St Bernadette’s relics to arrive in October

Lourdes Basilica

Fr Paul Keane, Director of the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, writes: 

The relics of St Bernadette will come to our diocese in October.  This is a wonderful opportunity to pray with the woman to whom Our Lady chose to appear in Lourdes.  Here are the details:



Sunday 16 October

11 am: Relics of St Bernadette arrive.

11.30 am: Holy Mass, celebrated by Bishop Alan.

6.30 pm: Holy Mass, led by the Youth Service.

9 pm: Cathedral closes.


Monday 17 October

6 am: Cathedral opens.

9.15 am: Holy Mass

12 noon: Relics of St Bernadette leave.



Tuesday 18 October

10 am: Relics of St Bernadette arrive.

11 am – 3 pm: Time reserved for pre-booked school groups.

7.30 pm: Holy Mass, celebrated by Bishop Alan

12 midnight: Church closes.


Wednesday 19 October

6 am: Church opens.

9 am: Relics of St Bernadette depart.


You are welcome to come to pray before the relics outside reserved times for schools.  If possible, book your visit through the national website:

Whether you book or not, you may have to queue.


An interview with Fr Paul on BBC Essex earlier this year about the relics tour.