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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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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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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Party Time!

One big party…..

Thursday could not have been a better day. We began the day donning our harlaquin pants and heading to trust mass and wow it was fantastic. All of HCPT under one roof singing and dancing. All the colours of the rainbow is a sight to behold. There was pegging and badge swapping happening throught, whilst also remembering why we are here. I hope many of you got to watch it. It truly was one of the best.

If you missed the live stream the video is on the Lourdes site so please watch back and look out for us, you can’t miss those pants! click here – HCPT Trust Mass 2016

Though the weather has turned now and the sun has maybe headed to Britain, the rain will never dampen our spirits and the shorts will still be on display. We embarked upon the ‘petit’ train journey around Lourdes to the sites. Though in true HCPT style water guns were involved. Therefore anybody wearing colours was fair game. Unfortunately that meant those on the train too!!! Needless to say we were super wet when we disembarked and in need of a warm shower.

Thursday evening sees our annual fancy dress party night!! We had lady gaga, pirates, hula girls, superman to name but a few. We had a wonderful time and even our regional chair, Richard, popped in by to see us.

Our last full day is starting and we’ve got so much to do, so ciao for now!

Come Alive with 75!!

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Busy 2 days

Well it has been a busy last two days, so apologies in the delay for this.

Yesterday was hectic with a lovely day out at the port of St Jean de Luz. We spent time on the beach and had a paddle in the sea. The weather was beautiful and the factor 50 was out. By the time we got back we had to get ready for our party night, where we headed off to one of the local cafes for icecream and dancing. There were some excellent fancy dress costumes ranging from Obe Wan Ken obi to a strawberry. I’m sure you’ve all witnessed the dancing :). So a relatively late night entailed.

Thursday morning saw the most amazing Trust Mass lead by the West Indies! It was fantastic. The music was brilliant and the atmosphere electric in the underground Basilica. What a way to start winding up the week.

In the afternoon we had the customary trip around Lourdes on the little train, however as added extra we had the water guns. Anybody dressed in HCPT wear was deemed fair game 🙂 and that included us helpers. Drenched, soaked and ringing wet were some of the words used to describe the look of us after a short 30 minutes!! Fabulous fun 🙂

Tonight where’s wally made an appearance at various spots around lourdes after we had had our weekly presentation night, of which we had the pleasure of our regional chair Richard. He was able to see the joy and enthusiasm our group exudes.

We have had a great couple of days and there only remains one full day left 😦
We have had a ball!!!

Come Alive with 75! 

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Reunion reminder

Just a reminder to everyone that tonight is our reunion for the Group 75 Easter Pilgrimage. It kicks off at 7:30pm at the St. Mary’s club in Kells. All are welcome so come and join us with a buffet, entertainment and a little video of the week to show everyone not lucky enough to enjoy the week we had!

See you all later!

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Party Night and Our Last Day

Thursday (night)

PARTY NIGHT!! Along with group 36 we had a fabulous night with great fancy dress costumes on show, from Wilma Flintstone to Bananaman.  Prizes were given out to Group 75 winners listed as below:

  • Best Dancer 2011 – Katie
  • Best Romeo 2011 – Adam
  • Best Swimmer 2011 – Kurtis
  • Best Singer 2011 – Grace
  • Best Helper 2011 – Chad
  • Best Jumper 2011 – Rheanne
There was lots of dancing and games for everyone to get involved in and was a great way to start the beginning of the end of what has been a fabulous week in Lourdes.

Friday

The group started the day with a trip to the aquarium.  We saw sharks, turtles and even Nemo on our walk through the seas of the world.  We hot footed it back as there was a little celebration of a wedding to catch as everyone was excited to see the dress and it didn’t disappoint.

The afternoon began with a trip to the grotto to light this years group candle (you may remember we decorated this the other day?) we said a small prayer for those people at home.  After this we continued on to mass together with the North East Region, as they very kindly invited us to celebrate the week we have all had together.

Unfortunately, as the end draws near, it’s time to start the packing for our early start in the morning.  Hoping to be back in sunny Blighty by noon, looking forward to seeing family and friends to tell them more about our week!

See you all soon, and in a few days we will be back on here to give a review of the week, add some pictures, news of the reunion and even information on how you can help for 2012.

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