Lourdes & Medjugorje
Spiritual Director: Fr. Jason Brilhante
Group Leader: Lucy Simao
August 26 – September 3, 2024
Lourdes & Medjugorje
Lourdes & Medjugorje
Whether you come for prayer at the Grotto or in the Basilica, or if you came to immerse yourself in the famous Healing Baths – Lourdes is the place for true miracles.
Medjugorje, nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is the renowned site of the 1981 Marian Apparitions. On June 24th, 1981, six children witnessed an extraordinary phenomenon – the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary on what is now known as Apparition Hill. Our Lady, as the apparition was recognized, imparted a message of peace for the world, accompanied by a fervent call to conversion, prayer, and fasting. She appeared to the children with an infant in her arms and confided in them several secrets, some of which continue to unfold over time. Today, some of the children, now adults, continue to witness Our Lady’s apparitions.
Your trip includes
- Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver.
Day 1 | Monday, August 26: Depart for Lourdes
Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s). Your meals will be served on board.
Day 2 | Tuesday, August 27: Lourdes
Upon arriving at Pau or Toulouse airport, make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage. Proceed to the arrival hall, where you will be greeted by your tour guide and/or driver. Embark on a scenic drive to Lourdes. Check in to your hotel, and then relax or explore before dinner. Following dinner, you will have free time to pray the Rosary and to attend the candlelight procession. (April-October only). These processions are lit by candlelight and guided by the Most Holy Rosary. Following this prayerful experience, you will return to your hotel for an overnight.
Days 3 & 4 | Wednesday & Thursday, August 28 & 29: Lourdes
Over the next two days, you will stay in this small town, nestled within the Pyrenees Mountains. During your time in Lourdes, you will pray and meditate in a site of Our Lady’s apparitions. Our Lady first appeared to Bernadette in 1858 and announced herself as “The Immaculate Conception”, near the Grotto of Massabielle. During the first two apparitions, little Bernadette prayed the Rosary with Our Lady and left without any exchange of words. During the following apparitions, Our Lady emphasized God’s love for us, penance, and the necessity of performing acts of penance for sinners. Throughout your time in Lourdes, you will have the opportunity to attend Mass at the Grotto, where Our Lady appeared to Bernadette; watch a video presentation that explains in detail, the story of Lourdes; drink water from the miraculous spring that has healed many and submerge yourself in the healing baths. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to experience Christ’s unconditional love, as you meditate upon the “life-size” Stations of the Cross that overlook the Grotto of Massabielle. Also in Lourdes, you will walk in and meditate upon the footsteps of St. Bernadette. Your group will have the opportunity to see Boly Mill, the birthplace of St. Bernadette, and the “Cachot,” an abandoned prison where Bernadette’s impoverished family lived. Each evening following dinner, you will have an opportunity to attend the candlelight procession and the Rosary, before a restful overnight.
Days 4 | Thursday, August 29: Lourdes – Medjugorje
You will have an early morning transfer from Lourdes to board your flight(s) to Medjugorje. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your tour guide and/or driver, who will take you on the 2.5-hour drive to the village of Medjugorje. Dinner and overnight.
Days 5 - 8 | Friday - Monday, August 30 - September 2: Experiencing Medjugorje
The most beautiful features of Medjugorje are its simplicity and peace. While in Medjugorje, you may experience your faith grow, and share in the faith journey of pilgrims from all over the world. A local guide will accompany your group throughout your stay in the village.
Some activities that will accompany you in your spiritual journey:
Attend Daily Mass: Each morning at 10:00 AM, your group will assemble at St. James Church for Mass (English-speaking). At the end of each Mass, regardless of language, there is a blessing of the religious articles that you have with you.
On Feast Days and Sundays: English Mass is at noon.
Climb Apparition Hill: This mountainous hill is where the visionaries first encountered Our Lady. At the base of this hill is a Blue Cross, where it is said Our Lady appeared to the children while they hid from the communist police in the early days of the alleged apparitions. While climbing, your group is invited to recite the Rosary, pausing five times for each decade of the Rosary. At the top of the hill, you will witness the exact location of the first alleged apparition of Our Lady to the visionaries, and enjoy private time for prayer.
