British Pilgrims entering the Cathedral at Chartres

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Theme for 2011

The theme for Chartres 2011 is "The Gospel of Life" and so this year's Pilgrimage will, in effect, be a great Pro Life March.  Each day of Pilgrimage has a sub-theme and a Patron Saint.  On the first day of Pilgrimage, the "saint" will be Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the sub-theme is "The Gospel of Life, a Gift of God"; on Pentecost Sunday, our patron is Saint Maria Goretti and the sub-theme is "The Gospel of Life, a Gift for Man"; and the Patron for Pentecost Monday is Our Lady of Guadalupe and the sub-theme is "Proclaim the Gospel of Life."  Under the information section of this Website, there are biographies of Blessed Mother Teresa and St. Maria Goretti and information on Our Lady of Guadalupe can be accessed by clicking the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. There is also a Presentation of the Theme for 2011 here.  Rally under the Banner of Life!

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Chartres Reunion & Mass in Preparation

National Chaplain, Fr Martin Edwards, celebrates Mass 

We hope that everyone enjoyed the reunion/Mass in Preparation last Sunday.  There was a good mix of doughty regulars and new people.  Apologies to Fr Basden for taking half of his congregation!  Despite taking my new camera, I neglected to take any photographs, so we are indebted to Dr Joseph Shaw, the LMS Chairman, for the above photograph.  Other photographs are available on the Chairmans blog, where there is also a report on the Reunion.  The Mass was very beautiful with a more than competent choir singing Mozart's Spatzen Mass.  Conor Carroll, Chartres Pilgrim and now married to Madeleine Readings, gave an interesting talk regarding the Good Counsel Network which does sterling work in not only persuading women to keep their babies, but also offering practical help in order to allow them to do so.  Further information at The Good Counsel Network.   Congratulations to Conor and Madeleine who are expecting their first child in April.  This was followed by lunch in the Parish Hall.  Information for Chartres 2011 was available and there was informal discussion around the Pilgrimage.  A very enjoyable Sunday afternoon.