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2/26/2013 1:50:00 PM
Mary Magdalene relic coming to La Salle church


Schedule
A March 14 celebration of the Magdalene relic is as follows:
The relic will be brought into the St. Hyacinth’s at 9:15 a.m. in a candlelight procession by students from Trinity Catholic Academy. Mass in English will immediately follow.
Confessions will be heard in English and Spanish from 11 a.m.-noon and 2-3 p.m.
Mass in English will be celebrated at noon. Various devotions including Stations of the Cross will be 3-4 p.m.
At 5 p.m., a visiting priest will give a presentation on the role of Mary Magdalene and the Eucharist. Various devotions in Spanish will be at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. Mass in Spanish.
The relic will depart at 8 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served throughout the day.

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter



A relic of St. Mary Magdalene is coming to St. Hyacinth Church next month.
Yes, that Mary Magdalene: The converted harlot who stood at the foot of the cross and who witnessed Christ’s resurrection.
A relic, in this case a piece of bone preserved from her remains, is coming to St. Hyacinth’s on March 14 for a daylong celebration of prayers, Masses and devotions.
“I’m really just beyond excited,” said the Very Rev. Antonio Dittmer, pastor of the La Salle Catholic Parishes. “It’s almost difficult to put into words what a singular privilege it is to be able to have a relic of Mary Magdalene here in our midst, in one of our parishes.
“It’s just a unique opportunity of a lifetime to have this very grace.”
The relic will be brought into the church at 9:15 a.m. in a candlelight procession by students from Trinity Catholic Academy in La Salle and will depart at 8 p.m. (For a full schedule of events, see inset box.)
While the sacred remains of many New Testament figures have been lost to time or seized in barbarian invasions, Mary Magdalene’s relics were carefully preserved and are maintained today by the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). According to sacred tradition, Mary Magdalene was persecuted for her faith and exiled from the Holy Land into modern-day southern France.
There she died and her remains were preserved by the religious community with whom she evangelized. Though the church built over her relics was razed in a Saracen invasion in the mid-700s, the relics were secured before invaders could arrive and the church later reconstructed.
Dittmer said he thanked Peoria Bishop Daniel R. Jenky for allowing the first-class relic to come to La Salle.
He said it was interesting explaining to Trinity schoolchildren the concept of a relic and why faithful Christians venerate them.
“We often times do it with people we find popular,” he said. “People will pay a lot of money to have an object of Elvis Presley, for example. It not only is a memento but something that provides a real connection to that person.
And it was easy enough for students to then grasp the significance of a relic from “a person who was a companion of Jesus Christ himself.”
“I think it’s something that’s organic,” he said. “This notion of communion of saints is something we’re built for.”












Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Article comment by: Kepha

Yes, absolutely. We are all made in the image and likeness of God, we are made to know, love, and serve Him. Mother Theresa used to say that when she ministered to a dying person she was ministering to Christ.

But there is a need to read. The only reason to believe anything is because that thing is true. It matters not how I feel about it or if it seems true to me. It is either true or it is not. There is one Divine Being, One God. Mary Magdalen was a follower and servant of God, she is not divine.


Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Article comment by: MotherEarthSpeaks

Look deeply into one's eyes, female or male, woman or man, and you will see the eyes of God.
Feel the caress, hug or kiss, and you will feel God.
No need to read anything.


Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: Kepha

MES, The Catholic Church rightly honors Mary Magdalene as 'apostle to the Apostles' as she brought them news of the empty tomb and thus the Resurection of Jesus Christ. She is not divine (not God) and the honoring of her relics is not a celebration of the divine feminine. Such a celebration would be a sin against the 1st Commandment. Here is a link to an excellent article on Mary Magdalen...

http://newadvent.org/cathen/09761a.htm

Starbird's theories were all thoroughly debunked in and around the time of the movie The DaVinci Code. Here is one such article. There were whole books explaining her and Dan Brown's errors on this topic.

http://www.catholic.com/documents/cracking-the-da-vinci-code


Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: MotherEarthSpeaks

It is wonderful to witness the honoring of Mary Magdalene.
After many years of study, research, meditation and prayer, my view of her is very different. I realize that this conflicts with Church doctrine, yet it holds truth for me.

She is the divine counterpart of Jesus, the divine feminine to his divine masculine, an equal. She was never a harlot that was "saved." She was spiritual royalty from the House of Benjamin, most revered teacher and beloved, embodying the Christed energies, who financed Jesus' travels and work. I could go on, but perhaps you have the curiosity to look deeper yourself..
If you wish to read and choose, I found the Nag Hammadi ancient texts, The Gospel of Mary, and books about the Essenes to harbor rich and truthful information for me.
Another book, written by Roman Catholic scholar, Margaret Starbird, in 1993, "The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail" resonated with me.
These pieces of information take nothing from my belief in The Christ, and add the female energies to his inclusion, nurturing, and love for all..
I AM overjoyed that this recognition of the divine feminine is coming to La Salle.
Blessings to all who celebrate the feminine, and revere her with respect and equality. It is time.
Please print this comment, as all views deserve to be presented.
Thank you.


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