Monday – The Feast of St Augustine of Canterbury

Today is an arrival day, with pilgrims joining by coach and by air throughout the day. 

We think of our pilgrimage intentions:

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for May
For the formation of religious and seminarians - We pray that religious women and men, and seminarians, grow in their own vocations through their human, pastoral, spiritual and community formation, leading them to be credible witnesses to the Gospel

The Church throughout the world
Pope Francis, Bishop Stephen Wright - Bishop of Hexham & Newcastle, the Canonisation of Blessed Dominic Barberi.

The Sanctuary of Lourdes
Bishop Jean-Marc Micas - Bishop of Tarbes & Lourdes, Father Michel Daubanes - Rector of the Sanctuary and all Sanctuary staff and volunteers.

Our Diocese
Archbishop Bernard. 
Assistant Bishop David, 
Bishops Elect Richard & Timothy
Bishops Emeriti - Philip & William. 
Episcopal Vicars: Canon Paul Fitzpatrick and Canon Paul McNally. 
Our Priests, Deacons, Religious & Laity. 

Our Intentions
Vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and the Consecrated Life. 
All our parishes and communities as we seek to implement the Diocesan Vision. 
Christian Unity.
Those whose intentions we bring to Lourdes. 
All those who celebrate anniversaries whilst in Lourdes. 
All who are Sick. 
All victims of abuse, injustice or violence Refugees and Asylum Seekers. 
An end to the wars in the Holy Land, Ukraine and all parts of the world.
Our Benefactors. 
The Faithful Departed.

Mass at Rosary Basilica - Homily

Fr Craig Szmidt gave the homily:

To Jesus through Mary

"There is one question that will be asked many times in the coming days: “How many times have you been to Lourdes?”  But even if it’s your first time, or if you’re a relatively new to the Lourdes Pilgrimage you will very quickly feel at home, as we once again begin gathering here as an Archdiocese. 

"It doesn’t matter if this is your first, third, tenth, or fiftieth time – or even if you’ve lost count – Lourdes somehow finds a special place within our hearts.  Whatever our reason for coming here on pilgrimage – whatever our illness, our burdens or our difficulties – we bring them before Jesus in faith."

Read full homily

Photo gallery: Mass at Rosary Basilica