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The relic pilgrimage is a gift for the Church in Canada at the close of our 150th anniversary year, bringing the famous relic of St. Francis Xavier to North America for the first time in generations. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to venerate the incorrupt first class relic of one of the greatest missionaries and evangelists since St. Paul the Apostle.

We anticipate three particular extraordinary graces in this pilgrimage, all related to the charisms of St. Francis Xavier: (1) conversion of souls; (2) the raising up of missionary disciples who are abandoned to God’s will; and (3) healing. Our prayer is that—through this relic pilgrimage—you will have the unique opportunity to personally encounter the tender heart of Jesus.

The Archdiocese of Ottawa, the Jesuits in Canada and Catholic Christian Outreach are collaborating to deliver this incredible opportunity to all Canadians. We’ve partnered so that many people will have the chance to encounter Jesus and be inspired to work together for the renewal of the world. There will be events in 15 Canadian cities throughout January.

We hope for many extraordinary graces from God through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier during the Relic Pilgrimage. Have you had a remarkable experience from the relic? Please email relic@cco.ca

Relic Pilgrim Guide

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Schedule

This relic pilgrimage will visit 15 cities across Canada, where the relic will be available for veneration.  

DATELOCATIONTIMES
Wednesday, 03 January 2018QUEBEC CITY, QC
Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec
16 rue De Buade, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4A1
9:00 am Prayer
9:30 am to 11:30 am Public Veneration
(11:00 am Special prayer time for families)
12:00 pm Mass
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm Public Veneration
3:00 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St. Francis Xavier
Wednesday, 03 January 2018QUEBEC CITY, QC
Église St François Xavier (Paroisse Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation)
2180 Boulevard Père-Lelièvre, Ville de Québec, QC G1P 2X3
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Public Veneration
9:00 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St Francis Xavier
Friday, 05 January 2018ST JOHN’S, NL
The Basilica Cathedral of St John the Baptist
200 Military Road, St. John's, NL A1C 5M3
12:00 pm Mass with +Currie
12:30 pm to 10:00 pm Public Veneration
(7:00 pm Relic Talk: Life of St Francis Xavier and the 3 graces)
(8:00 pm to 10:00 pm Confessions)
10:00 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St. Francis Xavier
Sunday, 07 January 2018HALIFAX, NS
St Mary’s Cathedral Basilica
5221 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS B3J 1Z3
10:30 am to 11:30 am Sunday Mass
11:30 am to 4:30 pm Public Veneration
5:00 pm Sunday Mass with +Mancini
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Public Veneration
(6:30 Relic Talk: Life of St Francis Xavier and the 3 graces)
10:00 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St. Francis Xavier
Monday, 08 January 2018ANTIGONISH, NS
St Francis Xavier University
5005 Chapel Square, Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
1:00 pm to 6:30 pm Public Veneration
(1:00 pm Relic Talk: Life of St Francis Xavier and the 3 graces)
6:30 pm Mass with +Dunn
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Public Veneration
8:00 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St Francis Xavier
Wednesday, 10 January 2018KINGSTON, ON
St Mary’s Cathedral
279 Johnson St, Kingston, ON K7L 1Y5
12:10 pm Mass with +O’Brien
12:45 pm to 10:00 pm Public Veneration
(7:00 pm Relic Talk: Life of St Francis Xavier and the 3 graces)
(1:00 - 10:00 pm Confessions)
10:00 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St. Francis Xavier
Friday, 12 January 2018TORONTO, ON
St Michael’s Cathedral Basilica
65 Bond St, Toronto, ON M5B 1X5
10:30 am to 5:00 pm Public Veneration
5:30 pm Mass with Cardinal Collins
6:30 pm to 10:00 pm Public Veneration
(6:30 pm Relic Talk: Life of St Francis Xavier and the 3 graces)
(7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Confessions)
10:00 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St Francis Xavier
Saturday, 13 January 2018MISSISSAUGA, ON
St Francis Xavier Church
5650 Mavis Rd, Mississauga, ON L5V 2X5
9:00 am Mass
9:30 am to 11:30 am Public Veneration
12:00 pm Mass
12:30 pm to 4:30 pm Public Veneration
5:00 pm Mass
6:00 pm to 11:00 pm Public Veneration
(6:00 pm Relic Talk: LIfe of St Francis Xavier and the 3 graces)
(7:00 pm to 11:00 pm Confessions)
11:00 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St Francis Xavier
Sunday, 14 January 2018TORONTO, ON
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
520 Sherbourne St, Toronto, ON M4X 1K8
8:30 am Mass
10:00 am Mass
11:30 am Mass
1:00 pm Mass
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm Public Veneration
5:00 pm Mass
7:00 pm Mass
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm Public Veneration + Closing Prayer: Litany of St Francis Xavier
* Public Veneration between masses
Tuesday, 16 January 2018WINNIPEG, MB
St Mary’s Cathedral
353 St Mary Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0M8
9:00 am Mass with +Gagnon, +Legatt, and +Huculak
10:00 am to 12:00 pm Public Veneration
12:10 pm Mass
12:40 pm to 9:30 pm Public Veneration
(7:00 pm Relic Talk: Life of St Francis Xavier and the 3 graces)
