Travelling to Lourdes, in whatever capacity, is a wonderful experience full of fun, companionship, friendship and laughter. Each person on our pilgrimage brings distinctive gifts and graces with them, benefitting those they meet during the week.
What do we do during our week?
We have a daily programme of events which includes a number of Masses and liturgies in different settings, with different themes. Bishop Richard celebrates a Mass of welcome for everyone, we also celebrate Mass at the Grotto, a Mass with Anointing for those who wish to receive this Sacrament, a Mass where we remember friends and family members who have died and a Mass of farewell shortly before we leave Lourdes. There is a Holy Hour during the week, a time for Lectio Divina, and many other opportunities for private and group prayer at the Grotto and in the Sanctuary.
We participate in two processions in honour of Our Lady’s wish for us to travel to Lourdes on pilgrimage; the Blessed Sacrament Procession and the Torchlight Procession. Both these processions occur daily and attract hundreds of pilgrims.
A number of other activities take place during our week away including; a special party for our younger children, a garden party with ice-cream, a music concert performed by our talented musicians and celebrations in each hotel at the end of the week.
We participate in several large Sanctuary events, including the International Mass, where 15,000 Lourdes pilgrims from around the world gather together to celebrate Sunday Mass.
The following videos explore what it is like to come on pilgrimage with us including explaining the various roles that are available during our time away. Those who need help to get to Lourdes and varying levels of support during our week away travel with us as Assisted Pilgrims, there are also (amongst others) our Family Groups, Redshirts and our Able Pilgrims who join us for a week of prayer and reflection.
We normally journey together as pilgrims to the holy Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, however, due to Covid-19, our pilgrimage family will experience our week virtually this year. Our main priority is to keep everyone safe at this challenging time. You can visit the Grotto of Lourdes online every day via their TV Lourdes service with the Rosary prayed each day at 2pm UK time.
We usually travel to Lourdes by plane, coach and jumbulance. Our Pilgrimage Office team look carefully at the needs of all our pilgrims, allocating the most appropriate transport on the basis of need. On arrival in Lourdes we stay at a number of hotels, each ‘hotel group’ includes up to sixty pilgrims who form tight bonds throughout our week together. Our family groups stay together, as do our Redshirts.