Casket of St. Thomas Becket on Display at Museum of Somerset Through April 2016

A casket that once held the relics of Saint Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is on display at the Museum of Somerset in Tauton, England, until April 2, 2016.  It is on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  The elaborately constructed casket was made in France around 1180 and is covered in jewels, gilt-copper, and enamel. It is one of the earliest, largest, and most elaborate of the several caskets that have housed his relics.  On the outside of the casket is a depiction of the Archbishop and his murders as they attack Becket with swords and an axe while two priests raise their arms in horror. It also shows the saint’s burial and the raising of his soul to heaven.

Casket of St Thomas Becket on Display Feb to April 2016

Casket of St. Thomas Becket, photo courtesy of Museum of Somerset

St. Thomas Becket was favored by Henry II and was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 1162.  He fell out of favor and was murdered on December 29, 1170 in Canterbury Cathedral by knights who were followers of King Henry II.

Entrance to the museum, including the exhibit of the casket of St. Thomas Becket, is free.

St. Thomas Becket, pray for us.

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Tour of Relics of the Passion of Jesus Christ

Relics of the Passion Relic Tour

The Apostolate for Holy Relics is conducting a tour of Holy Relics of the Passion of Jesus Christ for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  The program, called The Relics of the Passion, will include “a presentation on Divine Mercy as exemplified through the lives of the saints.”  There will also be exposition of a collection of 8 rare holy relics for veneration:
1) the relic of the True Cross
2) a piece of stone from the table or room where the Last Supper was held
3) a piece of the Column of Flagellation
4) a piece of the Crown of Thorns
5) the effigy of the Veil of Veronica (touched to the original veil)
6) a replica of the holy nail which contains filings taken from the true nails
7) a piece of bone from St. Longinus
8) a thread from the cloth used as the wrapping for the Burial Shroud

SCHEDULE BY STATE

Please check with the church before making your plans as the schedule is subject to change without notice.

COLORADO

May 22, 2016
Starts at 3:00 PM Located at: St. Vincent de Paul Church 2375 E Arizona Ave Denver, CO 80210

May 24, 2016
Starts at 6:00 PM Located at: St. Mary’s Church 6853 S Prince St Littleton, CO 80120

May 25, 2016
Starts at 6:00 PM Located at: St. Jude Church 9405 W Florida Ave Lakewood, CO 80232

May 27, 2016
Starts at 6:00 PM Located at: Queen of Peace Church 13120 E Kentucky Ave Aurora, CO 80012

CONNECTICUT

Feb 21, 2016
Starts at 2:00 PM Located at: St. Ann Church 289 Arch Rd Avon, CT 06001

Feb 28, 2016
Starts at 2:00 PM Located at: St. John Vianney Church 300 Captain Thomas Blvd West Haven, CT 06516

Mar 03, 2016
Starts at 7:00 PM Located at: St. Rita’s Church 1620 Whitney Ave Hamden, CT 06517

Mar 04, 2016
Starts at 7:00 PM Located at: Basilica of the Immaculate Conception 74 W Main St Waterbury, CT 06702

Mar 11, 2016
Starts at 7:00 PM Located at: St. Joseph Church 1747 Poquonock Ave Windsor, CT 06095

Mar 13, 2016
Starts at 2:00 PM Located at: St. Leo the Great Church 114 Bentwood Drive Waterbury, CT 06705

Mar 16, 2016
Starts at 7:00 PM Located at: St. Helena’s Church 30 Echo Lane West Hartford, CT 06107

Mar 18, 2016
TIME TBD Located at: St. Joseph’s Cathedral 140 Farmington Ave Hartford, CT 06105

Mar 20, 2016
TIME TBD Located at: St. Joseph’s Cathedral 140 Farmington Ave Hartford, CT 06105

Mar 22, 2016
Starts at 7:00 PM Located at: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 785 Highland Ave Waterbury, CT 06708

