On Monday, January 16, 2012, the first chapel in France under the patronage of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin will be dedicated at the Shrine of Notre Dame des Victoires (Our Lady of Victories) in Paris. January 16 is the patronal feast of the Shrine (the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Refuge of Sinners). The Shrine of Our Lady of Victories was much loved by Louis and Zelie, and Therese prayed fervently here before leaving on her pilgrimage to Rome in 1887.
The inauguration of the new chapel, the first worship space in France dedicated to Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, who were beatified on October 19, 2008, is to be celebrated from January 16 through January 20, 2012 in Paris. The Mass of inauguration for the new chapel was celebrated at 6:00 p.m. on January 16 by Monseigneur Jerome Beau, auxiliary bishop of Paris. Each evening from January 17 through January 20, Vespers will be celebrated at 6:00 p.m., followed by a conference, with solemn Mass at 7:00 p.m. For a detailed schedule in French, please click here.
Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, the Parents of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
The lives of the parents of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux; their spirituality and the life of their family, their beatification in 2008; what we can learn from them today.