Cancellation of Birmingham Lourdes Pilgrimage 2021It is with great sadness that I must communicate to you the decision to cancel plans for the Archdiocese to travel on pilgrimage to Lourdes in the coming year. This decision has been made in consultation with Archbishop Bernard and the full pilgrimage committee. The reasons for this decision flow from the uncertainties surrounding the continuing Covid 19 pandemic. The safety of all pilgrims, but especially that of the frail and sick, has always been assured by our dedicated medical team. At present they are all working with the added demands of the pandemic, and it is doubtful that they would have the capacity to complete the necessary assessments that always precede our Lourdes pilgrimage. Our schools and youth have played an increasingly important and much appreciated part on our pilgrimages in recent years. As we are all aware, schools and young people have been subject to serious interruption since the beginning of the pandemic. We therefore fear that they would find it difficult to commit to a pilgrimage in 2021. The Lourdes pilgrimage committee has therefore come to the decision that we cannot continue with arrangements for a pilgrimage in the coming year. Last year many joined us on a ‘virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes.’ We plan to provide the same in 2021. Let us commend ourselves, those who are sick, and those who mourn to Our Lady of Lourdes and her son Jesus Christ. Bishop David McGough (Chairman of the Birmingham Lourdes Pilgrimage Committee) All enquiries to the pilgrimage office: [email protected] Lourdes at Home Programme Although we cannot travel to Lourdes in person this year, we are arranging an online programme of events #Lourdes2Brum. This will be updated as the programme develops. All the videos for the day and for the previous days (so you can watch again) are available! Virtual Lourdes Videos Programme Each day will feature a live streamed Mass from a different location, a live streamed liturgy and then a pre recorded collaborative Marian procession. Alongside the daily schedule, video reflections will be published, reflecting on our time in Lourdes. The programme will be updated with links as they become available, and you can download a liturgy booklet to accompany you. Lourdes Liturgy Booklet Sunday 24 May 3pm: Archbishop Bernard Celebrates the Opening Mass from St Chad's Cathedral (this can also be watched on Facebook. The Facebook stream will include slides and images) 8pm: Virtual Marian Procession (Glorious mysteries) Monday 25 May 10am: Mass from Middlesborough with Bishop Terry Drainey 5pm: Livestreamed Zoom liturgy: Service of Healing and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Fr Tony Rohan 8pm: Virtual Marian Procession (Joyful mysteries) Tuesday 26 May 10am: Mass Our Lady and St Brigid, Northfield with Fr Cecil Rogerson 5pm: Livestreamed Zoom liturgy: Stations of the Cross with Fr Craig Szmidt 8pm: Virtual Marian Procession (Sorrowful mysteries) Wednesday 27 May 10am: Youth Mass from St John the Baptist, Alton with Fr Paul Whieldon 5pm: Virtual Blessed Sacrament Procession 8pm: Virtual Lourdes Concert with CJM Music Thursday 28 May 9.30am: Mass from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Bulkington with Fr Michael Gamble 5pm: Zoom liturgy: Reconciliation with Mgr Tim Menezes 8pm: Virtual Marian Procession (Luminous mysteries) Friday 29 May 9.30am: The Rosary, followed by: 9.50am: Thanksgiving Mass from Our Lady of Lourdes Yardley Wood with Canon Sean Grady 5pm: Closing Liturgy with Bishop David McGough All of the Masses and liturgies will be recorded so you can still watch them if you can't make the scheduled time. Prayers: Prayer of consecration to Mary I Choose You Today, Mary, in the presence of the angels and saints of heaven, for my Mother and Queen. I consecrate to you, in obedience and love, all that I am, all that I have, and all the good that I may do, putting myself and all that belongs to me entirely at your service, for the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls Act of Trust in Mary (Family of Our Lady of Lourdes) Blessed be God, our Fatherfor having created Mary so beautifuland for having given her to us as Motherat the foot of the Cross of Jesus.Blessed are You for having called us,like Bernadette,to see Mary in Your lightand to drink from the wellspring of Your Heart.Mary, you know the misery and the sin of our lives and the life of the world.We want to trust ourselves to You today,totally and without reserve.From you we will be reborn each dayby the power of the Spirit.We will live the life of Jesus as little servants of our brothers.Teach us, Mary,to bear the life of the Lord.Teach us the “yes” of your heart. Hail Mary (Ave Maria) Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,now, and at the hour of our death. Amen. Salve Regina Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: To thee do we send up our sighs, Mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus,O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.