Church pilgrimage to Carfin Lourdes Grotto
Parishioners from St Columbkille’s Church in Rutherglen are making a parish pilgrimage to Carfin today (Wednesday).
Carfin Lourdes Grotto, a Roman Catholic shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes, was created in the early 20th century and was the brainchild of Father, later Canon, Thomas N Taylor.
After a trip to Lourdes, Canon Taylor’s vision was to build a religious memorial based on the template of the Grotto of Massabielle.
This became his life’s work, and since opening in the early 1920s, the grotto has attracted hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, and has been modified and enhanced with rich Catholic symbols and buildings.
A church spokesman said: “The coaches will depart St Columbkille’s Hall car park at 11.00 am, returning at 4pm.
“The day will consist of Exposition, Rosary, Mass in the Glass Chapel, a tour of the Grotto visiting the recently re- opened Bethlehem and House of Nazareth shrines, as well as the Reliquary centre.
“There is a café available to purchase food and drinks and for those bringing a packed lunch the parish hall will be available. Weather permitting, we will be able to enjoy the beautiful grounds of the National Shrine.
“If you have not already signed up to attend, you are welcome to make your own way on the day as the buses have reached full capacity.”
Meanwhile, at the weekend, St Columbkille’s said farewell to Father John Sweeney, who has been based at the church recently.
A spokesman said: “We are most grateful for his hard work over the last few weeks and wish him well on his journey.”
Finally, the White Fathers Parents and Friends Association are holding their annual reunion on Sunday, August 30, Mass will be held at 12.30pm in 9 Milrig Road, Rutherglen, followed by meal at 2pm at the Kings Park Hotel.
Those wishing to attend should call 613 0209/647 3800 before August 17.
St Columbkille’s Church in Rutherglen