Lisieux and Lourdes Pilgrimage 2019
July 2019 our parish pilgrimage to Lisieux and Lourdes departed Wallsend for Dover. On arriving in Calais the coach continued on to the shrine of Saint Thérèse in Lisieux.
After dinner and night prayer in the L’Ermitage chapel the pilgrims took a short stroll to a nearby café with a beer garden and raised a glass giving thanks for a wonderful day. They then enjoyed a good sleep and on Thursday 25th July, Feast of Saint James the Apostle, Father David in the Crypt of Lisieux Basilica celebrated Holy Mass for the pilgrims. The intention being for Allicia Lockie, a 27 year old woman who died a year ago. Allicia’s funeral Mass took place at Saint Columba’s, Wallsend.
The Mass in Lisieux was also offered in thanksgiving for Father David’s tenth anniversary to the sacred priesthood, so a very special place to celebrate his anniversary. After the Mass the pilgrims enjoyed a guided tour of the Basilica and then after lunch a tour of Thérèse’s family home and St. Peter’s Cathedral in Lisieux where prayers were offered in the Saint John Marie Vianney chapel for an increase in vocations to the sacred Priesthood. After that there was a tour of the convent where St. Therese entered religious life. After dinner and night prayer in honour of St. James the Apostle the pilgrims retired to bed before leaving for Lourdes on Friday 26th July.