Preparing for Pilgrimage
19th May 2017
A Pilgrim Mass has been held at Holy Family School, Keighley, in preparation for their Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
The Year 10 students at Holy Family School are given the chance each May to travel to Lourdes and work as carers assisting sick and disabled pilgrims. At the same time the Massabielle group takes adult pilgrims from the Keighley area. Both groups met to begin their preparations by praying together in the school chapel.
The evening began with a candlelit procession into the chapel. The nightly Torchlight Procession is a key feature of the Lourdes pilgrimage and the main square is filled with people each holding a candle while The Rosary is recited.
Fr John O’Keeffe, a regular Lourdes pilgrim himself, celebrated Mass during which he blessed the hands of the students and adults who would be tending the sick in a few weeks' time.