Climb Mt. Krizevac (Cross Mountain): In 1933, the villagers built a 30-high cross atop a mountain to commemorate Jesus’ passion and death on the cross. Your group will have the opportunity to climb this mountain and venerate that very cross. While climbing, your group is invited to pray the Stations of the Cross (to meditate on Jesus’ suffering Road to Calvary), pausing fifteen times for each Station.
Apparitions: Each evening at 6 PM, your group will join the villagers and fellow pilgrims of Medjugorje in saying the Rosary, as all anxiously await the alleged arrival of Our Lady to the visionaries. Following the apparition, at 6:40 PM, feel free to stay at St. James Church and attend the Croatian Mass. Following the Croatian Mass, there is a Blessing of the Sick.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Our Lady has always called us to be close to her Son. For this, you will have the opportunity to adore the Blessed Sacrament at the altar outside of St. James Church. Adoration is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays; Veneration of the Cross is held on Fridays inside the church. Additionally, there is an Adoration Chapel on the grounds of St. James Church, where Adoration is held in the afternoon hours.
Visit to the Community of Cenacolo: You will have the opportunity to visit the community of Cenacolo, founded by the Sisters of Charity, for young men and women who have taken a wrong path and are on the road to recovery. You will be able to listen to their inspirational words about their journeys back to Jesus Christ.
Prayer at the Statue of the Risen Christ: The bronze statue of the Risen Christ is located on the grounds of St. James Church. Many pilgrims sit and pray on the benches surrounding this peaceful statue. This statue miraculously seeps droplets of water at all times of the day, out of Christ’s right knee.
Day 9 | Tuesday, September 3: Return Home
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to Dubrovnik, Split, or Sarajevo Airport for your return flights home.
*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.
About your trip
She came for you and every one of us! Six million Pilgrims go to Lourdes each year and 10,000 visit this holy site daily. Nestled amidst the breathtaking scenery of the Pyrenees Mountains in southwestern France, cradled by the Gave de Pau, a spectacular mountain river, lies Lourdes, one of the world’s most paramount pilgrimage sites. Lourdes is revered for its spiritual significance, drawing millions of pilgrims each year who seek solace, healing, and a deeper connection with their faith. Lourdes is the birthplace of St. Bernadette, to whom Our Lady appeared in 1858, near the Grotto of Massabielle. Included in our pilgrimage to Lourdes are visits to the Sanctuary and the Basilica of St. Pius X, the world’s largest underground Church. Drink from the spring that the Virgin directed Bernadette to do, located at the base of the Grotto, which has flowed uninterrupted since 1858. Wash yourself in the baths that have resulted in hundreds of miraculous cures. Contemplate Christ’s Passion as you pray the unique three-dimensional Stations of the Cross. Attend the Blessing of the Sick, and participate in the nightly candlelight processions requested by Our Lady. Daily Mass, and Mass at the Grotto on Sunday will be followed by a video presentation telling the miraculous story of Lourdes. Visit Lourdes and experience a spiritual journey, one that many have claimed healing and conversion from.
Medjugorje has blossomed into a haven of peace and prayer, attracting over 40 million pilgrims to its now-celebrated pilgrimage site. In 2018, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Henryk Hoser as the “Apostolic Visitor” to Medjugorje, marking a significant step towards the official recognition of Medjugorje as a sacred Catholic site. On May 13, 2019, the Holy See made a historic announcement, authorizing dioceses and parishes worldwide to organize pilgrimages to Medjugorje. This momentous decree has further solidified Medjugorje’s position as a beacon of spiritual solace and a destination for countless individuals seeking spiritual renewal and a deeper connection with their faith. Medjugorje has blossomed into a haven of peace and prayer, attracting over 40 million pilgrims to its now-celebrated pilgrimage site. In 2018, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Henryk Hoser as the “Apostolic Visitor” to Medjugorje, marking a significant step towards the official recognition of Medjugorje as a sacred Catholic site. On May 13, 2019, the Holy See made a historic announcement, authorizing dioceses and parishes worldwide to organize pilgrimages to Medjugorje. This momentous decree has further solidified Medjugorje’s position as a beacon of spiritual solace and a destination for countless individuals seeking spiritual renewal and a deeper connection with their faith.