Our Year of Pilgrimage.
A pilgrimage is a special journey that we go on to deepen our faith in God.
Our whole lives are a pilgrimage to heaven. We spend our time on earth journeying with God and looking forward to knowing Him better in Heaven.
This year we invite our school community; children, staff, governors and parents to become pilgrims and to go on our own special journey, a virtual and real pilgrimage which will help us to deepen our faith in God and live life to the full, building a better world.
Why a year of pilgrimage?
Lourdes is a really important place of pilgrimage for Catholics, which 6 million people go to each year. St Bernadette, who saw visions of Our Lady there, is buried in Lourdes. This term, some of St Bernadette’s holy relics (bones) are touring the UK. We shall be joining in this important pilgrimage and experiencing real and virtual pilgrimages as we journey together through the year.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols says,
“The pilgrimage of St Bernadette’s relics offers us a welcome opportunity to bear active witness to our Faith, joining with one another across our many communities to encounter God’s love and find spiritual, emotional, and psychological healing and renewal.”
God of our journey
Be with us during this year of pilgrimage
And guide our feet along this path of life.
Be our companion by day and night
And may we feel your presence at our side.
Keep us safe and help us to grow closer to you as we strive to build a better world.
Through Christ our Lord