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CHRISTMAS NOVENA BEGINS NOV 30

Jesus is the reason for the Season! Where would we be if it were not for Him!? – The novena begins Thursday, November 30, on St. Andrew’s Feast Day. It is piously believed that whoever recites the below prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (Nov. 30th) until Christmas, will obtain what is asked. Thank you Jesus for becoming one of us!

Here is the CHRISTMAS NOVENA 

HAIL and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God!, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.


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Our Lady of Guadelupe

hp_Guadalupe_08Our Lady of Guadalupe Events The Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe is taking place every evening from Dec 3 to Dec 11, at 6:00pm in St Mary Church (en Español). All are welcome!
On the last day of the Novena, Monday, December 12, the Morning Song will be at 5:00am, in St Mary Church, with a light breakfast afterward in Richter Hall. A Holy Mass will be celebrated at 7:00pm with a celebration in Richter Hall following the Mass.
Las Posadas will be held Friday, December 16 through Saturday, December 24, at 6:00pm, in Richter Hall.


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CHRISTMAS NOVENA BEGINS NOV 30

 Are you interested in a peaceful, meditative and spiritual uplift during the holidays by doing something for someone else through prayer? The Novena begins on November 30, (the month of all souls, and the feast day of St. Andrew), and it ends on December 24. It is piously believed that whoever does this will obtain what is asked. What a beautiful way to pray for someone special, a relative, a friend, or holy soul in Purgatory. Just believe. If you devoutly pray for a poor holy soul, Christ grants them entrance into the Eden of Heaven on HIS birthday, December 25. What a great gift for that poor soul. It is said if you help a holy soul, that soul will never forget you, and that soul will pray and will always be there for you. Pretty neat don’t you think? Here is the Novena:

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 (CHRISTMAS NOVENA)

HAIL and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God!, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.


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Novena to the Holy Spirit Begins Today

We begin the Novena to the Holy Spirit asking for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Novena will be leading up to Pentecost Sunday, which is the day the Apostles were given the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit empowered the Apostles to preach the Good News, to heal physical ailments, to raise the dead and to baptize thousands into the Church Jesus founded.

The Holy Spirit has given Himself to all those who have been baptized. This novena is a great way to renew that gift in you. Ask Him to live in you anew.

A limited amount of Novena booklets are on the heat registers in St Joseph Church. Or you can go on this link for the Novena:

https://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/pentecost/seven.htm


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Divine Mercy Novena: Day 9

Ninth Day
Today bring to Me the Souls who have become Lukewarm,

and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: ‘Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.’ For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy.” 

Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen. 

Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Read more: http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/novena.htm#1#ixzz43rOowdV5


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Divine Mercy Novena: Day 8

Eighth Day
Today bring to Me the Souls who are in the prison of Purgatory,

and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My justice.”   

Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your mercy may be celebrated.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.

Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Read more: http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/novena.htm#1#ixzz43rNjrWgW


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Divine Mercy Novena: Day 7

Seventh Day
Today bring to Me the Souls who especially venerate and glorify My Mercy*,

and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God:

Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend as His glory. Amen.

*The text leads one to conclude that in the first prayer directed to Jesus, Who is the Redeemer, it is “victim” souls and contemplatives that are being prayed for; those persons, that is, that voluntarily offered themselves to God for the salvation of their neighbor (see Col 1:24; 2 Cor 4:12). This explains their close union with the Savior and the extraordinary efficacy that their invisible activity has for others. In the second prayer, directed to the Father from whom comes “every worthwhile gift and every genuine benefit,”we recommend the “active” souls, who promote devotion to The Divine Mercy and exercise with it all the other works that lend themselves to the spiritual and material uplifting of their brethren.

Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Read more: http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/novena.htm#1#ixzz43rMGjZ95