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Bishop Brian welcomes the relics of St Therese and her parents in Varroville

January 25, 2020

It was a full house at today’s beautiful Welcoming Mass of the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Varroville.

Bishop Brian Mascord and parish priest, Fr Shane Kelleher OCD, were the principal celebrants, joined by hundreds of parishioners, clergy and religious from the Carmel of Mary and Joseph in Varroville.

Everyone had the opportunity to welcome and venerate St Therese, and in a wonderful twist of providence, St Therese’s parents, Ss Louis and Marie-Azelie (Zelie) arrived in the early afternoon.

The parish truly outdid itself with an abundance of food and refreshments for lunch after Mass for all in attendance. What an amazing parish community! It was like the Wedding Feast at Cana! A big thank you to all who assisted with hospitality.

The relics will remain in the Varroville community until Saturday 1 February before returning to the diocese on 19 March. So, there’s plenty of time for you to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event. Click here for the full diocesan interinary.

Photos by Daniel Hopper.

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