St Gerard’s Novena starts this week

The St Gerard Majella Novena begins on Monday October 8 and runs for nine days until Tuesday October 16. Rector of St Joseph’s, Fr. Michael Cusack is expecting huge crowds to converge on Dundalk to attend the popular novena in honour of St Gerard Majella in the Redemptorist Church. “This event is now part of the very fabric of life for the people of Dundalk, Newry and the surrounding towns and counties and we all have our reasons to be thankful and our special intentions to pray for.
“This community gathering of prayer and worship has inspired and helped many over the generations and has truly stood the test of time. There has been devotion to St Gerard here in this region for over 100 years now. We always look forward to welcoming people back and indeed welcoming new faces. The most important message to get out there is that all are welcome,” stated Fr Cusack.
“The World Meeting of Families took place in Dublin in August and focused our minds on Family Life today and all its responsibilities and complexities. We will continue this reflection at the novena this year under the overall theme of ‘The Joy of Love – Family Life Today’,” he added.
Weekday Times are: 7.am, 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.10pm, 2.30pm, 4.30pm, 6pm, 7.30pm, 9.00pm and 10.30pm. The Sunday Times are: 7am, 8am, 9.30am, 11am, 12.30pm, 4.30pm, 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm.
Some of the special events this year are: Eileen Hoffler from SERVE will talk on the theme of “Sharing Responsibility for our Global Family” at all novena sessions on Thursday October 11.
On Friday the novena celebrates as a community the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the 9.30am, 11am, 6pm and 7.30pm novena sessions.
The ceremony of the Anointing of the Sick and Elderly takes place on Saturday 13 at 11.30am and 2.30pm. The great celebration of the Blessing of Babies and Children will be held on Sunday 14 at 2.30pm.
Preachers this year are: Fr. Richard Reid, Fr. John Littleton, Fr. Tadhg Herbert, Sr. Elizabeth Davis.

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