LOURDES SANCTUARY CONFERENCE 2021
The Sanctuary of Lourdes becomes a “national sanctuary”
Our tribute to Ray Harrison RIP - see memorial corner
OCTOBER LOURDES UPDATE
The Society has been very keen to make a statement of intent to return to Lourdes if only to raise the banner opposite the Grotto in 2021 - a view maintained since the start of the year. We aspired to run a limited pilgrimage to Lourdes in the autumn. With great reluctance we have to recognise that the Coronavirus threat has not diminished to the extent hoped for or anticipated. The recent announcement of continued restrictions reinforces that reality.
It is a matter of great disappointment to us that we have therefore had to cancel these plans to visit Lourdes in October.
Please be assured of the full commitment of SOLL/the English National Pilgrimage for the Sick to return to Lourdes in May 2022. We will commence planning this summer.
Further details will be published on both the website and Facebook page as soon as they become available.
Bishop Nicholas Hudson shares a reflection on how the Teams of Our Lady have influenced his own life and gave his parents the building blocks for their marriage
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The Society of Our lady of Lourdes makes donation to Lourdes Sanctuaries
We are pleased to announce that the Society has donated £10,000.00 to the Sanctuaries at Lourdes to assist them in these difficult days and has received a letter of thanks accordingly.
A fundraising message from Simon Chandler
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Fund raising committee.
SOLL’s Virtual Pilgrimage is now complete.
It will remain on-line at www.soll-lourdes.co.uk/soll-virtual-pilgrimage-2020
There are reflections from the priests who intended to join us this year for each of the days from Sunday through to Friday commencing with Archbishop Kevin.
It also includes celebratory pieces and photos for this and previous years.
This has been a team effort: Thank you, to Chris Howell for his inspired idea and encouragement and to Maree Anderson who turned the concept into a framework – and also fleshed it out with detail. Thanks to Archbishop Kevin for commending and introducing our virtual week. To Fr Dennis, Fr Terkura, Fr John, Fr Dominic and Fr Richard for preparing and delivering their reflections using unfamiliar technology. To Vicky Irwin & Nick Edwards for pulling together, despite lockdown, videos of praise and song by the students, & to Ollie for sharing his personal testimony. To Ray Harrison for mailing, both electronically and by post, copies of the programme and novena. To those who delivered the content: Sacha Blanchard, Danny Murphy, John Perkins - for controlling the Zoom session, Brian McCarthy for his very proactive, multiple posts on Facebook, promoting the week, and John Michell for putting it all together so beautifully with such great thought, on the website.
A candle for our pilgrimage burns at the Grotto.
I hope there will never be another virtual pilgrimage: for the Society will be going to Lourdes.
If you join us, it will.
Nick Edwards wrote: A pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred space, an act of religious devotion. Our annual pilgrimage to Lourdes in May is a long and complicated one. However you get there, either by train, plane or coach, the journey is always tiring and despite the best laid plans never easy.
Like me I am sure you were bitterly disappointed that the journey to Lourdes could not take place. Some were due to journey on pilgrimage for the very first time. They do not necessarily know what it is they have missed out on. Those who have been before - be they assisted pilgrims, members of the Society, praying pilgrims, the Massabielle group, or staff and some older students from our two schools - have a much better idea of what the Lourdes experience means and what they likely missed out on.
I often tell the students that every pilgrimage is different. However I didn’t think for one minute that the difference could look like this. A virtual reality pilgrimage. I am sure you have been reliving memories this week of pilgrimages past whilst following events online, and missing the daily routine that quickly becomes established in Lourdes. The bonds that are made, the precious time at the Grotto, the spectacle of the torchlight procession, the beauty of St Sauvin and Cite St Pierre, seeing the young and old/sick bond so naturally, an ice cream in a cafe - the list could go on.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Virtual Pilgrimage of 2020. The journey to my laptop was far easier, though admittedly less fun. It was a tremendous effort on the part of many people in the Society to help keep Lourdes in our lives at this challenging time. But I know behind the scenes a huge amount of time was required to make the short journey to my laptop a meaningful experience. Thanks to the clergy who contributed wise words and the students who provided some entertainment.
See you all next year where I hope we ALL go in great number - blue, yellow, green. Lourdes and “social distancing” or “isolation” are simply not possible words that sit easy with anyone anywhere. Lourdes is no exception. Let us ask Mary to “shield” us all during this time to allow for a safe journey back to this very special place when restrictions permit. And the ice cream is not quite the same here.
A journey that still was.
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The SOLL Centenary Club raises money for our Sick Pilgrims - your support would be greatly appreciated:
If you are not yet a member of the Centenary Club and want to be then please contact the Society office and we will send you forms so that you can be in next month's draw.
It's just £5 per month and the more people that join the bigger the prizes will become!
Please note that half the money raised each month goes towards Society funds.
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John Villiers(12/02/20), Bro.Jonathan Gell(Feb.2020), David Maunsell(Feb.2020), Patricia Sutcliffe(13/03/20), Kitty Riley(20/03/20), Hazel Hayward(02/04/20), Terry Armour(08/04/20), Bridie Murphy(01.06.20), Mai O'Connell(02/06/20), Dr Lucille Mitchell(18/06/20), Susan Brennan(26/06/20), Fr William Wells(01/07/20), Lynn Lee Yow(27/07/2020), Ewa Gajewska(30/07/20), Maria Golaszewska(06/08/20), Thérèse de Casagrande(20/08/20), Theresa Hussey(13/08/20), John Kevin Dolan(13/08/20), Norman Hawkins(October), Tom McCarthaigh(06/10/20), Rita McCormack(8/10/20), Raymond Rodgers(8/10/20); Yvonne Fox(31/10/20), Norman Barnard(24/12/20), Norman Wearing, Veronica Mascarenhas(11.02.21).
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace and may our Blessed Lady, Consoler of the Afflicted, pray for those who mourn.
Monthly Masses are offered for those on the list, and weekly Masses for ALL deceased Society Members including many who die without the office being notified.
Society Life Friend, Wigberto de Souza, has sent us the following requests from Pope Francis:
Weep not for what you have lost, fight for what you have.
Weep not for what is dead, fight for what was born in you.
Weep not for the one who abandoned you, fight for who is with you.
Weep not for those who hate you, fight for those who want you.
Weep not for your past, fight for your present struggle.
Weep not for your suffering, fight for your happiness.
With things that are happening to us,
we begin to learn that nothing is impossible to solve,
just move forward.
THE HOLY FATHER MAKES A REQUEST FOR PRAYERS THAT GOD PROTECTS HIM AND GIVES HIM FORCES TO MEET THIS DIFFICULT TASK . . . . SO BE IT! SO BE IT, LORD JESUS!!!
Our Lady of Lourdes pray for us
St Bernadette pray for us
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