Holy Family School Celebrates “The Feast DAY of Our Lady of Lourdes and its Grotto”

On February 11, 1858, in Lourdes France, the Virgin Mary first appeared to a 14-year old peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous in the niche of a rock grotto on top of a wild rose bush. There were 18 apparitions between February 11, 1858 and July 16, 1858.

163 years after the 1st apparition, over 5860 air-miles away, in the city of South Pasadena, students and families of Holy Family Catholic School are able to visit their own Grotto daily! There is always a student, parent parishioner or teacher taking a moment to kneel and say a prayer, genuflecting as they walk by, and you can always hear someone saying, “I Love you Mary! Have a nice Day!” or “Big Test Today Mary!” as a child heads to class or “I’ll meet you at the Grotto” or “Let’s take a picture by the Grotto”.

The Grotto is and always has been a focal point, a very special place to HFS students, families, and parishioners. Whether for prayer or making any moment even more special than it already is, as staff and students alike stand or kneel or walk by, they can feel her love and protection as she can feel HFS staff students and teachers for their love and devotion.

From Kindergarten Graduation to 8th Grade Graduation and every day in-between… “She is there for all of us, ALWAYS. And we honor her on her Feast Day, February 11.”

Holy Mary, Mother of Believers,
Our Lady of Lourdes,
Pray for us!

Holy Family School, 1301 Rollin St., South Pasadena, (626) 799-4354 or visit school.holyfamily.org.





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