Pilgrimage of St Thérèse of Lisieux and her parents Sts Louis and Zélie Martin - Australia 2020

For the first time in 18 years, the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux, one of the most popular saints of modern times, are visiting Australia on a four-month pilgrimage with her parents, Saints Louis and Zélie Martin.

Catholic Mission's National Director Fr Brian Lucas commenting on the visit of the relics of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and her parents.

Documentary

Documentary

Learn more about Saint Thérèse of Lisieux's life with this documentary, created for the occasion of the visit of her relics to Scotland in 2019. Hear from those who walk in her footsteps each day and discover what it is about this remarkable woman that makes her one of the most revered saints of modern times. ©2019 SANCTA FAMILIA MEDIA

Prayer in Memory of St Thérèse

Loving God, as we remember St Thérèse
and her holy family, teach us to live
each moment as missionary disciples in love and generosity.
May her little way lead us to discern your will
in loving surrender to what the Spirit is saying,
and may we know that with you
everything is grace.

Amen.


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Little Flower (All the Love That’s in my Heart)

Written by Richard Cootes; Performed by John Cootes

Notes from the writer, Richard Cootes: As a child, St Thérèse of Lisieux would accompany her father in his walks through the forest. The tall forest trees were a metaphor for the great missionary saints of the Church that she so admired. Knowing that her fragile health would never allow her to emulate such saints, she determined that she would be like the simple wild flowers that bloom on the forest floor. She would perform the simplest of tasks with profound love.

Thérèse would holiday with her parents at a seaside resort. Her autobiographical writings contain many nautical references.

The verses of the song are St Thérèse’s own words.

“After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses”

St Thérèse of Lisieux

Official Itinerary

Please note the itinerary is subject to change without notice. We will endeavour to provide the most up-to-date itinerary on this page.

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Decisions regarding the itinerary were made by each diocesan authority and any queries about the itinerary should be directed to the relevant diocesan office.

Bushfire and drought emergency

With Australia facing its worst ever bushfire and drought emergency, Catholic Mission has reconsidered plans to raise funds for international mission projects during this very special pilgrimage of the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux and her parents, Sts Louis and Zélie Martin.

After due consideration, a decision was made in consultation with our pilgrimage partners InvoCare to support the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Bushfire Appeal. We are proud to partner with this appeal, which will fund Vinnies’ financial and pastoral outreach to bushfire-affected communities across Australia. Financial packages, essential needs such as food, clothing and utilities, accommodation and emotional support and counselling are all included in this outreach.

Should you feel inclined to make a financial contribution to the missionary work of the Church during this historic visit, Catholic Mission and InvoCare invite you to support the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal, a crucial and very meaningful work of mission for families and communities who most need it at this time.

A Prayer for the Bushfire and Drought Emergency

Heavenly Father,

We ask for your mercy on this land, with the bushfires still raging, claiming the lives of people, of flora and fauna, and destroying homes and livelihoods. We pray for abundant rain to help extinguish the fires and end this drought.

We pray for emergency services personnel and others who are on the frontline of these disasters, those who are injured, have lost loved ones, have lost homes – Lord, please protect them, comfort them and give them strength.

Amen.