A Pilgrimage of Mercy: the Major Relics of St. Maria Goretti visits the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark 

The remains of Saint Maria Goretti were brought to the USA from Italy. The first church stop on the Pilgrimage of Mercy was at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.

The remains of Saint Maria Goretti were brought to the USA from Italy. The first church stop on the Pilgrimage of Mercy was at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.

On Monday, September 21 (the Feast of St. Matthew), the Major Relics of St. Maria Goretti made their first church stop of the “Pilgrimage of Mercy” at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ.

The family of Saint Maria Goretti after Holy Mass around their aunt's Major Relics at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. The woman in the center is the daughter of Saint Maria's oldest brother. When the family was split after Saint Maria's death, her brothers were sent to America.

The family of Saint Maria Goretti after Holy Mass around their aunt’s Major Relics at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. The woman in the center is the daughter of Saint Maria’s oldest brother. When the family was split after Saint Maria’s death, her brothers were sent to America.

St. Maria Goretti is the patron saint of the youth, young women, purity and victims of rape.  Her story is an incredible one of faith and mercy.  To learn more about St. Maria Goretti and her “Pilgrimage of Mercy” visit the website here: www.MariaGoretti.com.

His Grace Archbishop John Myers recessing past the reliquary containing the Major Relics of Saint Maria Goretti after Holy Mass

His Grace Archbishop John Myers recessing past the reliquary containing the Major Relics of Saint Maria Goretti after Holy Mass

The veneration of St. Maria Goretti took place throughout the day.  The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was celebrated by His Grace Archbishop John Myers and concelebrated by his brother bishops and priests at 7 PM.  After Mass, the family of St. Maria Goretti’s brothers, who settled in New Jersey after her death, were able to venerate the relics of their saintly aunt.

Mass booklet & prayer cards of Saint Maria Goretti & Alessandro Serenelli

Mass booklet & prayer cards of Saint Maria Goretti & Alessandro Serenelli

If you get the opportunity to make a visit to one of the stops along the “Pilgrimage of Mercy” you should definitely attend.  It is a truly moving and holy experience.  St. Maria Goretti is a powerful saint to intercede for you.

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