My Dear Family of Our Lady of Lourdes,
Lourdes is going to Lourdes, Tous ensembles!
The time is here. These past fi ve years have seen us grow to three annual pilgrimages with the North American Volunteers. In June we have joined their Youth Pilgrim Service and Special Needs Pilgrimage. September has been the pilgrimage month of those preparing to serve at the Sanctuary as members of the Hospitalité. Again in October we have joined the Special Needs Pilgrimage of the North American Volunteers. While we are serving at Lourdes we get to experience the great joy and power of other pilgrimages as well: like when the whole Archdiocese of Dublin comes in September – thousands strong. We are about to follow their example!
Today I am inviting you to join us on our inaugural Lourdes Goes to Lourdes Pilgrimage! We will be traveling June 15th to the 25th. We are creating our annual parish pilgrimage to Lourdes and are inviting everyone to be a part of the experience: our special needs pilgrims, our youth and young adults, our adult pilgrims and those who would like to serve at the Sanctuary with the Hospitalité Notre Dame de Lourdes.
The complete package with hotel accommodations will be about $2,500. There will also be a “land-only” package for about $1,000 for those who would like to extend their time in Europe or to fl y with frequent fl yer miles to make the trip more aff ordable. As we go forward and our group expands we will look for ways to further reduce the cost for everyone.
This is a big and exciting step forward in our Lourdes to Lourdes ministry. As June is not far away we will need a $200 deposit when making your reservation and the full payment by the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11th.
Off to Lourdes!
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. St. Bernadette, pray for us.