We are hopeful to offer our annual Novena in 2021.
Below is posted as an example.
Novena of Grace 2020
The Novena of Grace takes place annually at St. Francis Xavier Parish in honor of our patron, St. Francis Xavier.
2020 NOVENA OF GRACE
March 4 – 12
Weekdays ~~ Noon & 7 pm (regular 8 am Mass)
Saturday ~~ Noon – Mass
Sunday ~~ Noon – Mass
In the waning days of winter, when we are tired and crave quiet, solitude and warmth consider the comfort of the Novena of Grace. This year centered on the theme of: Healing
We are pleased to have as our presenter Fr. Steve Lantry, S.J.
Although the Novena of Grace is a Catholic prayer tradition in Jesuit communities, it is open to people of all faiths. It affords all who participate time to reflect, and to open one’s self to God’s Spirit and the healing grace that rejuvenates and transforms our lives.
Bring the Living Words you carry within you, as you offer your prayers and petitions –
May these prayers rise up like incense before The Living God.
Thank you for joining us,
Joseph P. Carver, S.J.
History of the Novena:
The Novena of Grace, which begins March 4th and ends on the 12th, the day of the canonization of St. Francis Xavier, owes its origin to the Saint himself. At. Naples, in December, 1633, Father Marcello Mastrilli, S.J. was at the point of death. The Saint appeared to him and, bidding him renew a vow he had made to labor in Japan, said:
PROMISE: “All those who implore my help daily for nine consecutive days, from the 4th to the 12th of March included, and worthily receive the Sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist on one of the nine days, will experience my protection and may hope with entire assurance to obtain from God any grace they ask for the good of their souls and the glory of God.”
The priest arose, instantly healed. So well has the Saint kept this promise that this devotion in his honor has universally known as the Novena of Grace.