Incorrupt Heart Relic of St. John Vianney Visiting the United States

The incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney will be at St. Mary’s Church in Greenwich, CT from May 3-5, 2016.  The relic is normally kept with the incorrupt body of St. John Vianney at the Shrine of St. John Vianney in the Basilique d’Ars in Ars-Sur-Formans in France.

Incorrupt Heart of St John Vianney Visiting the United States Catholic Pilgrimage Sites

Below is the current schedule taken from St. Mary’s Church website.  Please call or visit the website to make sure there haven’t been any changes to the schedule before making your plans.  We’ve seen relics be delayed in the past in customs for days, delayed due to weather, and various other reasons.  It’s always best to confirm before you go, and if you can, DEFINITELY GO!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
5:30pm—Procession and Reception of the Relic
7:30pm—Mass for Vocations with
The Most Reverend Frank Caggiano Bishop of Bridgeport.
Rosary for an increase in Priestly Vocations following Mass.
Also following Mass, Confessions will be heard in
the Lower Church until 10:00pm.
Veneration of the Relic continues until 11:30pm.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
7:00am—Church opens for Veneration of the Relic.
Confessions will be heard in the Lower Church
from 9:00am to 12 Noon.
Daily Masses are 7:00am and 12:05pm.
7:30pm—Solemn High Mass in
the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite
(Latin Mass according to the 1962 Missal).
Reverend George W. Rutler, author of The Curé of Ars Today,
will preach the homily.
Rosary for an increase in Priestly Vocations following Mass.
Veneration of the Relic continues until 11:30pm.

Thursday, May 5, 2016
7:00am—Church opens for Veneration of the Relic.
9:00am—Closing Mass.
Msgr. Thomas W. Powers, Vicar General, Celebrant and Homilist.
Relic departs immediately following Mass.

The relic will return to France May 5th.

St. John Vianney is the Patron Saint of Priests and is known as the Cur d’ Ars.  He is reknown for being a confessor, often spending 13-17 hours a day in the confessional and was reputed to have the gift of healing and knowing the heart of penitents.

Thank you to the reader who made us aware of this relic visiting St. Mary’s Church.  If you become aware of any relic tours or visits, please let us know by emailing us at CatholicPilgrim@hotmail.com.

For other relics on tour and available for veneration visit our Relics & Events page.

St. John Vianney, pray for us!

 

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International Pilgrim Virgin Statue US Tour for Peace

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Marian Apparitions at Fatima, the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima has embarked on a 21 month pilgrimage called the “US Tour for Peace” across the United States.  The statue will be traveling east of the Mississippi in 2016 and west of the Mississippi in 2017 “in a nationwide call to prayer and penance for peace in our nation and conversion of hearts.”    You can request the statue make a stop at your parish by contacting Patrick Sabat at 219-218-8991 or at psabat@bluearmy.com  Please note that permission from your Bishop is required for the statue to visit your diocese.  The schedule is subject to frequent change without notice so please make sure you are checking with the church directly before finalizing your plans.
International Pilgrim Virgin Statue US Tour of Peace Catholic Pilgrimage Sites

PRAYER FOR THE U.S. TOUR
O Queen of the Rosary, Sweet Virgin of Fatima,
who has deigned to appear in the land of
Portugal, we beg you to watch over our dear
homeland and assure its moral and spiritual revival.
Bring back peace to all the nations of the world
so that all, our own nation in particular, may be
happy to call you their Queen and the Queen of peace. Amen.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for our country.
Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for all humanity a lasting peace.

