The Hednesford Pilgrimage took place on Sunday 7 July and attracted hundreds of people from across the Archdiocese.

Celebrated at our own diocesan grotto at the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, there was an opportunity to attend Confession and join the Rosary before Mass and Sacrament of the Sick, celebrated by Archbishop Bernard Longley.

His Grace opened his Homily with the words:

I am delighted that we have come together today as diocesan pilgrims to this beautiful Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Hednesford.

We are very privileged to have such a special sanctuary here in Staffordshire to remind us of the grotto at Lourdes where Our Lady appeared to St Bernadette. Without having to make the long journey to the South of France we can receive the same blessings as every other pilgrim here in our own diocesan shrine.

This familiar image of Our Lady appearing to St Bernadette in the grotto makes our communion with Mary the Mother of God a more vivid experience for us. When we pray together as pilgrims we have stronger sense of belonging to the family of the worldwide Church and a greater sense of our mission in the Archdiocese.  Mary is the Mother of the Church and we ask her to pray for our Archdiocese, that we may be faithful to the mission entrusted to us by her Son.

Read Homily in full

The Rosary and Mass is held for the Hospitalite of Lourdes - the nurses, carers, brancardiers and handmaids who support pilgrims going to Lourdes with the Archdiocese, and for all pilgrims who have been to Lourdes or who want a little taste of Lourdes here in the Archdiocese.

Just over a month ago hundreds of people experienced the spiritual journey to Lourdes as they joined the annual Diocesan Pilgrimage 

Every year since 1969 (bar the Covid years), pilgrims have come to the shrine at Hednesford to honour Our Lady of Lourdes. The pilgrimage offers a special insight into the care and community that pilgrims share with one another and is a great opportunity to meet old friends.

Photo Gallery by Mark Lear

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