Our Altar Relics

At the Family Friendship Coffee just this past Sunday, some parishioners were having an edifying conversation and asked about the relics placed in our altar at the time of the Sanctuary Renewal back in 2015. It seemed like a good idea to remind longtime parishioners and inform new parishioners of the answer to their question.

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The Altar at Holy Spirit
HS Altar


The Altar Stone that covers the Box containing the relics
HS Altar Stone


Relics under the Altar Stone at the Church of the Holy Spirit

When he broke open the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered because of the witness they bore to the word of God. (Revelation 6:9)


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The Holy Spirit is always at work in the life of the Church.

So to signify our continuity of Life in the Spirit.

And in Communion with the Lord and His Saints,

the following have been placed in the altar


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In Union with Our Lord:

Incense from Bethlehem, place of Christ’s birth

Olive Wood Cross from Jerusalem, place of the great events of Salvation


In Devotion to the Holy Mother of  God

Papal Rosaries


In Remembrance of the Saints:

Relic of St. Sebastian, Martyr for Christ

Relic of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Married, Parent, Widow, Religious

Relic of St. Aloysius, Patron of Youth

Relic of St. Therese of Lisieux, Patron of Evangelization


In the Fullness of Charity:

Piece of a Habit of St. Teresa of Calcutta, patron of the poor, sick & dying


In Communion with the Catholic Church:

Piece of a cassock of St. Pope John XXIII, Pope when the Parish began in 1962

Piece of a cassock of St. John Paul II, Pope when the church was built in 1987

Names of all parishioners at the time of the rededication

Names of all pastors of the Church of the Holy Spirit


In Communion with our Bishop:

Items are placed in a wooden box given by the Bishop of Bridgeport.


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Consecrated November 27, 1987, by the Most Reverend Walter W. Curtis

Re-consecrated December 12, 2015, by the Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano



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