About this activity
This activity is one of a series of religious activities that honor Mary, the Mother of God. The Church calendar for the United States includes nineteen commemorative Marian feasts. Each activity in this series examines one of the nineteen feasts and focuses on how and why the Church has honored Mary for more than 2,000 years.
The answers to the requirements can be found here.
How to start
- Read about St. Bernadette Soubirous and Our Lady of Lourdes. You can find the answers to these questions on:
- Feel free to use other resources.
- 1st - 5th Grades - Complete 3 requirements and 2 of the activities.
6th - 12th Grades - Complete 4 requirements and 3 of the activities.
Adults - See flyer
- In 1858, Mary appeared to a young girl in the little French village of Lourdes. At the time, Bernadette and the Soubirous family were living at the Cachot. What had the Cachot been used for previously? What struggles did Bernadette have in her life?
- How many times did Mary appear to Bernadette? Who did she tell her she was and why was that important?
- What are the feast days of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette?
- Many people make "pilgrimages" to the Grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes? What is a "pilgrimage?" What is so special about that place and what miraculous things have happened there?
- What is the "Dogma of the Immaculate Conception?" In what year and by which pope was it proclaimed?
- Draw or color a picture of Our Lady of Lourdes and share this picture with your family and friends. You can find coloring pages at the following sites: http://www.catholicplayground.com/our-lady-of-lourdes-coloring-page-february-11th/ orhttp://www.waltzingm.com/2009/02/our-lady-of-lourdes.html
- Locate Lourdes on a map of France. With parental permission, visit this website to take a "virtual tour" of the grotto where Mary appeared to St. Bernadette: Virtual Tour Website
- Find a prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes (or write your own) and say it for someone who is sick and needs healing.
- Rent/borrow a movie about St. Bernadette to watch it with your family or friends.