Brenda Wright, a member of the Carmelite Third Order, deep in prayer at the Grotto.
An early rise was necessary on Monday in order to attend Mass at the Grotto at 8.30am. The Grotto where Our Lady appeared to Saint Bernadette in 1858 is very much the heart of Lourdes, and celebrating the Eucharist there reminds us of Our Lady's call for us to live fully the Gospel.
The Catholic Association pilgrims gathered at the Crowned Virgin statue and processed together to the Grotto.
Processing to the Grotto.
Assisted Pilgrims being 'rolled' to the Grotto by hundreds of volunteer helpers.
Having gathered at the Grotto pilgrims were called to prayer by the talented music group, made up of volunteers on the Catholic Association pilgrimage.
The C.A. music group.
Carmelite friars Fr. Wilfrid McGreal and Fr. Francis Kemsley (front)
processing with other clergy to the Grotto.
Fr. Francis Kemsley, O.Carm. (right) arriving at the Grotto for the Eucharist.
During the offertory members of the Helpers' Children's Programme
presented their artwork on the Pastoral Theme for 2011
"With Bernadette, Praying the Our Father".
Fr. Tony Rogers celebrating Mass at the Grotto.
Fr. Tony Lester, O.Carm., among the concelebrants
"The peace of the Lord be with you always."
Carmelite Pilgrimage Director Johan Bergström-Allen sharing the sign of peace.
Carmelite group member Shell Roca signing for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Fr. Tony Lester, O.Carm., distributing communion during the Grotto Mass.
Fr. Wilfrid McGreal, O.Carm., processing from the Grotto Mass.
Fr. Francis and other Carmelite pilgrims lining up for the pilgrimage photograph.
The pilgrimage photograph captures something of
the scale of the Catholic Association.
The Catholic Association's Young Helpers Group.
(right-left) Karisha and David with their University Chaplain
and fellow Lourdes volunteer Fr. Tony Lester, O.Carm.
Lay Carmelite Angela Bergström-Allen and her son Johan both work
as volunteer helpers during the Catholic Association's week in Lourdes.
This was followed by a Tea Party in the Accueil Notre Dame, organised by the Helpers' Children's Programme.
Carmelite group pilgrims Helen Carroll (seated) and Matthew Betts,
with former Catholic Association Hospitalité President Nell Atkin,
enjoying themselves at the HCP Tea Party.
On Monday evening Fr. Tony was invited to give the blessing at the Glanfield Group's celebration of Night Prayers.
Fr. Tony giving the blessing at Glanfield Night Prayers
(with a little help from group member Errol Bracken!)