ILLINOIS

Feb 13, 2016
Starts at 9:00 AM Located at: Ss. Peter & Paul Proto-Cathedral Church 717 State Street Alton, IL 62002

MASSACHUSETTS

Feb 06, 2016

Starts at 10:30 AM Located at: Divine Mercy Shrine 2 Prospect Hill Rd Stockbridge, MA 01263

MISSOURI

Feb 11, 2016
Veneration 1:00 – 1:45 PM Program at 2:00PM Additional Veneration 3:00 – 4:00 PM Located at: St. Alban Roe Catholic Church 2001 Shepard Rd Glencoe, MO 63038

Feb 11, 2016
Starts at 7:00 PM Located at: St. Ann Church 7851 Highway YY Washington, MO 63090

Feb 12, 2016
Starts at 2:00 PM Children’s Program Located at: Assumption Church 4725 Mattis Rd St Louis, MO 63128

Feb 12, 2016
Starts at 7:00 PM Located at: Assumption Church 4725 Mattis Rd St Louis, MO 63128

Feb 13, 2016
Starts at 2:00 PM Open Veneration until 7:00 PM Located at: Assumption Church in the Chapel 403 North Main Street O’Fallon, MO 63366

Feb 14, 2016
Starts at 12:00 NOON Located at: St. Agnes Church 40 St. Agnes Drive Bloomsdale, MO 63627

Feb 15, 2016
Starts at 7:00 PM Located at: Incarnate Word Church 13416 Olive Boulevard Chesterfield, MO 63017

NEVADA

May 11, 2016
Starts at 7:00 PM Located at: St. Joseph Husband of Mary Church 7260 W Sahara Ave Las Vegas, NV 89117

NEW JERSEY

Feb 18, 2016
Starts at 7:00 PM Located at: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Church 127 Paterson Ave Wallington, NJ 07057

PENNSYLVANIA

Feb 25, 2016
Starts at 7:00 PM Located at: Christ the King Chapel – Kings’ College 133 North River Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

WASHINGTON DC

Jun 29, 2016
Open Veneration 12:45 PM to 5:00 PM Program Starts at 6:00 PM Located at: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 400 Michigan Ave NE Washington, DC 20017

Sep 14, 2016
Starts at 2:00 PM Located at: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Crypt Church 400 Michigan Ave NE Washington, DC 20017

WISCONSIN

Apr 01, 2016
Starts at 10:00 AM til 5:00 PM Program at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM Located at: Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine 5250 Justin Rd La Crosse, WI 54601

Apr 02, 2016
Starts at 10:00 AM til 5:00 PM Program at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM Located at: Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine 5250 Justin Rd La Crosse, WI 54601

Apr 03, 2016
Starts at 10:00 AM til 5:00 PM Program at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM Located at: Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine 5250 Justin Rd La Crosse, WI 54601

Apr 08, 2016
Program at 12:00 PM Open veneration until 1:00 to 5:00 PM Located at Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill 1525 Carmel Rd Hubertus, WI 53033

Apr 09, 2016
Program at 12:00 PM and 5:30 PM Open Veneration 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM Located at: Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill 1525 Carmel Rd Hubertus, WI 53033

 

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have Mercy on us!

For information on other relics that are on tour and available for public veneration visit the Relics & Events page.

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Relics of Padre Pio & St. Leopold Mandic On Display in Rome for Veneration

Relics of Padre Pio & St. Leopold Mandic in Rome for Public Veneration February 3-11 2016

Photo courtesy Vatican Jubilee Website

At the request of the Pope, the relics of Padre Pio and Saint Leopold Mandic will be in Rome from February 3rd to February 11th for the commissioning of the Missionaries of Mercy on Ash Wednesday for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, February 10th.  This is the first time the relics of these two contemporary saints, both renowned as confessors and spiritual guides, have been brought together for veneration by the public at the same time.  It is a particularly unique event as the relics of the wildly popular Padre Pio rarely leave the shrine at San Giovanni Rotundo.

