HCPT Group 75

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You Are Special!

Today was trust mass. I hope you managed to catch some of it?? The theme for today, presented to us by the American group, you are special. A very poignant message varied throughout truest mass today. As always it was a wonderful, beautiful affair and it really is an experience that cannot be put into words. It truly has to be experienced. The love that is felt in the underground basilica cannot not be expressed in this text. It is a magical affair.

Also today is a special day for one of our helpers, Jenna. Happy Birthday to lovely kind lady that has chosen to spend her birthday on the journey that is group 75 in Lourdes. To celebrate we had cake and candles at lunch time, which went down a treat.

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This afternoon was the traditional journey on ‘le petit train’, commonly known as the wettest train ride ever.
Adorned with water pistols, 20 litres of ‘spare’ water, we headed for the train. What ensued has been caught on camera (one for the reunion), however there was not a dry tshirt amongst us. A fabulous afternoon well spent!

Tonight was party night!! Yey!! Dancing and singing, party food and icecream, what more could you want?!! It was a perfect evening for our price giving:
Best Disney dancer – Madalena
Best gymnast – Angel
Best actor – Kieran
Best little mischief maker – Joshua
Best flirt – Rowan
Best overcoming fears – Carlianne

It has been another wonderful day, and one full one to go!

Come Alive with 75!!!

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Time to Hit the Beach

Wednesday, traditionally known as beach day!! Well it started with a 7am wake up call, yawn zzz!! We needed to be on the bus and leaving by 8.40am from the coach park.

St Jean de Luz is on the south west coast of France, and takes close to two and half hours from Lourdes. The coach journey as always was filled with music, and we learnt a couple of new songs from group 44.

Once we arrived at the beach the sun was shining, it was lovely and warm and we set about having our lunches on the beach. Then followed games, rounders and limbo, burying each other in the sand, building sandcastles and for a few a little dip in the Atlantic. Wow it was chilly!!!!!

We left to return back to the hotel at around 4.30pm just as the heavens opened and the rain came. Unfortunately it followed us all the way back to Lourdes and dented our plans for a girls and boys night out. The boys did indeed venture out in the rain, whereas the ladies still dressed up, put some make up on and grabbed some music and danced away in the hotel. A lovely but tiring day had by everyone.

Trust mass is tomorrow, for many the highlight of the week. Starts at 10am here, so that’s 9am for you at home. The crazy trousers will be in, so keep a look out for us.

Come Alive with 75!!!

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Busy Day

Tuesday, what a full day!! We began with a fun hour at the play base run by the youth group. There was lots of arts and crafts, face painting and a lot of running around. There was plenty of glitter men and women made and a big person with all our names on, hopefully to be seen at Trust Mass on Thursday.

This afternoon we met up with our counterparts from the North West Region, Group 56 from Preston. We had our individual group photos, and also the regional photo. After this we went and celebrated mass together, with the theme of ‘You are special’. Taking home the sentiment that we are all special in our own way. The story of the Good Samaritan was re-enacted, with two of our group volunteering to be the bandits. Any chance to beat someone up hey?!!!

A well earned icecream was overdue by 4.30pm, so we headed to the cafe and shared some refreshment and had a little look through the messages that have been sent. We really do love reading them.

The highlight of the day came with the Torchlight Procession. During the Procession, we recite the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful or Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary.  At the beginning of each decade, a few words in several languages give direction to the prayer so that it does not become a monotonous repetition. The Ave Maria and other hymns can be heard in many languages. Then follows a HCPT twist, where singing and dances ensues at the end. Rise and Shine is always very popular!!!

Come Alive with 75!!!

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Caves and Water Fights

So today, Monday, started overcast with warm breeze as we headed out after breakfast to the caves at Betharram. We meandered around to the coach park where we were treated to our own mini bus. Once we were all safely loaded and belter in, we set off on the 15 minuted journey into the hills.

The caves consist of a small walk through the caverns, down several sets of steps, allegedly over 400!!!! Then a little boat road and then a 1km train ride. Learning about stalactites and stalagmites, and the many years it takes for them to finally join. All enjoyed it, if not a little tired after!

We arrived back at around 12.45 for lunch, followed by half hour recovery before heading down the Meadows for the customary refreshment of cool water shot from a pistol. So yes the traditional water fight ensued. Needless to say there was not a dry person around…. safe to say it was wonderfully warm and beautifully sunny!! So once soaking we set about drying out by playing parachute games, and running around with all the other groups who had chosen to enjoy the sunshine today. I don’t know if many caught the life feed of our Meadows adventure?!!

Once the afternoon was beginning to come to a close we went along to a Lourdes favourite pastime of a sing song in the cafe! A cool refreshment later and we arrived back at the hotel to fill in diaries, reflecting and keeping a record of all we have done.

So as we head for tea tonight and then hopefully an early night, we’ll bid you au revoir until tomorrow!!

Come Alive with 75!!!

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Time to Come Alive

Well after a long and slightly delayed journey yesterday, everyone woke up a little sprightly this morning ready for what the day ahead held.

After a chocolate fuelled breakfast some (ever flowing Nutella) we headed out into the Lourdes sunshine. We headed to our tradition starting point at the the story of Bernadette. Our lead story teller isn’t with us this year, but John stepped into Maureen’s shoes and did a fine job.

Afterwards we headed to the grotto, so everyone could have a look and relate to the story they had just heard. Heading past the grotto we saw all your he work that has been put in in marking Lourdes slightly safer from the water damage of the past.