SCHEDULE
April 29, -May 1, 2016 – St. Anthony of Padua, New Bedford, MA
May 1, 2016 – University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA
May 2, 2016 – St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Winchester, MA
May 3, 2016 – Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, Holliston, MA
May 5, 2016 – Immaculate Conception, Nashua, NH
May 6, 2016 – St. Joseph/Mary Queen of Peace, Salem, NH
May 7, 2016 – St. Mary’s Church, New Market, NH
May 9, 2016 – St. Agnes Parish, Pittsfield, ME
May 10, 2016 – St. Anne’s of Our Lady of the Snows, Dexter, ME
May 12, 2016 – Notre Dam du Monte Carmel, Madawaska, ME
May 13, 2016 – St. John’s Parish, Bangor, ME
May 14, 2016 – Christ the King, Guilderland, NY (11am -2:30pm) and St. Luke’s Church, Schenectady, NY (3:15-7pm)
May 15, 2016- St. Mary’s Church, Amsterdam, NY
May 16, 2016 – St. Francis of Assissi, Newburgh, NY
May 18, 2016 – Holy Family Parish, New York, NY
May 19, 2016 – Our Lady of Guadalupe in Brooklyn, NY
May 20 & 21, 2016 – Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, Prospect Heights, NY
May 22-23, 2016 – Our Lady of Fatima, Elmhurst, NY
May 24, 2016 – St. Matthew’s Church, Dix Hills, NY
May 25, 2016 – St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre, NY
May 26, 2016 – Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Southampton, NY (9am-2pm) and Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, Manorville, NY (4pm-9pm)
May 28, 2016 – St. Anthony and St. Agnes, Utica, NY
May 29, 2016- St. John the Evangelist, New Hartford, NY
May 31, 2016 – St. John the Baptist, Rome, NY
June 1-2, 2016 – St. Mark of the Lake, Hamburg, NY
June 3, 2016 – St. John Gualbert Church, Cheektowaga, NY
June 4-5, 2016- Our Lady of Fatima, Elba, NY
June 7-8, 2016 – Our Lady of Fatima, Highland Lake, NJ
June 12, 2016  – Our Lady Help of Christians, Allentown, PA
June 14, 2016 – Sts. John and Paul Parish, Sewickley, PA
June 15, 2016 – Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Aliquippa, PA
June 16, 2016 – St. John the Baptist Parish, Pittsburgh, PA (tentative)
June 17, 2016 – St. Paul Parish, Butler, PA
June 18, 2016 – Epiphany Parish, Pittsburgh, PA
June 24, 2016 – Carmel of Jesus, Mary, & Joseph, Elysburg, PA 
June 29-30, 2016 – St. Gregory Thaumaturgus, North East, PA
July 6, 2016 – St. Maximillan Kolbe Catholic Church, Hamilton, OH
July 7, 2016 – Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, Norwood, OH
July 8, 2016 – Holy Angels Church, Sidney, OH
July 9, 2016 – Guardian Angels Parish, Cincinnati, OH
July 10, 2016 – Old St Mary’s (Over-the-Rhine), Cincinnati, OH
July 11, 2016 – St. Francis de Sales Parish, Lebanon, OH
July 12, 2016 – St. Bernard of Clairvaux (Taylor’s Creek), Cincinnati, OH
July 16, 2016 – St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Chardon, OH
July 19, 2016 – Most Holy Trinity Romanian Catholic Church, Chesterland, OH
July 20, 2016 – St. George Cathedral, Canton, OH
July 22-23, 2016 – Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Youngstown, OH
July 24, 2016 – National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak, MI
July 25, 2016 – Our Lady of Grace, Warren, MI (8:30-4pm) and Assumption Grotto Church, Detroit, MI (7pm-9pm)
July 26, 2016 – All Saints Parish, Detroit, MI
July 27, 2016 – Church of the Divine Child, Dearborn, MI
July 28, 2016 – Our Lady of Good Counsel, Plymouth, MI
July 29, 2016 – The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Riverview, MI 
July 30, 2016 – St. Regis, Bloomfield Hills, MI and St. Stephens, New Boston, MI
August 1, 2016 – Holy Rosary Parish, Cedar, MI
August 2, 2016 – Carmelite Monasery, Traverse City, MI
August 3, 2016 – St. Joseph Parish, Manistee, MI
August 4, 2016 – St. Mary Parish, Mio, MI
August 5, 2016 – St. Paul Parish, Onaway, MI
August 6, 2016 – Cross in the Woods Shrine, Indian River, MI
August 7, 2016 – Holy Cross Parish, Beaver Island, MI

Many of the dates past August are tentative at this time.  We will be updating the site as the schedule finalizes.
For other events and for relics on tour and available for veneration visit our Relics & Events page.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
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Relic of Padre Pio Available for Public Veneration in Sarasota, Florida

One of the reasons I started this site is because I kept accidentally learning about Catholic treasures that were seemingly hidden away in churches, unbeknownst to most. Usually there are no mention of them on the church or the diocesan websites and no central place for people to find out where they are.

