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On February 11, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes who appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous in
Lourdes, France. On that day in 1858, three girls gathered firewood in front of a grotto. Suddenly one of them,
Bernadette Soubirous, 14, dropped to her knees, gazed ecstatically at something beautiful that only she could see, and
started to pray. Had Bernadette really seen a Lady from Heaven? Then a spring bubbled up from nowhere and withered
arms and sightless eyes were cured. At last, the Lady tells Bernadette her name: “I am the Immaculate Conception.”
This month, we also celebrate St. Bernadette’s feast on February 18.
These two feast days remind us how much our Holy Mother loves us and wants to help heal us – both spiritually and
physically. We encourage families to take the time to pray to Our Lady and dedicate a Mass and the prayer to
someone in need of physical, emotional or spiritual healing. These prayers will surely be heard by Mary who wants to
intercede on our behalf to bring us closer to her Son and comfort us and others in time of need.
Here is one such prayer:
O Mary, You said to Bernadette, “I am the Immaculate Conception”: Mother of Mercy, Health of the sick, Refuge of
sinners, Comforter of the afflicted, You know our needs and our sufferings. Look upon us with mercy. We ask for
your maternal intercession to guide us to the source of true life.
Ask your Divine Son to grant us our request. We will endeavor to imitate your virtues so that we may one day share
your divine company. Amen.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette, pray for us.
Want to learn more?
Watch Bernadette: The Princess of Lourdes, the exciting true story of a visit by the Queen of Heaven. This 30
minute movie, appropriate for all ages, can be found on formed.org. For free access, go to the website and enter our
parish code CNWD7V and create a profile.
|PREP supplemental learning is a means for students (and families) to enrich their faith through spiritual activities, Bible stories, videos, etc.
The goal of supplemental learning is for students to explore a deeper relationship with God and their spirituality. Students will have a different
mission each month. Click on the appropriate level for the assignments for your child(ren). Click here for lessons from past months.
|What is Family-focused Faith?
Family-focused faith is valuable time spent in sharing the faith with your children, learning together, renewing interest in the
sacraments and passing along important relational priorities. We have pared back our calendar to free up time for Mass and a family
activity, along with the family participating in Supplemental Learning to augment the learning that takes place on PREP Sundays.