LOVERS of St. Therese of the Child Jesus (St. Therese of Lisieux) said the visit of the pilgrim relics on April 13 to 16 to Negros Occidental and Iloilo would mean the visit of the saint herself.
Education Committee of St. Therese head Maria Teresa Causing, in a press conference held at Redemptorist Church in Bacolod City on Wedneday, April 4, said this is the fourth time the pilgrim relics will visit Bacolod and other churches in the province.
The first was in 2000, the second was in 2008, the third was in 2013. Every five years, the pilgrim relics visit here.
This year’s theme is “Salamat, St. Therese!”
Causing was joined by Diocese of Bacolod coordinator Rev. Fr. Arnold Deletina, Rev. Fr. Ritchelle Tabanyag, Visayas coordinator Serge Tan, and Ma. Ester Espina, media relations for the visit.
St. Therese is one of the most popular Catholic Saints since apostolic times. As a Doctor of Church, she is the subject of much theological comment and study and as an appealing young woman whose message has touched the lives of millions, she remains focused on much popular devotion.
The roses of St. Therese mean the scattering of good works which catapulted her to Sainthood. Nobody knew her struggles. But because she complied with the requests of her Priories to write about her life story, they saw what she underwent every day of her life. Remember that before you gather roses, you must prick your hands with the thorns, Causing said.
“St. Therese can teach the young people how it is to love God that way she did. Each time her story is told, it is the story of God’s merciful life. There is no other way. When you listen to the story of St. Therese, it is how she loved God best. In fact, her last words before she died were, ‘Oh my God, I love you,’” she said.
Deletina said they hope that the pilgrim relics of St. Therese can touch the lives of the youth. She can be a concrete example to the youth on how they can become holier.
On April 11 to 13, the relics will be at the Diocese of San Carlos.
On April 13, there will be a turnover of the pilgrim relics to the Diocese of Bacolod at Victorias Vicariate. They will have a motorcade to San Sebastian Cathedral where the welcome rites and con-celebrated mass will be held at 6 p.m. The relics will stay there overnight.
On April 14, the relics will be transferred to different parishes such as Our Lady’s Hill in Bago City. There will be a mass at 1 p.m. They will transfer the relics to Our Lady of Candles Parish in San Enrique by 4 p.m. and welcome rites and mass will be held. The relics will stay there overnight.
On April 15, they will transfer the relics to the Carmelite Monastery in Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City. There will be a welcome rites and con-celebrated mass at 7 a.m. The veneration of the relics will be held at 5 p.m. and at 10 p.m.
On April 16, there will be a farewell mass at 6:30 a.m. at the Carmelite Monastery, followed by the veneration of the relics. By 12 p.m., there will be a motorcade for her departure to the Archdiocese of Jaro, Iloilo.
Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in Negros Occidental will accompany and secure the relics during the duration of her visit to Negros Occidental.