BY Amanda Connelly | May 18 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print


HCPT pilgrims relive their incredible Lourdes journey

A wonderful day was had by all in St Francis Xavier’s Church, Carfin last weekend, as pilgrims returning from their recent trip to Lourdes and those getting ready for the summer pilgrimage joined together in celebration

The reunion for those from the Hosanna House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust’s (HCPT) Easter pilgrimage took place on May 13, while some of the groups going on pilgrimage this summer came in preparation for their upcoming trip.

The Mass was led by Fr Stephen Reilly along with other clergy, and saw a lively, busy and colourful Mass take place, as all joined in with the hymns and dressed in their bright group T-shirts and hoodies. A number of pilgrims and helpers also took part in the offertory procession, bringing the gifts up to the altar.

It marked another fantastic annual reunion Mass for some of the Scottish groups, which takes place each year in Carfin.

Founded in 1951 by Dr Michael Strode, HCPT takes disabled and disadvantaged children and adults for life-changing pilgrimage holidays to the Marian shrine of Lourdes in the south of France each year, either at Easter or during the summer for one week.

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