Laudetur Iesus Christus!
This coming Friday, November 18, 2022, there will be a major exhibition of Holy Relics being presented at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Parish (Charlotte) in the Holy Family Chapel from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
There will be more than 150 Relics on exhibit, including (partial listing):
I. Our Lord Jesus Christ:
a) Divine Infancy Relics: Manger, Cradle, Swaddling Bands;
b) Instruments of the Passion: True Cross, Thorn, Purple Cloak, Pillar of Scourging, Veronica’s Veil, Title of the Cross, Scala Sancta Stairs . . .
II. Relics of Our Lady: Veil, Slipper, Tunic, Holy House of Loreto . . .
III. St. Joseph, Foster Father of Christ: Staff & Cloak.
IV. Sts. Joachim & Ann, Our Lady’s Parents: Bone
V. Twelve Apostles, Four Evangelists: Bone; Cross of Apostles Peter & Andrew, Cincture & Tunic of St. John Evangelist;
VI. St. John the Baptist: Bone & Flesh;
VII. St. Mary Magdalene: Bone & Hair-Shirt;
VIII. New Testament Saints: Sts. Elizabeth & Zachary, Martha & Lazarus, Simeon Prophet, Three Magi, Holy Innocents
IX. Carmelite Saints: Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese the Little Flower X. Our Patron: St. Philomena, Virgin-Martyr
XI. Saints of the Canon: Agnes, Cecilia, Agatha, Lucy, Stephen, Lawrence, Cosmas & Damian
XII Clergy-Martyrs: Ignatius of Antioch, Blaise, Polycarp, Erasmus, Januarius . . .
XIII. Soldier-Martyrs: George, Demetrius, Sebastian, Theodore, Maurice . . .
XIV. Other Saints: Pius V & Pius X, Anthony of Padua, John Vianney, Maria Goretti, Dominic, Thomas Aquinas, Francis of Assisi .
“God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that when the handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were brought to the sick, their diseases left them, and the evil spirits came out of them.”
– Acts 19:11-12
Relics are a means to put us in direct contact with the Saints who have gone before us. Veneration of relics not only allows us to ask intercession of Saints but also make concrete the real possibility of holiness in our own lives because the Saints were simply normal people living lives of extraordinary holiness. There will be first (bone, blood, or body parts), second (a possession or article of clothing), and third (anything that has touched a first or second) class relics from various Saints available for veneration. The custodian of these relics, Mark Grillo, will be providing information about some of the individual relics as well as instructing on proper methods of veneration for relics. Information will be provided in both Spanish and English.
Food will be available for sale in the parking lot in front of the Activity Center to enjoy before or after you see the relics. Seating will be available inside the Activity Center for people to enjoy food and company with their fellow parishioners, friends, and family before or after visiting the relics.
Food vendor: Magdalena’s Taco Truck and Ice Cream starting at 5:30pm
Cash & Card accepted
Sponsored by the Parish Catechesis Department of St. Vincent de Paul and Regina Caeli Academy.
There will be a donation basket available to make a good will offering at the door.
Please direct questions to Mrs. Riley V. Provost, Director of Parish Catechesis St. Vincent de Paul Parish – Charlotte, NC Office Tel: (704)644-4651