UP Catholic 02 09 2018 E Edition Page 2

2 February 9, 2018 THE U.P. CATHOLIC AROUND THE DIOCESE www.upcatholic.org BY JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC An unusual communion of saints occurred at St. Peter Cathedral. It was in the form of an exposition of more than 150 relics of some of the best-known saints and religious artifacts titled Treasures of the Church on display in the cathedral hall, Sunday, Jan. 28. The list reads like a Whos Who of Catholic history, including one of the largest fragments of the True Cross, relics from the Apostles, to more recent saints such as St. Josemaria Es- criva, St. Teresa of Calcutta and Pope St. John Paul II. Treasures of the Church is a ministry of evangelization of the Catholic Church. Run by Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross, its purpose is to give people an experience of the living God through an en- counter with the relics of his saints in the form of an exposition. Each exposition begins with a multi-media presentation on the Churchs use of relics that is scriptural, catechetical, and devotional, leading to a renewal of the Catholic faith for many people. After the teaching those in attendance have an opportunity to vener- ate the relics of some of their favorite saints, states the ministrys website. During his presentation, Father Martins noted that relics are physical objects related to saints. They can be first class: hair, bone frag- ment or flesh of the saint; second class: Some- thing personally owned by the saint such as a shirt or book; and third class, an item touched to a first, second or third class relic. Relics are not magic, they dont have their own power, said Father Martins. God uses them to draw attention to the saints. He said the saints point to God, and God points to the saints as examples for our lives. Several scriptural references to relics were offered by Father Martins. In 2 Kings 13:20-21 a dead man was cast into the grave of Elisha. When the body came into contact with the bones of Elisha he came back to life. In Mat- thew 9:20-22 a sick woman touched the tassel of Jesus' cloak and was healed. Also, in Acts 19: 11-12, people received healing when touching handkerchiefs or aprons that had been touched to Paul. Treasures of the Church is an international organization working out of the U.S. and Can- ada. To learn more or to have the exposition brought to a parish or mission, write Father Carlos Martins, CC, Treasures of the Church, 17320 Rosemont Ave., Detroit, MI 48219 or visit www.treasuresofthechurch.org. Exposition brings 150 relics to cathedral JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Dr. Michael Czerkes shows his son, Theodore, 8, a relic of what is believed to be a fragment from the Crown of Thorns. The Czerkes family, Heidi (mother) and children Joseph, Graham, Nicholas, Ruth and Edith attended the Treasures of the Church exposition at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette on Sunday, Jan. 28. Dr. Czerkes practices medicine at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. The family are members of the cathedral parish.

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