Join Bishop Declan Lang on the Catholic Association Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Lourdes Theme for 2017
"The Almighty has done great things for me"
"I would like to invite and welcome you to the Catholic Association Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2017. The pastoral theme this year is ‘The Almighty has done great things for me!’ These words obviously echo the song of praise by Mary, the Mother of the Lord and the Immaculate Conception. In her life by pondering and treasuring the mysteries of God which were entrusted to her, Mary grew in her relationship with God and came to be a model of discipleship for us all. Through her prayers may we grow in our understanding of what it is to be Gods people, committed to the mission of Christ.
A pilgrimage is more than a journey. It is an encounter between a people of faith and God. Pilgrims journey with one another sharing their faith and celebrating it especially in the Mass and Sacraments of the Church. Christ is truly present to us.
The Spirit of God overshadowed Mary and enabled her to give praise to God. May that same Spirit overshadow us not only during our time in Lourdes but throughout our lives. May the Spirit of God strengthen us, encourage us and heal us as we bring ourselves and our intentions to Lourdes"
Bishop of Clifton