FALL RIVER — The incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney will be visiting the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 327 Second Street in Fall River, on Easter Monday, April 22.
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.
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 the tour and welcomes this special opportunity to view and venerate this relic of the patron of parish priests, whose holiness and integrity is a model for clergy and laity alike.
Learn more about St. John Vianney in this week’s issue of The Anchor.