Papal Visit Update
Information for pilgrims - today's update from Monsignor Andrew Summersgill
Pilgrims are the term given to all those people who will be attending any of the public events that the Pope will be present at. Coordinators have been busy finalising information that pilgrims will need - things such as pilgrim passports, lists of what to bring and what not to bring, what will be available in terms of food & facilities, maps. This information will be available from the Papal Visit website by the end of the week. Detailed information about timings will be revealed later.
Following feedback from London based pilgrims, there is a reduction toward the Hyde Park contribution by half (from £10 to £5). The cut has been made by excluding travelcards from the pilgrim packs as most Londoners own Oyster cards. Contributions don't have to be direct, so for example the contribution can be raised through Parish fundraising.
Official online merchandise store
... contains many official customisable souvenirs available to buy now, but if you're unable to purchase now, you'll be able to pick souvenirs up at the events where merchandise providers will also be present!
... is being handled by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The site opened today. Journalists are invited to register their accreditation by clicking: https://www.thepapalvisit-media.org.uk/LandingAgreement.aspx
Applications need to be submitted by 00:01 BST on Wednesday 18th August.
Dress in style
Now I'm not saying the official Papal clothing ain't cool - I'll certainly be buying something from there, but I just wanted to point you to some slightly more urban looking gear! http://www.catholicswithattitude.net/ have a great selection of stylish youthful hoodies and shirts. I particularly like the benedict xvi hoodie for girls, and the Benedict 16 polo shirt for boys.
Key Upcoming Events
When: Thursday 26th August – Monday 30th August (Bank Holiday Weekend)
Where: The National Shrine to Our Lady in Walsingham, Norfolk, NR22 6AL
Visit the Walsingham festival blog that's now up and running! http://is.gd/e2vkL
Sanctuary@ Walsingham is Youth2000's (Y2k) annual prayer festival. I've never been before personally, but so many friends have recommended it to me, and I look forward to going this year! The Y2k Events webpage contains more information about getting there. If you would rather contact someone personally, get in touch with me, and I can pass you details!
When: Saturday 4th September 2010 at 19:00 - 23:00
Where: St Mary's Hall, St Alphonsus Road, Clapham Common, SW4 7AS
A night of live latino music, Samba & other Latino dancing, as well as fundraising for YWAM-Carlisle. Pure entertainment and a great night out at affordable prices! Be there, or be square!
Don't forget to contact me if you have questions - I can try to help as much as possible, or at least put you in touch with someone who can!