As a school we support and fundraise for children to visit Lourdes in France on Pilgrimage at Easter with HCPT. This is an opportunity for the children to see for themselves the place where Our Lady appeared to Bernadette, the patron of our school. The week is a very busy one for the children, they take part in masses, torchlight processions along with the 4000 other pilgrims in Lourdes with HCPT at Easter.
Lourdes is an important pilgrimage location for Catholics from all over the world, and attracts millions of people every year.
When Dr Michael Stroude founded HCPT, it was to organise pilgrimage holidays to Lourdes – in response to Our Lady’s invitation. By going to Lourdes for nearly 60 years, and nowhere else, we have become experts in offering the best possible pilgrimage holidays. We’ve also become firm friends with the Lourdes authorities and with local hotels and retailers.
The main attractions – like the Grotto where Saint Bernadette experienced her apparitions of the Virgin Mary, and the Torchlight Processions and Blessed Sacrament Processions – centre around the Lourdes story.
During HCPT’s Easter and Summer pilgrimages we visit many of these places, and explain the Lourdes story, as well as experiencing the beautiful countryside of the Pyrenees.
Every Easter over 1,000 disabled and disadvantaged children enjoy a week in Lourdes and we at St. Bernadette's Primary School are proud to be a part of this.