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All Souls Novena

November, the month during which we pray especially for our beloved deceased, is almost upon us. Envelopes for this year’s All Souls Novena are available in the vestibule of the church and in the parish office. You can also download and print out a Novena form and mail it to our office with a small donation included. Let us pray to the mercy of God for our loved ones and all the souls in purgatory.


Stand Up for Religious Freedom

In response to the Obama HHS Mandate, nationwide rallies for religious freedom are being planned across the Country for March 23rd at 12 noon. Take part and if there is not a rally in your area, consider sponsoring one. You can find the rally cities and guidance on how to sponsor a rally at www.StandUpForReligiousFreedom.com
Prayer is so important at a time like this. Our colleague, Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, who is helping us organize the rallies, has written a nine day prayer novena for the reversal of the Obama HHS mandate. You can find the prayers at www.PrayerCampaign.org and you have permission to reproduce them with proper credit.

Thanksgiving Novena – 9th Week

Novena of thanksgiving for the beatification of John Paul II offered for families:

The law of God is univocal and categorical with respect to human life. God commands: “You shall not kill” (Ex 20:13). No human lawgiver can therefore assert: it is permissible for you to kill, you have the right to kill, or you should kill. Tragically, in the history of our century, this has actually occurred when certain political forces have come to power, even by democratic means, and have passed laws contrary to the right to life of every human being, in the name of eugenic, ethnic or other reasons, as unfounded as they are mistaken. A no less serious phenomenon, also because it meets with widespread acquiescence or consensus in public opinion, is that of laws which fail to respect the right to life from the moment of conception. How can one morally accept laws that permit the killing of a human being not yet born, but already alive in the mother’s womb? The right to life becomes an exclusive prerogative of adults who even manipulate legislatures in order to carry out their own plans and pursue their own interests. Continue reading Thanksgiving Novena – 9th Week

Thanksgiving Novena – 8th Week

Novena of thanksgiving for the beatification of John Paul II offered for families:

Words of John Paul II:

When we speak about “fairest love”, we are also speaking about beauty: the beauty of love and the beauty of the human being who, by the power of the Holy Spirit, is capable of such love. We are speaking of the beauty of man and woman: their beauty as brother or sister, as a couple about to be married, as husband and wife. The Gospel sheds light not only on the mystery of “fairest love”, but also on the equally profound mystery of beauty, which, like love, is from God. Man and woman are from God, two persons called to become a mutual gift. From the primordial gift of the Spirit, the “giver of life”, there arises the reciprocal gift of being husband or wife, no less than that of being brother or sister. Continue reading Thanksgiving Novena – 8th Week

Novena for families

Week  7th  of the thanksgiving Novena for the beatification of John Paul II offered for the intention of families

 Words of John Paul II:

At Cana in Galilee Jesus is, as it were, the herald of the divine truth about marriage, that truth on which the human family can rely, gaining reassurance amid all the trials of life.

Jesus proclaims the truth about marriage again when, speaking to the Pharisees, he explains how the love which comes from God, a tender and spousal love, gives rise to profound and radical demands. Continue reading Novena for families

Thanksgiving Novena – Week 6th – Education

Words of John Paul II:

  What is involved in raising children? In answering this question two fundamental truths should be kept in mind: first, that man is called to live in truth and love; and second, that everyone finds fulfillment through the sincere gift of self. This is true both for the educator and for the one being educated. Education is thus a unique process for which the mutual communion of persons has immense importance. The educator is a person who “begets” in a spiritual sense. From this point of view, raising children can be considered a genuine apostolate. It is a living means of communication, which not only creates a profound relationship between the educator and the one being educated, but also makes them both sharers in truth and love, that final goal to which everyone is called by God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   Continue reading Thanksgiving Novena – Week 6th – Education

NOVENA WEEK 5th – Love is demanding

Words of John Paul II:

The love which the Apostle Paul celebrates in the First Letter to the Corinthians—the love which is “patient” and “kind”, and “endures all things” (1 Cor 13:4, 7)—is certainly a demanding love. But this is precisely the source of its beauty: by the very fact that it is demanding, it builds up the true good of man and allows it to radiate to others.

Love is true when it creates the good of persons and of communities; it creates that good and gives it to others. Only the one who is able to be demanding with himself in the name of love can also demand love from others. Nowadays people need to rediscover this demanding love, for it is the truly firm foundation of the family, a foundation able to “endure all things”. Continue reading NOVENA WEEK 5th – Love is demanding

Thanksgiving Novena – week 4th

Words of John Paul II:

 In particular, responsible fatherhood and motherhood directly concern the moment in which a man and a woman, uniting themselves “in one flesh”, can become parents —father and mother—by communicating life to a new human being. The two dimensions of conjugal union, the unitive and the procreative, cannot be artificially separated without damaging the deepest truth of the conjugal act itself.

 The Church both teaches the moral truth about responsible fatherhood and motherhood and protects it from the erroneous views and tendencies which are widespread today. Continue reading Thanksgiving Novena – week 4th

Novena – week 3rd

Words of John Paul II:

Through the communion of persons which occurs in marriage, a man and a woman begin a family.

In affirming that the spouses, as parents, cooperate with God the Creator in conceiving and giving birth to a new human being, we are not speaking merely with reference to the laws of biology. Instead, we wish to emphasize that God himself is present in human fatherhood and motherhood…  Indeed, God alone is the source of that “image and likeness” which is proper to the human being, as it was received at Creation. Begetting is the continuation of Creation. Continue reading Novena – week 3rd

Novena – second week

Words of John Paul II:

God speaks to the newly-created beings and he blesses them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen 1:28).  Human fatherhood and motherhood, while remaining biologically similar to that of other living beings in nature, contain in an essential and unique way a “likeness” to God which is the basis of the family as a community of human life, as a community of persons united in love.   Continue reading Novena – second week

9 Week Novena in thanksgiving for the beatification of John Paul II

This weekend marks the beginning of the 9 week Novena in thanksgiving for the beatification of John Paul II. Our Novena will be dedicated for the intention of families. John Paul II was concerned much about families. He prayed for families and always had encouraged  families to be faithful to God’s plan of salvation. In our Novena we will read John Paul’s words regarding family and then offer a short prayer.  The Novena will be prayed after each Sunday Mass. We encourage you to pray it at home, too.

WEEK ONE – Family Prayer:

Words of John Paul II: Prayer makes the Son of God present among us: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Mt 18:20). It is significant that precisely in and through prayer, man comes to discover in a very simple and yet profound way his own unique subjectivity: in prayer the human “I” more easily perceives the depth of what it means to be a person. This is also true of the family, which is not only the basic “cell” of society, but also possesses a particular subjectivity of its own. Continue reading 9 Week Novena in thanksgiving for the beatification of John Paul II