Merrylands Mass for ‘The Little Flower’


St Thérèse of Lisieux Holy Relic Visit News Story
Photo: Shelly Barnes

More than 500 have attended a special Mass at St Margaret Mary’s Merrylands Parish on Thursday 25 October to celebrate the St Thérèse of Lisieux Holy Relic’s visit to the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.

Celebrated by St Margaret Mary’s Parish Assistant Priest Fr Damian Mosakowski OSPPE, devotion and rosary were held before the Mass and was followed by veneration of the Holy Relic (from a leg bone of St Thérèse of Lisieux).

The authentic first class relic, in private hands, was generously loaned to the Diocese for prayer and veneration from Saturday 13 to 25 October. As well as St Margaret Mary’s, the relic visited the Parishes of Holy Family East Granville and St Patrick’s Cathedral Parramatta.

Service through prayer and simple, small actions

St Thérèse of Lisieux Holy Relic Visit News Story
Photo: Shelly Barnes

St Thérèse of Lisieux was a French Carmelite nun who led a contemplative life of service and devotion to God through prayer and the ‘little way of spiritual childhood’ in the performance of simple, small duties through the actions of everyday life.

Therese was known for her capacity for love and generosity.

She cared for the sick and dying nuns and at the same time was in charge of the sacristy at the monastery.

She wanted a life of prayer and to serve others.

It is through her letters, published after her death, that ‘The Little Flower’ began to touch the lives of many people.

Thérèse was canonised by Pope Pius XI on 17 May 1925 and proclaimed Universal Patron of the Missions, alongside St Francis Xavier, on 14 December 1927.

On World Mission Sunday, 19 October 1997, Pope John Paul II proclaimed her Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face, a Doctor of the Universal Church.

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