From September to November of this year the major relics of St. Maria Goretti will make a pilgrimage to the United States. Named the “Pilgrimage of Mercy,” it is the first time that her body travels to the USA.
While St. Maria is universally known as the Patroness of Purity, her greatest virtue was her unyielding forgiveness of her attacker even in the midst of horrendous physical suffering, a forgiveness that would completely convert him and set him on a path to personal holiness. In March 2015, His Holiness, Pope Francis, announced an Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy beginning December 8, 2015. This visit of the major relics of St. Maria Goretti is an effort on the part of the Holy See and Treasures of the Church to prepare and catechize the United States for this great celebration in the life of the Church.
From the schedule at the website:
Illinois/MissouriMonday October 19
Cathedral of St. Peter (METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS AREA)
200 W Harrison Street
Belleville, Illinois 62220
- Public veneration of St. Maria begins: 7:30 am.
- Solemn Mass celebrated in St. Maria’s honor: 7:00 pm
- Public veneration ends: 11:00 pm