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placeholder February 7, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 3   •   Oakland, CA
St. Mary Magdalene relic to visit
three Dominican communities
Relic visits

St. Albert Priory, 5890 Birch Court, Oakland, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Mass at 5 p.m.), Feb. 14

Most Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St., Antioch, 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Masses at 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.), Feb. 15

St. Mary Magdalen, 2005 Berry-man St., Berkeley, 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Masses at 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.), Feb. 17

Web: www.magdalenepublishing.org

St. Albert Priory in Oakland, Most Holy Rosary Church in Antioch and St. Mary Magdalen Church in Berkeley will host a relic of St. Mary Magdalene this month.

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 a two-week tour in Northern California, the relic will make a stop at the federal penitenary 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.

The tour will be centered on Dominican parishes, said tour coordinator Paula Lawlor.

“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 at St. Albert Priory, Lawlor said she is looking forward to the relic being led into the church in a Dominican procession. The relic will be on display for veneration from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 14, with a special Mass at 5 p.m. St. Albert Priory is at 5890 Birch Court, Oakland.

The next day, the relic is scheduled to travel to Most Holy Rosary Church, 1313 A St., Antioch, for veneration from 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m., and a special Mass celebrated at 7:30 p.m. Students at the school will visit the relic in the afternoon.

On Feb.17, St. Mary Magdalen parish welcomes the relic with a one-hour session for the students at School of the Madeleine at 1:30 p.m. Veneration continues until 9 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m., with a special Mass at 7:30 p.m.

On its way to Southern California, the relic will make a stop for veneration from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 1 at the federal penitentiary in Atwater.

Lawlor visited the cave in France. A miracle happened after she prayed in the cave, Lawlor said. “I wanted to tell everyone I knew to go there,” she said. “I would write little pamphlets. I gave them to friends.”

Now, thanks to her efforts, the relic is making its way to California.

Additional information about the tour will be available at www.magdalenepublishing.org/mmtour2011.

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