Our group, The Lourdes Kids of Rockland, provides an annual Easter Week pilgrimage for young people with special physical and developmental needs to visit the shrine at Our Lady of Lourdes at no cost to them. Please peruse the website, learn about our mission, our goals, and our history. If you are touched, then please consider making a donation to assist in the cause, and of course if you have questions please ask them.
Our Lady of Lourdes is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary invoked by Roman Catholics in honor of the Marian apparitions which are said to have taken place before various individuals on separate occasions around Lourdes, France. Most prominently among these is the apparition in February 1858, when Saint Bernadette Soubirous, a 14-year-old peasant girl admitted to her mother that a "lady" spoke to her in the cave of Massabielle while gathering firewood with her sister and a friend.
Similar appearances of the "lady" were reported on seventeen further occasions that year. Bernadette Soubirous was later canonized as a Saint, and Roman Catholics and some Protestants believe her apparitions have been validated by the overwhelming popularity and testament of healings claimed to have taken place at the Lourdes water spring.
Whether or not actual healings are experienced by the millions of annual visitors, there are distinct "signs" that portray the immense draw and impact of the shrine: rock, light, water, crowds, and the visiting sick and those who accompany them - these are real signs of Lourdes at work before our eyes. All belong to the common human language of conviction that there is a greater power - they evoke God and His immeasurable love for each of us. No matter your beliefs, this holy shrine both rewards faith and provides comfort to those that seek it - what better place to offer as a destination for the very group that can gain the most from the pilgrimage - The Lourdes Kids of Rockland.
Click here to read more about the story of St. Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes