Ten local parishes are taking turns hosting an exposition of sacred relics starting April 7. Catholics will find more than 150 relics on display, some believed to be as old as 2,000 years.
Treasures include relics of St. Maria Goretti, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Thomas Aquinas, all saints who also have local parishes named after them. A relic of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and St. Faustina Kowalska will also be on display.
Catholics are encouraged to bring articles of devotion and pictures of ill friends to touch to the reliquaries as a means of intercession. The Church’s history has seen miracles and healings worked in the presence of relics.
The exhibit opens at 1 p.m. April 7 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 2121 S. Rural Road in Tempe. Weeknight exhibits open at 7 p.m. at St. Bernadette in Scottsdale April 8, St. Mary Magdalene in Gilbert April 9, St. Timothy in Mesa April 10, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Scottsdale April 11 and St. Anne in Gilbert April 12.
It will also be shown 6:15 p.m. April 13 at St. Maria Goretti in Scottsdale, 1 p.m. April 14 at Immaculate Conception in Cottonwood, 7 p.m. April 15 at Our Lady of Joy in Carefree and 7:30 p.m. April 16 at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral.