HCPT and IPT in Lourdes - Thursday Trust Mass, live on TV Lourdes
HCPT Pilgrimage from 4 to 12 April
For nearly 60 years, H.C.P.T. has enabled thousands of disabled children, mainly from the UK and Ireland, to experience a week of joy, just as the theme of the Sanctuary invites them to do this year: "The joy of mission". As also in the words of Saint Paul to the Philippians: "Rejoice in the Lord always” (Ph 4: 4), and those of Bernadette Soubirous: "In Lourdes, the Grotto was my Heaven”. From the start of the trip (and that starts before we leave the UK) the emphasis is very much on ensuring that all the children have a wonderful fun-filled week. Each child travels and stays with a family group. Each group designs its own programme of events and activities, but there are a few things that most groups do : Easter Sunday Mass: the week in Lourdes kicks off on Easter Sunday for many with a Mass and lots of singing.
Thursday Trust Mass: over 5,000+ members of HCPT, the Irish Pilgrimage Trust, and other international groups come together in the Underground Basilica. For many this is the highlight of the week.