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Relic Pilgrimage of St. John Vianney’s Incorrupt Heart
The incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney will be in the Fall River Diocese on Monday and Tuesday, April 22 and 23. A special Liturgy to welcome the relic will be celebrated at 7 p.m. by Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., followed by viewing and veneration of the relic until 10 p.m.
The relic will remain at St. Mary’s Cathedral for the following morning, April 23, with additional viewing and veneration hours from 7 to 11 a.m. Mass will be celebrated at 12:05 p.m.
The Shrine of Ars in France has made this major first-class relic available for a national tour in the United States. In Catholic tradition, a relic is an object associated with a saint that may be offered to the faithful for veneration. Since the soul of a saint is united with God in Heaven, an object associated with a saint is meant to draw a person closer to God.
The Knights of Columbus is hosting this tour of the relic to the United States.