Once Again – Pilgrimage to Chartres

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The annual Catholic walking pilgrimage between the two French Cathedrals dedicated to Our Lady (Notre Dame), from Paris to Chartres, will take place this coming Pentecost weekend. I have written about it on CP&S many times before, for example see HERE and HERE. It is extremely tough – a fast-paced 70 mile walk over three days – where great physical fitness is necessary. Yet even the young, usually the strongest and fittest of all the pilgrims, suffer unavoidable aches, pains and exhaustion. It can only be the love and courage of the Holy Spirit, pouring down His abundant spiritual gifts upon the pilgrims that inspires us forward with such tremendous joy, despite the hardships, that makes the grace-filled Chartres pilgrimage so unique.

This year the British ‘chapters’ leave by coach for France on 13th May, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, after attending a Traditional Latin Mass at 7am. in the crypt of Westminster Cathedral. What a great way to start off, under Our Blessed Lady’s protection on the 99th anniversary of her first appearance to the little shepherd children at Fatima!

In the first video below, Michael Matt, who walks in the U.S. chapter, gives an interesting explanation of what the Chartres pilgrimage is all about.

In the second video you can watch some clips from the 2015 pilgrimage, plus descriptive testimonies from some of those who took part last year.

Once again I shall take all your intentions, especially those on our ‘Prayer Intentions’ page, with me this year, on the 2016 pilgrimage. Please pray for us too.

(See HERE for further details.)

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6 Responses to Once Again – Pilgrimage to Chartres

  1. ginnyfree says:

    I’m a very poor Widow. Has anyone got airfare and lodging to donate? I’m not shy of begging when comes to pilgrimage. It would be an alms deed that is doubled because not only am I a Widow, but I’m also an orphan. So, if some person felt the need to give a pilgrimage to a Widow who otherwise would not be able to go on such a once-in-a-lifetime event, they’d actually merit a blessing for doing so in the right frame of mind for the right reasons. I’m just sayin’………………..God bless. Ginnyfree.

  2. kathleen says:

    Dear Ginny, thanks for bringing up the subject of funds! Yes, it’s quite an expensive trip for our American and Canadian friends, but very reasonable for us Europeans who don’t have to cross the gigantic Atlantic Ocean!
    All the Chartes pilgrimage groups that take part from every country (mostly French ones of course) have offered funding for Catholic pilgrims who can’t afford it themselves but wish to go. That is accomplished through the generosity of those who add an amount, whatever they can afford, for just such pilgrims when they fill up their administration forms and cheques. Although most of those who benefit from these donations are students, I’m pretty sure widows and orphans could be included too.🙂

    Now, I must get on with my packing…

  3. ginnyfree says:

    Rub it in Kathleen. Packing????? Geeze Loueeeze. On the more serious side, please remember me when you arrive and carry with you in your “pack” my intentions. May the joy of finding the most Holy Queen Mother awaiting your arrival be magnified in the Lord justly for every step you take on your journey. God bless. Ginnyfree.

  4. toadspittle says:

    Buen Camino!
    D’oh. Wrong language.

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  6. Christina says:

    I’d love to go next year, or maybe the following year. . . #tradcat #husbandhunting😉

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