Two successful "holidays corn pilgrimage " have just been concluded under the name of Our Lady's Pilgrims. This venture aims at enabling Catholic women of limited means to combine pilgrimages to places of Catholic interest, " off the beaten track," with a holiday abroad.
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result of a vow to Our Lady during the war.
The first tour lasted 15 days. Mass was said at Lisieux, Chartres, Nevers, Paray-le-Monial, Ars and Fouviere and the three shrines of Paris—Sacred Heart Basilica, Montmartre, Rue du Bac and Our Lady of Victories.
A week's holiday was spent at La Louvese, centre of the Apostolate of St. John Francis Regis, and Le Puy, an ancient pilgrimage shrine. The second tour lasted three weeks and began with Mass at Rocamadour and ended with participation in the celebrations in honour of Our Lady of Boulogne. At Lourdes, the group, affiliated to the Dublin pilgrimage, took part in the stirring celebrations on the Feast of the Assumption.
A week's holiday was spent on the Basque Coast, from which Loyola was visited.
During the two pilgrimages fifty Masses were said for the intention of a just and lasting peace.
The pilgrimage spirit is retained by a daily Mass and fifteen decades of rosary. Each pilgrim is expected to defray the cost of one Mass stipend in addition to other expenses. Of accommodation, the organiser's leaflet states bluntly : " Usually convents where food is good and abundant and we are welcomed for the love of God. For holiday resorts—hotelsthose unwilling to conform to early hours of convents cannot be accepted."
The organiser is Miss Whibley, 56 Thornton Avenue, Chiswick, London, W.4.
Dorset Altar Servers Rally
Coming from all parts of Dorset, 150 members of the Altar Servers' Guild of St. Stephen took part in a County Rally at St. Joseph's, Weymouth, on Sunday last.
Mgr. Grimshaw, Bishop of Plymouth, took part and carried the Blessed Sacrament in a procession
around the church. The Bishop afterwards addressed the Guild members and impressed upon them dignity of their office in the sanctuary.
Fr. Norbert, C.F., who conducted a very successful mission in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Morriston, Swansea, blessed, at the end of the mission. a statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The statue will be retained, for one week, by every family which has promised to say the Family Rosary.