Saturday, October 30, 2010

St. Andre weekend in Montreal

It's St. Andre weekend in Montreal. “Rendez-vous saint frère Andre” is expected to draw more than 50,000 people to a commemorative Mass at Olympic Stadium in Montreal this afternoon. The gathering a Olympic stadium will be broadcast live by Salt + Light Television starting at 10:30 PT.

The Mass, celebrated by Montreal Cardinal Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, will be attended by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Premier Jean Charest, and many Canadian Catholic bishops who have just concluded their annual plenary meeting in Cornwall, Ont.

On Sunday pilgrims will process with an icon of the new saint to Br. André’s first small chapel, where it will be installed. The icon was blessed after the canonization Mass at St. Joseph's Oratory.

The Oratory of St. Joseph announced that the celebrations will continue into the New Year with a tour of Br. André’s relics, starting in January. No word yet on where the relics will visit.

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