Padre Pio was a Capuchin Monk born in 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy.  Like St. Leopold, Padre Pio suffered physical maladies and was sickly throughout his life.  In 1918 he had a vision of Jesus while offering the Mass and when it ended had the stigmata in his hands, feet, and side. Padre Pio became renowned during his lifetime for his abilities and people came from all over the world to have him hear their confessions.  At his urging, the House for the Relief of Suffering, a 350 bed hospital was built.  The relics of Padre Pio are on loan from the Shrine Monastery of St. Pio of Pietrelcina in San Giovanni Rotundo, Italy where they are available for veneration by the public.

St. Leopold Mandic was born in Croatia in 1866 but spent most of his life in Padua, Italy.  He was plagued with disabilities and malformities in speech and stature that lead to the development of his immense spiritual strength.  He became known as an Apostle of Unity and of Confession.  He was a Capuchin like Padre Pio and also shared his devotion to Mary, whom St. Leopold called his “Holy boss.”  He died in 1942 and is known, along with Padre Pio, as a saint of Mercy.  The relics of St. Leopold are on loan from Church of the Configuration Shrine of St. Leopold Mandic in Padua, Italy where they are available for veneration by the public.

Please make sure to check the website for the most up to date schedule and any special requirements when making your plans. Large crowds are expected to participate and some may require advance tickets.

Padre Pio and Saint Leopold, pray for us!

Schedule of Events 

February 4, 2016
Basilica of Saint Lawrence Outside the Walls (San Lorenzo fuori le Mura), Rome, Italy

  • 7:30am:  Celebration of the Eucharist
  • 11:30am:  Celebration of the Eucharist
  • 18:00 (6pm):  Celebration of the Eucharist
  • 20:30 (8:30pm) Interobediential Penitential Liturgy presided by S.E.R. Mons. Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization

Jubilee Church San Salvatore in Lauro

  • 22:00 (10pm): Celebration of the Eucharist presided by S.E.R. Mons. Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization
  • Followed by: nighttime prayer vigil

February 5, 2016
Jubilee Church San Salvatore in Lauro

  • 14:00 (2pm): Celebration of the Eucharist presided by S.E. Mons. Michele Castoro, Archbishop of Manfredonia, Vieste, San Giovanni Rotondo
  • 16:00 (4pm): Procession with the relics of the two saints to Saint Peter’s Basilica
  • Reception of the relics by S. Em. Card. Angelo Comastri, Archpriest of Saint Peter’s Basilica

February 6, 2016
Saint Peter’s Square

  • 10:00am: Jubilee Audience with the Holy Father for Padre Pio prayer groups
  • 14:00 (2pm): Exposition of the relics for veneration by the faithful in Saint Peter’s Basilica
February 7-9, 2016
Exposition of the relics for veneration by the faithful

February 10, 2016
Saint Peter’s Basilica

  • 17:00 (5pm): Solemn Eucharistic Celebration of Ash Wednesday with Pope Francis, and the commissioning of the Missionaries of Mercy

February 11, 2016
Saint Peter’s Basilica

  • 7:30am:   Celebration of the Eucharist presided by S.E.R. Rino Fisichella
  • Departure of the relics of the two saints

To learn about more relics on tour and available for public veneration visit the Relics & Events page  

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Experience Lourdes at Your Local Parish through a Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage

Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage

What’s a Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage?  It’s a 90 minute prayerful experience that brings Lourdes to you.  You will learn about Bernadette and Our Lady’s message to her and be able to touch grotto rocks and water from the spring at Lourdes.  The event usually includes a Eucharistic Blessing and recitation of the rosary.  Since the first Virtual Pilgrimage was offered in 2004, over 100,000 pilgrims have experienced Lourdes in their local community.

Pope Francis has issued a Papal decree offering a plenary indulgence to anyone making a pilgrimage to Lourdes or experiencing Lourdes in a Virtual Pilgrimage with North American Lourdes Volunteers under the usual conditions.

