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What is a Novena?
A novena is a vocal prayer that you commit to praying over an extended period of time. These prayers are usually linked to a specific devotion.
(Our Shrine's devotion is to Our Lady of Knock whose feast Day is August 21 and so we pray this Novena the 9 days prior to this day.)
Novenas are also very often linked to a specific intention that we are praying for. You can offer a novena as a way to petition God for a special grace, like the healing of a sick person or the conversion of someone who is far away from God.
It is important to remember, however, that novenas are not magic formulas. They are prayers. They are one way we can enter into conversation with God.
Where did novenas come from?
The most common period of time during which we pray novenas is nine days. The word “novena” actually comes from the Latin for “nine.” The nine-day period of prayer has its origin in the Book of Acts. After Jesus' Ascension into heaven, the Apostles, the Blessed Virgin, and some of Christ's other followers all “joined in continuous prayer” (Acts 1:14) for nine days, until the dramatic coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.
On August 13 th , we begin our Annual Novena to Our Lady of Knock.
We invite you to join us in prayer for these nine days.
You are certainly welcome and encouraged to make the novena for any special intention(s) you may have.
Nine days can change the world or even change you.
The Devotion to Our Lady of Knock
Our Lady, St. Joseph, and St. John the Evangelist, along with an altar and the Lamb, appeared to a small group of people at the south gable of the Church of St. John the Baptist in County Mayo Ireland on August 21, 1879. At the time, this apparition was a certain sign of God's love to a people in need.
Pilgrims now travel to Knock Shrine in Ireland and Mary in all her motherly love, reaches out to them to ease their suffering and give them peace and continues to point the way to her Son.
To read more about Knock Shrine in Ireland or about the apparition there, go to: www.knock-shrine.ie
On October 7, 2007 Bishop Foys designated St Patrick Church in Taylor Mill a Shrine and our devotion is to Our Lady of Knock.
In May of 2009, Knock Shrine in Ireland blessed St. Patrick Shrine with a piece of the gable wall where Mary appeared in 1879.
Each year we try and give pilgrims the opportunity to more deeply realize the love of Jesus and the peace and guidance of His mother Mary.
Please look for the novena schedule in the bulletin, in the entrance to church or on the church website.
If you would like to commit to praying the novena with us this year and you find that you cannot attend either the morning or afternoon sessions here at church on any given day, know that you can pray the rosary and novena prayers at home as well (prayer cards will be in the entrance to church). We do encourage you to try to attend as many days as possible with us, as Mass and Adoration can be such a deep and inspirational experience these nine days.
NOVENA CELEBRATION : Sunday before the end of the Novena
Bishop Foys often will celebrate the 11am Mass.
Special guests - Hibernian color guard and pipers.