Lourdes

Irene, Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, Ian and Karen at the Pilgrimage Party
A group of parishioners and volunteers from Farm Street Church joined the Westminster Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes. The journey started on 21st July, with the different parishes, chaplaincies and the youth services travelling to the sanctuary by air and train. Cardinal Vincent Nichols welcomed the pilgrims in France and at home with a video. A reflection for each day was shared by various bishops and priests. Throughout the pilgrimage, more videos were shared on Facebook and Twitter with live...
Fr Nick King SJ preaches at the Thanksgiving Mass in Lourdes. Credit: Clifton Diocese
Fr Nicholas King SJ has recently returned from Lourdes where he was the retreat director and Chaplain for the Sick for the Diocese of Clifton’s Pilgrimage. Fr Nick was born and brought up in Bath, which is in the diocese, and has earned a reputation over the years for his translations of scripture, as well as his preaching. The Jesuits administered the Church of St Mary on the Quay in Bristol, at the heart of the Diocese of Clifton, between 1857 and 1996.More than 70 pilgrims took part in...
Michael Beattie SJ wearing his honorary Lourdes chaplains' medal
Michael Beattie SJ has received the Chaplains of Honour of the Sanctuaries Award for services over many years to the pilgrims at Lourdes in France. He was presented with his medal and diploma during a pilgrimage to the grotto earlier this June. The conferral of this honour is an expression of gratitude for the enthusiasm and generosity of the recipients in the service of the pilgrims and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Previous recipients include Richard Clarke SJ (1897 – 1969), known as...
Harvest corn
When I was a child growing up in Ireland, we were the rich part of the family. We lived in the city, both my parents had paying jobs and we owned our own home. And every summer – in August - we went back to my mother’s real home, which was the hill country of Donegal to spend time with the cousins from the poor part of the family. And whenever we went back home, for weeks beforehand, my mother used to go to enormous efforts to go round all the shops and buy all the unusual foods that you could...
St Aloysius’ College in Glasgow went casually festive with their annual Christmas Jumper Day and raised several hundred pounds for charity, as well as smiles. On the day when the refectory served up their Christmas Lunch, pupils and staff were invited to wear their favourite Christmas jumpers and make a donation to one of the college charities. The day was hailed as a great success with Aloysians from Kindergarten to S6 accepting the invitation, as well as their teachers. A total of...