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St. Maria Goretti

From September to November of this year the major relics of St. Maria Goretti will make a pilgrimage to the United States.  Named the “Pilgrimage of Mercy,” it is the first time that her body travels to the USA.

While St. Maria is universally known as the Patroness of Purity, her greatest virtue was her unyielding forgiveness of her attacker even in the midst of horrendous physical suffering, a forgiveness that would completely convert him and set him on a path to personal holiness.  In March 2015, His Holiness, Pope Francis, announced an Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy beginning December 8, 2015. This visit of the major relics of St. Maria Goretti is an effort on the part of the Holy See and Treasures of the Church to prepare and catechize the United States for this great celebration in the life of the Church.

St. Thomas Aquinas parish is blessed to be able to host St. Maria on the Pilgrimage of Mercy on Saturday, October 24, 2015.  This is an amazing opportunity and a great privelege for the faithful, both from here at STA and also the Diocese of Charlotte! 

The schedule of events for the days is as follows:

Serve a Saint: A huge thank you to those who have volunteered to serve! You are our blessing!

Additional Information:

Information for Buses

If you are planning to bring a bus, please click here to sign-up for a scheduled arrival time. This will help you plan your trip and allows you the most effective drop off process for your Pilgrims. Once you have signed up, further details about bus drop off procedures will be emailed to you. 

Area Information

Food - There are a number of restaurants in the area on both Hwy 49 (University City Blvd) and Hwy 29 (N. Tryon). They range from sit down service to fast food. 

Parking - While there is some parking at the Church location, it is limited. We have additional – no cost - parking and shuttle service available. The shuttle service will run from 9:00am until 9pm.  
Click here to view the Map and Directions to the Overflow Parking at UNCC Lots 4aand 5A and PNC Music Pavilion at 707 Pavilion Blvd.

Handicap Parking - We have some accommodated spaces in our main parking lot. We also have a drop off zone that will have a tent for those who are dropped off to wait for their party. Those vehicle that use the drop off, may park in the additional Handicap parking spaces that have been added for the event - these are non-accomidated spaces, but close to the main buildings for ease during drop off and pick up.