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  • 04/04/13 - Trust Mass

    Thursday is always a very special day in the HCPT Pilgrimage week as it's the day that every single HCPT group in Lourdes comes together for Mass. Each year, a different HCPT region has the daunting task of organising the Mass and ensuring that plans are in place for the liturgy, offertary procession and of course, lots of hymns and singing. This year, that task has fallen to the Yorkshire region, and the theme is 'We are the hands of the Lord'.

    We were all up bright and early to make sure we got to the Underground Basilica in plenty of time to get a good spot. Then it was time to dig out the musical instruments and face paints and get ready for Mass to start. The atmosphere in the Basilica is amazing, with over 5000 people and groups wearing every colour of the rainbow. It is an overwhelming experience for helpers and children alike, and even the 'old timers' who have witnessed it many times before still get a massive buzz from attending. The Yorkshire Region organised a magnificent celebration with Bishop John Rawsthorne presiding over this final Mass for HCPT before he retires as president. As a big added bonus, Brother Michael Strode (HCPT's founder) was also present.

    After lunch and a little rest and recuperation, it was off into town to do some shopping. Unfortunately, the rain has returned, but when did that ever stop retail therapy? Peter Griffiths then led the group in a beautiful water ceremony. To round off a wonderful day, it was PARTY NIGHT - the group party was superbly organised by Benjamin Pound, Stacey and Chris Spooner from SCFP 707.

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