The young people who are going to Lourdes in July met up over the weekend 8th-10th April for training at Castlerigg Manor, learning about Lourdes, what it is and what’s it all about.

We have a wonderful group of young people joining us this year coming on pilgrimage from across Lancashire and Cumbria.

Over the weekend we shared meals and had time to talk together so we got to know and recognise the skills people have so we can work better as a team while out in Lourdes. We had a bonfire and toasted marshmallows - for some young people this was their first experience of sitting around the fire with other people, sharing snacks and stories.

 We had times of reflection; looking at prayer and the importance of it. We looked at the Joy that Lourdes brings to so many people and how it is a great opportunity for our newer pilgrims to experience this. Cardinal Timothy Dolan spoke about Joy in World Youth day in Madrid saying if we put Jesus first, then Others, and lastly yourself we will find Jesus ‘JOY’ and we can give this to others. We certainly put this into practise over the weekend.

Also over the weekend we met some people from the different teams while out in Lourdes; Nikki our chief nurse spoke about our wonderful Vip’s and Chris helped us understand how the wheelchairs work. It reminded us that there are many teams, but we are all one, working together for one purpose. It also reminds us about scripture that even though we are many parts, we are one body; one body in Christ, our Diocesan family. We are all so different, but together we make the family of God and there is always room for others.

The young people expressed that “We feel much more confident now, especially after spending time together at Castlerigg getting to know each other and are very excited about our time in Lourdes. It sounds amazing and we can’t wait to get out there”.

We continue to pray for our pilgrimage especially for Bishop Michael who will be guiding us through our pilgrimage.

The young people who are going to Lourdes in July met up over the weekend 8th-10th April for training at Castlerigg Manor, learning about Lourdes, what it is and what’s it all about.

We have a wonderful group of young people joining us this year coming on pilgrimage from across Lancashire and Cumbria.

Over the weekend we shared meals and had time to talk together so we got to know and recognise the skills people have so we can work better as a team while out in Lourdes. We had a bonfire and toasted marshmallows - for some young people this was their first experience of sitting around the fire with other people, sharing snacks and stories.

 We had times of reflection; looking at prayer and the importance of it. We looked at the Joy that Lourdes brings to so many people and how it is a great opportunity for our newer pilgrims to experience this. Cardinal Timothy Dolan spoke about Joy in World Youth day in Madrid saying if we put Jesus first, then Others, and lastly yourself we will find Jesus ‘JOY’ and we can give this to others. We certainly put this into practise over the weekend.

Also over the weekend we met some people from the different teams while out in Lourdes; Nikki our chief nurse spoke about our wonderful Vip’s and Chris helped us understand how the wheelchairs work. It reminded us that there are many teams, but we are all one, working together for one purpose. It also reminds us about scripture that even though we are many parts, we are one body; one body in Christ, our Diocesan family. We are all so different, but together we make the family of God and there is always room for others.

The young people expressed that “We feel much more confident now, especially after spending time together at Castlerigg getting to know each other and are very excited about our time in Lourdes. It sounds amazing and we can’t wait to get out there”.

We continue to pray for our pilgrimage especially for Bishop Michael who will be guiding us through our pilgrimage.