Continuing its tradition of promoting veneration of saints, St. Vincent de Paul Parish will have 70 first-class relics exposed on All Saints Day, Wednesday, November 1st at all Masses: 6:30 and 8 am and 6:30 p.m. Indeed, the parish has been blessed now with custody of first-class relics of saints throughout the Church history: Apostolic Age and Church Fathers, Conversion of Western Europe and the Middle Ages, Reformation and Catholic Reformation, Age of Renaissance, Enlightenment and French Revolution and the Church in the Modern World.
Among the 70 are:
Apostles (2) St. Jude and St. Matthias;
Martyrs (29): St. Sebastian, St. Polycarp, St. Lawrence, St. Cecilia, St. Thomas Becket and St. Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein);
Popes (3): Alexander I, Pius X, and John Paul II;
Confessors (4): St. Basil the Great, St. John Bosco, St. John Francis Regis, and St. Joseph Benedict of Cottolengo.
Abbots (3): St. Benedict of Nursia and St. Romuald;
Founders of Religious Orders (21): St. Teresa of Avila, St. Anthony Claret, St. Francis of Asissi, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and St. Vincent de Paul;
Priests (9): St. Francis Xavier, St. Philip Neri, and St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen;
Bishops (9): St. Boniface, St. Ildephonsus, and St. Oliver Plunket;
Virgins (16); St. Faustina, St. Juliana Falconieri, and St. Gemma Galgani; and
Doctors of the Church (6): St. Ambrose, St. Basil the Great, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Bernard of Clairvaux and St. Therese of Lisieux.
Please note that the above are only a sampling of the first-class relics under the custody of St. Vincent de Paul. Also, some saints may also belong to another category. For instance, as you can see on the list, St. Basil the Great is listed in three categories: confessor, bishop and Doctor of the Church. Others were simply listed in one category. For instance, St. Cecilia is both virgin and a martyr, and St. Jude and St. Matthias are both apostles and martyrs.
The Very Rev. Andrew Kemberling has made it his personal mission to gather first-class relics collecting dust in drawers of previous custodians so that they properly accorded the honor they deserve. As he has done in his previous parish, St. Thomas More in Centennial, all the relics he collected will remain under the custody of the parish. His goal is to promote devotion to, and to venerate, the saints, our ally in our quest to become holy.
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At all Masses on All Saints Day, seven relics will be set on the main altar because they are mentioned on the Eucharistic Prayer. They are Saints Matthias. Jude, Alexander, Lawrence, Cecilia, Agatha, and Agnes. In addition, as the patron saint of the parish, St. Vincent de Paul will be joining them.
During ordinary days, the relics are under custody of classes from Pre-school to 8th grade, as well as parish and school offices.
The relics are also exposed on the feast day of the particular saint. The other times all relics are exposed are on The following:
1) Epiphany: January 6 and 7, 2018
2) Pentecost Sunday: May 19 and 20, 2018
3) First Communion: April 28, 2018