Latest News An appeal from The Sanctuary of Lourdes News from The Sanctuary of Lourdes “Finally, we can see each other again” This cry from the heart evokes the expectation and expresses the joy of finally, since the beginning of the summer, being reunited with the pilgrims and visitors to the Grotto of the Apparitions. This 2021 season in Lourdes determinedly invites us to have confidence in the future. The desire to come back is there; and it is complete. But we need to look rationally at the after-effects of the “Covid-19” crisis. A large proportion of the Sanctuary's resources are linked to attendance. This year, attendance is still three times lower than before the crisis. The offertory collections, donations, and offerings as well as the numbers of people staying in our accommodation are all, therefore, sharply down. The Sanctuary remains financially very vulnerable. The Sanctuary is a school of life and prayer for thousands of people, a place of celebration with beautiful liturgies, a haven of peace and conversion, an architectural complex that is second to none. The Sanctuary needs your donations to carry out all the projects and investments that are linked to its vocation to serve the Gospel and to prepare for the return of pilgrims in greater numbers in 2022. We are therefore appealing to your generosity in continuing to support us in our mission. Your donations are essential. Many thanks for what you do for Our Lady of Lourdes and her Sanctuary. Thank you for your generosity. Find out more and make a donation Birmingham Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2022 The Lourdes leadership team are in the early stages of planning for the 2022 pilgrimage (Saturday 28 May to Friday 3 June 2022). We all know from the previous two pilgrimages not taking place, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, that we are not out of the woods yet. Guidance on travel, socialising, vaccinations, and increased health related risks, is constantly being reviewed and whatever we advise now may be completely different in a few weeks, months, up to and even during our pilgrimage. Currently as long as you are complying with the required regulations for travel, then you should be able to travel to Lourdes. Each individual pilgrim will have differing needs and requirements, which may require further discussion as time progresses. The British Lourdes Medical Association conference and the Pilgrimage Directors conference are taking place in mid-November, to continue to discuss the options of safely taking pilgrimages to Lourdes in 2022. If you would like to travel or would be interested in travelling, then please contact Kath White via email:[email protected] or by phone: 0121 230 6288. Kath will then pass onto you the booking details for the Pilgrimage 2022. A further update will be available towards the end of November.