Wednesday, 22 August 2012


Once all the pilgrims had assembled in Lourdes having travelled there in coaches, cars, planes and trains we gathered with our Bishop and priests for the Opening Mass of pilgrimage celebrated in the Chapel of St Bernadette opposite the Grotto.

The theme of this year's pilgriamge was 'With Bernadette, praying the Rosary' and in his introduction and catechesis before Mass, the new pilgrimage director, Fr Michael Jones, reminded pilgrims of the words of Pope Paul VI: “without contemplation the rosary is a body without a soul”. He encouraged pilgrims to use their time in Lourdes during the week to reflect upon the life of Christ through the eyes of her who knew him best – Our Blessed Mother, Mary.

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