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.