A relics exhibition and healing ministry will go on display at 7 p.m. Monday, July 15 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in North Platte.
The exhibit, called Treasurers of the Church, is free and open to the public. It is hosted by Spirit 90.1-FM radio in North Platte.
Treasures of the Church is a Vatican-sanctioned ministry tour of more than 150 authenticated relics, spokesperson Kelly Miller said. The exhibit has been to hundreds of diocese and dozens of countries, invited in by individual parishes, seminaries or schools. Hundreds of thousands of people have now venerated the relics.
A number of healings have been reported by attendees Miller said. The public is encouraged to bring photos of friends and relatives in need of healing as well as special religious items such as jewelry, rosaries, medals and prayer cards, Miller said.
Among the relics are those of the 12 Apostles, St. Joseph, St. Maria Goretti, St. Thérèse of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Faustina Kowalska.
The highlight is one of the largest fragments of the True Cross in the world. Another highlight is a piece of the veil that, according to sanctioned tradition, is believed to have belonged to Our Lady.
The evangelization ministry is run by Fr. Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross, with the purpose of giving people an experience of God through an encounter with relics of his saints.
Each exposition begins with a multi-media presentation on the Church’s use of relics that is scriptural, catechetical and devotional. After the presentation, those in attendance have an opportunity to venerate the relics of some of their favorite saints. Many stop to touch, kneel or pray before a relic, read a brief history of the holy person’s life, and frequently hold rosary beads or photos of loved ones to the relic.
Spirit 90.1-FM is bringing Treasures of the Church to the area in honor of their 20th anniversary celebration theme — “Together on a Journey to Sainthood,” Miller said.
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