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Relics of St. Therese – Carlow Cathedral: Monday 20th August, 10am – 7pm

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Kildare and Leighlin are delighted to host the relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux and her parents; Saints Louis and Zélie Martin to celebrate the week of World Meeting of Families.

The diocese would like to sincerely thank the Carmelite community for arranging that the relics of Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, and their youngest daughter, Saint Thérèse, to come from Lisieux to Ireland to coincide with the World Meeting of Families 2018.

The Relics will arrive to the Cathedral on Monday, 20th August, and will also be at the World Meeting of Families 2018 Opening Ceremony in the RDS, Dublin, on Tuesday, August 21st, and they will also be in the sanctuary in the Phoenix Park for the Papal Mass on Sunday, August 26th.

Bishop Denis will celebrate Mass in the Cathedral at 10am. The relics will arrive at 11am, where there will be an opening ceremony to welcome the relics and they will be in the Cathedral until 7pm where there will be a closing ceremony. All are welcome to attend Mass and venerate the relics throughout the day.

The World Meeting of Families celebrates and recognises the Church as the family of families. We are fortunate to have the relics of Saint Therese and her parents with us for the Monday of the World Meeting of Families week. As a diocese, and indeed a whole Church, we have prayed together for God to unite us all in brother and sisterhood with Christ. We look forward to welcoming all parishioners to the Cathedral on Monday the 20th to venerate the relics of a family who remind us that we are greatly loved by God and in their own simple way, followed God’s plan for their lives.

Louis and Zélie Martin

Louis and Zélie Martin were beatified on 19 October 2008, not because they gave five religious to the Church, one of whom is a saint, but because their married life gave witness of an exemplary Christian life. That life was completely ordinary, that of a Christian couple who raised their children by working together. They knew the joy and pain of all families, but in their togetherness all was love: the love of God; love of their children; love of others. Saint Thérèse wrote to abbé Bellière: “The good Lord gave me a father and a mother more worthy of heaven than of earth.”  And in a letter to Father Roulland she speaks of the “heaven towards which tended all their actions and all their desires.”  Their life is like a catechism on family life.


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