Twenty three year 11 pupils and three members of staff from St Richard’s Catholic College took part in a successful pilgrimage to Lourdes at Easter as HCPT Central services Group 715.
The St Richard’s students acted as helpers to support young disabled children and their families throughout the week of pilgrimage.
Some ways in which they provided help included looking after the young children in order to give their family helpers a short break, teaching songs to the children, face-painting and animating for the family groups at the Torchlight and Trust masses.
The pupils also organised a fancy dress party for the children with games and prizes.
Additionally, the St Richard’s group took part in a wide range of other pilgrimage activities such as leading the HCPT torchlight procession, carrying banners at the Regional and Trust masses, forming the choir in the Underground Basilica for the Trust Mass which was streamed live on the digital signage back at St.Richard’s and delivering the Daily Tatler newsletter around Lourdes.
Pupils took prayer intentions for their families, the St Richard’s community and their parishes.
These were placed in the Grotto at Lourdes. A large candle was placed in the Grotto decorated with the names of people for whom the pupils wanted to pray during a special evening prayer time.
The pupils had a “fantastic” trip and were praised by the leaders involved in pilgrimage week.
Year 11 pupil, Taku Mativenga, said “I enjoyed everything about the week. It was great to see the love, commitment and teamwork all around Lourdes.”