This program is done completely by volunteers and exists off from free will donations to not only run the program but to bring the water from Lourdes to the United States and to bottle it.  Please consider giving a free will donation if you attend one of the events.

If you would like to arrange for a Virtual Pilgrimage at your parish or school visit the website for more information.

Schedule for February 2016

February 6- Holy Trinity Church, Poughkeepsie, NY  at 6:30 (after 5:30 Mass)

February 11- St. Anne Parish, Ruskin, FL  at 7pm.

February 12- Transfiguration Catholic Chruch, St. Petersburg, FL time TBA

February 13- St. Jerome, Largo, FL  at 7pm

February 14- St. John Vianney, St. Pete Beach, FL  at 2pm

February 15- Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Kissimmee, FL  at 6:30

February 16- Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, St. Petersburg, FL  after the 8:30am Mass

February 17-Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Gulfport, FL time TBA

February 21- Epiphany Catholic Church, Tampa, FL at 12:30 (after the 10:30 High Mass)

For more information about events of this nature or relics that are on tour please visit the Relics & Events page.

 

 

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Relic of St. Philip Neri Now Available for Veneration in Cincinnati

Relic of St Philip Neri Available for Veneration in Cininnati

The heart relic of St. Philip Neri has completed it’s stop in Washington DC and is now on its way to the Community-in-Formation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Cincinnati, Ohio through Sunday, February 7th.  The Oratory has a week of events planned with ample time for veneration of the relic.  Please be sure to check the Facebook page or call the Oratory to confirm events before you go.

Current schedule of events according to their Facebook page:

If the relic arrives in time for the evening Mass on Candlemas, February 2 @ 7:00 p.m., we will have veneration of the relic following Mass. The relic will remain displayed for veneration throughout the week.

On Thursday, February 4, we will have special prayers, hymns, and devotions during our usual Evening Oratory prayers at 6:30 p.m. There will be a fervorino on St. Philip, concluding with veneration of the relic.

Friday, February 5 – Public Veneration from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Mass and Veneration of the Relic at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 6 – Votive Latin Mass of St. Philip Neri at 8:00 a.m. with Veneration of the Relic following

Sunday, February 7 – Relic exposed during all Masses and Vespers for veneration

Monday, February 8 – Musical Evening Oratory with the Relic at 5:30 p.m. before sending off to the Oratory in New Brunswick, N.J. for their events on Thursday

 

To see where the relic goes next and to see other relics on tour visit the Relics & Events page.

 

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Relic of Blessed (Soon to be Saint!) Jose Sanchez del Rio Available for Veneration at Church in Texas

Relic of Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio available for veneration year round at church in Texas

Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio will soon be declared a saint as Pope Francis has approved a second miracle attributed to his intercession.  He was a member of the Cristero movement that fought for religious freedom against the Mexican government that was persecuting the Catholic Church.  He was born March 28, 1913 and was captured February 25, 1928 at the age of 14.  He was brutally tortured and and the soldiers tried to get him to shout “death to Christ the King” to which he shouted “Viva Cristo Rey!” or “Long Live Christ the King!”  He was depicted in 2012 in the movie “For Greater Glory.”  You can venerate a relic of the finger bone of this heroic martyr Monday to Saturday 7am-6pm at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Taft, Texas.

Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio, pray for us!

Find other pilgrimage sites on the Sites by State page.

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Heart Relic of St. Philip Neri Delayed & Expected to Arrive in Washington DC By Tomorrow

philip neri reliquary

If you were disappointed that you missed the opportunity to venerate the heart relic of St. Philip Neri due to the blizzard, today is your lucky day.  You didn’t miss it after all.  The relic was delayed in customs and was just released.  It will hopefully arrive at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church by tomorrow.  Check the DC Oratorians Facebook page for the most up to date information.

St. Philip Neri, pray for us!

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