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.