80 Springcroft Crescent, Bailleston, Glasgow
Since 1976 the St. Margaret Of Scotland Youth Group have answered the call of Our Lady and gone to Lourdes to work with the sick pilgrims on the Glasgow archdiocesan pilgrimage.
Each year over 80 young people give up their summer holiday to go to Lourdes to work in the hospitals, to get out of bed early, to push wheelchairs, pull ‘voitures’ and assist the elderly and the infirmed, moreover, they have to pay for this privilege. They have come for many reasons, but all of them have an overwhelming desire to do some good.
There is something special about the St. Margaret of Scotland Youth Group – something you can’t quite put your finger on – but undoubtedly, something quite remarkable. In Lourdes, they give their all to help those less fortunate than themselves and they do so in their own inimitable fashion. They bring energy, their enthusiasm, their sense of responsibility – in essence, they bring their youth! For that wonderful week in Lourdes they shoulder someone else’s burden and over the years, have touched many lives.
It has been said that Lourdes is ‘Love In Action’ and the collective aim of the youth group is to make that statement a reality during its seven day pilgrimage.
In addition, the lives of the many young people have been enriched by the experience. They learn much about dignity, respect and courage from those they come into contact with during our pilgrimage. The group are not saints, just committed young people who want to help others by giving their best.