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The Heart of Saint Padre Pio

Schedule of Relic Tour:  
 
Wednesday, September 21  
  •   Immaculate Conception Parish, Lowell, 9am-5pm
    Veneration throughout the day with Holy Mass at Noon  
  • St. Leonard’s Church, North End of Boston, 7pm-Midnight
    Holy Mass at 7pm, followed by veneration until Midnight  
 
Thursday, September 22  
  •   Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Boston, Braintree, 9am-5pm
    Veneration throughout the day with Holy Mass at Noon  
  • Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston, 7pm-Midnight
    Spanish Holy Mass at 7pm, followed by veneration until Midnight    
 
Friday, September 23 (The Feast of Saint Padre Pio)  
  •   Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston, 9am-Midnight
    Holy Mass at 9am, followed by all day veneration
    Holy Mass with Cardinal Seán O’Malley at 7pm, followed by veneration until Midnight  
 
Directions to Sites:  
 
Information about St. Padre Pio  
 
Information about Popular Piety and Veneration of Relics  
  • The Catechism on Popular Piety
    Besides sacramental liturgy and sacramentals, catechesis must take into account the forms of piety and popular devotions among the faithful. The religious sense of the Christian people has always found expression in various forms of piety surrounding the Church’s sacramental life, such as the veneration of relics, visits to sanctuaries, pilgrimages, processions, the stations of the cross, religious dances, the rosary, medals, etc. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1674)  
  • Why do we venerate relics?, EWTN  
  • Relics, Catholic Answers