A group of 40 pilgrims from St. Mary's, made up of Year 10 and Year 12 students, make an annual pilgrimage to Lourdes. St. Mary's have been taking part in the Leeds Diocese Lourdes Pilgrimage since 1993 (the first pilgrimage was led by Miss Murray).
Lourdes is a small town set in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, where in 1858 Our Blessed Lady appeared to the young Bernadette Soubirous. The first apparition took place on 11 February 1858 while Bernadette was collecting firewood with her sister and friend. There followed 17 more apparitions between February and June of that year.
Each year, we join together with those who are in poor health. Indeed, the sick and less able pilgrims are at the very heart of our experience in Lourdes as we celebrate, worship and pray together. 400 young pilgrims from Diocesan schools and colleges come to share their faith and provide enthusiastic and energetic support to dependent pilgrims. These young people are themselves cared for and encouraged by 50 teachers, assistants, clergy and chaplains.
The annual Lourdes Pilgrimage provides a unique opportunity to gather as a diocese with the Bishop to pray and journey in faith.
There are a series of vibrant displays celebrating our Lourdes Pilgrimage in school, on our 'Main Corridor'.
Each year, there is a pastoral theme for the pilgrimage.
The pastoral theme for 2017 is:
“The Almighty has done great things for me!”
Lourdes Group Photos 2006–16
Diocese of Leeds Group Photos
The Words of Our Lady to Bernadette
Our Lady gave Bernadette a number of messages:
Would you be kind enough to come here for a fortnight?
I cannot promise you the happiness this world gives but the happiness of the other.
Pray for the conversion of sinners.
Would you kiss the ground and crawl on your knees for sinners?
Go and drink from the spring and wash yourself there.
Go and tell the priest to build a chapel here and to have people come here in procession.
I am the Immaculate Conception.
Pastoral Themes of the past
- 2017 "The Almighty has done great things for me!"
- 2016 "Merciful like the Father"
- 2015 "Lourdes, the joy of mission"
- 2014 "Lourdes, the joy of conversion"
- 2013 "Lourdes, a door of Faith"
- 2012 "With Bernadette Praying the Rosary"
- 2011 "With Bernadette Praying the Our Father"
- 2010 "With Bernadette make the Sign of the Cross"
- 2009 "The path of Bernadette"
Leeds Diocese Youth Service
The Leeds Diocese Youth Service serves young people in parishes and schools across the Catholic Diocese of Leeds.
They Tweet from the Lourdes Pilgrimage each year: