Edge Hill, London SW19 4LU
Tel.: 020 8946 0305
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Contact: Angela Searle
Telephone: 020 8337 5016
email: SearleAMaol [dot] com
The Raphael Pilgrimage (not to be confused with the local St Raphael's Hospice) was founded by Group Captain Leonard Cheshire in 1953 for the purpose of taking sick and disabled pilgrims to Lourdes and caring for and praying with them throughout their stay. This group travels to Lourdes each September, taking as many sick people as possible, along with our own doctors, nurses and lay helpers. We welcome new and past helpers of all disciplines.
The 2013 Pilgrimage ran from 2nd to 6th September. A group of around seventy two pilgrims and helpers enjoyed a week of hot sunshine and participated in daily Mass and processions in the Domaine. They visited the Rosary Basilica, Grotto and Baths, the riverside Stations of the Cross and the village of St. Savin for a day out with picnic. The 60th anniversary of the founding of Raphael was celebrated.
The dates for the 2014 Pilgrimage are Monday 1st to Friday 5th September. We are seeking helpers of all disciplines, especially nurses and health care assistants. Early expressions of interest are welcomed. The number of pilgrims we can take depends entirely on the number of helpers we can provide. Financial assistance is available from the Gilbert Thompson Memorial Fund for those who cannot meet the full cost of the trip.
A very successful Reunion took place here at the Sacred Heart on Saturday 29th June 2012 with Mass at 6.30pm in the Church, followed by a buffet supper attended by around forty people with raffle in the Parish Lounge. Funds raised will help to pay for helpers to travel to the airport.
Visit www.communigate.co.uk/oxford/raphaellourdespilgrimage for more details or contact Angela as above.
Update: the 2011 pilgrimage has now taken place; helpers are now being sought for the 2012 pilgrimage.
THE RAPHAEL PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2011 Monday 5th to Friday 9th September. We are urgently seeking helpers, particularly nurses, so that we can accept all the pilgrims.