and Father Phillip Shryane passed away on Monday 8th March in her 92nd year.

There will be a Mass on Thursday 18th March at 7.30pm at Bury St Edmunds and the Requiem Mass will be on Friday 19th March at 12pm, at All Souls Church Peterborough.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Michael Gilbert

Please remember in your prayers Michael Gilbert organiser of wheelchairs, co-ordinator at Stansted and ex-Secretary of the Catholic Association who has been coming to Lourdes for over 20 years.

He was recently diagosed as having bowel cancer and underwent a short course of radiotherapy followed by surgery. He is now recovering and thanks everyone for their prayers.

Photo (c) Matt Betts

AGM 2010

At the recent AGM for the Catholic Association, a number of announcements were made:

Colette Sharrock, Hospitalite President, will be standing down after Lourdes 2010. Nimal Hemelge, Hospitalite Secretary thanked Colette for her stirling work over the last few years - a great example to us all. It was announced that Chris Buller would be taking on the role as President from September 2010.

The two new Elected Members were also announced. They will be David Ball (for three years) and Vicki Gale (for two years). Nimal Hemelge, Hospitalite Secretary, thanked Martine O'Meara who was standing down at the AGM for her six years of service. He also thanked James, Jane and Andrew for putting their names forward for the election.

Finally, the President, Colette Sharrock, announced that Matt Betts will succeed Rupert Bell as Chief Brancardier from October 2010.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Paschal Hemelge

From Nimal Hemelge:

It is my sad duty to inform you that my father passed away on Saturday morning. Lourdes was his life long passion, and travelled with the CA for many years during the 80's and 90's. He instilled in me a love for Lourdes. He had returned from Hospital the night before, and the nuns in the nursing home, where he has spent the last 7 years looked after him, and got him ready for bed. During the night, he woke up, prayed with the Sister Superior and passed away. Thankfully he wasn't in any pain, and was completely unaware he was leaving us.

Now he is reunited with Hazel and joins the chorus of saints in heaven. I would be grateful if you could remember him in your prayers, and pass this news onto those that knew him.
May he Rest in Peace.