Our Lady of Lourdes
The foundation stone for the wonderful Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Haslemere was laid in 1923 with the Church opening for worship two years later. A more detailed background and history to the Catholic community and Church in Haslemere can be found under the heading ‘About’ on another part of this website.
The Parish wanted to celebrate this great milestone and November 2022 marks the start of our centenary year celebrations. We have a variety of events planned, which will bring us together as a church community and give the opportunity for our friends, families, and those from the wider Haslemere community to join us and see what we do.
Celebrations commence in November with a fundraising and information stall at the Haslemere Charities Fair at Haslemere Hall on November 19th from 10am -2pm. We will also have scented candles made by one of our Parishioners for sale.
December sees us displaying our collection of Christmas Cribs at Haslemere Museum. The nativity cribs were largely the collection of one of our parishioners, Milly Bell, who collected them on her travels. In the past, the cribs were displayed in shops around Haslemere.
The new year starts with a Parish Indian Lunch, held in the Church Hall after Mass on 29th January, expertly prepared by two of our Parishioners.
A Quiz Night with fish and chip supper takes place on February 25th, so plan your teams and get revising!
For those interested in the arts, we have a talk on 14th March 2023 entitled ‘Medieval Church Art’ and later, on 21st October a guest speaker will be presenting ‘'Pigments of the imagination – Ten things you should know about icons’.
On 29th April 2023 we will be hosting an Open Church afternoon where anyone can come and learn about the history of the Church, Catholicism in general and learn about aspects of the church such as the meaning of the Vestments, Tabernacle, and Stations of the Cross
Flowers are often used to decorate the Church and on 25th May we will be holding a Floral Workshop at which one our experienced flower arrangers will be giving a demonstration and sharing tips and ideas.
Come and learn a harmony with us in the summer or take part in a wine tasting event in September.
Our centenary year culminates in the weekend of 17th/19th November with a Special Mass, attended by Bishop Richard and some former Parish Priests. We will have a display of photographs in the Parish Hall showing celebrations at the church over the years, and cake and nibbles to enjoy.
For further details about all events see the weekly Bulletin or contact the Parish Office (email@example.com).