The Tour of the Relics of St Bernadette

Visiting Scunthorpe and Nottingham as part of the tour of England, Wales and Scotland

October 6th -7th 2022
St Benadette's, Scunthorpe St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham
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The relics will be in the Diocese for just 24 hours, arriving in the parish of St Bernadette in Scunthorpe on the morning of the 6th October. After a busy schedule in Scunthorpe, where our schools will feature prominently, the relics will move on to Nottingham Cathedral, arriving early evening to be welcomed by Bishop Patrick McKinney. There will be various celebrations at the Cathedral and an all-night vigil, before the relics depart for Birmingham on the morning of the 7th October.  

Alongside moments for private prayer and veneration at both venues, there will be a full timetable of liturgies and devotions which we encourage people to engage with in person or via Livestream. Some of these will have a special connection or association with Lourdes, such as the Anointing of the Sick, a candlelight procession, the rosary and the 'gesture of water'. We hope that this will give people the chance to experience something of the great shrine of Lourdes a lot closer to home, as well as opportunities to venerate the relics in either location.  

Travelling on pilgrimage to venerate the relics of St Bernadette right here in our diocese, will be an occasion for many special graces such as healing and conversion. It is hoped that our whole diocesan family, as well as the many individual pilgrims who will visit Scunthorpe and Nottingham, will be spiritually enriched and renewed by the presence of St Bernadette’s relics in the Diocese. Access to both venues and all events is FREE but we expect it to be a very busy 24 hours and therefore encourage you to register on the official website.

Programme of Events  

St Bernadette’s Church, Scunthorpe

Thursday 6th October

08.00     Arrival of the Relics – Liturgical Celebration to Welcome the Relics

09.30     Rosary – the Joyful Mysteries

11.00      Mass (led by the Diocesan Schools)

15.00     Liturgical Celebration of the Anointing of the Sick

16.50     Liturgical Celebration to bid Farewell to the Relics

17.00     Departure of the Relics

Location: St Bernadette’s Church, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe, DN16 2RS

St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham  

Thursday 6th October  

18.30     Arrival of the Relics – Liturgical Celebration to Welcome the Relics

19.30     Mass with the Anointing of the Sick

22.00     Torchlight Procession, with the Mysteries of Light

Friday 7th October  

09.00    Mass of Thanksgiving (Our Lady of the Rosary)

10.20    Liturgical Celebration to bid Farewell to the Relics

10.30    Departure of the Relics

Location: St Barnabas Cathedral, Derby Road, Nottingham, NG1 5AW  

To find out more:

St Bernadette’s Story  


Resources for Young People:

Key contacts

Rev Simon Gillespie
Bishop's Secretary and Episcopal Vicar for Catholic Education Service
Office of the Bishop

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