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St Anthony's Relics to Visit Cahir

The Saint of Lost Things is helping people find Mercy in the Jubilee Year

“Relics are parts of the body of a saint who was the Temple of the Holy Spirit.”

Pope Francis

St Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis have an important friend in common - he is St Anthony of Padua, the much loved 13th century friar who was one of the earliest members of the Franciscan Order which St Francis founded in 1209.

In his writings, St Anthony often speaks of mercy, describing God as the ‘Father of Mercy'. Pope Francis has made mercy one of the primary focuses of his papacy and the Jubilee Year of Mercy is a special period of universal pardon, emphasising God's forgiveness and mercy.

When Pope Francis was Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, he led a prominent procession through the streets of the Argentinian capital in the year 2000, carrying in his hands a reliquary containing a precious relic of St Anthony of Padua - a piece of his floating rib.

The future Pope's devotion to St Anthony was due to the Saint's love, care and concern for the poor and marginalised. Known for helping people find lost items, St Anthony intercedes with those trying to find a job, a home, faith, love, hope and mercy.

From the 9th to the 16th of June 2016, St Anthony will be visiting Ireland in the form of two relics, one of which is the one Pope Francis venerated sixteen years ago in Argentina. Earlier, in 1995, during the 800th anniversary of St Anthony's birth, the relic travelled also to Portugal and was received by Sister Lucia, one of the three seers of Fatima, in the Carmelite Convent in Coimbra.

The relics will be accompanied by Fr Mario Conte, editor of the Messenger of St Anthony, the magazine published by the Conventual Franciscan Friars of Saint Anthony's Basilica in Padua, Italy, where the Saint lies in his Tomb.

The relics will remain exposed during the Eucharistic Celebrations taking place on the dates and at the venues below. At the conclusion of each Mass, all those attending will be invited to approach the relics and to receive an extraordinary blessing.

The Relic tour stops in Cahir on June 9th 2016.

In preparation for Thursday the 9th of JUne and the arrival of the Relics:

Monday 6th June evening Mass for our young people doing exams 7.30pm

Tuesday 7th June evening Mass of healing and anointing 7.30pm

Wednesday 8th June evening Mass of St Anthony and blessing of medals 7.30pm

Thursday 9th June

Relics arriving for 12 noon Mass

Veneration of Relics all day

Evening Mass at 7.30pm

*Day Care carpark reserved for disabled parking only

*Drop off point at front of Church

*General parking behind Church and at the GAA grounds.