Touring relic of St. John Paul II coming to several sites in Diocese of Peoria Aug. 16-19
Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria will have the opportunity to celebrate Mass and venerate the National Touring Relic of St. John Paul II when it is brought to several sites in mid-August.
The relic, a vial of the late pope’s blood, is entrusted to the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The order’s foundress, Mother Adela Galindo, SCTJM, is traveling with the relic.
The relic was seen and venerated by large crowds when it was last brought to the diocese in the fall of 2013. The blood was obtained during Pope John Paul II’s hospitalization shortly before his death on April 2, 2005. It is encased in a reliquary shaped like the book of the Gospel with its pages open.
The major celebration of the diocesan tour will be a stop at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Saturday, Aug. 19. Veneration will take place from 3 to 6 p.m., at which time Mother Adela will speak. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will celebrate Mass at 7:15 p.m., followed by a “Cenacle” — a period of praise, worship and adoration led by the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Other scheduled visits include:
- Wednesday, Aug. 16: St. Mary Church, Kickapoo. Sister Sara Kowal, SCTJM, will give a talk on “St. John Paul II and Youth” for educators at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Mass at noon with veneration of the relic to follow until 3:15 p.m.
- Wednesday, Aug. 16: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Silvis. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed at 6:30 p.m., with Mass at 7 p.m. Veneration and recitation of the rosary will follow.
- Thursday, Aug. 17: Immaculate Conception Church in Manito. Mass at 8:30 a.m. with veneration of the relic to follow until noon.
- Thursday, Aug. 17. St. Mary Church in Champaign. Mass is at 6 p.m., with veneration of the relic to follow.
- Friday, Aug. 18: St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center, 501 S. Main St., Normal. Veneration from noon to 3 p.m.
- Friday, Aug. 18: Holy Trinity Church, Bloomington. A rosary walk through the church neighborhood begins at 4 p.m. The relic will be processed into the church at 4:30 p.m., Mass follows at 5 p.m., and veneration will continue after Mass for as long as necessary.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Additions to and revisions of this schedule are possible. Check back for updates.