In its edition of 26.4.09 the Diário do Minho, the newspaper
of the Archdiocese of Braga, carried news of the fifth
of Blessed Alexandrina’s beatification on its front page under the
heading: Balasar Needs New Church for Growing Number of Devotees.
But what was actually happening in Blessed Alexandrina’s parish was
to be found on an inner page. It also took the opportunity to
publicize some interesting information obtained from the parish
priest, Fr José Granja. Here is a little of what Fr. Granja had to
"A new Stations of the Cross was recently inaugurated near the
pastoral center. It is noteworthy that each station has a cross
which is inlaid with a stone from the pavement which led to the
palace of the Anas, the contemporary high-priest of Jesus".
"Also a social centre for the sick and elderly of Balasar has been
set up. It is attended by about 30 people a day. Rita Marins, a
social worker, is in charge of the activities provided for the
"This is an initial part of the establishment of the Alexandrina of
Balasar Foundation, an entity that will manage everything that
concerns the cause of devotion to the Beata".
It is also worth noting that the relics of St. Margaret Mary
Alacoque, which will be in the Monastery of the Visitation in Braga
from next May, before going to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of
Jesus in Póvoa de Varzim, will visit Balasar the 14th of
In March, there were visits to the Official Alexandrina Website from