Our Lady of Lourdes is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary recalling her apparitions in 1858 in the grotto at Massabielle, France to Saint Bernadette Soubirous, a fourteen-year-old peasant girl.
Our Lady instructed Bernadette to dig in the ground nearby, from which came a spring with healing properties, active to this day.
After a thorough investigation, the apparitions were approved for devotion by the Catholic Church in 1862.
A shrine was built there, which remains a popular place of pilgrimage. The latest (and 69th) approved miracle involving a healing in the water of Lourdes took place in May, 1989 and after extensive investigation was approved by the Church in July, 2013.
The Song of Bernadette, a best-selling novel about these events was written in 1941 by Franz Werfel and made into the classic 1943 film of the same title.
The statue of Mary in the sanctuary of our church, to the left of the altar, in white robes with a blue sash and a golden rose on each foot, is a representation of the Lourdes image of Our Lady, as she appeared to St. Bernadette.