On Friday, 15 September our first ever Lourdes@Home event took place at St Bernard’s Catholic High School. The event began beneath a stunning rainbow over the school.
Students from across the diocese who had taken part in the Lourdes Pilgrimage earlier this year were invited to join up with the friends and youth leaders they had met in Lourdes. Many students and youth leaders opted to camp out on the school field overnight which, despite the cold weather, was great fun. The evening consisted of a BBQ, football and table tennis and a great camp fire complete with a wide variety of songs. Bishop Ralph and several priests joined us in the evening and the Inreality team led a very moving night prayer.
The following morning hot coffee and bacon sandwiches warmed everyone up before preparation for Mass began. Fr Des, Fr Martin and Fr Lee joined Bishop Ralph in celebrating Mass with the young people and the youth leaders in the school chapel.