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The St. Jude Novena




Dear Friend of St. Jude,

Our September Novena honouring Our Lady of Sorrows shall begin on Thursday September 7th to Friday September 15th, 2017 with Masses at 6:15am, 12:00 noon and 6:30pm.

Our Lady of Sorrows refers to our Blessed Mother intense suffering and grief during the Passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Luke: 2: 34-35, the Priest Simeon Proclaimed to Mother Mary, “This Child Jesus is destined to be the downfall and the rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed and you yourself shall be pierced with a sword so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare.”

The suffering of our Blessed Mother comprised seven sorrows: The flight of the holy family to Egypt; the loss and finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple; our Blessed Mother meeting of our Lord Jesus on His way to calvary; our Blessed Mother standing at the foot of the cross when our Lord was crucified; her holding of Jesus when He was taken down from the cross; and then our Lord been laid in the tomb. All these fulfilled Simeon prophesy and her sorrow exceeded anyone else since she was the mother of our Lord Jesus and also her Lord and Saviour.

In 1814, the feast was inserted into the Roman calendar and Pope Pius X declared September 15 as the Feast of our Lady of Sorrows. The Gospel of St. John 19: 26- 27 tells us Seeing His mother there with the disciple whom he loved, our Lord Jesus said to His mother, “Woman, there is your son.” In turn He said to the disciple, “There is your Mother.”

Our September Novena preacher is Rev. Fr. Emmanuel-Maria Ekundayo. He is a Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Ilorin. He was ordained September 8, 2006 (Feast of the Birth of our Mother Mary). Fr. Emmanuel holds a Bachelor Degree in Philosophy and Theology from the Pontifical Urban University, Rome. He worked as a Fidei Donum Priest in the Catholic Diocese of Kano for nine years (2006 - 2016), served as a Chaplain to the National Association of Catholic Corpers (Kano) and to the Catholic Missionary Schools (Kano): Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Cathedral, Sabon Gari; St. Louis Catholic Church, Mompai and Christ the King Catholic Church, Naibawa (Kano State).

Presently, he is the Parish Priest of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Okerimi Oro, Kwara State and the School Administrator of St. Peter Nursery and Primary School, Okerimi Oro. Fr. Emmanuel is also the current Director of Justice Development and Peace Mission (JDPC), Ilorin Diocese) and is a Charismatic Preacher of His Word, a Teacher and a Retreat Director. He is the author of a prayer booklet, THESE MOUNTAINS SHALL BE OVERTURNED, and a sought after inspiring book, titled, SEND PRAISES UP, GET MIRACLES DOWN. We welcome him to St. Dominic Parish, Yaba - Lagos.

The Novena topics are indicated below:

Day 1 (Thursday 7)

Rediscovering our Catholic / Christian Family Values

Day 2 (Friday 8)

The Role of Mary in God's Plan of Salvation: A Woman of Destiny

Day 3 (Saturday 9)

O Women, where art Thou

Day 4 (Sunday 10)

Christian Marriage: The Bricks the Build a home

Day 5 (Monday 11)

Confronting the tide against our Christian Family Life

Day 6 (Tuesday 12)

Back to the Apostolic Faith

Day 7 (Wednesday 13)

Raising Generational Saints

Day 8 (Thursday 14)

My Cross, My Crown: The Mystery of God unveiled

Day 9 (Friday 15)

Our Father: The Perfect Father

Kindly complete and submit your petitions for the Novena by picking up a Novena form from the Shrine or complete our online form on this website.

May God bless you as we unite our sufferings to God, facing them with courage, love and trust.

St. Jude Thaddeus - Pray for us! Mother of Sorrows - Pray for us!

Devotedly yours in Christ,

Rev. Fr. Valentine Anyanwu, O.P.

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