Visit of Holy Relic of St Therese of Lisieux
|St Therese of Lisieux is one of the 18 patron saints and intercessors chosen for WYD Rio 2013.|
An authentic first class relic of St Thérèse of Lisieux, in private hands, is visiting the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.
The relic, from a leg bone, has been generously loaned to the Diocese for prayer and veneration in three parishes:
Saturday 13 October
9.30am to 1.30pm
St Patrick’s Cathedral
1 Marist Place, Parramatta
Sunday 14 October
8am to noon
Devotion, prayer & veneration at
Holy Family Church
200 The Trongate, East Granville
Thursday 25 October 2012
6-7pm devotion, 7-7.30pm rosary & 7.30pm Mass followed by veneration till 9.30pm at
St Margaret Mary’s Parish
5 Chetwynd Road, Merrylands
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.
Born Thérèse Martin on 2 January 1873, she entered the convent at the age of 15 and was professed on 8 September 1890.
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.
However, Thérèse was also very sick, suffering from tuberculosis, a crippling disease at the time. Although still very young, Thérèse bore her steady decline resolutely and without complaint.
On the morning of Good Friday 1896, her conditioned worsened and she died on 30 September 1897, aged 24.
On her death-bed she is reported to have said: "I have reached the point of not being able to suffer anymore, because all suffering is sweet to me. Oh I love him - My God I love you."
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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