In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Apparitions of Fatima, the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios will host a weekend of prayer and liturgical celebrations for the veneration of the relics of St. John Paul II and St. Padre Pio.
The relics will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5 and from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 6.
A relic is a piece of the body of a saint, an item owned or used by the saint or an object that has been touched to the tomb of a saint. A first-class relic is a part of the saint’s body.
The relics being venerated at the shrine are vials of blood from St. John Paul II and St. Padre Pio.
From the earliest times, Catholics have honored the relics of Christians who were martyred or lived especially holy lives. Traditionally, people venerate relics by touching or kissing the reliquary in which the fragment of the holy person’s physical remains or personal item is kept.
Veneration is an expression of reverence for the holiness of the saint, and pilgrims often ask for the saint to intercede on their behalf before God for spiritual assistance, physical healing or other particular graces.
For information, call Father Ivan Carrillo-Paris at 824-2809 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The relics are open to the public.