HCPT

Sussex

Group 154

2017's Blog

 

 

Welcome to our blog

 

This is our special blog in which you can keep up to date on what we do while on pilgrimage in Lourdes.

 

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By hcpt154, Apr 25 2017 07:47PM

We're now all home! What a week filled with so much fun and laughter.

Even though we have now left Lourdes, some of us will return, some of us may not, we still can visit the grotto eveyday in our hearts. What we bring home with us is the message of Our Lady of Lourdes: that Jesus her son, loves us all, and wants us to have a relationship with him!


HCPT Group 154, 2017
HCPT Group 154, 2017
The grotto in Lourdes
The grotto in Lourdes

By hcpt154, Apr 21 2017 09:26PM

Today we went to the mountains, to the little village of Gavarnie. Along with group 71 Fr Pat celebrated the Mass with us under the sky surrounded by the mountains. We had a picnic lunch and then we all had rides on the donkeys. Many of us went to the shops and bought lots of sweets.

After we came back to the hotel for dinner we brought our group candel to the Grotto, and we all lit candels for those we love back home.

Dan explained as long as our candel burns here at Lourdes our prayer continues. Like Bernadette said, we can return here every day in our hearts.

Tomorrow we head home, bright and early!

By hcpt154, Apr 20 2017 07:47PM

Today we went to the Trust Mass with all 3000+ HCPT pilgrims! We sang songs, learned about the living water and gave thanks to God! We danced in the aisles and finished by singing Rise and Shine, I think we all know the actions now.


After Mass we had lunch and set off to the Zoo. We saw bears, birds, sleeping foxes, goats (we fed the goats), and lots and lots of deers. We climbed a very steep hill which puffed us all out, but we were rewarded with a spectacular view of the Lourdes valley (see photo below). After seeing all the animals we returned to our hotel for dinner and finished our day with night prayers.


Tomorrow is our last day and we’re off to the mountains!


Carrying orur banner at the Trust Mass
Carrying orur banner at the Trust Mass
At the top of the hill
At the top of the hill
Hungry goats
Hungry goats

By hcpt154, Apr 20 2017 06:09AM

We had more fun in the sun on Wednesday! In the morning, we had our water liturgy where we washed in the water (each other hands) remembering our Baptism. We then spent the morning playing games on the prairie, where we played football, bowles, and swapped badges with other HCPT pilgrims. We returned to the hotel for lunch of sausage and mash, and then we joined the other HCPT groups from the South of England for Mass. Two children in our group read prayers and one of uscarried the banner. Afterwards, we took a ride round Lourdes on the Dotto Train, and got to see all the sites that we hadnt had time to go to, and we sang lots of songs as we dottoed through Lourdes. The train even went past our hotel. We then returned to our hotel and transformed ourselves into animals for our animal themed party. There were all sorts of animals from elephants to flamingoes, foxes to crocodiles. We played some party games, and then we had a visit from Mr McMarvo, the magician. He enteratined everyone with his magic tricks, and got some of the children, and Claire to help him! Afterwards, we had dinner followed by our group meeting and night prayers, then the children went to bed, to prepare for our next exciting day tomorrow: the Trust Mass with all 2000 HCPT pilgrims!

Our tiger and zebra ready for the party
Our tiger and zebra ready for the party
Mr McMarvo with his 154 assistants
Mr McMarvo with his 154 assistants

By hcpt154, Apr 20 2017 06:01AM

Today we had our Group photograph, taken by a French photographer. Afterwards, we took a bus to Hosanna House, a house owned by HCPT in the country. We went to church, with Group 71, who come from Mid Sussex and Brighton, and then spent the rest of our time, enjoying our picnic lunch, admiring the amazing views, playing games and petting the animals. There were baby goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and sheep. Lots of us stroked the animals, and some s of the baby sat on our laps and we gave them a cuddle. We got the bus back to Lourdes, and had ice cream and sorbet in a French café, before some free time to write postcards and do some shopping.


One of the children had arranged a Disney party, which involved playing Disney music, whilst making crowns and colouring in pictures. We all joined in, and spent a relaxing hour chilling before dinner. After dinner, some of us children and helpers joinedin the torchlight procession (a couple were so tired they had an early night) and by the time they returned to the hotel, almost everyone was asleep as soon as their heads hit their pillows!

torchlight procession
torchlight procession
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