Preparing our pilgrimages to Lourdes

To introduce the 2019 pilgrimage season, on the theme “Happy are the poor”, Father André Cabes, rector of the Sanctuary of Lourdes, invited us during the Lourdes February Days (8th -10th February) to “probe the heart of Bernadette Soubirous “with some suggestions as to how we might enliven our pilgrimages this year.

Preparing our pilgrimages to Lourdes

Dear friends,
 
Pilgrims and hospitality, sanctuary employees and the city of Lourdes, we have all spent a few days together as a family, in the grace of Mary’s encounter with Bernadette. Here now are a few nuggets, some seeds for growing.

In particular, I would like to talk to you about the plan to help the John-XXIII Community in bringing the Bethlehem Hut to Lourdes for people in great difficulty, and the friends of Gregory in releasing the mentally ill in Africa: they are chained, and we can help in their liberation, even allowing one of them to come to Lourdes to lay down the chain which held them captive. Can we make our interpretation of the theme of the year so concrete: Blessed are the poor, the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs? We can be the Bernadettes for these people leading us to a new way of life …

If so, let us know. I believe that this is answering the call of Mary.

Father André Cabes, rector of the Sanctuary or Our Lady of Lourdes

4 Catechises for a Bernadette Year

The collection of catechises launched by Father André Cabes, Rector, in 2017, has been augmented this year with 4 new publications, to help us experience the message of Lourdes in 2019, the Bernadette Year.

During 2019, the Sanctuary of Lourdes is encouraging pilgrims to follow in the footsteps of Bernadette. We are, after all, in a jubilee year. Bernadette was born on 7th January 1844, and was baptised on 9th, 175 years ago. She died on 16th April 1879, just 140 years ago.

Beginning with showing us how to make a beautiful sign of the Cross, Bernadette’s meeting with the Lady of Massabielle will teach us the secret of the joy of believing. Thus, we will experience life in the Church. Bernadette had to ask the priests to build a chapel, to start processions. A new humanity, a people of the destitute and poor, leads to the family home that is the Sanctuary of Lourdes. Yes, blessed are the poor, they rejoice in the happiness of Jesus, they live in the happiness of God!
This is the path that we are encouraging people to follow in these catechises, our journey with Bernadette, the way of the Gospel and of true life.

Watch the highlights of the 2019 Lourdes February Days

The talks from 8, 9 and 10th February

Father André Cabes
Rector of the Sanctuary of Lourdes
POVERTY AND WEALTH OF BERNADETTE
PASTORAL THEME 2019
Mgr Nicolas Brouwet
Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes
LESSED ARE THE POOR:
A WORD, A CHALLENGE FOR TODAY
Mgr Jean-Claude Boulanger
Bishop of Bayeux-Lisieux
BENOÎT-JOSEPH LABRE
"THIS POOR MAN KNOWS THE SECRET OF JOY"
Elisabeth Gadoullet Chief Justice of Tarbes
Sr Elisabeth Lemière Prison Chaplain in Tarbes
THE JUDGE AND THE CHAPLAIN - DIALOGUE
Pierre Durieux
Secrétaire Général de l’association Lazare
BEYOND SOCIAL POVERTY
Véronique Fayet
Président of Secours Catholique
POVERTY : STATE OF PLAY
Fr. Bernard-Marie Geffroy, Priest in the Rue St-Denis / Paris
Sister Bernadette Moriau, 70th miraculous healing in Lourdes
Franco Gedda Manager of the Cenacolo Community
AT THE HEART OF TODAY’S
SPIRITUAL POVERTY DISCUSSION
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle
Président of Caritas Internationalis
GLOBAL POVERTY:
A CHURCH OF SERVICE AND HEALING
Grégoire Ahongbonon Founder of the Associa- tion St Camille in West Africa
FURTHER THAN OUR FEARS DISCUSSION

The presentation booklet

Homilies

Contacts for places supporting vulnerable people

Hosanna House
MADAME Bettina Herrault
1, rue du Maillous 65100 Bartrès
bettinaherrault@hosannafrance.fr
05 62 94 05 34

Communauté du Cenacolo
Monsieur Franco Gedda
Chemin des Coustères
65100 Lourdes
cenacololourdes@orange.fr

Salus Infirmorum
Monsieur Emanuele Boero
10 Rue du Dr Boissarie
65100 Lourdes
emanuele.boero@unitalsi.fr
05 62 42 74 03

Maison de la Mission Polonaise
Soeur Natanaela
Maison Bellevue
Chemin de Bartrès
65100 Bartrès
pmklourdes86@gmail.com
05 62 94 91 82

Cité Saint-Pierre Madame
Gonzague Amyot-d’Inville
33 av Mgr Jean Rodhain
65100 Lourdes
citesaintpierre@secours-catholique.org
05 62 42 71 11

Demeure Aygues-Vives
Monsieur Jérôme Olibet
3 Chemin de l’Arrouza
65100 Lourdes
jerome.olibet@orange.fr

Thee photo reports

Journées de Lourdes 2019

A communication kit