Lourdes Day 3

Raining out of the heavens and we have our picnic and torchlit procession. Day three started off for us at a very civilised 8am this morning! It’s Saturday remember!! We cleaned the wards while our vip’s, otherwise known as our pilgrims, ate breakfast. Then we helped gather them all together to go to the youth mass in the underground basilica which was celebrated by Father Paul, our chaplain, in the presence of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, or ABDM as the pilgrims fondly call him.The afternoon was set aside for the big picnic which had to be moved indoors due to the rain. It did not dampen our spirits though and the singing and dancing went on for hours. The pilgrims really enjoyed themselves and so did we.  

The torchlit procession led by Dublin went ahead despite heavy rain and still managed to look very impressive. We raised our candles aloft at every Ave Maria and sang our hearts out. 

We introduced prairie tonight with a reflection on reconciliation in which we talked about the Irish term Aithriu, to change, and sang The Beatles “Let it be”. We had the opportunity to go to confession and this was a really emotional experience for us all. Afterwards we lit a very large candle which we bought for the whole Beaufort community and said our school prayer. We also paid a late night visit to the Grotto which was especially nice and left all your petitions there.  

We absolutely love our pilgrims and they really bring home to us what’s important in life and that is living it to the full.  

Thinking of you all, Aoife, Alex, Ciara, Ellen, Hannah and Mrs O