Novena of Grace

Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.

~Pierre Teihard de Chardin S.J.

Novena of Grace

The Novena of Grace takes place annually at St. Francis Xavier Parish in honor of our patron, St. Francis Xavier.

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: Pillars of Joy – Foundations of Grace

We are pleased to have as our guest presenters Fr. Michael Moynahan, S.J. and Mary Anne Sladich -Lantz.

Please join us!

Mary Anne Sladich-Lantz

Mary Anne was born and raised in Anaconda, Montana and graduated from the University of Great Falls with a BA is Sociology/Psychology. She pursued a Master’s degree in Theology & Personal Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union. Mary Anne has severed for over 13 years as Vice president, Mission Leadership at St. Patrick Hospital currently as a Group Vice President, Ministry Formation for Providence St. Joseph Health. She and her husband Reggie are members of St. Francis Xavier and continue to enjoy the great outdoors of Montana.

Fr. Michael Moynahan, S.J.

Fr. Mike was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. First encountering the Jesuits in high school at Brophy College Prep. he was drawn to enter the Jesuits in 1962 and was ordained a priest in 1973. He received a Doctorate in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in 1982. Fr. Mike has taught theology and drama at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley (1976-1983), Santa Clara University (1985-1996), and Gonzaga University (1996-2008). He has published five books of biblical dramas and three books of poetry. He is currently the pastor of St. Ignatius Parish in Sacramento, California.

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.