9:30 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St Francis Xavier
Thursday, 18 January 2018SASKATOON, SK
Holy Family Cathedral
123 Nelson Rd, Saskatoon, SK S7S 1H1
12:00 pm to 10:00 pm Public Veneration
(7:00 pm Relic Talk: Life of St Francis and the 3 graces)
10:00 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St Francis Xavier
Friday, 19 January 2018REGINA, SK
Campion College Chapel
University of Regina
3737 Wascana Pkwy, Regina, SK S4S 0A2
*Open to young adults between the ages of 18 and 35
7:30 pm to 9:00 am January 20 Public Veneration
(7:30 pm Relic Talk: Life of St Francis and the 3 graces)
Saturday, 20 January 2018REGINA, SK
Resurrection Roman Catholic Parish
3155 Windsor Park Rd, Regina, SK S4V 3B1
10:00 am Mass with +Donald Bolen
11:00 am to 4:30 pm Public Veneration
(11:00 am to 4:00 pm Confessions)
5:00 pm Mass
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Public Veneration
(7:00 pm Relic talk: Life of St Francis Xavier and the 3 graces)
(7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Confessions)
10:00 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St Francis Xavier
Sunday, 21 January 2018CALGARY, AB
St Albert the Great Church
10 Prestwick Drive SE, Calgary, AB T2Z 4J6
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm Public Veneration
5:00 pm Mass with +McGrattan
6:00 pm to 10pm Public Veneration
(6:00 pm to 6:30 pm Welcome address)
(6:30 pm Procession of the Relic and Litany of St Francis Xavier)
(6:50 pm Address by +McGrattan)
(7:20 pm Final blessing by +McGrattan)
(7:30 pm Relic Talk: Life of St Francis Xavier and the 3 graces)
Monday, 22 January 2018CALGARY, AB
St. Michael Catholic Community
800 85 St SW, Calgary, AB T3H 4C7
6:30 pm to 10:00 pm Public Veneration
(6:30 pm Procession of the Relic)
(6:35 pm Relic Talk: Life of St Francis Xavier and the 3 graces)
10:00 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St Francis Xavier
Wednesday, 24 January 2018VANCOUVER, BC
St. Francis Xavier Parish
438 Great Northern Way, Vancouver, BC V5T 4S5
9:00 am Mass
9:30 am to 6:30 pm Public Veneration
7:00 pm Mass with +Miller
8:30 pm to 11:00 pm Public Veneration
11:00 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St Francis Xavier
Thursday, 25 January 2018VANCOUVER, BC
All Saints Parish
821 Fairfax St, Coquitlam, BC V3J 5K7
12:30 pm to 7:30 pm Public Veneration
7:30 pm to 8:00 pm Relic talk: Life of St Francis Xavier and the 3 graces
8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Public Veneration
11:00 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St Francis Xavier
Saturday, 27 January 2018VICTORIA, BC
St, Andrew’s Cathedral
740 View St, Victoria, BC V8W 1J8
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm Public Veneration
(1:30 pm to 4:00 pm Confessions)
5:00 pm Mass
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Public Veneration
(6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Confessions)
10:00 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St Francis Xavier
Sunday, 28 January 2018MONTREAL, QC
Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
Basilique Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde
1085 Cathédrale St, Montreal, QC H3B 2V3
5:00 pm Mass
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm Public Veneration
Monday, 29 January 2018MONTREAL, QC
Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
Basilique Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde
1085 Cathédrale St, Montreal, QC H3B 2V3
11:00 am to 12:00 pm Public Veneration
12:10 pm Mass (in the side chapel)
12:30 pm to 4:30 pm Public Veneration
5:00 pm Mass (in the side chapel)
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Public Veneration
7:00 pm to 7:30 pm Relic Talk: Life of St Francis Xavier and the 3 graces - with +Lépine
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm Public Veneration
10:00 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St Francis Xavier
Tuesday, 30 January 2018MONTREAL, QC
St. Francis Xavier Mission/Shrine of St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Kahnawake Catholic Church
1 River Road, Kahnawake, QC J0L 1B0
9:30 am to 11:00 am Public Veneration
Tuesday, 30 January 2018MONTREAL, QC
St Ignatius of Loyola Church
4455 West Broadway, Montreal, Quebec H4B 2A7
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Public Veneration
Tuesday, 30 January 2018MONTREAL, QC
Church of the Gesù
1202 de Bleury, Montréal, QC H3B 3J3
5:00 pm to 8:30 pm Public Veneration
8:30 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St Francis Xavier
Wednesday, 31 January 2018OTTAWA, ON
Paroisse Sainte-Marie d'Orléans
4831 Innes Rd, Ottawa, ON K4A 4B3
5:00 pm to 6:45 pm Public Veneration
7:00 pm Mass (French)
8:00 pm to 8:30 pm Relic talk: Life of St. Francis and the 3 graces (Bilingual)
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm Public Veneration
10:00 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St Francis Xavier
Thursday, 01 February 2018OTTAWA, ON
St. John the Apostle Church
2340 Baseline Rd, Nepean, ON K2G 4Z5
12:30 pm to 5:00 pm Public Veneration
5:00 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St Francis Xavier
Friday, 02 February 2018OTTAWA, ON
Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica
385 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 1J9
1:00 pm to 6:30 pm Public Veneration
7:30 pm Mass with +Prendergast
9:00 pm to 10:00 pm Public Veneration
10:00 pm Closing Prayer: Litany of St Francis Xavier
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Introduction to St. Francis Xavier

