11th – 19th February
In 1858, Bernadette Soubirous reported a vision of Our Lady at Lourdes. A simple 14-year-old peasant girl of no significant educational experience, Soubirous claimed she saw “uo petito damizelo”, “a petite damsel,” in white, with a golden rosary and blue belt fastened around her waist, and two golden roses at her feet. In subsequent visitations she heard the lady speak to her, saying Que soy Immaculada Concepcion (I am the Immaculate Conception), and asking that a chapel be built there. At first ridiculed, questioned, and belittled by Church officials and other contemporaries, Soubirous insisted on her vision. Eventually the Church believed her and she was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1933.
After church investigations confirmed her visions, a large church was built at the site. Lourdes is now a major Marian pilgrimage site.
Begins Saturday February 11th at the 11am Mass.