Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Led by Fr Michael Johnston, 25 - 29 May 2020
British Airways flight departs for Toulouse at 2pm. From Toulouse Airport we transfer together by private coach to Lourdes, where we check in to our hotel, the centrally- located Hotel Stella, for dinner and a four-night stay. There will be a walk to the grotto for the torchlight procession, where we will say prayers for the intentions of our pilgrimage.
After breakfast we have a guided visit to places associated with Bernadette Soubirous, including maison paternelle (family home), Le Cachot (The Lock-up) and the Parish Church. We hope to celebrate Mass at Saint-Frai. This afternoon we walk and pray at the Stations of the Cross. After dinner we are welcome to take part in the Torchlight Procession.
This morning we will attend the International Mass in the underground Basilica. In the afternoon there will be some free time before we take part in the Blessed Sacrament Procession and in the evening we participate in the Torchlight Procession. For those who wish, the baths in Lourdes are open from 2pm - 6pm.
This morning will be free for those who would like to visit the basilicas, baths or Chapel of Reconciliation. We hope to celebrate Mass in the Poor Clare Convent. After lunch, we are invited to take part in the Blessed Sacrament procession and healing of the sick. We will visit the Prairie, situated opposite the grotto, to pray the Rosary for our groups intentions, appealing to Mary the Mother of God for our society to become more aware of what it is damaging and in danger of destroying. After dinner we will take part in the Torchlight Procession.
This morning we hope to celebrate Mass at Saint-Frei. The rest of the morning will be at leisure. Transfer to Toulouse Airport for our return flight, arriving at Heathrow Terminal 5 at 6:25pm.
This tour involves a substantial amount of walking, some of which will be over irregular surfaces such as cobblestones and badly-maintained walking areas. If everyday walking is something you find difficult, this tour may be unsuitable for you.
This itinerary is a guide and subject to change.
Single room supplement: £44
25/05/20 - 29/05/20
Scheduled flights with British Airways: Heathrow - Toulouse - Heathrow. Hand luggage only. Two bags weighing up to 23 kg each may be taken into the aircraft cabin. One bag must not exceed 56 x 45 x 25 centimetres. The other bag must not exceed 40 x 30 x 15 centimetres and must fit under the seat in front of you. Current (as of November 2019) U.K. and France airport departure taxes. All touring and transfers as per the itinerary. Accommodation in a shared* twin-bedded room with private facilities for 4 nights at Hotel Stella (three stars. http://www.hotelstellalourdes.fr), Lourdes. Mass will be celebrated each day. Entrance fees as per the itinerary. Half day guided visit. Meal package: four breakfasts, three lunches, four dinners. ATOL and ABTA financial protection.* If you select to share a twin room when booking but have no one to share with, we will try to pair you up with someone of the same gender in the group. However, if there is no one available to pair you up with we will charge a supplement of £44 as you would have single occupancy of the room.