OCTOBER NOVENA TO ST. JUDE THADDEUS
(DATE: OCT. 20 TO OCT. 28, 2017) THEME: “WISDOM FOR TODAY: From the Letter of St. Jude Thaddeus"
Dear Friend of St. Jude,
Our October Novena to St. Jude Thaddeus begins on Friday 20th October and marks the last series of St. Jude Novena for the Year 2017 with Masses at 6:15am, 12:00 noon and 6:30pm. Prayer is the gateway to God and Novena Masses provides us with fresh opportunities, whilst also seeking the intercession of St. Jude and our Blessed Mother Mary. Isaiah 49:53 says “…those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” When we come to the Lord in faith, He will make our crooked ways straight; He will cause us to mount up with wings like the eagle. With God on our side, we will be victorious!
We use this opportunity to thank all our Benefactors, Donors, Chartered Societies and Friends for their contributions and active participation over the years. May the mercy and blessings of God always be upon your families through Christ our Lord…Amen.
Our October Novena Preacher is Rev. Fr. Matthew Oguleru. He is a Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Ijebu Ode (Ogun State). He studied at the Dominican Institute (presently Dominican University) and Seminary of Saints Peter and Paul both in Ibadan.
Fr. Oguleru is the Priest in Charge of the Catholic Church of the Assumption, Ilado, Ijebu Ode, as-well-as Director, Ijebu Ode Diocesan Resource Center and Director of Religious Education and Catechesis, Catholic Diocese of Ijebu Ode. We welcome Fr. Matthew Oguleru to St. Dominic's Parish as we celebrate the October Novena.
Date, topics and theme for the Novena are indicated as follows
Date: 20th – 28th October, 2017. Theme: Wisdom for Today: From the Letter of St. Jude Thaddeus
Topics for the nine days
Day 1 - RECOGNISE YOUR PLACE IN GOD (JUDE 1-2): Prayer of Establishment, Vocations, God’s Safety and Protection, Prayer to Abide in Christ, Prayer for Salvation.
Day 2 - FIGHT HARD FOR YOUR FAITH (JUDE 3): Prayer for in-filling of the Holy Spirit, Service in the Church, Remain in the Faith, Leadership in the Church.
Day 3 - BEING AMBASSADOR FOR GOD: Prayer of Discipleship. Prayer for inner strength to choose God above all things. Prayer to overcome evil and misfortune for working for God. Prayer for successful stewardship in God’s house.
Day 4 - BE MINDFUL OF FALSE TEACHERS (JUDE 5): Prayer for Ministers of God, Prayer to denounce cultic affiliations, Prayer for consecration of oneself and family of God, Prayer for all forms of deliverance.
Day 5 - OBEDIENCE TO GOD'S COMMAND (JUDE 6-7): Prayer for Obedience – Lord, give me a disciples ear, prayer for children and youths, prayer to do God’s will.
Day 6 - FIGHT AGAINST SEXUAL IMMORALITY (JUDE 7): Prayer for holiness of life, Healing of Memories, Freedom from sexual disorders and challenges.
Day 7 - BE CAREFUL OF VISCIOUS BEHAVIOUR, VOILENT LANGUAGE (JUDE 8-16): Prayer against lying tendencies, prayer for the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and fruits of the Holy Spirit, prayer for Spiritual Strength.
Day 8 - EMBRACE CHRISTIAN CHARITY (JUDE 20-23): Prayer to have the mind of Jesus, Prayer of forgiveness, Prayer for inner healing.
Day 9 - THANKSGIVING (JUDE 24-25): Thank you Jesus Prayer for all intentions put forward for this Novena.
Novena Prayer to St. Jude Thaddeus:
Most Holy Apostle Saint Jude Thaddeus,
faithful servant and friend of Jesus,
the name of the traitor who delivered thy beloved Master
into the hands of His enemies has caused thee to be forgotten by many,
but the Church honours and invoke thee universally
as the patron of hopeless cases and of things despaired of.
pray for me who am so miserable; make use, I implore thee,
of that particular privilege accorded to thee
to bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of.
come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive
the consolations and succor of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations
and sufferings, particularly (here make your request) and that I may bless God
with thee and all the elect forever,
I promise thee, O blessed Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favour
and I will never cease to honour thee as my special and powerful patron
and to do all in my power to encourage devotion to thee. Amen.
NEW DIRECTOR FOR ST. JUDE APOSTOLATE – REV. FR. MOSES IGWEBUIKE ANI, OP.
We are pleased to introduce to you Rev. Fr. Moses Igwebuike Ani, OP as the new Director of St. Jude Apostolate who succeeds the Acting Director - Rev. Fr. Valentine Anyanwu, OP who took over from the Founder, Rev. Bro. Stephen Lucas, OP after his return to his home Province in St. Albert the Great, Chicago in 2016.
He joined the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), Province of St. Joseph the Worker, Nigeria and Ghana, where he began his Pre-novitiate in 2007. He made his simple profession of the Religious Vows on August 28, 2008 and did his ecclesiastical studies at the Dominican Institute, Ibadan, obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from the University of Ibadan and thereafter, made his Solemn Profession on August 8, 2013.
After his service year, Friar Moses completed his studies in Theology and was awarded a Bachelors Degree in Theology in 2016 from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum, Rome. He was ordained a Deacon on the 16th of July, 2016 by Most. Rev. Dr. Peter Kayode Odetoyinbo, the Catholic Bishop of Abeokuta Diocese. Owing to his quest for truth, Friar Moses completed a Masters’ Degree in Theology from Dusquesne University, Pennsylvania, USA and was ordained a Priest on August 5, 2017.
The month of August is indeed a special month for Rev. Fr. Moses as it provides him with many anniversaries to celebrate: Birthday – August 10; Simple Profession – August 28; Solemn Profession – August 8 and Priestly Ordination – August 5. He is very open and friendly with a burning desire to make Christ known and loved through his new assignment in the Province.
ST. JUDE FEAST DAY CELEBRATION:
St. Jude Feast Day Celebration comes up on Saturday, 28 October, 2017 in St. Dominic Catholic Church Yaba, Lagos with a Feast Day Thanksgiving at the closing Mass by 6:30pm. This celebration provides us with another opportunity to come together and celebrate our Patron and wonder worker Saint (St. Jude Thaddeus) with thanksgiving to God for His countless blessings. Proceeds at this event will go towards: Scholarship for the Poor, Food and Medication for the Needy, Dominican Province of Nigeria and Ghana, spreading Devotion to St. Jude Thaddeus and maintenance of the Shrine. For support and sponsorship: St. Jude Apostolate Account II (2018504907) First Bank.
In conclusion, kindly remember to submit your October Novena petitions at the Shrine of St. Jude. We thank and appreciate your supports; and may our Blessed Mother and St. Jude Thaddeus intercede for you and bring you continuous Divine Grace and greater blessing…Amen
St. Jude Thaddeus - Pray for us!
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Rev. Fr. Valentine Anyanwu, OP