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Candlelit service with saints recreates Lourdes experience

Around 200 gathered at Carfin on February 10 to spend an hour with Sts Mary and Bernadette in preparation of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Catholics wrapped up warm against Storm Ciara and made the journey to the Grotto of Massabielle, Carfin, where they gathered in candelight.

The hour consisted of music led by the diocesan music group, Rosary and the veneration of a first class relic of St Bernadette, pictured, led by celebrant Fr James Grant, the newly appointed parish priest of St Francis Xavier’s Church.

Fr Grant said: “We were really astonished at the huge number of people who came. It was a fantastic turn out in spite of the poor weather.”

He added: “We try to gather in semi-darkness with nothing but candlelight in order to emulate the experience you would have in Lourdes Grotto at night.

“We gathered and prayed the Rosary and tried to link it in with the lives of Mary and Bernadette. It really was a very prayerful experience.”

Fr Grant spoke of the positive feedback he received from the many Catholics who attended, with many stating it had fulfilled its purpose of recreating the experience of Lourdes Grotto.

He said: “Lots of people were saying you’d only get the same experience in Lourdes itself.”

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