Then lunch beckoned where everyone tried a bit of everything, even if they weren’t sure. Some were a success and some not so….

After dinner was the customary Lourdes treasure hunt, getting other groups to do the YMCA a particular highlight this year! The winning team for the second year running was Kala and Sams team, with teammates Carlianne, Angel, Abbie and Joshua. Well done guys!!

Next turned out annual Easter egg competition. There was a high class of entry this time….
The best Ladybird egg – Carlianne
The best Easter sign egg – Rowan
The best Daisy egg – Angel
The best butterfly egg – Kieran
The best PJ masks egg – Joshua
The best purple egg – Mads

Well it’s time for showers and bed time as we close in on what has been a fabulous day. Thank you for on going support and messages, it means a great deal.

Come Alive with 75!!!

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Day 7 – A Magical Week

Well today started with a late get up….for some anyway. We headed to the Munster Bar for a bit of brekkie. Sausages, bacon etc….a nice change from bread, cheese and croissants.

Then the Friday shopping trip commenced, lad and lasses, jumpers and perfumes. I think everyone shopped until they dropped.

One of our final traditions is to write up our petitions for the group candle of messages and thanks. We decorated it, made it special, ready to take to the Grotto later on at night. Father Hugh from Group 56 came to bless the candle and shared some prayers.

As the afternoon progressed we went for our final sing song in the cafe and happened to stumble across a Scottish sing off, however they accommodated us nevertheless. Great fun was had by all.

As dusk arrived at Lourdes we took our final walk to the Grotto and to light our candle. A very emotional time for all of the group where we offer thanks to those who helped us achieve another successful week, but to those who also need our prayers.

We have had the most wonderful, magical week and we thank from the bottom of our hearts for helping us achieve this. The children and young people have had a fabulous time and that’s all we could wish for.

Group 75, love you all deep down in our hearts!

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Day 6 – Party Time!

Just wow!!!

Trust mass, is something that cannot be explained, it has to be witnessed. I hope the videos we’ve put on portrays just some of the magic that was felt in the underground basilica. It was fabulous. Darcey and Angel carried out the phenomenal honour of carrying our banner and the regional banner for the North West.

Our afternoon consisted of the obligatory train ride around Lourdes, with a bit of a twist!! Water!! As it happens one of the groups was already waiting for us, armed and loaded!! One of us managed to hit a nun….no names ay Sam 🙂 much fun was had as always….highlight to the week.

The evening was party night! Dancing and pie face, what more could you want?! Our regional chair even had a go…. the video of Grandma (Maureen) is still making me laugh.

It was also awards night;
Best Dancer – Angel
Most Inquisitive- Lewis
Best Banner Carrier – Darcey
Best Singer – Dylan

Wonderful day with wonderful people! Making memories….

Coming alive with 75!!

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Beach Day!!!!

Earlier rising today and we were all excited for beach day. A long journey though it is St Jean de Luz, it really is worth it.

We did pretty much everything we’d do on the beach, jump in the sea, eat ice creams, play with the ball, bury each other, all whilst fully covered in factor duffle coat. It was awesome!! Lots of photos for this day which I’m sure you’ve already seen pop up.

The return journey, was full of singing and sleeping and once again a great rendition of ‘castle on the Hill’ by our super boy!

The evening was spent with out friends from the North East, group 36, with a large sing song of many different hits from the years. Our VIPs were not shy and loved every minute!!!

What a memorable day!! Definitely coming alive with 75!!!!

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Day 4 – Torchlight

So today was all about making new friends and great memories!!!

We began with lots and lots of chocolate, croissants, bread and cheese! As I’ve said before food, food and more food. Nobody will starve whilst we’re away.

So playbase was our destination of the morning, face painting, crafts and decorating the trust mass banner. The kids had fabulous fun, but so did the oldies 🙂

Then it was back for lunch and a little rest before we headed out to meet our regional buddies. For some it was the first meeting our friends from Group 56, the Preston group. We celebrated mass together, with a great rendition of rise and shine.

We all jumped in the group the photo, which I’m assured was ‘fantastic’, but we wait to see…

Obviously we ventured to the ‘cafe’ for a little liquid refreshment and ice cream, and a little bask in the sun. Have I mentioned the weather is on top form. Truly beautiful. The sun has most definitely got his hat on 🙂

So last night was the Torchlight procession was as beautiful as always, and very hard to describe in words. A wonderful candle lit walk through the domain where all of HCPT joined together, most definitely to be experienced.

Fabulous week being had by all!! Coming alive with 75….

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Day 3 – Caves and Sing Songs!

Well what a fabulous day we have had!! Obviously the day started with croissants and chocolate….well for some of us anyway. We then made our first excursion out to the caves – grottes de Betharram. Darcey reliably informs me we went up and down 416 steps, whilst going 80m underground. The culmination is a short boat road followed by a mile train ride….Dylan’s favourite part!! There were songs a plenty… let it go, the circle of life, a full Disney morning 🙂

Back for lunch, yes you guessed it….three courses!!!

The afternoon was an afternoon of play on the meadows. The idea was to play a few games and then have a little water fight, but where water and group 75 are concerned the water fight started first….and we got soaked!! The sun was out so we all dried out and then played a few parachute games. It was a lovely afternoon, lots of memories made.

The afternoon finished with a few songs in the cafe…led by ourselves. We are definitely vocal compared to many groups.

Hope you’re keeping up to date with us! We miss everyone but we’re having a wonderful time!!

We’re absolutely alive with 75!!!

 

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