Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

YES!! The New England Patriots Won!!
(Hopefully, as I type this column prior to the Super Bowl being played!…LOL)

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, is celebrated this Monday. I have a fond devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes ever since I was very little. One of my first Rosaries, given to me by the nuns, was from Lourdes. This Rosary had engraved on it, the 15 Mysteries of the Rosary (of course, now, there are 20 Mysteries: Luminous). It came in handy when learning the Rosary as a kid. To this day, I use this particular Rosary as my primary one. (It’s been repaired a time or two!)

I was very fortunate to make a pilgrimage to the Shrine in Lourdes a year and a half ago. It was such a moving experience for me. What inspired me was witnessing the vast crowds, tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world, all praying and cheerful, both young and old. Every evening, The Rosary Procession would bring one to tears, it was so beautiful. A heavenly choir of several hundred members wearing choir robes, led the chants and songs; while everyone processed, praying the Rosary, carrying lit candles. Loud speakers everywhere along the path, captured the choir and the recitation. It was absolutely beautiful! Inside the Grotto itself, a Spring of water flows from where Mother Mary told St. Bernadette to dig for water. As you walk inside the large grotto, the first thing you notice, are droplets of water which form before your eyes from what appears to be, “dry rock” and then, and trickles down. And this happens all over the grotto at all different spots. I had the privilege to con-celebrate Holy Mass inside the grotto, and it was interesting to feel some of these droplets of water, fall from the rock above, and hit my head and arms.
Those who went into the healing baths, said that, they didn’t need a towel to dry-off when they came out of the water!
The shrine at Lourdes is such Holy Ground. Be sure to pray your Rosary and especially this Monday, February 11th.

The Knights are putting on a Meatball & Spaghetti Dinner for the parish, next Saturday evening, after the 4:30PM Mass. All are invited to attend. The menu will have: Spaghetti & homemade meatballs, garlic bread, Caesar Salad, coffee and dessert. They will have a free-will basket at the door accepting donations to help the council. Please join us! I’m sure it will be delicious!

May God continue to bless us, our parish community, our Capital Campaign and all visitors!

Fr. Kneeland