On Friday August 22, 2014, there will be a Holy Mass in honor of Saint Padre Pio at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore. The guest celebrant will be Fr. Dominic Bump, OP.
Holy Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. and Mass will start at 6:45 in Our Lady’s Chapel at the Cathedral. After Mass, a relic of St. Padre Pio will be venerated.
Padre Pio was born in 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy. His birth name was Francesco Forgione. He was given the name Pio (Pius) when he became a Capuchin. Padre Pio died in 1968. He was beatified in 1999 and Pope JohnPaul II canonized him in 2002.
Padre Pio was most known for occurrences of the stigmata he experienced:
On 20 September 1918, while hearing confessions, Padre Pio had his first occurrence of the stigmata: bodily marks, pain, and bleeding in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. This phenomenon continued for fifty years, until the end of his life. The blood flowing from the stigmata smelled of perfume or flowers, a phenomenon mentioned in stories of the lives of several saints and often referred to as the odour of sanctity.
In 2002, there were reports of a statue of St. Pio shedding tears of blood in Messina, Italy.
Saint Padre Pio is the patron saint of civil defense volunteers.
Prayer for the Intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Dear God, You generously blessed Your servant,
St. Pio of Pietrelcina,
with the gifts of the Spirit.
You marked his body with the five wounds
of Christ Crucified, as a powerful witness
to the saving Passion and Death of Your Son.
Endowed with the gift of discernment,
St. Pio labored endlessly in the confessional
for the salvation of souls.
With reverence and intense devotion
in the celebration of Mass,
he invited countless men and women
to a greater union with Jesus Christ
in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
Through the intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina,
I confidently beseech You to grant me
the grace of (here state your petition).
Glory be to the Father… (three times). Amen.