Holy Relics of St Bernadette are coming to Carfin Grotto all the way from Lourdes

Carfin Grotto which is celebrating its centenary this year has been included as Scottish stop-off point for a two-day display of Holy relics that have never been seen in the United Kingdom before.


The relics of the patron saint of Loudes, St Bernadette, will be coming to the grotto on Saturday September 24 at 10.30am and a special programme of events is planned for pilgrims.

A send-off event on Sunday, September 25 will see bishops and faithful from all across Scotland gathering at the shrine from 3pm to concelebrate mass. The day will culminate in a torchlit procession at 6pm.

The finer points of the programme are in the process of being finalised but a spokesperson for the Diocese of Motherwell said: “ This year is extra special for us at Carfin Grotto as we are celebrating 100 years since our opening in 1922. Closer to the date we will email and update pilgrims what is planned for each day of the relics visit.

“There will be catering provided in the Xavier Centre all day for anyone wishing hot or cold snacks or drinks.”

Meanwhile it emerges that a priest who grew up in Carfin is returning from abroad to serve in the diocese.

Father James Flynn has ministered in the Spiritan Province in Angola for many years and has latterly been based in Portugal. He is coming back to Scotland and will be posted to St Bernadette’s Parish in Motherwell where he will assist Father Ricklan Mallya both in the church and as chaplain in University Hospital Wishaw.