Posts by Matt Betts

All welcome

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in pilgrimage | 0 comments

As the Catholic Association Trustees, we are looking forward to welcoming you on the Catholic Association Pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2018 from 24th to 31st August, with flights from Stansted, Birmingham and Southampton.  Tangney Tours will be sending out full details in the very near future to all on their mailing list. Since running our first Pilgrimage over 100 years ago, we have welcomed pilgrims from all parts of the UK and, indeed, from across the world.  Therefore, although it is with disappointment that we must advise you that Portsmouth Diocese has decided not to participate in this year’s Pilgrimage as a Diocese, those who have travelled with Portsmouth in the past will be very welcome to join any of our other groups, in particular the “CA Annual” group for those with no particular allegiance to other dioceses.  We understand no other Lourdes Pilgrimage will be offered by Portsmouth Diocese in 2018.  The Catholic Association recognises the very large number of Portsmouth Pilgrims who have come with our Pilgrimage from Portsmouth, some for more than 40 years, and especially the Priests and Nurses, Doctors, Brancardiers, Handmaids and of course the Assisted Pilgrims and hope that they will continue to feel welcome on the Pilgrimage, this year and hopefully into the future. We also understand that the Carmelite Group will not join the Catholic Association Pilgrimage as specific group this year.  The same warm welcome is extended to those who have travelled with the Carmelites over the last few years. The remaining component groups of the Catholic Association, namely, Clifton, East Anglia, Northampton, Southwark, Stonyhurst College, and the Glanfield Group will be joining us as usual. We do look forward to seeing you with us on Pilgrimage in...

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Richard Long-Fox, RIP

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in prayers, RIP | 0 comments

It is with sadness, but trusting in the loving mercy of God that we advise Richard Long-Fox died peacefully on Friday 23 February 2018. He died after a short acute illness at the Nursing Home where he had been living since last October. His daughters, Judy, Sadie and Alice, thank everyone for the prayers and kind messages sent last autumn when Richard was first unwell. Richard worked successfully as the CA Hospitalité Treasurer for six years until 2012. Richard also volunteered as a brancardier for many years up till recently. The funeral details are below. Please keep Richard and his family in your prayers. May he rest in peace and rise in glory! Funeral arrangements There will be a requiem mass for Richard on Friday 23 March 2018 11:30am, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6JR. Family flowers only. If desired, donations to The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture (registered Charity no. 1000340). Private Cremation. Tisbury has a rail station on the line from London Waterloo to Exeter. To allow planning for refreshments, if you are planning to attend, or if you have any other enquiries, please...

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70th official miracle declared

Posted by on Feb 11, 2018 in Lourdes news | 0 comments

A very special announcement was made at 12 noon in Lourdes today – by the Bishop of Lourdes and simultaneously by the Bishop of the French Diocese of Beauvais – that the 70th official miracle through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes has been officially recognised. The cure of Soeur Bernadette Moreau, studied in depth by the members of the Lourdes International Medical Committee of world-wide experts is now declared miraculous. (Thanks to Kathleen Dawson)...

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160 years ago..

Posted by on Feb 11, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Happy Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes! It was 160 years ago today that Our Lady first appeared to Saint Bernadette! Read more about the apparition that started so much on our pages, here.

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CA Hospitalité Newsletter – Winter edition now available

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Hospitalité, newsletter | 0 comments

Our winter issue is now available, CA Winter Newsletter 2017.

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