Visit St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Plainfield, on October 15th, to venerate the remains of St. Maria Goretti, the Little Saint of Great Mercy. Fr. Carlos Martins, Director of the Treasures of the Church, will host the Pilgrimage of Mercy: The Tour of the Major Relics of St. Maria Goretti.
The youngest canonized saint in the Catholic Church, the 11-year-old Maria Goretti died July 6, 1902, after being stabbed 14 times in an attempted rape. Her last words on her deathbed were of mercy towards her 20-year-old attacker: “I forgive Alessandro Serenelli … and I want him with me in heaven forever.”
The unrepentant Serenelli famously reported receiving an apparition of his victim within his prison cell, some 6 years into his 30-year sentence.
That occasion began his dramatic transformation from a violent and ruthless brute to that of a gentle and renewed soul intent on spreading devotion to God and his saintly victim. In his words, “Maria’s forgiveness saved me.”
The tour comes on the heels of a papal declaration of an Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy set to begin December 8th. This visit of the major relics of St. Maria Goretti is an effort on the part of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints, her Pontifical Basilica, and Treasures of the Church, to prepare and catechize the United States for this great celebration in the life of the Church.
Don't miss our outdoor shrine dedication ceremony to be held on Sunday, October 11th under the gazebo at 406 Walnut Street in Yorkville. Bishop Joseph Siegel will be here to bless the shrine at 11:30 a.m. The event begins immediately following the 10:30 a.m. Mass!
It is not too late to order your memorial or commemorative brick to be laid along the pathway of the shrine prior to the dedication!
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You can help us build the Shrine to St. Gianna Molla!
Brick options include:
4X8 Brick with 3 lines of inscription for $150.00
4X8 Brick with Graphic and 3 lines of inscription for $250.00
8X8 Brick with Graphic and 3 lines of inscription for $500.00
Perpetual Care Plaque $1,000.00
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Don't miss our special dedication ceremony on October 11th when we will bless the completed shrine.