We are sorry to update you with the news that we will not be taking a pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer.
Those who look after the adult side of the pilgrimage took the decision that it is not possible to run an adult pilgrimage this year.
Even with the vaccines, there are so many uncertainties about what travel will be like, what it will mean to be in a place full of international pilgrims, and what will be possible in terms of different households mixing.
In addition, medical staff have been dealing with crisis and trauma for many months, and will need as much rest as possible when they can next take a holiday.
For us, in the light of all of these points, and with no adult pilgrims to serve, the summer pilgrimage cannot take place.
In the next few weeks we will be sharing more about the ways you can continue to be involved with the BCYS from your home, and we will also offer whatever opportunities we can during what would have been the Lourdes pilgrimage week at the end of July (Saturday 24th – Saturday 31st July).
We hope that answers any questions that you may have for now;
if there is anything else, please do not hesitate to email email@example.com
Please do keep all those who work in Lourdes in your prayers – for the people who work at the Shrine, the hoteliers and café owners, and for the whole town of Lourdes, this remains a very difficult time. Each year in February the Diocese takes a collection to support the pilgrimage, and especially to enable participation by those who are ill but have limited funds; this year money raised from the collection will go directly to the Shrine in Lourdes, to help ease some of their financial troubles.