St Bernadette Relic Tour 2022
A Note by Fr Slawomir Witon
At this time when we join spiritually with His Eminence and the pilgrims from our parishes who are part of the annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that for the first time in history the relics of St Bernadette will be touring England.
This very special once in a lifetime event will provide an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the gifts and charisms of Lourdes, in a church or cathedral near you. I would like to invite you and your parish to visit Westminster Cathedral for this special event on the weekend of 3-5 September.
The veneration of the relics will start on Saturday 3 September at 1pm and will last all through the two days and nights until Monday 5 September at 6am. There is no need for advance booking. The visitors are invited to come at a time suitable for them and join the queue on the Piazza for entry via the West Doors. Be advised that at peak times, especially before or after liturgies, we expect long queues. Wheelchair access will be available at all times without the need for queuing.
Entry for Masses and Liturgies will be via the side door of the Cathedral on Ambrosden Avenue. Please be aware that those who, apart from the veneration of the relics would like to participate also in the Mass may, when full capacity of the Cathedral is reached, not be able to do so, as that part of the Cathedral will have to be closed.
May I bring to your special attention to the Service of Anointing of the Sick which will take place on Saturday 3 September at 2.30pm. This is the only liturgical event to which admission will be by ticket only. In due course we will send the tickets to your parish where we hope Parish Priests can distribute them to those parishioners who are in need of the Sacrament. Please note that there will be only 50 places available for wheelchairs and these will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
We would be very grateful if you could please print and display the attached posters in your church, advertise the event in your parish newsletter, and encourage your parishioners to attend. The Cathedral website will provide the most up-to-date information for all those planning to visit us during the weekend.
We hope and pray that through the intercession of St Bernadette many graces will be given to all who come and venerate her relics, including healing, conversion and the wonderful discovery of vocation. Come and experience the miracle of Lourdes with us!
Fr Slawomir Witon | Cathedral Administrator