About Our Lady of Lourdes
Feast Day: February 11
Our Lady of Lourdes is a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in honor of her apparitions to St. Bernadette in Lourdes France. St. Bernadette was both poor and sickly. Mary appeared to her, declaring “I am the Immaculate Conception.” This was just a few years after Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in 1854. Our Blessed Mother treated St. Bernadette with respect which was not something she was used to due to her low station in society.
Our Lady of Lourdes appeared to St. Bernadette multiple times. On one occasion, she directed her to go to the spring and “drink at the spring and wash in it”. To this day people make pilgrimages to the spring due to belief in it’s healing properties. There have been over 60 confirmed miracles there.
Patron Saint of …
Our Lady of Lourdes is the patron saint of bodily ills, sick people, and protection from diseases.
Mass Readings for the Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes
- First Reading – Isaiah 66:10-14c: “Lo, I will spread prosperity over her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing torrent.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Judith 13:18bcde, 19: “You are the highest honor of our race.”
- Gospel – John 2:1-11: “His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.'”
To honor Mary with youth on this day, learn more about the Immaculate Conception or add some fun with a water game.
This our Lady of Lourdes lesson plan focuses on the messages of Our Lady. At the end, you will find some reflection questions
Drip Drip Drop youth ministry game is a water game for teenagers which can be played indoors if you don’t mind wiping up a few puddles at the end. It is basically Duck Duck Goose with water.
Sr. Therese Marie explains that the Immaculate Conception is an act of mercy. In the same way that God chose to perform this act of mercy before Mary was born, Jesus performed an act of mercy for us before we were even born by redeeming us on the cross.