This year the theme of the pilgrimage will be: 'St Joseph, Father and Servant'
In many ways the pilgrimage from ND Paris to ND Chartres is a walking retreat, as pilgrims pray, sing, and listen to prepared meditations. This year we will walk in the company of St. Joseph.
In a world where we are constantly bombarded with noise and distraction, who better to guide us than St Joseph? The great silence of St. Joseph, who utters not a word, points towards his inner life of prayer and devotion. As Cardinal Sarah says: 'silence is the indispensable doorway to the divine'.
The Irish Chapter, Chapitre St. Patrick, will once again join the Chartres Pilgrimage organised by Notre-Dame de Chrétienté. Our pilgrimage dates are from Friday 18th of May to Tuesday 22nd May.
Irish pilgrims make their own travel arrangements, meeting for the first time in Paris for Mass. The pilgrimage cost is approximately €280 per person, this includes hotel accommodation and dinner in both Paris and Chartres, and the pilgrimage fee. During the course of the pilgrimage pilgrims camp in tents provided at the campsite, soup, water, and bread are provided but pilgrims must bring supplementary food (see : what to bring).
For more information about the pilgrimage this year please contact John or Katie
Chapitre St Patrick has completed the 34th Pentecost Pilgrimage from ND Paris to ND Chartres.
We walked, prayed and sang from one cathedral to the other in honour of Our Lady. There were 20 pilgrims in the chapter with a further five joining for the first and last stage. Our pilgrimage ended on Tuesday morning with a final Mass in the crypt in Chartres. Pilgrims who walked with the Chapter in previous years, pilgrims who couldn't physically join us this year, and deceased pilgrims from the Irish Chapter were remembered in our prayers, particularly on the third day.
More information about this year can be found here: http://www.nd-chretiente.com/index-site.php
The theme for the pilgrimage is: Come, Holy Spirit
Pilgrims joining the Irish Chapter make thier own way to and from Paris. The cost of the pilgrimage includes accomodation in Paris and Chartres, dinner in Paris and Chartes and the pilgrimage fee, paid to ND de Chretiente. Pilgrims are also encouraged to make a contribution towards the cost of clergy.
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Itinerary for 2016
Friday 13 May
Pilgrims make their own way to Paris. (Information relating to travel, transport, and hotel will be emailed to pilgrims closer to the time of travel)
5:45pm - Pilgrims congregate at the Irish College, Paris
6:00pm - Holy Mass, in the Irish College
7:00pm - Dinner at Le Comptoir de Panthéon
Saturday 14 May
Pilgrims meet in the hotel lobby and travel with all their luggage to Notre Dame Cathedral, a 5min walk from the hotel. At the Cathedral pilgrims will be given an identity bracelet and will put their baggage onto the transport trucks to be delivered to the campsite (pilgrims keep one small bag with them for the day's journey).
6:00am - Pilgrims depart Hotel
7:00am - Holy Mass in Notre Dame
9:00am - Begin walking
8:00pm - Last pilgrims arrive in camp
Sunday 15 May
Following a night of camping, pilgrims place their baggage in the transport trucks and join chapter for the second day.
7:00am - Pilgrims leave campsite
Approx: 1:00pm - Pentecost Mass (outdoors)
8:00pm - Pilgrims arrive at the campsite
9:00pm - Benediction and Adoration at the campsite
Monday 16 May
This is the final day, and shortest, day of walking.
7:00am - Pilgrims leave campsite
11:00am - Lunch stop
15:00pm - Pilgrims begin to arrive in Chartres, Mass in the Cathedral
Following the end of the pilgrimage, Irish pilgrims collect their luggage and check-in at the hotel.
8:00pm - Dinner at Le Serpente
Tuesday 17 May
9:00am Holy Mass in the crypt of Notre Dame
The Irish Pilgrimage ends after this, although most pilgrims remain in Chartres for the afternoon and travel back to the airport by train for the last flight.
Patron Saints of the 2016 Pilgrimage:
St Catherine of Sienna - Saturday
St Pius X - Pentecost Sunday
The 21 Martyrs of the Holy Name of Jesus - Whit Monday