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St. Mary Magdalene relic Tour in California Fabruary 14- March 15, 2011

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February 9th, 2011

A California-wide tour of St. Mary Magdalene relics has scheduled five stops in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

The itinerary includes stops Feb. 16 at St. Dominic Church in San Francisco; Feb. 19 at St. Thomas More Church in San Francisco; Feb. 20 at Vallombrosa Center and Corpus Christi Monastery, both in Menlo Park; and Feb. 27 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in East Palo Alto.

At St. Thomas More, the event will include a candlelight procession at 3 p.m. followed by Mass at 5. At St. Dominic, veneration will take place from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., with Mass at 5:30 and preaching and prayer at 9 p.m.

At Vallombrosa, veneration will be held at 9 a.m. with a candlelight procession at 10:30. At the monastery, Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., with veneration after Mass until vespers at 5.

At St. Francis of Assisi, veneration will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Paula Lawlor, a member of St. James Parish in Del Mar, San Diego County, and the organizer of the tour, said she is sending invitations to all parishes in the archdiocese and hopes to add more locations to the tour.

The relic, a portion of St. Mary Magdalene’s tibia, or shinbone, will be carried in a reliquary to California for a one-month tour. After two weeks in Northern California, the relic will make a stop at the federal penitentiary in Atwater on its way to Southern California.

The relic will be carried to Northern California by Father François LeHégaret, a French Dominican priest.

St. Mary Magdalene is recorded in the Bible as the first witness to the resurrection of Jesus.

According to tradition, some years after the crucifixion, Mary Magdalene was imprisoned. After her release, she and some other followers of Jesus were cast out to sea, landing miraculously on the coast of Gaul (France) near Marseille. After preaching and converting the region, she retired to a mountain cave, known as Sainte Baume and spent the last 30 years of her life in solitude.

A letter from Bishop Dominique Rey of Fréjus-Toulon reports that the relics were hidden at the time of the Saracen invasion and rediscovered in 1279, and have been venerated ever since. Shortly after the discovery, Pope Boniface VIII published the pontifical bull for the establishment of the Dominicans at Sainte Baum and St. Maximin.

They have guarded the relics ever since, Lawlor said.

The tour will be centered on Dominican parishes and will include photographs of the cave, Lawlor said.

“Mary Magdalene would like to go to the people who have been taking care of her all these years,” said Lawlor, who has written a book about the saint.

For the first stop Feb. 14 at St. Albert Priory – the Western Dominican Provincial House – in Oakland, Lawlor said she is looking forward to the relic being led into the church in a Dominican procession.

Lawlor visited the cave in France and said a miracle happened as a result.

“It was something that I didn’t even know existed until I went,” said Lawlor, the mother of seven children. “I had an amazing experience from prayers in there that were answered the day after. To me it was a huge miracle.”

Michelle Jurich of The Catholic Voice contributed to this story.

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St. Thérèse of Carmel Catholic Church Will Host the
Relic of Saint Mary Magdalene on Saturday, March 12th

For more infor: http://sandiegomensconference.com/pdf/event_20110312.pdf

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February 14th
Valentine’s Day
St. Albert Priory
5890 Birch Court
Oakland, California 94618
Veneration from 8 am to
9 pm with a
Special Mass at 5 pm

February 15th
Most Holy Rosary Church
1313 A Street
Antioch, California 94509
Veneration from 1:30 to
9 pm, Regular Mass at
5:30 pm and a
Special Mass at 7:30 pm

February 16th
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church
3240 Lawton Street
San Francisco, California 94122
8:45 Candlelight procession
into Church with school
children, 9:00 am Mass with
Veneration until 11:30 AM


and also
February 16th
St. Dominic Catholic Church
2390 Bush Street
San Francisco, California 94115
Veneration from 3 to 9 pm,
5:30 pm Mass, preaching and
9 pm Night Prayer

February 17th
St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman Street
Berkeley, California 94709
510-526-4811Veneration from 1:30 to
9 pm, 5:30 pm Mass and a special mass at 7:30 PM

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February 18th
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Catholic Church
2020 East San Antonio Street
San Jose, California 95116

7:45 am Candlelight procession
with Relic into Church, 8 am
Spanish Mass, 9 am Chaplet in
Spanish, 1 pm Rosary in Spanish,
5:30 pm English Mass, 6:30 pm
Chaplet in English, 8 pm departure
of Relic

