As Liverpool’s pilgrims leave for the French shrine this Friday, 22 July, those waving them off can unite with them through their own ‘Lourdes at Home’ pilgrimage.
Novena prayers for each day of the journey have been distributed through parishes in the Archdiocese and while Bishop Vincent Malone leads the pilgrims in France Auxiliary Bishop, Tom Williams, will be travelling throughout the Archdiocese leading services in unity with the pilgrims.
Young people travelling to Lourdes will also be sending reports and pictures for the Archdiocesan website and flickr stream to keep those at home in touch with events in Lourdes.
As pilgrims gather to leave by coach and plane on Friday morning Bishop Williams will be in the Isle of Man. He will celebrate Mass at 7.30 am in St Mary’s, Castletown and at 10.00 am in St Columba’s, Port Erin. A feature of each day of the pilgrimage will be the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick on Friday it will take place at 3.00 pm, again in Port Erin. One of the highlights for those in Lourdes is the evening Torchlight Marian Procession and this will be marked in the Isle of Man with Stations of the Cross, Marian devotions and Benediction at 7.00 pm in St Mary’s, Castletown.
Saturday, 23 July finds Bishop Williams in St Helens visiting St Teresa’s, Devon Street where he will celebrate Mass at 10.00 am and Anointing of the Sick at 2.00 pm. On Sunday 24 July the services will be held at St Mary’s, Chorley, with Mass at 8.00 am. The 11.00 am Mass will include anointing and the day concludes with a Holy Hour at 6.30 pm.
On Monday 25 July St Oswald’s, Padgate, Warrington will be the venue for Mass at 9.00 am, anointing at 2.00 pm and Marian Devotions and Benediction at 7.30 pm. Next Tuesday, 26 July, Bishop Williams returns to Liverpool to St Margaret Mary’s Parish with Mass at 8.00 am, anointing at 12.00 noon and Holy Hour and Candlelit Procession at 8.00 pm. On Wednesday 27 July Our Lady Immaculate, Bryn, will host the celebrations: Mass at 7.30 am, anointing at 12.00 noon and Marian Devotions and Procession at 7.30 pm.
On the penultimate day of the Pilgrimage, Thursday 28 July, Bishop Williams visits St George’s, Maghull for Mass at 9.10 am before going to St Anne, Ormskirk for anointing at 12.00 noon and St Elizabeth’s, Scarisbrick for a Holy Hour at 7.00 pm.
As the pilgrims travel homeward on Friday 29 July St Richard’s, Atherton is the setting for the final day of ‘Lourdes at Home’ The first Mass will be at 8.00 am, there will be Mass with anointing at 12.00 noon and the pilgrimage will come to a close with a Holy Hour at 7.00 pm.
All the Services throughout the week are open to anyone who wishes to join with the pilgrims on their journey to Lourdes.