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Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes will be celebrated at all morning masses.

Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11. On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Marian dogma of the Immaculate Conception. A little more than three years later on February 11, 1858, a young lady appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous. These apparitions began on the 11th of February until the 16th of July, 1858. During the apparition on March 24, the lady identified herself with the words: “I am the Immaculate Conception.”

Bernadette was a sickly child of poor parents. Their practice of the Catholic faith was scarcely more than lukewarm. Bernadette could pray the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Creed. She also knew the prayer of the Miraculous Medal: “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”

During the interrogations Bernadette gave an account of what she saw. It was “something white in the shape of a girl.” It was “a pretty young girl with a rosary over her arm.” Her white robe was encircled by a blue girdle. She wore a white veil. There was a yellow rose on each foot. A rosary was in her hand.

Bernadette was also impressed by the fact that the lady did not use the informal form of address (tu), but the polite form (vous). The humble virgin appeared to a humble girl and treated her with dignity.

Through this humble girl, Our Blessed Mother revitalized and continues to revitalize the faith of millions of people. People began to flock to Lourdes from other parts of France and from all over the world. In 1862 church authorities confirmed the authenticity of the apparition and authorized the cult of Our Lady of Lourdes for the diocese. The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes became worldwide in 1907.

Although Lourdes has become a place of pilgrimage and healing, it has become even more a place of faith. Church authorities have recognized over sixty miraculous cures, although there have probably been many more. To people of faith this is not surprising. It is a continuation of Jesus’s healing miracles ― now performed through the intercession of his Blessed Mother.

Many would say that the greater miracles are hidden. Many who visit Lourdes return home with renewed faith and a readiness to serve God in their needy brothers and sisters. I have been blessed to visit Lourdes twice in my life, and I can indeed attest to this. My love for the Blessed Mother was indeed a gift she gave to me during my visits to Lourdes, a gift that I will be forever grateful.

There still may be people who doubt the apparition of Lourdes. Perhaps the best that can be said to them are the words that introduce the film Song of Bernadette: “For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.”

In 1992 Pope John Paul proclaimed this Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes the World Day of the Sick. Thus the significance of this feast is to acknowledge that human frailty must always depend on the grace of God to bring grace and healing to our souls.

Feb 11 2012 - 7:00am - 12:00pm
Feb 11 2013 - 7:00am - 12:00pm
Feb 11 2014 - 7:00am - 12:00pm
Feb 11 2015 - 7:00am - 12:00pm
Feb 11 2016 - 7:00am - 12:00pm
Feb 11 2017 - 7:00am - 12:00pm
Feb 11 2018 - 7:00am - 12:00pm
Feb 11 2019 - 7:00am - 12:00pm
Event Type: 
Church Event