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Reliquary

The Reliquary at St. Helena Catholic Church is very unique in that it hosts over 150 relics in one place - from the Crucifixion, to the Gospel writers, to the Doctors of the Church, and many of the Saints.

Reliquary

The Reliquary at St. Helena Catholic Church has relics representing:

  • The Stations of the Cross
  • Virgins and Martyrs
  • The Passion
  • Gospel Writers/Apostles
  • The Crucifixion
  • Doctors of the Church
  • Popes
  • The Holy Family
  • John the Baptist
  • Lazarus

Relics are physical objects that have direct association with the Saints or with Our Lord. They are usually broken down into three classes. First class relics are the body or fragments of the body of a Saint, such as pieces of bone or flesh. Second class relics are something that a saint personally owned, such as a shirt or book. Third class relics are those items that a saint touched with the direct intention to Bless.

Relics from the Crucifixion (Cross, Nails, Thorns…) and those relics dealing with the Blessed Virgin Mary are treated as “Relics”.

Scripture teaches that God acts through relics, especially in terms of healing. In fact, when surveying what Scripture has to say about sacred relics, one is left with the idea that healing is what relics “do”. ~Fr. Carlos Martin

“Elisha died and was buried. At the time, bands of Moabites used to raid the land each year. Once some people were burying a man, when suddenly they spied such a raiding band. So they cast the dead man into the grave of Elisha, and everyone went off. But when the man came in contact with the bones of Elisha, he came back to life and rose to his feet.” 2 Kings 13:21

In these instances God has brought about a healing using a material object. The vehicle for healing was the touching of that object. It is very important to note, however, that the cause of healing is God; the relics are a means through which He acts. In other words, relics are not magic. They do not contain a power that is their own; a power separate from God. Any good that comes about through a relic is God’s doing. But the fact that God chooses to use the relics of saints to work healing and miracles tells us that he wants to draw our attention to the saints as “models and intercessors”. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 828)

Most relics at St. Helena Catholic Church are 1st class relic. All have been verified and sealed.