The Relics of St Bernadette in Nottingham Diocese

Over the 6-7th October, the Diocese will be hosting the relics of St Bernadette in Scunthorpe and at Nottingham Cathedral.

Friday, September 2, 2022

Over the 6-7th October, the Diocese will be hosting the relics of St Bernadette in Scunthorpe and at Nottingham Cathedral.

It was a great joy to be back in Lourdes this Summer to make our first pilgrimage to the Shrine since 2019, due to the pandemic. And now, over these next two months, the relics of St Bernadette will be making their own pilgrimage to churches and Cathedrals in England, Scotland and Wales. Lourdes is coming to us and on the 6th-7th October, we will welcome the relics of St Bernadette in Scunthorpe and at Nottingham Cathedral. This is a very special once in a life-time event and will provide an opportunity for people to experience the message and special gifts of Lourdes right here in our Diocese.  

Ahead of welcoming the relics to the Diocese next month, Bishop Patrick had these words of encouragement to share with us;  

"I'm very excited that the relics of St Bernadette of Lourdes, to whom Our Lady appeared 18 times, will be coming to our diocese. 

What a wonderful opportunity this visit provides for so many people to come and venerate these relics, and so to draw near to the holiness of this young women of determined faith. Bernadette grew up in extreme poverty with health issues and little in the way of education. May the example of her life and her prayerful intercession encourage each one of us to grow in our faith and to believe that, like Bernadette, God is calling each of us to holiness of life, no matter what hardships and challenges we face in our lives. St Bernadette, pray for us!"

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. They will be welcomed by Fr Matthew Jakes, parish priest, who hopes their visit will strengthen the faith of many local Catholics and an influence for the good in the wider community. St Bernadette has long been one of his favourite saints and, along with his parishioners, he feels very honoured that Scunthorpe has been chosen as one of the locations for the Relic Tour. 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 to secure your place.

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