My travels recently took me one such place in Sarasota, Florida where quietly sitting in a prayer room at Our Lady Queen of the Martyrs Catholic Church is a first class relic of Padre Pio. I’ve never venerated a relic of Padre Pio and as I don’t see a visit to San Giovanni Rotundo, Italy in my future, I was happy to have this opportunity.  I went on a Saturday after calling ahead to make sure that the church would be open during the time I expected to be in the area. An additional benefit of calling ahead is that they can tell you exactly where to find what you’re looking for before you get there.  You’d be amazed at the hidden and out of the way places some of these things are placed and oftentimes you can miss them if you don’t know exactly where to look.

As I walked up to the church I saw this lovely mosaic of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Sarasota Florida Catholic Pilgrimage SItes

Following the directions of the helpful person I spoke to on the phone, when I entered the church I looked to my right and saw the door to the prayer room.

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Sarasota Florida Padre Pio Reic Catholic Pilgrimage Sites

The room is full of statues, candles and kneelers and is a beautifully quiet place to spend some time in prayer.Statues at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Sarasota Florida Catholic Pilgrimage Sites

Standing in the doorway I looked to my left and just past the door I saw a metal grate that had a cross and the images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary next to the Crucifix.

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Padre Pio Relic Sarasota Florida Catholic Pilgrimage Sites

I stepped closer to it and saw the reliquary holding the relic of St. Padre Pio.

Padre Pio Reliquary Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Sarasota Florida Catholic Pilgrimage Sites

As I looked closer I could see the single drop of blood from his stigmata, is in fact shaped like a heart.

Sarasota Florida Padre Pio Relic Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Pilgrimage Sites

The Padre Pio Relic Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Sarasota Florida Catholic Pilgrimage Sites

It made me think of Jesus’ love for me and all mankind.  Of Padre Pio’s love for God.  Of my love for God and for this Saint that was renowned for his frankness and for sitting in the confessional for more than ten hours straight so that he could reunite sinners with God.  Of the pain he endured by bearing the stigmata.  Of how small my pains are in comparison.  I spent some time in prayer before the relic.  There isn’t a kneeler in front of the relic as it would block the door so I knelt  on the floor and thought that the discomfort was appropriate in kneeling to venerate this Saint.  I concluded my prayers for Padre Pio’s intercession by asking him to help me make a good confession as I had timed my visit to coincide with the time that the Sacrament of Reconciliation was offered.  After all, that’s what Padre Pio would tell me to do.

If you know of a church that has relics available for public veneration or other Catholic “treasures,” please email me and let me know at CatholicPilgrim@hotmail.com so we can add it to our Sites by State page.

 

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Morning Offering Written by St. Therese

I came across this morning offering written by St. Therese and I absolutely love it.  Since my visit to the National Shrine and Museum of St. Therese in Darien, IL (you can read more about my visit here), I’ve been spending more time reading about her and the things that she has written. I found this Morning Offering prayer and it perfectly encapsulates what I want to say to God in the morning.  Some days all I have to give is the beat of my heart, my thoughts (which aren’t always that great) and simple works.  The beautiful thing is that God can take even that minuscule offering and turn it into something wonderful.

St Therese Morning Offering Catholic Pilgrimage Sites

St. Therese, pray for us!

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Largest Collection of Relics & Artifacts of St. Therese Outside of France

I made a brief stop over in Chicago and wanted to visit the National Shrine of St. Therese in Darien, IL.  It was around 2 pm and when I called to make sure they were open (I always recommend calling before you go to confirm the things you want to see are there and on display and that the place isn’t closed for something unexpected like construction.) I found out they were only open until 4 pm.  By the time I took a taxi and got there, I wouldn’t have a lot of time before it closed and I seriously thought about not going.  After some consideration I decided to go anyway as seeing some of the Shrine is better than not seeing it at all and I have always had a particular fondness for St. Therese.

