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Here you will find old news from previous Pilgrimages and build-ups to them…

Our 2019 Pilgrimage starts on Easter Sunday!

Fundraising Events 2019

19th Jan 2019Jumble Sale 10AM-11AMSt Barts Parish Centre
26th Jan 2019Quiz NightSt Barts Parish Centre
29th Mar 2019Golf DayVerulam Golf Club St Albans

7th Annual Fundraising Golf Day at Verulam Golf Course St. Albans

Here are some pictures of the golfers and dinner and auction attendees! Thanks to all who attended and raised funds for our forthcoming pilgrimage and thanks to those who organised the day! There are more pictures here.

Quiz Night

Thanks to all who helped prepare, set-up, perform and clear up after yesterday’s Quiz Night in aid if the 2019 pilgrimage. A superb sum of £1141 was raised in all – THAT’S BRILLIANT! Big slaps on the back all round! Here are some pix of the event unfolding, the tense concentration in the hall, the devoted-ness of our quiz mistresses (am I allowed to say that?) and even the raffle in full swing. Special mention to the True/False round… a new feature for me… and should be repeated – what a hoot!

Jumble Sale

Many thanks to everybody – Helpers and Customers who turned up to buy or help at the Jumble Sale this morning – all done and dusted by 11.45 and with such a large crowd I am sure it will be a goodly sum raised for Lourdes 2019 [Ed: we raised £512!] – So to next Saturday the 26th and the Quiz Night in St Barts Hall and before we know it the Golf Day, Dinner and Auction at Verulam Golf Club on March 29th – bookings for both events to Cathy Lovett at lovettcathy@hotmail.com – Phil

Fundraising Events 2018/2019

11th Dec 2018 HCPT Carol concert Westminster Cathedral
14th Dec 2018 Group 149 Carol singing Waitrose Verulam Estate
16th Dec 2018 Group 149 Carol singing Sainsbury’s Everard Close
18th Dec 2018 Group 149 Carol singing St Albans City Station

Father Tim Edgar’s final Mass at St. Bartholomew’s on 2nd September 2018

Pictures are here: 2 September 2018 Fr Tim’s farewell Mass


Jumble Sale – Saturday 22nd September 2018

Thank you to all who set up and took down today’s fundraising jumble sale and those who donated and bought items and made a rainy morning more cheerful!


Jumble Sale – Saturday 22nd September 2018

Our next fundraising jumble sale will be on 22nd September at 10AM, we will need donations to be sorted and displayed beforehand and help on the day. Watch out for Barbara Bliss’s invitation to help! Your support is greatly appreciated!


Father Tim Edgar is Leaving St. Bartholomew’s in September 2018


Fr Tim Edgar will be leaving St Bartholomew’s Parish, in St Albans Herts. on his appointment by the Cardinal as Rector and Parish Priest of Our Lady of Dolours, Hendon, London. His last weekend in St Bartholomew’s Parish will be 1st/2nd September.

The 10.30 Mass on 2nd September will be a Mass of Thanksgiving for Fr Tim’s 14 years of ministry and service to the Parish. During that time he has been unstinting in his support for HCPT and Group 149 as its Chaplain and has also served on the HCPT Spiritual Development Committee.

In addition to the 14 consecutive years traveling to Lourdes at Easter many of the HCPT group and parishioners have also been to Rome and The Holy Land on Pilgrimage with Fr Tim, we have many treasured memories of these trips.

We will miss him greatly both for his personal friendship and his spiritual guidance we wish him well as he starts this new chapter in his sacred ministry – he may be out of sight but he will never be out of mind

Phil Ahern – Group Leader HCPT Group 149 St Albans


Jumble Sale – Saturday 13th May 2018

Our next fundraising jumble sale will be on 13th May at 10AM, we will need donations to be sorted and displayed beforehand and help on the day. Watch out for Barbara Bliss’s invitation to help! Your support is greatly appreciated!

Golf Day – Friday 23rd March 2018 – Update

Group 149 held their sixth annual fundraising Golf Day at Verulam Golf Course St. Albans on 23rd March 2018. More than 70 golfers teed off during the morning from the 1st and 12th tees in a great spring day. Fortunately the weather stayed dry through the morning and afternoon, with just a sprinkling later in the evening.

Following the golf around 90 people enjoyed a three-course dinner with a raffle and auction of donated gifts. The auction items are listed below. And some photos of the day are here.

Thank you all to the players and the dinner guests and staff at Verulam for everything that you did to make it such a special event.

Golf Day Goodies!HCPT Auction 2018 Master Copy

Golf Day!


