Relics of St. Maria Goretti

St. Maria Goretti Parish was honored to have the major relics of our patron saint in our church on Friday, Oct. 16 (her 125th birthday!) and Oct. 17, 2015, as part of the "Pilgrimage of Mercy: Tour of the Major Relics of St. Maria Goretti."

From September to November, 2015 the major relics of St. Maria Goretti made a pilgrimage to the United States. Named the “Pilgrimage of Mercy,” it was the first time that her body traveled to the United States.

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 was 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.

Our church was chosen as a stop on the tour in part because of the large number of students in our school and the religious education and youth ministry programs. St. Maria Goretti, currently the youngest person ever canonized a saint, is a patron saint of, among other things, youth and forgiveness.