National Shrine of St Therese Darien Illinois Catholic Pilgrimage Sites

The Shrine is nestled in a suburb of Chicago on a 40 acre Carmelite campus.  I wasn’t able to explore due to time constraints, but one could easily make a day pilgrimage here.  There is a good sized free parking lot and there was plenty of parking available when I arrived.  When you pull into the parking lot, the Shrine museum is on the right hand side.

St Therese Museum National Shrine of St Therese Catholic Pilgrimage Sites

The Shrine is supposed to have the largest collection of St. Therese relics and memorabilia outside of Lisieux, France (anywhere in the world!) and it did not disappoint.  Let’s start with the relics as there are a lot of them.  They are spread throughout the Shrine and are in some unexpected places.  There is a gazebo with a large statue of St. Therese inside with a kneeler in front of it that I was drawn to as soon as I went in.  One of the first things I did was stop there to pray in thanksgiving for the opportunity to venerate the relics of St. Therese and learn more about her life.

State & Kneeler Reliquary National Shrine of St Therese Darien Illinois Catholic Pilgrimage Sites

As I went to kneel I noticed something embedded in to the top of the kneeler and to my surprise, it was a relic of St. Therese.

Kneeler Reliquary National Shrine of St Therese Darien Illinois Catholic Pilgrimage Sites

I took out my rosary and touched it to the relic and continued my prayers.  I then eagerly got up to continue exploring. The next thing that caught my eye was a large display board about Zelie and Louis Martin, St. Therese’s parents, who were recently declared saints themselves.

National Shrine of St Therese Darien Illinois Zelie & Louis Martin Relics Catholic Pilgrimage Sites

To my surprise and delight there was another relic within it of the Martins.  To have access to one relic is amazing, but multiple relics in one place?  Relics that are in easy access that you can take your time to venerate and to touch objects to?  Such a blessing.
Zelie & Louis Martin Relics National Shrine of St Therese Darien Illinois Catholic Pilgrimage Sites
I quickly learned that there were many more to see.  As I walked around looking at the various artifacts from St. Therese’s life I noticed a large, beautiful, ornate reliquary in a niche in one of the displays behind glass.
Angel reliquary National Shrine of St Therese Darien Illinois Catholic Pilgrimage Sites
It contained a first class relic of St. Therese’s hair.
Relic of St Therese Hair National Shrine of St Therese Darien Illinois Catholic Pilgrimage Sites
There was a large glass case on a pedestal with what looked like a statue of St. Therese resting in death inside it.  It turned out to be a replica of the casket of St. Therese that is in Liseiux, France and in the center of the rose she was holding was another relic.  It’s one of the most striking reliquaries I’ve ever seen.
National Shrine of St Therese Reliquary Darien Illinois Catholic Pilgrimage Sites
Close up of Relic National Shrine of St Therese Darien Illinois Catholic PIlgrimage sites

Relic inside of the rose

I made my way to the Chapel at the back of the Shrine and there found a large reliquary that contained five gold roses and each rose held a relic of St. Therese.  According to the plaque, the relics, along with many of the other artifacts at the Shrine were given to them by St. Therese’s sister, Pauline (who was then known as Mother Agnes, Superior of the Lisieux Carmel), in 1910. The relics in this reliquary included “a particle of St. Therese’s uncorrupted flesh discovered when her decomposed body was exhumed from the municipal cemetery of Lisieux in 1910,  a fragment of her bone, locks from [her] hair, dust from [her] coffin, and a piece of her Carmelite Habit.”

Main Relics National Shrine of St Therese Darien Illinois Catholic Pilgrimage Sites
National Shrine of St Therese Relic Darien Illinois Catholic Pilgrimage Sites

Close up of center rose in the reliquary

Above the reliquary is a huge wood relief, taking up most of the wall, of scenes from the life of St. Therese.  It’s so large, that there is a key that explains the various scenes and their locations.
Relics at National Shrine of St Therese Darien Illinois Catholic Pilgrimage Sites

There were also various other relics within the glass display cases.  Make sure that you’re paying attention as you walk around or you might miss one!

