New website, CelebrateSheen.com, to offer details ahead of possible beatification

This is a screenshot from celebratesheen.com, a website that will offer updated information regarding the Dec. 21 beatification ceremonies for Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

Are you looking for more information on the life of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen? Do you have questions about beatifications, canonizations, or plans regarding relics? Would you like to support the cause through prayer, volunteerism, or financial gifts?

Answers to those and other questions are found at a newly launched website, CelebrateSheen.com, sponsored by the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation.

“When the details of an upcoming Beatification become available, this page will provide information about requesting tickets to attend the ceremony,” promises the site’s homepage. “In the meantime, please join us as we pray for the success of the Cause and as we honor the Venerable Servant of God Fulton Sheen.”

The site was designed by Tim Bare with guidance from Msgr. Jason Gray, chair of the Cause for Beatification Planning Committee, as well as other diocesan officials including Debbie Benz of the Office of Development. It went public on Friday, June 28, and will be promoted in all Sheen-related correspondences.

Following are two examples from the site’s expanding “Frequently Asked Questions” page:

WHAT IS BEATIFICATION?

Beatification is a ceremony at which the title of Blessed is granted to a Servant of God. Blesseds are recognized by the Catholic Church for their martyrdom or their holiness of life and intercessory power through graces, favors, or miracles that are granted by God.

ARE THERE PLANS REGARDING RELICS?

First class relics come from the body of the Blessed, such as a small strand of hair or fragment of bone. Second class relics come from those items that the Blessed wore or owned. The Diocese of Peoria has various second class relics, especially vestments worn by Archbishop Sheen. For the Beatification ceremony, it is customary to respectfully prepare a first class relic for veneration.

The preparation of a first class relic depends on the Congregation of the Causes of Saints which regulates this process. There will be no information about the preparation of relics until the Congregation has given its instructions.

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