Spring Encounter 2021

Sunday, May 16 @ 3:30pm in the Worship Area

Join us for this rare and special opportunity to venerate 150 sacred relics at St. Patrick!  The afternoon begins at 3:30pm with an engaging presentation by Fr. Carlos Martins. ONLY Those in attendance for the presentation will be able to examine and venerate each relic. (don’t miss the presentation!)  It is open to everyone and there is no cost.

Treasures of the Church is a ministry of evangelization of the Catholic Church.  Run by Fr. Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross, its purpose is to give people an experience of the living God through an encounter with the relics of His saints in the form of an exposition.  Each exposition begins with a multi-media presentation on the Church’s use of relics that is scriptural, catechetical, and devotional, leading to a renewal of the Catholic faith for many people.  After the teaching those in attendance have an opportunity to venerate the relics of some of their favorite saints.

An exposition involves some 150 relics, including those of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska.  The supreme highlight is one of the largest relics of the Church’s claim to the True Cross in the world and a piece of the Veil that, according to sanctioned tradition, is believed to have belonged to Our Lady.

The veneration of relics is a communion with the heroes of our Christian faith, asking for their powerful intercession.   Many people have reported outstanding blessings and conversions through this ministry, and many have reported healings.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their articles of devotion (such as rosaries, holy cards, etc.) and pictures of ill friends/family members which may be touched to the reliquaries as a means of intercessory prayer.

Special Plenary Indulgence from Pope Francis:

The Holy Father has issued a special plenary indulgence for all attendees of a Treasures of the Church exposition.  The decree is attached.  The indulgence is granted under the usual conditions:

  1. Prayer for the Holy Father and for his intentions (I will lead these on the day of the exposition).
  2. Reception of Sacramental Confession within 20 days of attending the exposition.
  3. Reception of The Holy Eucharist within 20 days of attending the exposition.
  4. Complete detachment from all sin, even venial.

The ministry travels throughout the world by invitation.  To date, it has been hosted in almost 200 Catholic dioceses in various countries.

Read what others have to say about this ministry or learn more about relics.