Nottingham 2023

Nottingham Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

4 nights | from £819pp including flights

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A message from Bishop Patrick McKinney

Pope Francis has dedicated 2024 to being a Year of Prayer. Pilgrimage is a very particular form of prayer, a time when we don’t only speak words to God, but act with our bodies to come to a particular place. Lourdes has been a place of special prayer for over 160 years, since Our Lady appeared to Saint Bernadette in 1858. One of the messages Our Lady spoke was ‘tell the priests to build a chapel and that people should come here in procession.’

Not only Saint Bernadette, but each one of us responds to this invitation when we come in pilgrimage to Lourdes, and give glory to God through the prayer of our presence. Of course, we’ll also say many prayers in Lourdes, light candles, bring intentions to the Grotto, and spend time with Our Lord in Mass and before the Blessed Sacrament. But never forget that at the heart of our pilgrimage is a form of prayer when we desire to become physically closer to God through coming to this holy place, this Shrine of Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes.

May this year’s pilgrimage be a timer of blessings for each one of us, and may we bring before the Lord our prayers and our presence, as his Blessed Mother continues to invite us to do.

About our pilgrimage

Nottingham Lourdes Pilgrimage

During our pilgrimage, there will be a lot to see and experience. Our pilgrimage and tour of Lourdes includes visits to the Basilica of the Rosary and the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

We take part in the Masses, the Stations of the Cross and the blessing of the sick, visit the Grotto of Massabeille where the apparitions of Our Lady took place.

You will have the chance to drink from the spring at the base of the Grotto. The original spring that Bernadette located is still visible, protected by a glass cover and illuminated.

Visit the baths where hundreds of miraculous healings have taken place.

We participate in the evening torchlight processions which is a wonderful experience. Our Lady requested that these processions take place when She appeared to Bernadette.

We will also offer a walking tour to the Boly Mill, where Bernadette was born, and to the Cachot, an abandoned prison where Bernadette’s family lived.

We will see the hospice where Bernadette attended school and made her First Holy Communion. After the apparitions she also lived here until the age of twenty two, when she went to Nevers to join the Sisters of Charity of Nevers.

With any free time available, we are pleased to offer optional excursions to Bartres where we will see where Bernadette lived for a period of her life. Other optional excursions to Gavanie may also be offered.

This programme is subject to change.