The relics of three remarkable saints are coming to the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The Basilica will be a host site for the relics of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and her parents Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin.
Saint Thérèse had a simple yet powerful message that still resonates in the hearts of millions today. Her “Little Way” of allowing God to work through her life has become a guiding light for the faithful.
Saturday, October 7 – Tuesday, October 10
Full schedule below
If you are planning on bringing a group of pilgrims to The Basilica or have questions, please contact Ramond.
Relics of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and her parents, Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin
The Basilica of Saint Mary
Saturday, October 7, ST. JOSEPH CHAPEL
Noon: Reception of Relics and Mass in the Saint Joseph Chapel
1:00pm-6:00pm: Public Veneration of Relics, Saint Joseph Chapel
Veneration will be paused for Baptisms from 4:30-5:00pm
Sunday, October 8, THE BASILICA
9:30am: Solemn Eucharist with Reception of the Relics (Livestreamed)
11:00am-3:00pm: Public Veneration of Relics
3:00pm: Solemn Vespers with Blessing of Roses
4:00pm-6:00pm: Public Veneration of Relics
Monday, October 9, THE BASILICA
9:00-4:00pm: Public Veneration of Relics
Tuesday, October 10, THE BASILICA
10:00am: Holy Hour and Veneration
11:30am: Archdiocesan Closing Mass – Presider: Archbishop Bernard Hebda
12:30-4:00pm: Public Veneration
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In the video below, Johan van Parys, Ph.D., discusses Saint Thérèse of Lisieux as well her parents, Saints Zélie and Louis Martin, who were proclaimed saints by Pope Francis in 2015, the first married couple to ever be canonized.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where should I park? Parking can be found around The Basilica of Saint Mary. Please feel free to park in spaces that say “Basilica Parking”. The Minneapolis Community and Technical College charges a $5 fee for parking. If you are traveling as a group by bus, please contact Rámond.
More parking information.
Will we be able to touch the relics?
You may touch he reliquaries during the periods of veneration listed.
Will private or group tours be available?
Tours will not be available but you will be able to pick up a guided tour map at the entrance of The Basilica.
Are photos allowed?
Yes, photos are allowed. We ask that you refrain from flash photography and taking photos during liturgies out of respect for other worshipers.
Will there be religious articles on sale?
No, there will not be. You are allowed to bring your own religious articles to touch against the relics. We ask that you not bring your own votive candles. Votive candles will be available at The Basilica.
Will I be able to leave a prayer intention?
Yes, you will be able to. A book will be made available for intentions. These will be prayed for at the closing mass on Tuesday October 10th.
Celebrating in 2023
200th Anniversary of the birth of Louis, her father.
150th Anniversary of the birth of Saint Thérèse
100th Anniversary of the beatification of Saint Thérèse
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