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St. Mary Magdalen's
Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Monday, September 28, 2009

, Monday 12th October 7:15pm at Library 52 southbound bus stop

(let Clergy House know if you can’t take the bus and NEED a lift down.)

Being close to the remains of someone who has died is a real physical way of being close to them. Although they are not now one with that person, they were, and so are still closely related to that person.

The relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux arrived in England via Eurotunnel on Tuesday 15 September 2009 in a specially adapted hearse for an historic first visit to England and Wales. The relics of the beloved, Catholic Saint are in the middle of visiting 28 different venues, including many Catholic cathedrals and parishes, an Anglican cathedral, a university chaplaincy, a prison and a hospice for the dying.

As a child Thérèse drew a map of England and on this map she named two cities, the cities where the official tour begins and ends; Portsmouth and London. Huge crowds have flocked to St. Thérèse in every country her relics have visited – over 42 to date. Wherever they have gone, many people have experienced conversion, healing, a renewed sense of vocation, and answers to their prayers. All are welcome and there is a special invitation to the sick, young people seeking their way in life and those from any faith or none.

One of St. Thérèse’s sayings was that she would “let fall a shower of roses on earth” after her death. Consequently, many people will be bringing roses to the venues and asking for them to be blessed and to touch the reliquary.

We hope to have copies of her best selling autobiography Story of a Soul in our repository soon. To receive daily updates from each venue, visit

posted by Sinead Reekie at 10:54 am