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Novena for our Church Family

In the nine days running up to our Patronal Festival on Monday 24 June, we will be keeping a Novena of Prayer in the parish for God’s blessing on our Church Family and our life together, in thanksgiving for his generosity and faithfulness to us, and praying for our growth and renewal.

A Novena is a period of nine days of prayer, following the example of Our Lady and the Apostles who joined in prayer in the Upper Room after the Lord’s Ascension as they awaited the ‘promise of the Father’, the life-giving Spirit of Pentecost. Our Patronal Festival Novena begins on Saturday 15 June, and the Novena prayers will be said after Low Mass and after Evening Prayer every day.

Please pray at home each day, and join us in church if you can. ‘Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath, the Christian’s native air’ and we are waiting on the Lord in these days, praying for his renewing, trusting him for the good gifts which only he can give. If you love our parish and Church Family, and the witness which we try to bear, please pray with us.

You can find the Novena prayers, and the daily subjects for prayer, by clicking here.

The ‘high point’ of our Novena comes on the Friday before the Patronal Festival, Friday 21 June, when there’ll be a ten hour relay of continuous prayer in St John’s:

Friday 21 June • 10am to 8pm A Relay of Prayer for our Church Family as we prepare for the Patronal Festival

Mass at 10am and 7.30pm • Exposition all day

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