Fr. Carlos Martins, CC
Treasures of the Church
17330 Quincy Street
Detroit, Michigan 48221
Ready to host an Exposition?
Read Our Requirements for Hosting.
Please note that all expositions to be held in a parish church require the pastor\'s authorization. Please obtain this before making your request. (For a school, authorization is required from the principal. For a prison, authorization is required from the warden.)
The following provides the details relevant to hosting an exposition:
Approximately 150 relics will be exposed for veneration, including those of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the \"Little Flower\"), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska. The supreme highlight is one of the largest certified relics of the True Cross in the world and a piece of the veil of Our Lady. A complete list of these is available on the right hand side of this website (click on the image of a saint that says \"The Saints: See a list of Relics in the Exposition\").
Fr. Carlos begins each exposition with a presentation and teaching on relics which provides the catechetical and spiritual basis for the Walk with the Saints that follows the presentation. The point of the teaching is nothing other than to present the basic Gospel message of Jesus Christ: that God is here right now and wants to be encountered; He touches us through the lives and the sacred remains of His Saints. God never disappoints ... he always \"shows up\". There are healings at every exposition. Hundreds, perhaps even thousands, have been reported back to this ministry. Spectacular ones. There have been instances of cancer, heart disease, tumors, osteoporosis, physical deformities, etc., disappear immediately and completely. Though a great number of miracles have been physical (the Healings tab above lists a sample of these), the most spectacular are the healing of faith where a new and deeper relationship with God and His Saints are formed in the faithful. It is a most wonderful thing to see a parish or school renewed after an exposition. That is the purpose and reason for this ministry.
There is no cost for hosting an exposition. This is to allow all parishes--even poor ones--the opportunity to host an exposition. There is also no collection taken at an exposition. The only financial commitments for which a parish would be obligated are: 1) to make free will baskets available at the exposition for those who desire to make a donation; and, 2) to not have any simultaneous collections or fundraising occurring during an exposition.
Parishes are required to make the parish hall or school gym (i.e., the parish’s largest room) available as the location for the display of relics. This is the largest traveling display of relics in the world and requires significant space. In addition, the church must be available as the location for the talk and teaching. The purpose of spatially separating these two components is to allow as much free space in the hall for the veneration as possible (i.e., without space taken up by large numbers of chairs). However, if the church is not available and if the parish hall/gym is extraordinarily large there can be some flexibility on this.
An email address and cell phone number would have to be provided for the local parish contact.
Treasures of the Church provides everything that the parish would need to advertise (posters, flyers, bulletin information).Parishes must commit to publicizing the exposition in their bulletins and web pages. In addition, they must commit to informing neighboring parishes of the exposition and requesting advertising in their bulletins.
Material and Equipment Requirements:
The following is a list of things the parish would need to provide on the date of the exposition:
- An extension cord and power strip (set-up in the church).
- A small table on which to put a digital projector and computer (set-up in the church).
- portable microphone; a clip-on microphone or a wireless microphone, if available, is best (for use in the church).
- 20 CLEAN tables; either 6 or 8 feet in length are fine; round tables will not work unfortunately; tablecloths are provided Treasures of the Church (set-up in the hall).
- A bottle of glass cleaner (e.g., Windex) and some paper towels (for use in the hall).
- Two volunteers to help set up at the start of the day and take down at the end of the day (please, no more than two).
Many pastors desire to inform the local media (local TV and newspapers, diocesan news, Catholic radio, etc.) of their exposition and to request coverage of the event. This is fine and encouraged. However, it is requested that a time for any desired media interviews with Fr. Carlos be arranged prior to the date of the exposition so as to not interfere with set-up of the relics display, which normally occurs two hours before the scheduled start time. In addition, media should be informed that there is no photography or video recording permitted during the set-up of the relics display, but only during the presentation and the time of veneration afterwards.
Fr. Carlos would require accommodation in the parish rectory for the night of the exposition. If a room is not available the parish would have to provide a hotel room.
Because Fr. Martins travels extensively, and because to manages several ministries, he is often not available to communicate during business hours. This is the reason why a mobile number is preferred for communication.