February 19th
Oratory of Our Mother of Perpetual
Help Chapel
1298 Homestead Rd.
Santa Clara, California, 95050
408-248-4330, 10 am Tridentine Mass with
Veneration until 12 Noon

and also
February 19th
St. Thomas More Catholic Church
1300 Junipero Serra Boulevard
San Francisco, California 94132
3 pm Candlelight procession
with Relic into Church, 4 pm
Chaplet Prayer, 5 pm Mass, 6
pm Rosary, 8 pm departure of


February 20th
Vallumbrosa Center
250 Oak Grove Avenue
Menlo Park, California 94025

9 am Veneration in Chapel, 10:30
am Candlelight procession from
Chapel to Corpus Christi Monas-
tery (across the street)

and also on
February 20th
Corpus Christi Monastery
215 Oak Grove Avenue
Menlo Park, California 94025
11 am Mass, Veneration after
Mass until Vespers at 5 pm,
Benediction immediately
following Vespers

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February 21st
St. Joseph of Cupertino
Catholic Church
10110 North De Anza Boulevard
Cupertino, California 95014
12 Noon Candlelight proces-
sion with Relic into Church,
1:30 pm Chaplet, 3 pm Rosary,
5:30 pm Special Mass, 8 pm
departure of Relic.

February 22nd
St. Thomas Aquinas
Catholic Church
751 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, California 94301

12 Noon to 8 pm Veneration,
12:15 pm Mass, 5 pm Moleben
(Byzantine Christian prayer service) 6 PM special Mass.

February 23rd
St. Simon Catholic Church
1860 Grant Road
Los Altos, California 94024
8:15 am 3rd Grade Candlelight
procession with Relic into Church,
8:30 am Mass, 1:30 pm Rosary,
6:30 pm Mass, 7:30 PM departure
of Relic

February 24th
St. John the Baptist
Catholic Church
208 Matheson Street
Healdsburg, California 95448
8:30 am Candlelight procession
with Relic into Church, 9 am Mass,
Special Mass at 5:30 pm, Venera-
tion all day until 7 pm

February 25th
Febraury 26th
St. Frances Cabrini
Catholic Church
15333 Woodard Road
San Jose, California 95124
Fri—8:15 am Candlelight procession
with Relic into Church, 8:30 am Mass, 6
pm Special Mass, 8 pm Veneration ends
Sat—8:30 am Mass with all day
Veneration after Mass, 12 Noon Special
Mass, 5:00 pm English Mass, 6:45 pm
Vietnamese Mass, 8:30 pm departure of

February 27th
St. Francis of Assisi
Catholic Church
1425 Bay Road
East Palo Alto, California 94303
9:15 am Candlelight procession with
Relic into the Church, 9:30 am Spanish
Mass, 11:30 am English Mass, 1:30 pm
Spanish Mass, 3 pm Rosary in Spanish,
5 pm Chaplet Prayer, 7 pm departure
of Relic

February 28th
Poor Clare Monastery of the
Immaculate Heart of Mary
28210 Natoma Road
Los Altos, California 94022
10 am Mass with Veneration
until 2 pm (open to public),
Veneration for the Poor Clares
from 2-8 pm (private)

March 1st
United States Penitentiary
#1 Federal Way
California 95301
Private Veneration for 1200
inmates from 12:30 to 2:30
pm - Homily on the Life of
Saint Mary Magdalene

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Photo by my friend Ramsey Ramos

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Fr. Francois LeHegaret

Fr. Francois LeHegaret with Fr. Arnold Zamora

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Close up look of the Relic of St. Mary Magdalene

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For Southern California Tour click here: http://www.MagdalenePublishing.org/lightbox/samplemap.html

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The Relics of Saint Marie-Magdalene at La Sainte Baume
Diocese of Frejus-Toulon, Southern France

The region of Provence was evangelized in the first century by Christians from the East.
Tradition has called them the "Friends of Bethany” or as we know them to be Lazarus, Martha and Mary Magdalene who, it is told, came to the south of France in the following way:

In the year following the execution of St James in Jerusalem, the persecutions were amplified. Lazarus and Martha were thrown into prison and Mary Magdalene, having wanted to visit them, was made prisoner as well along with other members Christian community of Bethany: St Maximin, St Marcelle, St Susan and St. Sidonius.

The Jews, being afraid of the crowd if they were to execute the prisoners, placed them in a boat without sail or rudder, and a great ship towed them offshore and abandoned them in the open sea. Singing and praying they found themselves landing on the shores of Gaul at the place called Saintes Maries de la Mer. The trip had been made at a miraculous speed.

They traveled by land to Massilia (Marseille) where they were given a good welcome. They preached the Gospel and Lazarus, in his capacity as bishop, baptized many people. Mary Magdalene retired to a cave in the mountains which was difficult to access; there she lived in severe penance. Martha went to Avignon and Tarascon.

