Saint's relics to tour Lafayette Diocese

The relics of a Capuchin saint, Padre Pio, will be on tour in six Catholic Churches, including Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Crowley, during September.

The pilgrimage stops will be as follows:

• September 22, 2008: St. Thomas More Church in Eunice, 1011Sittig Rd, 6 p.m. Mass and Veneration of Relics after Mass.

• September 23, 2008: Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Scott, 1110 Old Spanish Trail, 6:30 p.m. Mass and Veneration of Relics after Mass.

• September 24, 2008: Our Lady of Fatima Church in Lafayette, 2319 Johnston St., 5:30 p.m. Mass and Veneration of Relics after Mass.

• September 25, 2008: St. Mary’s Church in Lafayette, 419 Doucet Rd., 10:30 a.m. Mass and Veneration of Relics after Mass.

• September 25, 2008: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Crowley, 901 E. Elm St., 6:30 p.m. Mass and Veneration of Relics after Mass.

• September 26, 2008: Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Lafayette, 149 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., 6:30 p.m. Mass and Veneration of Relics after Mass.

Accompanying the relics will be Giacomo Piraino, who was blessed with a healing by Padre Pio when he was eight years old. He will be telling his story about Padre Pio at the six churches. Mr. Piraino has obtained for exhibit the following relics: a part of the robe of Padre Pio, a glove stained with blood, a lock of the beard and some of his blood.

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