We are delighted to announce that Anne Ward recieved the "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" medal for her considerable contribution to the diocese and pilgrimage.
Anne has been the heart of the music of Lourdes, a prolific composer and exceptional music director her music sets the tone and joy of the Masses in Lourdes and within the Diocese.
After many years of dedicated service in Lourdes, Anne Ward has decided to retire this year as Musical Director of the pilgrimage. Deacon Mike Thoms, our Pilgrimage Director, and Bishop Richard expressed their warm thanks for Anne's dedication to serving the pilgrimage over the past three decades. Whilst in Lourdes, Anne was awarded the great honour of a Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal by Pope Francis, in recognition of her wonderful contribution to the pilgrimage and the Diocese as a whole. Bishop Richard presented Anne with the medal at our Opening Mass.
We all wish her a joyful and peaceful retirement.
The 2017 Pilgrimage Handbook is now available to view. We hope this will help our pilgrims in their spiritual preparation for this years pilgrimage. For those of you unable to go this year by viewing the handbook it may help you feel closer to our pilgrims.
The Arundel and Brighton Pilgrimage Vision: "Love in action"
We have produced an interview with Grace a 102 year old assisted pilgrim.
Lady Sarah’s private funeral will take place over the coming days, so please keep her family and friends in your prayers. A Memorial Service is planned for the 28th September at 2pm in Arundel Cathedral and all our welcome. Please do come along.
In the meantime, we all felt that it would be appropriate and fitting to open an online Book of Condolence, where those of us who knew Sarah well, and wished to offer a prayer, a reflection, a memory, or a thought, could do so, knowing that her family would be heartened and comforted by what we write.
For those of you who could not make Lourdes this year, and those of you who did, and would like to read his homily, Fr Kevin Dring has kindly supplied the homily he delivered at our Mass with Anointing for you all to enjoy.
On the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes 2017, the Church will celebrate the 25th World Day of the Sick. This gives all of us the opportunity to pray together, to think especially of those who are sick or have a disability, and for those who care for them.
When instituting the World Day of the Sick in May 1992, Pope John Paul II said the universal Church should prepare to celebrate this day with a renewed spirit of service to one another. He said that the day seeks to involve all people of goodwill: “the basic questions posed by the reality of suffering and the appeal to bring both physical and spiritual relief to the sick do not concern believers alone, but challenge the whole of humanity.” Pope John Paul II went on to say that the first World Day of the Sick would be held on the 11th February 1993 and should be celebrated every year thereafter on that day, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
And this brings us to 2017, the 25th World Day of the Sick. How should we mark this day? In his message about the day, Pope Francis says: “Illness, above all grave illness, always places human existence in crisis and brings with it questions that dig deep. Our first response may at times be one of rebellion: Why has this happened to me? We can feel desperate, thinking that all is lost, that things no longer have meaning…
We pray for all deceased pilgrims
The Almighty has done great things for me
We have a practice day before we go to Lourdes to give you a flavour of the type of music we have for this year. We try to have music to suit a wide range of ability of instrumentalists and in the keys needed for transposing instruments such as trumpets, horns, viola, etc. It is helpful if you can let us know your instrument and ability before we go so we can prepare music for you.16/07/17 St Bernadette Church