A Week in Lourdes

Our week in Lourdes starts well before easter when we get out group of volunteers together. These are the people who give up holiday time, and pay for themselves to come and help during the week! Amazing!

Our main aim for the week is to create memories for the VIP’s we take. The children and young adults we take are our main concern, we tailor the week to suit them and allow them to enjoy their time away.

During the week we visit a number of locations in and around Lourdes. The grotto of course, Bernadette’s house, Gavarnie and many more. Each day is full of activities, you are always kept busy!

Key events during the week where we join with to other 5000 people with HCPT are as follows.

  • Easter Sunday Mass: the week in Lourdes kicks off on Easter Sunday for many with a Mass and lots of singing.
  • Tuesday evening Torchlight Procession: this is a wonderfully visual and emotional event. All the pilgrims in Lourdes are invited to come together for a torchlight procession, singing along, and on Tuesday night HCPT leads the procession. There is a great sing-along at the end.
  • Thursday Trust Mass: over 5,000+ members of HCPT, the Irish Pilgrimage Trust, and other international groups come together in the Underground Basilica. For many this is the highlight of the week.

Creating Memories

The week away is a very special time. Its something that is hard to explain to someone who has not experienced it.

We travel as a family group, helpers and children. Each child then has their own allocated helpers for the week, these people look after, entertain and support their child or young adult through the week.

Our group loves a laugh! We are always happy…. although sometimes it gets emotional! We aim to create memories everyday. Our group helpers are all amazing and are always on hand to crack a joke, support each other and make the week so special.

It really is an amazing week!