Golf Day – Friday 23rd March 2018

Group 149 will hold its annual fundraising Golf Day, Dinner and Auction at Verulam Golf Club on Friday 23rd March 2018.

The day will start with coffee and bacon rolls, before golfers head out in teams of four to play the historic Verulam Golf Course, home of The Ryder Cup. Tee times from 10am onwards.

Dinner and prizegiving in the evening will be 6.30 for 7pm and other halves/friends/non golfers are welcome to join us for this.

Golf and Dinner: £70. Dinner guests only: £30. Verulam members: £45 (to include coffee, bacon rolls, golf and dinner)

Please contact Cathy Lovett 07879 654284 / lovettcathy@hotmail.com to book golf and/or dinner or for further details.

As ever, your support is greatly appreciated!

Pilgrimage Dates 2018

Group 149 will be starting their pilgrimage on Monday 2nd April 2018 returning on Sunday 8th April 2018.

Group Mass – Sunday 11th February 2018

Group 149 celebrated a Mass at 10:30 on Sunday 11th February 2018, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, and afterwards in the St Barts Church Hall for Tea and Coffee.

HCPT Training Day – Sunday 4th February 2018

North West Met Area Training Day was held for new and previous volunteers from all the NW Met area at Cardinal Vaughan school West London on 4th February 2018.

Quiz Evening – Saturday 27th January 2018

Update: Great result! Thanks to everyone who helped set-up and take-down and all the “eggheads” that attended! Special thanks to Cathy and Andy for their services to quizzing and HCPT Group 149! 

Our fundraising Quiz Night is going to be held in St Bartholomew’s Parish Hall on Saturday 27th January, 2018, 7.30 for prompt 8pm start. Tables of 8. £5 per person. Please bring your own drink and glasses, as well as nibbles if desired. Tickets available from Cathy Lovett 07879 654284 / lovettcathy@hotmail.com.

As ever, your support is greatly appreciated!

Jumble Sale – Saturday 20th January 2018

Update: thank you to those that helped set-up, sort, present, sell, and clear up after the jumble sale. Amount raised: £406

Our next fundraising jumble sale will be on 20th January, we will need donations to be sorted and displayed beforehand and help on the day. Watch out for Barbara Bliss’s invitation to help! Your support is greatly appreciated!

Carol Singing 2017

Update: we raised over £500! Thank you so much to those who participated and those who gave! There are some photos on the Group 149 Facebook page – here.

It’s great fun and all ages/voices are warmly invited to join us [especially children] – musicians particularly welcome. We have these dates arranged to exercise your vocal chords, enter into the spirit of the occasion and raise some funds! So wrap up well, bring your voices and chosen musical instrument if you have one, and please join us at:

Waitrose (Mayne Avenue) Friday 15th December 2017 from 6pm – 8pm

Sainsbury’s (Everard Close) on Sunday 17th December 2017 from 2pm – 4pm

St Albans City Station on Tuesday 19 December 2017 from 6pm – 8pm

Words/music sheets/music stands, Santa hats, water and sweets provided..!  More information from Barbara Bliss [Tel.873672]

Christmas 2015

A joyful and prayerful Christmas to all members and supporters of Group 149- 93 days until we travel!

2015 Reunion

Sunday 19th saw the reunion of the 2015 pilgrimage group. It was wonderful to see you all and we look forward to seeing you all at future events.

Here is a link to the video for the 2015 pilgrimage

Group 149 Golf Day

On Friday 20th, Group 149 held its annual Golf Day. With 60 golfers, and over 100 people attending the dinner, it was the largest one yet. Group 149 was very pleased to welcome Phil Sparke and Caroline Bennett from HCPT HQ to the dinner. A huge thank you goes out to all those who supported the group, and to all those who continue to support it- with out you, the group would not be able to function.

There is a short video with some highlights of both the golf and the dinner available here, on our Facebook page and on Youtube.

HCPT Carol Singing

Friday, 19 December from 6-8pm at Sainsbury’s, Everard Close – Christmas hats, music and words provided, – children most welcome – great fun but often cold, so do wrap up warm!! Please sign flip chart at the back of Church.

Also, Monday, 22 December, 6-8pm at St Albans City Station. Queries to/more info. from Barbara Bliss 01727 873672

Group 149’s 2014 Video

Well, we’re half way from one journey to Lourdes and half way to the next!

As we prepare for our 2015 pilgrimage, all those that contribute to the group in whatever way remain in our prayers.

HCPT 2014 Promo Video

Our 2013 YouTube Video

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