To Arrange a Virtual Pilgrimage — Now Available in Spanish!
Arranging to host a Virtual Pilgrimage at your parish or school is easy as 1, 2, 3!
- Pray! A spontaneous prayer or just one Hail Mary can make all the difference!
- Call us! We will speak with you by phone and will mail or email you a packet of information.
- Ask your priest or principal about bringing Lourdes to your parish or school with our printed materials.
To contact our Virtual Pilgrimage Coordinator, please e-mail or call:
- E-mail: Melissa@LourdesVolunteers.org
- English Phone Inquiries: (315) 476-0026
- Spanish Phone Inquiries (315) 352-4451
Our Virtual Pilgrimage Coordinator will assist you through every step of the process to host a Virtual Pilgrimage.
Time is needed for planning a sacred and successful Virtual Pilgrimage; approximately 6 weeks to 3 months or one year in advance, depending on a suitable day on your parish spiritual events calendar and the availability of our trained Sanctuaries Guides.
The following Questions & Answers may help you with your questions.
What is the process for having a Virtual Pilgrimage at my parish?
- Contact the Virtual Pilgrimage Coordinator at email@example.com or (315) 476-0026
- Tell us where you are located, your name, address, phone and e-mail, and the best way to contact you.
- You will receive information on Virtual Pilgrimage and about North American Lourdes Volunteers. This information should be reviewed and shared with your Pastor.
Is Virtual Pilgrimage available in Spanish?
YES! Spanish speaking Virtual Pilgrimage Guides are available.
Who is usually involved in the planning process?
- Getting permission from your parish Pastor or Principal is the vital first step to host a Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage in your parish or school.
- One contact person must be willing to be the host to plan and facilitate with the Virtual Pilgrimage Coordinator.
- The contact person may want to form a committee to share the necessary volunteer tasks, including promoting and advertising the Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience and to recruit volunteers to help.
How much does a Virtual Pilgrimage cost?
Lourdes Volunteers never charges a fee for sharing the Lourdes Message; we do ask attending “Pilgrims” to make a generous free-will offering which pay for our travel, printed materials and the shipment of Lourdes Water from the Grotto Spring to our home office in Syracuse, NY, and to your location.
How much time in advance is needed in order to prepare my parish for a Virtual Pilgrimage?
So much depends on where your parish is located and where we are in our planning schedule. Usually, at least 6 weeks to 3 months or one year in advance for a well-planned Virtual Pilgrimage Experience. However, sometimes, we can respond to a spontaneous request in a location where we are present.
For correctional institutions, we are usually hosted by your local prison ministry or Deacon. Advance time is required for our Virtual Pilgrimage Guide identification pre-approval for prison/jail/penitentiary or juvenile detention center visitor entry system.
When do you offer Virtual Pilgrimages during the year?
Virtual Pilgrimages usually take place from January through May or September through early December, dependent upon the Liturgical Calendar. Occasionally, we can offer Virtual Pilgrimages around August 15.
Is the Bishop of my Diocese informed about Lourdes Volunteers coming to my parish?
Lourdes Volunteers offers Virtual Pilgrimage in a diocese with the permission of that Bishop. A letter of request and endorsement from the Bishop of the Syracuse Diocese is sent to each Diocese where Virtual Pilgrimages are to take place.
Do you share Virtual Pilgrimage in schools? Is it geared to specific grade levels?
We often share the Message of Lourdes with grade schools, high schools and universities. The experience is geared to each specific grade and age level.
Often, we share in the local Catholic schools in the day time and present to the parish in the evening.
Where else are Virtual Pilgrimages given?
Besides parishes and schools, we share the Message of Lourdes in prisons, hospices, nursing homes and at universities, conferences, to various organizations and potential volunteer groups.