Not magic

Priest brings 150 relics of the saints to three parishes in the San Francisco archdiocese, explains their role in the Catholic faith

Three years ago, Church of the Epiphany parishioners Bea Zamora and husband Deacon Chito Zamora, first approached a priest about bringing his traveling relics exposition to the Bay Area. This December, their hope was fulfilled, as Companions of the Cross Father Carlos Martins visited three parishes in the Archdiocese of San Francisco with 150 relics of the saints. “It’s a very … [Read more...]

“We’ve had calls from people from all over Northern and Southern California”

Relics of St. Pio of Pieltrelcina displayed at St. Andrew Church in Pasadena, pastor says their popularity was "overwhelming and something of a surprise"

A long white, lace mantilla framed the face of a young woman as she kissed the glass-covered mitt. This is one of the fingerless gloves worn by the humble Franciscan priest, renowned throughout the world as Padre Pio. He needed them to cover the bleeding wounds in his stigmatized hands as he celebrated Mass. The mitt was one of three relics of St. Pio of Pieltrelcina that … [Read more...]

Relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina to tour the United States

Will be in Los Angeles May 18 and 19 at St. Andrew Catholic Church

Relics of the renowned 20th century mystic and healer, Saint Pio of Pietrelcina – better known as Padre Pio – will be touring several Archdioceses and Dioceses in the United States of America, between May 6 and May 21, and from September 16 to October 1, 2017. The relics will be on display to the public between liturgical celebrations in the following Archdioceses and … [Read more...]

Ancient relic, believed to be from cross on which Jesus was crucified, stolen from San Francisco parish:

Priest broke the news to parishioners on Sunday

The following comes from an August 21 ABC7 News article by Cornell Barnard: Church leaders are heartbroken and parishioners are praying for the safe return of a relic, which is a prized and sacred possession at Dominic's Catholic Church. The relic is believed to be part of the cross where Christ was crucified. Sunday mass at St. Dominic's Catholic Church is a time for … [Read more...]

Catholic saint’s relics to visit St. John Maron church in Orange

St. Sharbel was a Maronite monk and priest in Lebanon who lived from 1828 to 1898

The following comes from a January 4 Orange County Register article by Brooke E. Seipel: The relics of St. Sharbel Makhlouf, a pious hermit who lived in the 19th century, will visit St. John Maron Maronite Catholic Church in Orange this weekend. St. John Maron is the only Maronite church in Orange County, a part of the Catholic church practicing Eastern traditions. While … [Read more...]

Arm of St. Jude travels to Simi Valley for healing masses

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church welcomes holy relic

The following comes from a January 1 Simi Valley Acorn article by Hector Gonzalez: Catholics in Ventura County and around Southern California will be celebrating next month when one of the church’s most venerated relics makes a visit to St. Rose of Lima in Simi Valley for three days of healing masses. It will be the first time the arm of St. Jude, which is normally kept … [Read more...]

Extreme case of mercy

The Mass as no-spin zone

The following comes from a Dec.  4 story by James Kalb in Crisis magazine. I came to the Church through the Traditional Latin Mass. I would have converted anyway. It was becoming more and more obvious that the Church was where I belonged, and it seemed pointlessly obstinate and even artificial to remain apart from her. But the Traditional Mass made the situation clearer, … [Read more...]

Relics on view Saturday, Oct. 26

The following comes from an Oct. 23 email from one of our readers. Over 150+ relics will be on exposition and available for veneration by the faithful this Saturday, Oct. 26, 5pm at St. Thomas More parish in San Francisco. 5:00 pm Mass and then veneration of the relics afterward. This specific effort has been endorsed by His Eminence Cardinal Burke and many … [Read more...]