Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church is located in Oblong, Illinois and is
named after the famous apparition of the Virgin Mary near Lourdes
France. In 1858, in the grotto of Massabielle, Our Lady appeared 18
times to Bernadette Soubirous, a young peasant girl. She revealed
herself as the Immaculate Conception, asked that a chapel be built on the
site of the vision, and told the girl to drink from a fountain in the grotto. No
fountain was to be seen, but when Bernadette dug at a spot designated
by the apparition, a spring began to flow. The water from this still flowing
spring has shown remarkable healing power, though it contains no
curative property that science can identify. Lourdes has become the most
famous modern shrine of Our Lady.
During (2008) our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI visited Lourdes to
celebrate the 150th anniversary of this apparition.