Novena of Grace

Blessed are you.

Novena of Grace 2019

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: The Beatitudes

We are pleased to have as our guest presenters Becky Nappi and Fr. Michael Weiler, 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.

Becky Nappi

Becky Nappi is Director of Mission Integration for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. In that role, she helps employees live the Mission and Core Values of Providence. She is on the Hospital Executive Team as a voice for the legacy of the Sisters of Providence. She also speaks up for the poor and vulnerable Providence cares for as part of its Mission.

This is an encore career for Becky who spent 34 years as a daily newspaper journalist, the last 28 of those years at The Spokesman-Review where she held a variety of jobs, including as a features writer, editorial board member and creator of a Monday section titled “Boomer U.”

She holds two master’s degrees – one in journalism from the University of Missouri and the other in pastoral ministry from Gonzaga University. She’s the co-author, with Dan Kendall, SJ, of two Paulist Press books on marriage. She’s been married to Tony Wadden for 33 years and has two stepchildren,
two grandchildren and 44 nieces and nephews.

Fr. Michael Weiler, S.J.

Mike Weiler grew up in the Santa Clara Valley of California, when the main product was apricots and prunes rather than silicon. Baseball and hiking through the nearby redwood forest filled his early years.

He met the Jesuits in high school at Bellarmine High in San Jose and entered the Jesuits after three years at the Santa Cruz campus of the University of California. Ordained in 1988, he spent a year in Latin America before being assigned to Dolores Mission Parish in Los Angeles. After a few years of graduate school, he worked as a staff psychologist at Santa Clara University. In 2005 he became novice director for the then California Province of the Jesuits, and in 2011, provincial superior for the same province. He is presently assigned to the Portland based Tertianship program that prepares Jesuits to profess their final vows.

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.