Friday, April 29, 2016

Relic of the Curé d'Ars to Visit St Mary’s Church in Greenwich, Connecticut

St Mary’s Church in Greenwich, Connecticut, will host the relic of the incorruptible heart of St Jean-Marie Vianney, the patron Saint of parish priests, this coming week, from Tuesday May 3rd until Thursday, May 5th. Details in the flyer below.

From the church’s website: When (St John’s) coffin was opened his body was found perfectly preserved even though it was never embalmed and is today enshrined in a glass casket above the altar at his parish Church in Ars. As was the custom of the time the heart was removed from the body and placed in a separate reliquary for devotion. This extraordinary relic on occasion leaves France to visits other Churches throughout the world.

Saint Mary Church is delighted to announce that the Bishop of Belley-Ars in France has given his permission for the relic of the incorrupt heart of Saint John Vianney to visit our parish from May 3 to 5! The last time the relic was in the United States was 10 years ago. Bishop Caggiano has requested that during this visit we concentrate on the mercy of God given us through the Sacrament of Penance as well as prayers for an increase in priestly vocations. The Bishop will join us for Mass during the visit and we will have many opportunities for Confession during the three days.

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