St. Lucy's Uniqueness: The Shrine.
People - our ancestors and we their descendents - build churches where the community gathers to worship God. Only God builds shrines. The earth belongs to God. A shrine is a place on earth chosen by God. In a very special way, God attracts people and manifests a presence among believers. In a shrine, God listens to people's voices and provokes the transformation of society. On October 16, 1977, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recognized "the constancy of the love and devotion of the faithful" to St. Gerard and that God had created a Shrine in St. Lucy's.
The passage of Exodus 3:1-10 gives us the best description of what a shrine is and what has happened at St. Lucy. When "Moses was leading a flock across the desert, he came to the mountain of God, Horeb. There Lord appeared to him in the burning bush. As Moses looked on, he was surprised to see that the bush was not consumed, even though it was on fire. God called out to him from the bush, "Moses! Moses!" He answered: "Here I am." Then God said: "come no nearer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground." The Lord continued: "I have witnessed the affliction of my people and a have heard their cry...Therefore I have come down to rescue them. Come, now! I will send you to Pharaoh to lead my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt." The Lord has visited St. Lucy and left it as holy ground.