Exhibit of Vatican-approved miracles on display at St. Bernadette
St. Bernadette Parish in Westlake is pleased to host the Vatican International Exhibit of Eucharistic Miracles of the World. This photographic exhibit has been brought to America by the Real Presence Association of Chicago, Ill.
The exhibit will showcase the various miracles that have occurred over the centuries in many countries. These miracles have been approved since the eighth century by the Vatican. The Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit has pictures that are printed on posters and displayed on wooden stands. There will be 152 posters along with maps showing the locations of the miracles with historical explanation.
One such miracle occurred in Lanciano, Italy, in 750 A.D. An extensive scientific investigation in 1970 by a team of illustrious scientists was conducted and documented with a series of microscopic photographs with the conclusion that the Flesh is real Flesh. The Blood is real Blood. The current existence of the flesh and dried blood that still exists in the small church in Lanciano, Italy, some 1,300 years later can only be explained as a miracle.
The exhibit is housed at Domus Angelorum (House of Angels), a retreat house in Cloverdale, Ohio, in the Toledo Diocese. Cloverdale is approximately three hours from Cleveland. Father Herman Scherger, a retired Diocesan priest, manages the retreat house along with the exhibit. Fr. Scherger, along with about six parishioners, initiated the process of printing and laminating the posters with the approval of The Real Presence organization.
Once the posters were completed, they were unsure of how to exhibit the posters. Fortunately on the property of Domus Angelorum there was a barn with raw white ash wood in it. The parishioners suggested that the wood could be milled, planed and made to hold the posters There are 19 frames that hold eight posters each on 38 wooden stands. This was quite an undertaking.
This event is an opportunity to rekindle our desire for the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. We should be in awe at the thought that in every Catholic Church all over the world a miracle occurs every day during the consecration. When we attend Mass we can witness and be part of that miracle.
Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public through Sunday, April 22. The exhibit will be open weekdays 8-10 a.m. and 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, April 21, 8-11 a.m. and 2-7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 22, after Masses until 4 p.m. St. Bernadette is located at 2256 Clague Rd. in Westlake.