Story by Reagan Scott
(SNR) - This month Spirit 102.7-FM Lincoln will host a visiting relics exhibition and healing ministry in several parishes across the diocese.
The Vatican-sanctioned ministry of evangelization, known as Treasures of the Church, will give members of the diocese a chance to view some 150 authenticated relics in several communities July 15-27.
The free event will allow attendees to view one of the largest fragments of the True Cross in the world, as well as a piece of the veil that is believed to have belonged to Our Lady. The ministry tour also includes relics of all Twelve Apostles, Saint Joseph, Saint Maria Goretti, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Anthony of Padua, Saint Thomas Aquinas and Saint Faustina Kowalska.
Father Christopher Eckrich is the assistant pastor at Saint John the Apostle Parish in Lincoln, the location of the July 22 event. He said that the event is a great opportunity to bolster people’s faith.
“I think that it is an incredible opportunity to come see the saints and to understand the treasure that we have of knowing that all of these people are in heaven praying for us,” Father Eckrich said. “The saints are our brothers and sisters in faith who have gone before us.”
According to Treasures of the Church, relics are physical objects directly associated with the saints and are broken down into three classes. First-class relics include a part of the saint’s body, second-class relics are those items that the saint personally owned or used and third-class relics are objects that have been touched to a first-class relic.
Each event begins with a multi-media presentation on the Church’s use of relics followed by the opportunity for veneration.
Kelly Miller, the marketing director for Spirit Catholic Radio, said she thinks people will learn a lot about the saints and relics and mentioned that Father Carlos Martins, who runs the evangelization ministry, has had many healings reported.
Examples of healing through the use of relics can be found in Sacred Scripture. In these instances, God worked through a physical object to impart healing.
Miller said that members of the public are encouraged to bring photos of those in need of healing and may also bring religious items such as rosaries, jewelry, holy cards and medals to hold to the relics.
“We encourage those who need healing themselves to come,” Miller said.
This ministry has been invited to almost 200 dioceses in dozens of countries, allowing hundreds of thousands of people to venerate the relics.
Miller encouraged all to try to come to one of the events.
“Even if someone was just curious, I encourage them to come out of curiosity,” she said.
The event is just one of the ways Spirit Catholic Radio is celebrating 20 years of broadcasting this year. The theme of the anniversary celebration is “Together on a Journey to Sainthood.”
Another special event includes “Relic Saints,” which provides an opportunity to venerate the first-class relic of a different saint in the organization’s Lincoln and Omaha studios each month.
This month’s relic saints in Omaha are Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint Maria Goretti, and Saint Lucy Filippini in Lincoln. More information on this year’s relic saints and visiting times can be found on the station’s website.
Spirit Catholic Radio also created a 20th Anniversary Passport meant to lead participants on a journey of fun and faith. The passport includes both secular and religious activities in Nebraska and western Iowa and finishes up in December.
“Summer is a great time for people to pick these up,” Miller said. “We have couples, singles and families signed up and there’s a lot of summer left.”
Finally, on Saturday Nov, 2, the organization will hold the 2019 Spirit Catholic Radio Catholic Answers Conference at the Embassy Suites in La Vista. The event will include speakers Trent Horn, Tim Staples and Cy Kellett, Dr. Ray Guarendi and Matt Fradd.
For more information on Spirit Catholic Radio’s 20th anniversary programs, including a list of locations to pick up a passport, visit spiritcatholicradio.com or call the studio at 402-571-0200.
For 20 years, the radio station has given listeners across the state the opportunity to learn more about the Catholic faith, both on and off the air. Their desire is for all people who tune in to have a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.
Miller said, “It is our hope that anyone who listens will find help on their way to being a better person, Christian and Catholic.”