Major Relic of St. John Vianney to Visit Archdiocese


A national pilgrimage of the relic of the incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney, the famed Curé of Ars and patron saint of parish priests, will visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, during a tour of church venues in the archdiocese.

On Sunday, Cardinal Dolan will offer the 10:15 a.m. Pontifical Mass at St. Patrick’s. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and the board of directors of the Knights of Columbus are expected to attend. The Knights of Columbus is sponsoring the relic pilgrimage.

Other Masses at the cathedral that day will be celebrated at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Spanish).

The relic will be present at the cathedral from 6:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Veneration will take place in the cathedral’s Lady Chapel at all times, except for the 10:15 a.m. Sunday Mass, when the relic will be placed in the sanctuary.

On Saturday, the relic will be present at the cathedral from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Masses will be offered at 8 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m. vigil.

On Sunday, April 7, the relic will also travel to Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 5371 Amboy Road, Staten Island, from 7 to 10 p.m. Mass will be offered at 7 p.m. The next morning, the relic will remain at Our Lady Star of the Sea from 7 to 8:45 a.m.

St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, will host the relic on Thursday and Friday, April 4 and 5.

On Thursday evening, the relic will be venerated from 7 to 10 p.m. A special invitation is extended to Catholics in Westchester and the upper counties of the archdiocese to visit.

On Friday, there will be a special visitation for New York priests for morning prayer at 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. This veneration period is not open to the general public.


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