Relics Tour

Relic Tour

St Bernadette Relics Tour

Join us on Tuesday, 11th October, for a candlelight procession & veneration of the relics of St Bernadette


The Relics of St Bernadette are coming to Northampton Cathedral as part of a nationwide tour of the Diocese’ of Great Britain.

Great…but what does that mean? Well, a relic is part of the physical remains of a Saint, or an object which has been in contact with their body. And who is St Bernadette? Only one of the many great young saints of the Catholic Church!!!

Our Lady appeared to a young Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 on the outskirts of the small town of Lourdes in the South of France, when Bernadette was just 14 years old! Over several months, Mary appeared many more times and that is the start of the story which makes Lourdes one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world with millions visiting every year.

So what’s happening? Part of the bones of St Bernadette have been travelling the country in a beautiful case giving people the opportunity to venerate them. In its simplest form this means to show reverence towards the relics by bowing and praying before them. This is what people from across the Diocese will be heading to our Cathedral to do between Monday 10th – Thursday 13th October 2022. We do this to recognise that, as a Saint, these are the remains of someone who was touched by the transcendent power of God and truly allowed God’s Spirit to live in and work through them in their life.

Tuesday evening is a specially designated time for YOU, the young people and young adults of the Diocese, to gather and venerate the relics at this grace-filled time. We will be gathering in the St Thomas Centre at 7:30pm to hear a bit more of the story of St Bernadette and why people go on pilgrimage to her hometown of Lourdes. We will then be recreating our very own torchlight procession, which happens almost every night with the pilgrims in Lourdes, which will take us to the Cathedral to venerate the relics finishing by 9:15pm. Where else could you want to be!?

So just to recap on the details:

What? Relics Tour Youth Event

Who? Young People and Young Adults age 14-35 (under 18’s must register online)
Families are welcome to come together but under 14’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult

Where? (starts in) St Thomas Centre, (finishes in) Northampton Cathedral, Northampton, NN2 6AG

When? 7:30pm – 9:15pm Tuesday 11th October 2022

You are welcome just to turn up on the evening (18+), although it would help with organisation if you could email us at to let us know if you intend to come.

Relics Tour Under 18 Registration

Parental Permission Form
  • Please give details
  • Please provide the name, address and telephone number of your GP.
  • I, the parent/guardian, give permission for the young person named to take part in the St Bernadette Relics Tour Torchlight Procession
  • I understand that group/activity photographs may be taken during the event, in line with Diocesan policy. I give my consent to this and their use in fulfilling the aims of RC Diocese of Northampton.
  • I understand in the event of an illness or accident, every effort will be made by the event leader or their assistants to contact me.
  • If for whatever reason this is not possible, I agree to my son/daughter receiving medication as instructed and any emergency dental, medical or surgical treatment, including anesthetic or blood transfusion, as considered necessary by the medical authorities present.
  • Your personal details given will be stored and used by NYMO for the purposes of running and administering the St Bernadette Relics Tour. They will not otherwise be disclosed outside of NYMO. Details of how we process your data, and your rights, are on the full Privacy Notice which is on the Diocesan/NYMO website. If the young person is over 12 years old, we require their consent for their details provided in this booking form to be used for the purposes of this event
  • I consent to my details in this booking form being used for the purposes of this event
  • Parent/Guardian for under 12 years - I consent to the details in this booking form being used for the purposes of this event