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Msgr. Gier to lead Pilgrimage to see Shroud of Turin


The Shroud of Turin will be on public display next spring! Holy Family parishioners are invited to join Msgr. Gier on an unforgettable pilgrimage to Turin to see the Shroud, then on to Florence, Assisi, Siena, and finally Rome.  Msgr. Gier will offer Holy Mass daily at many of the important churches we will visit, including St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.  The dates are April 19 – 28, 2015.  More information and a registration form are available at You can download a brochure or pick one up in the vestibules of the main and south entrances. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

The Shroud of Turin is one of the world’s most famous relics.  There have been only four expositions of the shroud in the 20th century and two in the 21st century. It last went on display in 2010.

The Shroud, a piece of herringbone twilled linen cloth measuring 14.5 feet by 3.9 feet, is believed by many to be the cloth in which Christ’s body was wrapped after his crucifixion. Bearing the imprint of a man and the apparent signs of wound marks that correspond to those Christ sustained during his crucifixion, the shroud has been the focus of a great deal of debate over the centuries.  The Vatican, which now owns it, regards it as a powerful aid to faith.

Over the years, many Popes have visited and prayed at the Shroud.  After his visit in 2013, Pope Francis wrote:

“The face in the shroud invites us to contemplate Jesus of Nazareth. This image … speaks to our heart and moves us to climb the hill of Calvary, to look upon the wood of the Cross, and to immerse ourselves in the eloquent silence of love.
“By means of the Holy Shroud, the unique and supreme Word of God comes to us: Love made man, incarnate in our history; the merciful love of God who has taken upon himself all the evil of the world to free us from its power,” Francis said.

“This disfigured face resembles all those faces of men and women marred by a life which does not respect their dignity, by war and violence which afflict the weakest.”

In 2010, the History Channel produced a documentary about the Shroud and the efforts of a team of scientists to verify its authenticity.  You can find the documentary, titled “The Real Face of Jesus,” on YouTube.  You may find more information on, as well.

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