The Raphael Pilgrimage to Lourdes: 1098328
Our Lady of Lourdes
Pilgrimage Programme & Application Forms
Main party travel
Youth Group travelling by coach
Travel details from other locations
Accommodation for the sick
How to apply?
How much will it cost?
Chief Medical Officer
Leonard Cheshire VC
Treasurer and financial matters
Why must Raphael be a charity
Declaration of Trust
Terms of Reference
Health and Safety
Financial Management, Control & Accounting
Disclosure of Abuse
Review of Raphael Operations and Management
The Gilbert Thompson Memorial Fund
Trustee awareness of Charity Commission Act 2011
Children on the pilgrimage
2002 2003 pilgrimage
Requiescat in Pace ARCHIVE
Guest Book Archive
WORKSHOP 2009 - South (Archive note)
WORKSHOP 2009 - North (Archive note)
Michael Arditti's visit toLourdes with Raphael...
Lourdes 2008 : Flikr contribution
2009 pics & comments
Dedication Service September 2009 (Archive note)
Raphael Reunion in the South 2013
Catenian Association Bursary Fund
REUNION IN THE NORTH 2013
In memory of....
'Raphael - Looking to the future' A workshop day for all
Our Lady of Lourdes is commemorated on 11th February
|In the year 1858 the Immaculate Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous near Lourdes in France, in the grotto of Massabielle. Through the poor little child, Mary called sinners to penance, and thereby there arose in the Church a marvelous spirit of prayer and charity, especially in helping the poor and sick. (The Office of Readings, 11th February).|
Letter to P.Gondrand, 1861- The Lord has spoken to me.
|'One day, when I had gone with the two girls to collect wood by the bank of the river Gave, I heard a sound. I turned toward the meadow and saw that the trees were not moving at all. I looked up and saw a grotto. And I saw a Lady wearing a white dress with a blue sash. On each foot she had a yellow rose; her rosary was the same colour.
When I saw her, I rubbed my eyes. I thought I must be mistaken. I put my hands in my pocket, where I kept my rosary. I wanted to make the sign of the cross, but I could not lift my hand to my forehead; it fell back. Then the Lady crossed herself. I again tried, and although my hand was trembling, I was eventually able to make the sign of the cross.
|'I began to say my rosary. The Lady slipped the beads of her rosary through her fingers, but she did not move her lips. When I finished the rosary, she immediately disappeared.
I asked the two girls if they had seen anything. They said, 'No', and asked what I had to tell them. I told them that I had seen a Lady wearing a white dress but that I did not know who she was. But I warned them to keep silent about it. Then they urged me not to go back there, but I refused. I went back on Sunday, feeling drawn by an inner force.
|'The Lady spoke to me a third time and asked me if I was willing to come to her over a period of a fortnight. I replied that it was. She added that I must tell the priests to have a chapel built there. Then she told me to drink at the spring. Not seeing any spring I was going to drink from the (river) Gave. She told me that she did not mean that, and pointed with her finger to the spring. When I went there I saw only a little dirty water. I put my hand in it, but I could not get hold of any. I scratched, and at last a little water came for drinking. Three times I threw it away;the fourth time I was able to drink it. Then the vision disappeared and I went away.|
|'I went back there for fifteen days, and each day the Lady appeared to me, with the exception of a Monday and a Friday. She reminded me again to tell the priests to build the chapel, asked me to wash in the spring, and to pray for the conversion of sinners. I asked her several times who she was, but she gently smiled at me. Finally she held her arms outstretched and raised her eyes to heaven and told me that she the Immaculate Conception.
During that fortnight she also revealed three secrets to me, and forbade me to disclose them to anyone. I have kept them faithfully, to this day.'
St Mary Bernadette Soubirous.
(Office of Readings 11th February)
|'Lord of Mercy,
as we keep the memory of Mary,
the immaculate Mother of God,
who appeared to Bernadette at Lourdes:
grant us through her prayer
strength in our weakness
and grace to rise up from our sins.
We make our prayer through our Lord.
(The Divine Office - Commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes).
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