On Monday 2 May, five HCPT regions came together at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King to celebrate a Mass to mark the diamond jubilee of the Trust. Jubilee Masses were celebrated on the same day in Southwark, Swansea and at the Carfin Lourdes Grotto shrine in Scotland. The intention was that past and present Easter and summer group pilgrims, together with their families and friends and all who support HCPT, should be able to share the joy of this very special year.
In Liverpool, pilgrims from the Manchester, Merseyside, Midlands, Yorkshire and north-west regions took an active part in a lively, happy liturgy, acting out the Gospel, reading the bidding prayers and leading the offertory procession. Before Mass began, a recorded message from HCPT founder and inspiration Brother Michael Strode was played. Bishop Tom Williams, the episcopal liaison between HCPT and the Bishops' Conference, was the principal celebrant while Bishops Vincent Malone and John Rawsthorne, both former group chaplains, concelebrated along with several current group chaplains.
The theme of the jubilee Mass was 'Thanks be to God' and during the bidding prayers this message was displayed by a group of young pilgrims while six helpers carried candles, one for each decade of the Trust. After 60 years of countless blessings, of sharing and caring, the hope and prayer now is that HCPT will continue to rise and shine for many years to come.