St. Francis Xavier is considered by many to be the greatest evangelizer since St. Paul. St. Francis Xavier was born in 1506 into Spanish nobility. In 1525, he went to study at the University of Paris where he excelled as an athlete and was very popular among his peers.

His roommate was the older St. Ignatius Loyola, whom he initially despised but who eventually became his mentor in faith. St. Ignatius facilitated St. Francis Xavier’s deeper conversion and his call to the priesthood. They, and a handful of friends, were inspired to found a new religious order: the Society of Jesus.

In 1540, at a moment’s notice, St. Francis Xavier was asked to replace another Jesuit on mission to Asia. He did not hesitate to follow God’s will. He had a charism of languages and could miraculously converse in the native language of those to whom he went. It was important to him that local disciples were raised up and equipped to continue ministering and evangelizing others in the region.

On December 3, 1552, St. Francis Xavier died in Shangchuan Island, within sight of his next mission, mainland China. He was only 46 years old.

What is significant about this relic?

This relic is the right forearm and hand of St. Francis Xavier. It is estimated he baptized more than 100,000 people with this arm. This relic remains in a reliquary in Rome at the Jesuit mother church, the Church of the Gesù. The remainder of his body is entombed in Goa, India.

His arm, as well as the rest of his body, is incorrupt. Saints are referred to as incorrupt when their body, miraculously, does not experience natural decay. It has been 465 years since his death.

Why venerate relics?

The veneration of relics is a longstanding practice inside and outside the Catholic Church. Within Christianity, the practice rests on the belief that God came to humanity in the flesh, namely in the physical person of Jesus of Nazareth. Important sacraments of the faith also include water, wine and bread—physical elements that take on spiritual, supernatural value and characteristics. Similarly, the relics of saints provide for a tangible experience of God’s graces. As well, Catholics believe that saints can intercede for humanity, given their proximity to God in what is commonly referred to as the “Communion of Saints” or the Mystical Body of Christ.

There are analogies to this in our human experience. When we have lost a loved one, going to their places and touching their favourite things evoke reverence, affection and connection to them.

The relics of saints provide an incarnational experience of God’s graces. As Catholics, we believe that, in the Communion of Saints, we can turn to the saints to pray on our behalf. There are various levels of relics:

  1. Body/bones of a saint (first class)
  2. Objects/clothing that belonged to a saint (second class)
  3. Objects that touch a first-class relic (third class)

Relics, in a tangible way, provide an opportunity for a special connection with that saint because their body matters to God and someday will be reunited with their soul.

We do not worship, we do not adore, for fear that we should bow down to the creature rather than to the Creator, but we venerate the relics of the martyrs in order the better to adore Him whose martyrs they are.”
—St. Jerome

 

More Information:

If you have questions about the relic pilgrimage, please contact relic@cco.ca or 613 736 1999.

Media Contact:

For images, interviews or additional facts or insights related to the relics, please contact Vicki McEachern at vicki.mceachern@cco.ca or 613 736 1999.