The old notice books which have been dug up for Billington's Blog reveal that in 1925, after the foundation of the Diocese under the patronage of Our Lady of Lourdes, a diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes took place led by our first Bishop, Thomas Wulstan Pearson. It became an annual event, often first advertised at this time of year so as to coincide with her feast. Organisers of this year's pilgrimage are encouraging pilgrims to book now - some information can be found on the Diocesan Website, here. For young people, there is information on the Youth Service site, here. The feast of Our Lady of Lourdes takes place this coming Wednesday. If you're free in the evening, please join us for the Rosary and Exposition at 7pm, and/or for Sung Vespers at 7:30pm, concluding with Benediction and a short torchlight procession.