Church pil­grim­age to Carfin Lour­des Grotto

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews - Kenny Smith

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

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