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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Candlelight

So Friday, always and emotional day in Lourdes. The day we realise the time we have spent together as a group is coming to an end, for this week anyway. We have had a fabulous week and the young people we have brought with us have made a long lasting impression. We’ve had so many laughs together and each and everyone have been a privilege to spend time with.

We began Friday with by decorating the group candle and writing our petitions. The guys then went off shopping for a little while whilst deputy and leader got the arduous task of packing the boxes and figuring what need for next year’s trip. Not even home yet and we’re planning for the future.

After lunch Father came to bless the candle ready for us to take it to the grotto later in the evening. We continued the afternoon with a regional photo for the North West followed by mass.

This is where Hannah got to exhibit her exiled vocal talents and Jamie his acting prowess. They were both fabulous and super talented.

We then made our last visit to cafe for a great sing song with some other groups. Absolutely great fun. Thoroughly enjoyed by us all.

As dusk fell we set out for the grotto with our group candle. As always it was very emotional. We spend a short time there lighting the candle, reflecting on our week and thoughts turn to people at home. There were a few tears, which very quickly turned to laughter when one of our young people said ‘do you know the best thing about life…..Lego’.

Well what more can you say?? It has been one fabulous year with a marvellous group of people. I hope for us all to meet up at the reunion which we’ll confirm when we’re back.

So all that’s left to do is finish packing and get ready to leave!!

Come 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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The beach!

Well Wednesday was beach day!! What a ball we had, running in and out of the water and playing on the sand. The weather was absolutely beautiful and we couldn’t have wished for a better day. The two hour journey to St Jean de Luz is always well worth it. The rainbow pilgrimage invades the small town and brings life and party for an afternoon.

Night time was our annual lads and lasses night out dressed as where’s wally!! We get many comments and make many new friends on this night. I think Maureen and Magaret had a couple of men give them a peck on the cheek….even a member of the clergy!!
So today brings us to our BIG day as HCPT. The trust mass celebrating the diamond jubilee. It’ll be one to remember.

We’ll check in later. Keep following Facebook and Twitter throughout the day and we’ll keep you updated on our goings on!!

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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Party Time

Well today we had the Trust Mass. I hope you saw us?? Faces painted, colourful trousers and blue t-shirts. What a spectacle it was, hosted by the met deep south. We had a bit of rise and shine and sing it in the valleys. The morning was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

The afternoon saw the infamous ‘petit train’ also known as Group 75 water fight!! We headed around Lourdes on the train armed with water pistols and anyone in HCPT colours were fair game. Needless to say ‘drowned rats’ spring to mind. Videos and pictures to follow. 

The night ended in the party night and a bit of fancy dress. We had a few games and it was time for the weekly awards…

Best Dancer – Georgia
Best Wheelchair Pusher – Lewis
Best Make Up Advisor – Danielle
Best Singer – Kate
Best Diary Writer – Sean
Best Bouncer – Grace

We followed this with an amazing singing and dancing disco in a pub with many of the other groups! 

Tomorrow sees us having a lie in and a visit to the Animal Park, then the big pack.

Come Alive with 75!!

 

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Update

Sorry for another short delay in this post, Internet issues again, I am back with you now but I'm not sure for how long! Lets bring you all up to date with the last few days.

Wednesday was a long, busy but fun day at the beach. It was bright and sunny day so it was perfect for a day on the beach. St. Jean de Luz is a small fishing/tourist town, with a stunning long sandy beach and the sun had brought with it lots of groups from Lourdes and felt like our HCPT family was right there with us.

Once we had our packed lunch, provided by the hotel, we made our way on to the sand. Once a few footballs had gone flying around and a sandcastle was being constructed by Abbie and Cameron, Katie settled down to a good sunbathe and John had no problem if finding out how cold the Atlantic Ocean really is!

Ross loved making some helpers chase the football in to the sea and got his feet wet himself. And everyone got involved with with big parachute and all the children did brilliantly playing cricket!

Thursday morning was time for the Trust Mass. Hopefully some of you got to see the Mass on the webcams but if not they usually have the service online for a little while if you wanted to go on and watch. Have a look on the Lourdes website TV Lourdes – Le direct avec la vie des Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes | Lourdes

Trust Mass is always a very special time of the week, everyone can't help but dance, sing and be moved by the scales and warmth of the service. Over 5000 people on one place with fancy dress, face paints, flashing lights, bubbles and even very loud clown pants (should be easier to spot us on the webcams!)

The afternoon was filled with more crafts and art as the children all worked together to decorate the candle ready for Friday morning. They all wrote some prayers, thoughts or wishes on and beautifully covered the tall candle with stickers and ribbon. Tonight was all about our party! We went out for dinner tonight all in our finest costumes with Firemen, Pink Ladies, Princesses, Kangaroos and a Tiger amoungst the best of the group.

With a couple of other groups in the cafe there was yet more singing and dancing around the tables and not a scrap of food left over. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the night even with the rain bouncing on the streets of Lourdes outside.

The last act of the night is a few awards for the outstanding members of our group…the children. And we ae pleased to announce our winners are:

Best Helper – John

Best Dancer – Cameron

Best Baby Helper – Abbie

Best Pegger – Ross

Best Sunbather – Katie

One last message for the day is from our Group Leader Annmarie and Deputy Netty, to say thank you to all the helpers and the children that have helped to make this a great week for all and for helping make the week go smoothly.

Tomorrow is our final full day in France but we can't be sad as we have had a wonderful week and still have lots to do. Internet allowing we will post again tomorrow to let you know all about it.

 

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Lourdes Trust Mass 2011

As part of our week away we joined in with the huge HCPT Trust Mass for 2011 in the underground Basilica in Lourdes.  The trust mass is a joyous happy occasion where over 6000 people can take part in a mass made to be fun and as child-friendly as possible.

Singing and dancing galore, perfect for Group 75!  I have found this little video to show a taster of what it was like, this shows the final musical section with everyone dancing and singing along.  I have looked through for Group 75 and could only see the back of our flag, see if you can spot anything else?

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Hosanna House, Trust Mass & The Petite Train

Wednesday Afternoon

Hosanna House is a beautiful retreat based outside of Lourdes at the foot of the mountains, with amazing views all around.  HCPT had set up an arts & craft tent with Carmel helpers on hand to help with face painting and other arty activities.

Grace look great with her face painted at a ladybird, she even had little red antennae made for her head.  Katie had hers made to look like an Ice Queen and kept many of the Carmel helpers busy wanting to make things.  Kurtis had a colourful 75 painted on his arm and even made a button necklace and a cool poster with his name and favourite bikes on.

Even the helpers got involved with butterflies, batman, Rogi Bears and just right for our helpers…a couple of clowns!!

Thursday

Trust Mass this morning, were all HCPT group here in Lourdes this week come together in the underground Basilica.  The face paints were out again with everyone getting involved and we got to do some more of our favourite activities, singing and dancing!  The mass was streamed live on the Lourdes TV site so if anyone got chance to watch maybe they saw us?  If you missed it I am sure there will be a link to the filming up on the website soon.

After mass we get to decorate the group candle ready for lighting tomorrow, every child and helper left messages for family and friends to show we are all thinking about them, those that are far away and those no longer with us.

The little train that runs around Lourdes was our trip out for the afternoon, with everyone associated with HCPT being fair game for a water fight.  Helpers and children alike were soaked as the fun sometimes meant that when there were no targets around the water guns were turned on each other.

Tonight is party night with fancy dress and party food so the kids and helpers are all busy getting ready and getting the costumes on.

Back tomorrow with the last few posts from Lourdes 2011.

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