St. Gerard's Novena begins next week
Thousands of pilgrims expected to attend the Redemptorist Novena
A Dundalk tradition like no other, the St. Gerard Majella Novena begins again on Monday next, October 8th.
The St Gerard Majella Novena begins on Monday 8th October and runs for 9 days until Tuesday 16th October.
Rector of St. Joseph's, Fr. Michael Cusack said they are 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. Hard Brexit or Soft Brexit, life continues for us all with its burdens and challenges. 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.
He added '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.'
Fr. Cusack explained:'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'.
Weekday times for novena sessions are: 7.am, 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.10pm, 2.30pm, 4.30pm, 6.pm, 7.30pm, 9.00pm and 10.30pm. Sunday 7.am, 8.am, 9.30am, 11.am, 12.30pm, 4.30pm, 6.pm, 7.30pm and 9.pm.
Some of the special events this year are: This year our guest speaker is Eileen Hoffler from SERVE. Eileen will share with us on the theme of 'Sharing Responsibility for our Global Family' at all novena sessions on Thursday 11th.
On Friday 12th the Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated 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 13th at 11.30am and 2.30pm. The great celebration of the Blessing of Babies and Children will be held on Sunday 14th at 2.30pm.
Preachers this year include: Fr. Richard Reid, C.Ss.R. (St. Mary's, Clapham, London); Fr. John Littleton (Priory Institute, Tallaght), Fr. Tadhg Herbert, C.Ss.R. (Brazil Mission); Sr. Elizabeth Davis RSM (Newfoundland).