St. Mary Magdalene died near Tégulata (St. Maximin). On the site where the sarcophagus of St. Mary Magdalene was found, during excavations under the Basilica of St. Maximin, tombs from the 1st century made of bricks and tiles were also discovered.

Was St. Mary Magdalene buried in this way and then transferred to the marble sarcophagus in 710? Maybe. The essential thing is the Tradition affirming this and the constant pilgrimages to the Ste Baume, a place venerated by Christianity from the early centuries, before the monks carried some of the relics to Vézelay in Burgundy during the ravages of Provence by the Saracens.

The presence of Lazarus, Martha and Mary Magdalene in Provence was recognized as true and belongs to the Sacred History of France. It was also acknowledged by all of Christendom in the East as well as in the West. People came from all of the countries of Europe on pilgrimage to the graves of "Holy Friends of Jesus".


1st to 5th Century. Oral tradition reinforced by the discoveries of the next century: Written on wax discovered during the raising on May 5, 1280

Invasion of Provence by Saracens.

December 6, 710. Transfer in secret by the Cassianistes monks to avoid the desecration of St Marie-Magdalene’s relics. This date and this transfer will be authenticated by the discovery in 1279 in the sarcophagus of a papyrus with the following text: "The year of the birth of the Lord 710, the sixth day of December, at night and very secretly, under the reign of the very pious Eudes, king of the Franks, during the time of the ravages of the treacherous nation of the Saracens, the body of the dear and venerable St. Mary Magdalene was, for fear of the said treacherous nation, moved from her alabaster tomb to the marble tomb, after having removed the body of Sidonius, because it was more hidden."

For 5 centuries, the location of the body of St. Mary Magdalene will remain unknown.

December 9, 1279. Charles Salerno, nephew of St. Louis and who became Count of Provence and King of Sicily under the name of Charles II, rediscovered the tomb and the relics of St. Mary Magdalene. They were then also recognized by an assembled Clergy of the Dioceses of Provence. At the opening of the sarcophagus all present testify to a ”wonderful and very sweet smell” and are reminded of the perfume which St Mary Magdalene poured on the head and feet of the Lord before his death.

December 18, 1279. Discovery in the marble sarcophagus of a writing on papyrus dated 710 attesting that the bones were those of St. Mary Magdalene in the presence of the Archbishops of Aix and Arles, and many other prelates. The jaw and lower leg bones are missing.

May 5, 1280 During the solemn Elevation of the body St Mary Magdalene, was discovered a tablet of wood smeared with wax on which were the words: "Hic requiescit corpus beatae Mariae Magdalenae”. The estimated age of the tablet is between the 1st and 4th centuries. A testimonial letter destined for the pope was signed by the four Prince Archbishops and three bishops, describing these events and was kept for a long time in the reliquary of St Maximin along with the translations of 1281 and 1283.

1281 The bones except for the head which was missing the lower jaw are placed in a silver case.

April 6, 1295 The skull from the sarcophagus of St Maximin was reunited to its lower jaw at St John Lateran in Rome thanks to Pope Boniface VIII, who published a Pontifical Bulle for the establishment of Dominicans at St Maximin and at La Ste Baume.

1660 The transposing of the relics of St Mary Magdalene to a porphyry urn blessed in Rome by Urban VIII. King Louis XIV personally attended this solemn transposing and made the pilgrimage to La Ste Baume on this occasion. Copies of authenticated documents of the discovery in 1279 and the official acts of the transposing of the relics in 1281 and 1283 have been transcribed and are stored in the archives of the Monastery of St. Maximin and in the seminary of St. Sulpice.

1794 End of the 18th century. The French Revolution has begun. The thief Barras steals by force the cases, the precious jewels and the valuables surrounding the relics. The Spoliation of the relics of Ste Mary Magdalene in the spring 1794. Joseph Bastide, sacristan of St. Maximin removed from desecration the skull of St. Mary Magdalen along with the holy glass sphere (containing earth soaked with the blood of Our Most Holy Lord Jesus Christ collected by St Mary Magdalene at the foot of the cross). Some other pious people were able to save other parts of the relics. A significant portion of the tibia of the right leg and a lock of the Hair of St. Mary Magdalene will be saved by Madame Ricard who will leave St Maximin for fear of being denounced and pursued. She will flee to Bonnieux and stay with the Anselme family. The relics remained in the hands of the head of the household, Joseph-Hyacinthe-Philippe d’Anselmo and father of Louis-Victor d’Anselme and Marie-Marguerite-Félicité d’Anselme who married Jean-Baptiste Terris on April 13th, 1804. From this marriage was born the last of 11 children on January 20, 1804 who was to become the bishop of Frejus and who was handed the relics of St Mary Magdalene which had been kept by Madame Ricard.