If the relics alone weren’t enough, there were a large number of artifacts from St. Therese’s life.  The Saints often feel very distant as many of them lived so long a go in times and places that are foreign to us.  Walking around and seeing the bits and pieces of St. Therese’s life, made me feel closer to her in a way I hadn’t anticipated.  I really felt like I was getting glimpses into who she was as a person in a much more intimate way than when I read about her in books.  There were things like the artificial flowers that St. Therese herself placed in from of the statue of The Child Jesus at the Carmel of Lisieux when fresh flowers were out of season (ah, those little acts of kindness!) and her

First Communion prayer book.  There were very personal things like the picture of her sister Marie that hung in St. Therese’s bedroom until her death in 1940, a letter that St. Therese wrote to Sister Martha and a piece of the bridal gown that St. Therese wore when she entered the Carmel in 1888.  There were also things of the child St. Therese had once been such as a toy tambourine that she played with, and my favorite, the map of North America that she drew by hand at the age of 12.  I don’t know why the map struck me so much. I guess I was just so impressed with the detail and how good this hand drawn map was.  It’s little things like this that you just don’t get out of books.
Hand Drawn Map National Shrine St Therese Darien Illinois Catholic Pilgrimage Sites
All in all, I had a little over an hour at the Shrine and it was the best hour I could have spent.  I felt like there were surprises around every corner such as the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Blessed Sacrament Chapel where you can spend time in prayer and an amazing wall of rosaries from different time periods and areas of the world that drew me in.
Rosary Wall National Shrine of St Therese Darien Illinois Catholic Pilgrimage Sites
I didn’t have time to explore the Carmelite Campus and was able to spend only a few minutes in the large gift shop which I will have to rectify that the next time I’m in Chicago.  The National Shrine is undergoing renovation and expansion and I can’t wait to see what additions they make.   If you live in Chicago, or are even in town briefly, make time to visit.  You won’t be disappointed.
I took far more pictures than I could ever post here, so I’ll be adding some of them to Instagram over the next couple of days.
You can find more Catholic Pilgrimage Sites in Chicago and throughout the U.S. here.
St. Therese, pray for us!
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Jubilee Pilgrimage of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Icon

In celebration of the 150 years of the Redemptorist devotion to the icon of Our Lady Perpetual Help a Jubilee Pilgrimage is underway with a copy of the icon to visit all 26 Cathedrals in Ireland.Follow the Icon Our Mother of Perpetual Help Jubilee Pilgrimage

The original icon Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was presented to the Redemptorists for veneration by Blessed Pope Pius IX in 1865 in their newly built church in Rome. The Holy Father game the Redemptorists a mandate to promote the devotion of Our Lady of Perpetual Help throughout the world.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Icon Jubilee Pilgrimage Tour

SCHEDULE

Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Pray for us!

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Mother Teresa Exhibit

An exhibit about the life of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, who will be canonized as a Saint in September, opened at the Oxford Oratory in the UK.  The exhibit includes letters written by Mother Teresa, her habit and sari, her Nobel Peace Prize and other artifacts.  There are boards throughout that tell the story of her life and a film about her life every day at 4pm in the Parish Centre.  The exhibit is open every day from 10:30am – 7pm until April 30th.

Mother Teresa Exhibit Oxford Oratory

Mother Teresa was born Gonxha (Agnes) Bojaxhiu in Yugoslavia, on August 27, 1910.  In 1928, when she was 18, she went to Ireland and joined the Loreto Sisters of Dublin. The next year she was sent to Darjeeling to the novitiate of the Sisters of Loreto.  When she professed her vows in 1931 she chose the name Teresa to honor both St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Teresa of Avila. Seventeen years later she went on to start the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta and became renowned for her selflessness in serving the poor and even won a Nobel Peace Prize.  Mother Teresa will be canonized in September 2016.

Mother Teresa, pray for us!

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