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Catholic Festivals in France

 

A country as large and diverse as France has hundreds of celebrations throughout the year. We have highlighted a few here, but check with the individual websites for any additions or changes.

If you can be in attendance at one of these festivals or feast day celebrations you will find it a rewarding experience.

Ars:

First Sunday in February (arrival of John Vianney in Ars)
August 4 (Feast Day of Saint John Vianney)

Chartres:

Pentecost (annual pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres
August 15 (Feast of the Assumption and procession through town)

Contignac:

March 9 (Feast of St. Joseph of Cotignac)
August 9 (Feast of the anniversary of the apparitions)
December 27 & 28 (Feast of Saint John)

Laus: Click here for the official schedule (use Google Translate)

La Salette:

August 15 (Feast of the Assumption)
September 8 (Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
September 19 (Feast of Our Lady of La Salette)


Le Puy:

Thursday before Easter (Procession of the Penitents)
March 25 (Feast of the Annunciation)
July 1 (Feast of the Visitation)
August 15 ( Feast of the Assumption and procession of the Black Virgin)
September 8 (Feast of the Nativity)

Lisieux:

September 21-October 10 Saint Therese Festival
October 1 (Feast Day)

Lourdes:

February 11 (Anniversary of the first apparition)
February 18 ( Feast of Saint Bernadette)

Mont St. Michel:

one Sunday in May (St. Michael’s Spring Feast Day)
Second half of July (pilgrimage across the sand)
Closest Sunday to Sept. 29 (St. Michael’s autumn Feast Day)
October 16 (Consecration Feast Day)

Nevers:

February 11 (Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes)
February 18 (Feast of Saint Bernadette)
April 16 (Death Anniversary of Saint Bernadette)
July 7 (Anniversary of Saint Bernadette’s arrival at the Convent)

Paray-le-Monial:

February 15 (Feast Day of St. Claude de la Colombiere)
Sunday after Easter (Divine Mercy)
Third Friday after Pentecost (Feast of the Sacred Heart)
October 16 (Feast Day of Saint Margaret Mary)

Pontmain:

January 17 (Anniversary of the Apparitions)
August 15 (Feast of the Assumption)

Roc Amadour:

May 1 (Feast Day of Saint Amadour)
August 14 (torchlight procession)
Week of September 8 (torchlight procession & annual pilgrimage)

Rouen:

May 30 (Feast day of Saint Joan of Arc)

St. Anne d’Auray:

March 7 (anniversary of the discovery of the statue)
April 14-21 (week of Saint Anne d’Auray)
July 25-27 (Festival of Saint Anne)
August 15 (Feast of the Assumption)

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