Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, February 22, 2018

pg4 malades2Pilgrims and their caregivers wash in healing waters imported from a spring at the grotto of Lourdes, France, during a Mass Sept. 13, 2014. The first such event sponsored by the Order of Malta took place at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass.

The Order of Malta will hold its third annual “Lourdes in a Day Pilgrimage” on Sept. 10 at St. Thomas Seminary at 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield.

The day will begin at 9:30 am with reconciliation. Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will celebrate Mass at 10. Lunch at noon will be followed by workshops for the sick and their caretakers. The day will conclude at 4:30 p.m.

There is no cost. Register by Aug. 15 by contacting Mark Sullivan at 860-523-1405 or sllvnchrth@yahoo.com. Directions may be found at www.stseminary.org/directions.html

Known for its defense of the Catholic faith and service to the sick and the poor, the Order of Malta conducts the one-day pilgrimage to allow those unable to make the trip to Lourdes, France, to experience the joy, grace and healing promised by Our Lady of Lourdes. In 1858, Our Lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous, a poor peasant girl, and revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception. Her instructions were to drink and bathe in the waters of the stream, which now holds the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes and the baths draw many there. Mass and candlelight processions are daily occurrences in this small town tucked in the Pyrenees Mountains.