The Pastoral Parcel 3 delivered to many homes in the parish (see here) includes a novena to the saints in our Church. Each day we will post a video of a different Saint which will include some background about them, a prayer and a reflection.
Please click here for the introduction to our novena……Enjoy and join us in prayer each day.
The first day of our novena to the saints begins with the Sacred Heart. The Sacred Heart of Jesus reveals for us the mercy and compassion of God for us especially in this time of pandemic. Our prayer today is especially for all your family members who are working in essential services at this time. Please click here for the Sacred Heart video.
The second day of our novena prayer….. Today we pray at the shrine of St. Anthony of Padua. St. Anthony helps us find what was lost. May he help us to find again essential things so clear in this time and often over-looked when we are in a rush as before the pandemic. Let us remember in prayer today, all those who work in Hospitals, Nursing Homes and other residential care facilities. Pleas click here for St. Anthony’s video.
The third day of our novena to the saints in our church leads us to St. Patrick. We turn to the Patron Saint of our country, to pray for the people on the frontline, in health care and other essential services. We managed to celebrate his feast day this year amidst the earlier restrictions in this time of pandemic. Through the intercession of St Patrick, we place in your care those we remember at this time. Please click here for St. Patrick’s video.
The fourth day of our novena to the saints of our church leads us to St. Laurence O’Toole, Bishop and principal patron of the Dublin Diocese. We ask his intercession for his successors today in leadership, that we make the right decisions and are able to assist the people of God in this time. We ask him to bless our young people in their generous service of the Gospel. Please click here for St. Laurence O’Toole’s video.
The fifth day of our novena to the saints of our church, we approach St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the patron saint of our parish and church. She lived in an enclosed convent. We live in lockdown or cocooning as we have to at the moment. Let us pray that her example of friendship, prayer and support may inspire us to share roses of faith, hope and charity with others. Please click here for St. Thérèse’s video.
The sixth day of our novena to the saints in our church leads us to St. Jude, one of the 12 apostles. He is the saint of “hopeless cases”, of which there are none in the eyes of God. Sometimes, however, we face a situation and see no way out. At his intercession, may we continue to discover new ways of mutual support at this time of need. St. Jude, pray for us. Please click here for St. Jude’s video.
The seventh day of our novena to the saints in our church leads us to the shrine to St. Peter Chanel, Marist Priest and Martyr. In July 2020, it will be 40 years since the Marist Fathers arrived in the parish. As a missionary saint, he reminds us to pray not only for ourselves but also for the people affected by the pandemic in other countries. St. Peter Chanel – Pray for us. Please click here for St. Peter Chanel’s video.
The eighth day of our novena to the saints in our church brings us to St. Marcellin Champagnat, Marist priest and founder of the Marist Brothers, a major teaching order in the church. Let us pray for teachers and children who try to continue school and learning at this time of pandemic. Pray also for ourselves that we may learn from this experience of crisis for a better future. St. Marcellin Champagnat pray for us. Please click here for St. Marcellin Champagnat’s video.
The ninth day of our novena to the saints in our church brings us pilgrims of prayer to Our Lady at her grotto. Her intercession cannot be more timely as we go through this worldwide pandemic. “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus………”. Please click here for Our Lady’s video.
The tenth and last day of our novena to the saints in our church brings us to St. Joseph, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. Joseph did not say much but followed God’s will by his life and deeds. He is the patron saint for a good death. May he pray for those who died in the course of this pandemic and may his prayer be a comfort to those who mourn. St. Joseph pray for us. Please click here for St. Joseph’s video.
Stay safe and well.
St. Teresa’s Parish Team