1878 Bishop Terris offers pope Leo XIII a fragment of these relics along with some of St. Mary Magdalene’s hair.

1884 Bishop Terris bequeathed to the diocese of Frejus the relics of St Mary Magdalene (the lower part of the tibia from the right leg and a lock of hair), along with the reliquary which contains them to be kept as much as possible in the grotto of La Ste Baume near Nans [southern France].

Up to date, La Sainte Baume annually attracts more than a thousand pilgrims ascending on foot to the Cave. The relics can also be venerated outside the cave to support the piety and fervor of the faithful.

May 2002 The relics of St Mary Magdalene, currently belonging to the shrine of the Basilica of St Maximin, go on pilgrimage throughout the Diocese of Fréjus-Toulon and are venerated fervently in ten major cities. Several thousand persons gather at Pentecost to celebrate the return of the relics to the crypt of St. Maximin.

May 2004 The relics of St Mary Magdalene attached to the reliquary of the Sainte Baume cave go on pilgrimage throughout the diocese and the faithful respond with more fervor than previously with the relics from St Maximin.

July, August 2004 The relics of Saint Mary Magdalene from La Sainte Baume go to Brazil where they were greeted by thousands of people in the cities of Sao Paulo and Fortaleza.

August 2009 The relics go on pilgrimage for evangelization with the new travel reliquary (the folded size fits airline carry-on dimensions) to various cities in the Diocese as well as Toulouse, Lyon and Paris before returning to La Sainte Baume.

Translated from the French by Deacon E. Scott Borgman

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Prayer for the Intercession of Saint mary Magdalene

Saint Mary Magdalene, Oh holy companion of Jesus, you assisted Jesus and the apostles during his public ministry. You cried with the Blessed Mother and Saints John at the foot of the cross, and watch as they buried His dead body. For serving Jesus with a love devout, you were the first to see him resurrected. I ask you to pray for me and my special intentions.
Saint Mary Magdalene, pray for us.

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The Relic of St. Mary Magdalene at Holy Rosary church


By Michele Jurich
Staff writer

“You’re in the presence of a saint,” Tim Hooke told his students who were seated quietly in the sanctuary at Holy Rosary Church as they waited their turn to take a close look at a relic of St. Mary Magdalene. “And not just a saint,” he added, “but a friend of Jesus.”

The seventh-graders then rose from their seats and filed toward the altar of the Antioch church to pick up a prayer card and, one by one, pause before the relic, a portion of St. Mary Magdalene’s tibia, or shinbone.
Hooke, in his 13th year of teaching at the school from which he graduated, knew his pupils were seeing something extraordinary. He said he had not seen a relic until he visited Europe as an adult.

The pupils’ visit was among the early highlights of the relic’s Feb 15 visit to the parish of more than 3,000 families. During their visit, the Gospel was read and Father François LeHégaret, the French Dominican priest who is accompanying the relic on its Northern California tour, gave a homily.

Among the more than two dozen early arrivals who paused to pray at the relic was Lucy Vera, who said she has been a Holy Rosary parishioner “all my life.”

Joyce Gould, a parishioner at St. Ignatius of Antioch, said she usually makes a visit to Holy Rosary during the week, timing her stop this time to view the relic.

“I came to pray and see if I could get some healing,” said Elizabeth Zaldivar, a parishioner at Holy Rosary, who said she was facing some medical issues.

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Vatican theologian Monsignor Pietro Principe cautioned against the “risk of crossing the boundary from popular devotion to superstition” with regard to relics, a message that came as the remains of the popular St. Anthony of Padua go on display in Europe until Feb. 19.


Monsignor Pietro Principe, a theologian whose Biblical commentaries are published by the Vatican, said that the "display of the mortal remains of saints and the cult of relics are part of our tradition. However we nowadays run the risk of crossing the boundary from popular devotion to superstition."

Monsignor Principe, an adviser to Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals and former Vatican Secretary of State, said the veneration of relics stretched back to the origins of Christianity. But there was a temptation to "compensate for empty churches with a boom in religious happenings, substituting miracle-performing sensationalism for authentic faith", he told La Stampa.

He added: "To pray before the body of a saint or his relics means to thank God, who supported his path towards sainthood. The object of adoration, however, must remain God, not the saint". Relics were "not fundamental for belief, but they can help".

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