The sign-up lists are opening for hundreds of people from the diocese to take part is this year’s Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Bishop Fintan Gavin will lead the Cork and Ross Lourdes Pilgrimage this September.

People who want to find our more about what’s involved are invited to attend one of two launch and information evenings.

The two free events are:

Wed March 22nd 7.30 pm
SMA Community Centre, Wilton, Cork T12 AX94
Next to St Joseph’s Church Wilton

Location Map to SMA Community Centre


Fri March 24th 8.00pm
Clonakilty Parish Centre, Western Rd., Clonakilty
P85 P793
Next to Clonakilty Parish Church

Location Map to Clonakilty Parish Centre


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Invitations are now being made to people to travel with the pilgrimage

  • as young helpers (18 - 25 years) who will form a special section of the pilgrimage.
  • the pilgrimage also needs adults to volunteer in a wide range of areas e.g. carers, nurses, doctors, cooks, wheelchair assistants, choir members, musicians, photographers, videographers. There’s room for a wide range of skills and volunteers
  • People who are sick and those needing assistance will form a central part of the pilgrimage
  • Everyone is also invited to consider going to Lourdes as a pilgrim.

The five-day pilgrimage includes specially prepared ceremonies in Lourdes each day, including Mass at the Grotto on one of the days. Pilgrims also visit the places associated with St. Bernadette; they may bathe in the waters at the baths near the Grotto at Lourdes; they will have time be alone at the Grotto and there will also be time to explore the local area and relax.

Young people will share their experience of previous pilgrimages as well as adults who have served as helpers and wish to share that experience with others as well.

Booking forms will be available on the night. (Fares will not be taken on the night.)

All welcome