Lourdes in your Living Room. Someone who watched last week’s pilgrimage said, “I feel like I have been in Lourdes for the last five days. Thank you. I even bought croissants for breakfast!”. For pilgrims of all ages the week had a great impact, and if you have missed it, or want to watch and pray again, it is all on YouTube – turn a Staycation into a pilgrimage! You’ll find everything at www.youtube.com/c/brentwoodcys. If you have comments or questions, simply email email@example.com or phone 01277373959. The 18 hour challenge has so far raised over £5,250, to be split between Cafod and the BCYS. Congratulations to all who took part, and thank you to everyone who has donated. More details www.bcys.net
Lourdes in your Living Room – hundreds of people from across the Diocese watched and prayed at Masses and liturgies last week, and enjoyed the social content too. Everything is on www.youtube.com/c/brentwoodcys, in case you missed it. Thank you for great generosity as over £4500 was raised by the “18 hour challenge” to be split between the BCYS, and CAFOD’s coronavirus appeal, “Summer of Hope”.
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Lourdes in your Living Room begins TOMORROW, Monday 27th July – a full week of pilgrimage for all ages; Bishop Alan will preach at the 10.30am Mass on Monday and each day includes Morning Prayer, Mass, Rosary and Angelus, Afternoon Reflection, and Evening Prayer, with the week also including a Marian (“Torchlight”) procession where the Hail Mary will be prayed in over 40 languages, as well as Stations of the Cross. A talent show offers a social element to the pilgrimage on Friday evening, and throughout the week there is a special programme for young people. Everything is on the YouTube channel www.youtube.com/c/brentwoodcys and full details, plus liturgy handbook, are at www.bcys.net/lourdes2020.
The 18 hour challenge: Overnight from 4.30pm yesterday (Saturday 25th) to 10.30am today, young people who would have been on the 18 hour coach journey to Lourdes have run 18km, passed a rugby ball 1800 times, painted 18 pictures, baked 18 cakes, cooked 18 curries … and much more. 44 young and older pilgrims have each walked 18miles, totalling the 792 miles from Brentwood to Lourdes. Sponsorship will be divided between Cafod’s coronavirus appeal, assisting the poorest in the world, as well as our own youth ministry, where funds have been hit hard. To donate online go to www.bcys.net/donate, where you will also find bank details for a bank transfer. Or post a cheque payable to “BRCDT Youth Service” to Fr Dominic, 18 hour challenge, Walsingham House at Abbotswick, Navestock Side, Brentwood, Essex CM14 5SH. Thank you for any sponsorship you can offer.
With many blessings
Fr Dominic and the whole BCYS “Lourdes in your Living Room” Team
Lourdes in your Living Room – from Monday 27th to Friday 31st July enjoy an inspiring daily pilgrimage programme, with Mass at 10.30 each day, Morning Prayer (9am) and Night Prayer (9.30pm) as well as afternoon reflections (4.30pm) from Bishop Alan, Michael Barwick, Rev Paschal Uche and Fr Paul Keane, Stations of the Cross (Friday 5pm) and a Marian (“Torchlight”) procession with the Hail Mary prayed in over 40 languages (Thursday 8pm). Everything will be streamed on YouTube (BrentwoodCYS), and the full timetable and links are at www.bcys.net This pilgrimage for all ages includes special events for those aged 15-23, as well as a talent show for all on the Friday evening – if you are a musician, magician, singer or dancer, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of how to send in your entertainment!
Please keep the whole pilgrimage in your prayers – with 10 hours of pre-recorded content and 14 hours of live content it is a major undertaking, and we hope as many people as possible will benefit from it. There will shortly be a liturgy booklet online, which we will also send as a PDF to parishes early next week, so it can be shared prior to the pilgrimage.
The 18 hour challenge. To mark the beginning of the Lourdes week, young people are using the 18 hours they would be spending on the coach (and remembering the 18 apparitions of Our Lady to Bernadette) in a wide variety of creative ways – including 44 of them (and Fr Dominic) each walking 18 miles, together covering the distance from Brentwood to Lourdes! Money raised will go to the BCYS and the CAFOD “Summer of Hope” Appeal. Sponsorship can be offered at www.bcys.net/donate or posted to Fr Dominic, 18 Hour challenge, Walsingham House at Abbotswick, Navestock Side, Brentwood CM14 5SH (cheques to “Brentwood Catholic Youth Service”). Our target is £1800 and we are very grateful for all sponsorship.
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