Public Relic Venerations throughout the Year

Why do we venerate relics?

…….“We do not worship relics, we do not adore them, for fear that we should bow down to the creature rather than to the creator. But we venerate the relics of the martyrs in order the better to adore Him whose martyrs they are” (Saint Jerome, Ad Riparium, i, P.L., XXII, 907).

The word relic comes from the Latin relinquo, literally meaning I leave, or I abandon. A relic is a piece of the body of a saint, an item owned or used by the saint, or an object which has been touched to the tomb of a saint.

In a religion as spiritually centered as Christianity, the remains of certain dead are surrounded with special care and veneration. This is because the mortal remains of the deceased are associated in some manner with the holiness of their souls which await reunion with their bodies in the resurrection.

Schedule  (subject to change, as more are added):
Public Relic Venerations throughout the Year 
Public veneration of 1st-class Relics takes place at the conclusion of the 12:15p Mass.  However, should the saint’s feast day fall on a Sunday or a Solemnity, there may not be a public veneration of that saint’s relic, however the relic will be available for private veneration upon request.
Saint John Neumann, CSsR (relic & icon) January 5th
Saint Agnes January 21st
Saint Francis de Sales January 24th
Saint Thomas Aquinas January 28th
Our Lady of Lourdes (Saint Bernadette relic) February 11th
Saint Patrick of Ireland March 17th
Saint Gemma Galgani April 11th
Saint Bernadette April 16th
Saint Mark, Evangelist April 25th
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla April 28th
Saint Peregrine May 1st 
Saints Philip & James the Less, Apostles May 3rd
Saint Dymphna May 15th
Saint Barnabas June 11th
Saints Peter & Paul, Apostles June 29th
Saint Maria Goretti July 6th
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha July 14th
Saint James the Greater, Apostle July 25th
Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary July 26th
Saint Alphonsus Liguori August 1st
Saint John Vianney   (relic & icon) August 4th
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot August 24th
Saint Augustine August 28th
Saint Gregory the Great September 3rd
Saint Teresa of Calcutta September 5th
True Cross September 14th
Saint Robert Bellarmine September 17th
Saint Therese of Lisieux October 1st
Saint Francis of Assisi October 4th
Saint Faustina Kowalska October 5th
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque October 16th
Saint Luke the Evangelist October 18th
Saint Anthony Claret October 24th
Saints Simon & Jude, Apostles October 28th
Saint Gertrude the Great November 16th
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary November 17th
Saint Cecilia November 22nd
Blessed Miguel Pro November 23rd
Saint Andrew, Apostle November 30th
Saint Lucy December 13th
Saint John of the Cross December 14th
Saint John the Evangelist December 27th


Doctrine …..Fr. William Saunders, “Church Teaching on Relics,” Arlington Catholic Herald.reliquery

There are three classes of sacred relics.

  • The first-class is a part of the saints body. (It is this type which is placed in an altar stone.)
  • The second-class is a piece of the saints clothing or something used by the saint
  • The third-class is an object which has been touched to a first-class relic.
The holy bodies of the holy martyrs and of the others who dwell with Christ . . . are to be honored by the faithful.  (Council of Trent, 16th century)

There are several scriptural passages that support the veneration of relics. For example,relic-2ndclass-gloves-small

  • The Israelites took Josephs bones when they departed Egypt (Ex. 13:19).
  • The bones of Elisha came in contact with a dead person who then was raised to life (2 Kings 13:21).
  • The same Elisha took the mantle of Elijah and fashioned a miracle with it (2 Kings 2:13).
  • The Christians of Ephesus, by using handkerchiefs and cloths touched to St. Pauls skin, effected the healing of the sick (Acts 19:12).

Communion of saints

To venerate the relics of the saints is a profession of belief in several doctrines of the Catholic faith:

  1. the belief in everlasting life for those who have obediently witnessed to Christ and His Holy Gospel here on earth;
  2. the truth of the resurrection of the body for all persons on the last day;
  3. the doctrine of the splendor of the human body and the respect which all should show toward the bodies of both the living and the deceased;
  4. the belief in the special intercessory power which the saints enjoy in heaven because of their intimate relationship with Christ the King; and
  5. the truth of our closeness to the saints because of our connection in the communion of saints we as members of the Church militant or pilgrim Church, they as members of the Church triumphant.

The relics of the saints and their veneration is another in the long line of treasures which Jesus Christ has given to His chaste bride, the Church. These relics summon us to appreciate more profoundly not only the heroic men and women, boys and girls who have served the Master so selflessly and generously, but especially the love and mercy of the Almighty who called these His followers to the bliss of unending life in His eternal kingdom.

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