Monday, February 25, 2019

Feb. 22 - March 3, 2019 St. Anthony’s Relics Visit Georgia (USA)

Two holy relics of Saint Anthony of Padua will visit the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia, from Friday, Feb. 22nd. to Sunday, March 3rd. The Bishop of Savannah, His Eminence Bishop Gregory Hartmayer, OFM Conv., has invited Fr. Bortolino Maistrello, a friar of the Basilica, to bring two holy and precious relics of Saint Anthony of Padua to his Diocese in Georgia. This relic visit will therefore be an “on the road” tour as the relics will visit churches in each of the seven diocesan deaneries. The visit will be part of the first North American holy relics tour for 2019 to prepare Catholics for the season of Lent, which begins March 6 with Ash Wednesday.
“The honoring of the relics of the saints is an ancient tradition of the Catholic Church,” said Savannah Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer. “The relics remind us of the holy men and women who lived a life of holiness and charity and many even became martyrs for the faith. “To host the relic of St. Anthony of Padua in the city of Savannah and churches throughout the Diocese is a unique opportunity to gather the faithful to pay respect to a Franciscan saint who is popular among Catholics and other faith traditions. “St. Anthony is best known for his intercession in helping people find lost articles, but also to assist people in rediscovering their lost faith, hope, forgiveness, relationships, employment, reputation, patience, love and many other losses in their lives.”
Prayer petitions with holy cards will be distributed in each parish to allow parishioners to write their prayer petition and intentions to the saint. The writing of a prayer petition is a worldwide tradition when venerating a relic of a saint.
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Monday, February 11, 2019

I Just Cried

I lost a solid gold  pendant from Italy of the Sacred Heart of  Jesus and the Immaculate  Heart of Mary. It fell off my chain, I didn't know where and when. I immediately started praying to Saint Anthony, searched the house upside down, and when my grandson came through the door, there it was, on the mat. I have not stopped thanking St. Anthony for coming around. He is ever faithful, he has never failed me, including having found my son's  graduation ring after one year.  I LOVE YOU ST. ANTHONY.

Thank you E.M. for your story of St. Anthony's help in finding your lost jewelry.  Have a Saint Anthony story of your own to share? Email it to us and we will post it on our blog~

Sunday, February 10, 2019

XXVII World Day of the Sick, 2019

On February 11, 2019, on the occasion of the XXVII World Day of the Sick, the Franciscan Friars of the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua, Italy, will pray for all those who are suffering or sick. Saint Anthony is the Saint of Miracles, and those who are sick lovingly place their trust in his intercession. If, among your family members or your friends, there is someone who is sick, you may send the Franciscan Friars their names and on the World Day of Prayer for the Sick they will pray for their healing. In the Holy Mass celebrated in the Basilica they will invoke upon the sick the blessings of Saint Anthony and God’s grace. You will be able to follow the 8:15am CET Holy Mass on live streaming. They will take all your prayers to the Saint's Tomb during the 8:15am CET Holy Mass. To send the Franciscan Friars your prayer intentions click here.