ATTLEBORO — As the world awaits the Canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta at the Vatican on September 4, 2016, a parish in the Fall River Diocese is preparing to welcome a first class relic of the new saint.  St. Theresa of the Child Jesus parish in South Attleboro, located at 18 Baltic St., will offer an opportunity for all to venerate a first class relic of Mother Teresa during and following the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, September 18.

Hugo Rossi, the custodian of the relic, which is a vial of Mother Theresa’s blood, was a friend and coworker of Mother Theresa during the 1970’s in the South Bronx, New York, where Mother Theresa opened a Missionaries of Charity house.  Mr. Rossi will share some of his experiences with Mother Theresa following the 11 a.m. Mass.  All present will be given the opportunity to venerate the relic of the new saint and to seek her intercession.

It is very fitting that this relic should come to the parish of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, as this was one of the saints which the future saint would choose as her religious name when she first professed her vows as a Sister of Loretto in 1931.  Please join the parish of the St. Theresa of the “Little Flower” as it welcomes a relic of the St. Teresa of the “Poorest of the Poor.”