The RE department organises a pilgrimage to Lourdes every two years and our next pilgrimage will be in July 2017.
In 1858, in the grotto of Massabielle, near Lourdes in southern France, Our Lady appeared 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous, a young peasant girl.??She revealed herself as the `Immaculate Conception`. She asked that a chapel be built on the site of the vision, and told the girl to drink from a fountain in the grotto.?? No fountain was to be seen, but when Bernadette dug at a spot designated by the apparition, a spring began to flow. The water from this still flowing spring has shown remarkable healing power, though it contains no curative property that science can identify. Lourdes has become the most famous modern shrine of Our Lady.
Our last visit to Lourdes in July 2015 was hugely successful providing a great opportunity to help years 8 to11 to come together as a community and make friends of all ages in the beautiful and uplifting surroundings of the Pyrenees. It was a spiritual experience; a chance to deepen faith; uplifting and enjoyable. It is truly a pilgrimage of a lifetime!
In July 2006 there was a ‘whole school’ pilgrimage to Lourdes for four nights which 161 students and 17 members of staff made.