Why not consider joining the Diocesan Pilgrimage with Bishop Philip in August 2017?

Friday 18th - 25th August 2017


If you’d like more information, please contact Fr John Cooke or Mrs Clare Ryan on 01489 572797 or email parkgate@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk


Saturday 28th January 12 Noon – Pilgrimage Reunion Mass
at St Margaret Mary’s Church, Middle Road, Park Gate, SO31 7GH

The invitation to join us is offered to all past, present & potential pilgrims. Come along and find out more.  Everyone is welcome to join the pilgrimage - young & adult helpers, doctors, nurses - and of course the VIPs, our Assisted pilgrims!   Some Assisted Pilgrims simply need help with getting around Lourdes to and from the various services, and other Assisted Pilgrims require full time care & assistance.


Bishop Philip is celebrating our Annual Reunion Mass.  We will pray for all those needing healing in any way, and Catholics who are long term or seriously ill or those preparing to undergo an operation, will be invited to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.  This is an opportunity to receive the grace, healing and hope provided by this powerful sacrament and to be spiritually fortified and experience that peace that God alone can give. 


All are very welcome to join the shared lunch in the Church Hall afterwards (bring a plate of savoury food to share - cakes and drinks provided).   


The Catholic Association, abbreviated to the CA, has been around in one form or another since 1881 and ran its first pilgrimage to Lourdes in 1901. Its objects are set out in the Memorandum and Articles but its main purpose is to mastermind the CA Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes, currently incorporating the diocesan pilgrimages of Clifton, East Anglia, Northampton, Portsmouth, Southwark, the British Province of Carmelites, and the Stonyhurst College Lourdes Pilgrimage. Each of these groups is overseen by a Diocesan or Group Director. The entire Pilgrimage is coordinated by the Pilgrimage Director (currently Mgr Bill Saunders from Southwark Archdiocese).


Director: Mgr. Vincent Harvey V.G., St Edmund’s Presbytery, 14 Rockstone Place, Southampton. SO15 2EQ
Tel: 023 8033 3589. Email: vharvey@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk


Assistant Director: Fr. John Cooke, St Margaret Mary Presbytery, Middle Road, Park Gate. SO31 7GH
Tel: 01489 572797. Email: Jcooke@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

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