“Use this pilgrimage to link heaven and earth inside yourself”

This summer marks the 40th annual Brentwood pilgrimage to Lourdes. A record 253 young people and leaders from the Brentwood Catholic Youth Service spent 17 hours travelling in four coaches in order to support and help pilgrims to Lourdes.

Fr Dominic Howarth says: “In 1978 the first ever Brentwood pilgrim coach left Clacton and travelled at 30mph. There was no air conditioning and it took two days to reach Lourdes. We must thank Fr Bill Nix (right), the first youth chaplain to take young people to Lourdes; his legacy continues!”

At the Grotto Mass, pilgrims and BCYS helpers heard Bishop Alan’s inspirational words: “If we can notice things and people as Mary does, what a transformation that would be – inside of ourselves, heaven will touch earth.”

Play the link below from BCYS about the pilgrimage so far:




Fr Martin O’Connor preached at the opening Mass on the theme of being many parts of the true vine.


Fr Martin O’Connor preaches for our opening Mass for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brentwood pilgrimage on the theme of being many parts of the true vine ?

Posted by Brentwood Catholic Youth Service on Monday, July 23, 2018


Music from the Marian procession.

At the Grotto Mass, where Brentwood joined with Liverpool’s pilgrims, Bishop Alan gave a homily talking about the wedding feast at Cana and St Bernadette.

Watch the video here:




For a facebook update on day 2 of the pilgrimage from Fr Dominic see here: https://www.facebook.com/brentwoodcys/videos/10156333796809003/

You can also follow events at www.bcys.net

For more information go to https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/news/keep-touch-summer-lourdes-2018/




Bishop Alan's homily at the Grotto in Lourdes 2018

Pictures from Lourdes