September 23, 2017

Padre Pio Relics and Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage

Padre Pio

 Saint Pio
 We were blessed to have some relics of St. Padre Pio come within a couple hours of us so we took the opportunity to make a little Pilgrimage.  We went to the viewing in La Crosse at St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral.  This was a magnificent icon.
 The line moved quickly.
Kili with the Padre Pio card they gave us.

 We walked up the side so the view of the relics from behind.  I'm guessing this Cathedral was renovated during the de-renovating era.  As there were some lovely items hither and thither and then some things like the big block altar.

 There were two Knights of Columbus in full CORRECT regalia.  (Please reconsider taking the honor guard away... it's sybolic, rich, and lovely!)

 Relics of St. Padre Pio, a Capuchin priest who bore the stigmata of Jesus:
· Saint Pio’s glove
· crusts of the wounds
· Cotton gauze with Saint Pio’s blood stains
· a lock of hair
· Saint Pio’s mantle (not sure why they kept this in the plastic wrap!)
· Saint Pio’s handkerchief soaked with his sweat hours before he died.

 Afterwards... like everyone else viewing.... we went to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. GLORIOUS!
 First we had a picnic with a family Frodo knew from camp... and I've know the mom for years on a list.
 I told the boys I'd like to take a picture of them for their camp organizer... Yeah... they turned around...

 Cardinal Burke, pray for him, he's trying really hard for martyrdom! :D He also built this lovely Shrine.

Wish I had the skill to make a gonfalon like this!

 What are we talking about? Dragon flies?!

Marble and gold everything.

 Venerable Samuel Mazzachelli

 Venerable Frederic Baraga

Venerable soon-to-be Blessed Solonus Casey

 Divine Mercy
 Relics of St. Faustina
 My favorite picture St. Maria Goretti forgiving her murderer.
 Relic of St. Maria Goretti
 St. Peregrine
 Relic of St. Peregrine
 High Altar
 Our Lady of Fatima statue

 St. Gianna Mola
 Her relic
 St. Miguel Pro

 His relic
 St. Therese the Little Flower
 Her relic
 Votive Candle Chapel

We concluded with prayers for the Holy Father in hopes of gaining a Plenary Indulgence for our Pilgrimage.

.... and a quick stop in the bookstore... of course! :D