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21 Sep 2021

We would like to invite you all to join us for a very special Triduum of Masses on our virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes, which will take place online from Thursday, September 23rd to Saturday, September 25th.

MSC Virtual Lourdes Pilgrimage 2021: The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

For over half a century, the Irish Province of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart have led annual pilgrimages to Lourdes. Last year, the arrival of the COVID pandemic meant that, for the first time in over 50 years, we were unable to travel to Lourdes with our mission friends and fellow pilgrims. Instead, we hosted a virtual pilgrimage, and this year, with many restrictions still in place and with safety still a significant concern, we invite you to take up your pack and join our group of virtual pilgrims as we pray together from home.

MSC Virtual Lourdes Pilgrimage 2021: Together in Prayer

Every year, each one of our pilgrims undertakes a journey that is entirely individual, yet remains a quintessential part of something bigger. People join us for a host of different reasons, from struggles with personal challenges to a simple desire for prayer, reflection, and thanksgiving. The experience of pilgrimage is different for everyone, but that awareness of being part of something special, of something more, remains the same for all.

Mass at Sheepfold Chapel on our 2018 MSC Pilgrimage to Lourdes. This rustic chapel dates back to the 1800s, when St Bernadette would shelter her sheep under its thatched roof.

Undertaking a pilgrimage is a truly special experience, with strangers becoming friends on a shared journey. This year, we will once again be praying together from home – but we will be praying together. That spirit of unity and community never fails, as the message of God’s love overcomes all barriers in the pilgrimage celebration of faith, togetherness, and intimacy with God.

Our MSC group celebrate an outdoor Mass in nature's embrace on our 2019 MSC Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

You are very welcome to join us as we follow in the footsteps of St Bernadette on this year’s virtual pilgrimage, with Masses streamed streamed live from the Sacred Heart Church on the Western Road, Cork, and a torchlight procession streamed live from Lourdes on the evenings of Thursday, September 23rd and Friday, September 24th at 8.00pm. Thursday, September 23rd will reflect on following in the footsteps on St Bernadette, Friday, September 24th will be a Day of Healing, and Saturday, September 25th will be a Day of Thanksgiving. Like so many other things that have had to change over the last two years, this will be a new and different experience for us all, but a valuable and meaningful one nonetheless. We look forward to having you pray alongside us on this year’s journey.

MSCs celebrate Mass for our mission friends and benefactors at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes on our 2018 MSC Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Click here to view the full schedule for our 2021 Virtual Pilgrimage

Watch our 2021 Pilgrimage Masses & Celebrations Live

Submit your prayer intentions online for our 2021 Virtual Pilgrimage

If you would like to read more about previous pilgrimages,
and view our galleries of images from Lourdes, please visit our posts on our 2018 and 2019 journeys.