Posted by: catholicrelics | October 4, 2009

Middlesbrough Diocese presented with relic of St Therese’s parents

Middlesbrough Diocese was left with a lasting reminder of the visit of relics of St Therese by being presented with relics of her parents.

On 19th October 2008 Louis and Zelie Martin were beatified following approval of a cure received by Pietro Schillero’s. Pietro was born in 2002 with a fatal lung malformation. Italian Carmelite Father Antonio Sangalli suggested that the child’s parents pray a novena to Therese’s parents to receive the strength to endure their suffering. However, Pietro’s mother decided to do the novena to ask for her son’s cure. When Pietro regained his health, he and his parents went on pilgrimage to Lisieux to thank the Martins.*

Rector of the Basilica in Lisieux , Mgr Bernard Lagoutte, was present at the Mass for the Anointing of the Sick at Middlesbrough Cathedral this morning. When presenting the Relics he said: ‘I am very happy to be here with you this morning. The sun here shines like it does in Lisieux. I speak of the sun in the sky but also of the sun of St Therese’s presence here with us. In Lisieux there will also be the distribution of the Sacrament of the Sick this morning and on Wednesday before we left for England, we celebrated the 80th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the basilica there. English people gave generous donations to make that happen and the basilica has a chapel for England. Before we crossed the channel we celebrated Mass in that chapel.’

He added: ‘On the 19th October the Church beatified the parents of St Therese and in memory of that event I want to give you a relic of Louis and Zelie. The decoration is designed in the style of a watch because Louis was a watchmaker. On the back of the relic is a copy of a medal that Louis gave to Zelie on her wedding day which represents the story in the Bible of the meeting of Tobit and Sarah at their wedding.’

Bishop Drainey responded: ‘I am very grateful to receive this relic. Everyday I do a novena to Louis and Zelie so it’s a great privilege to receive this. Merci beaucoup.’


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