April 29 – Feast Day of St. Catherine of Siena – 5 Wednesdays Preparatio​n

Dear Dominican Brothers and Sisters:
    This is a most excellent time to begin our devotion to St. Catherine in preparation for her feast day.  It may be said for five Wednesdays, morning and evening.
     March 27, April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24…Feast Day of St. Catherine is April 29th…
     Have you heard of an express novena or an express devotion?  Rather than weekly, it may be said for five days in a row.
     If you should skip a day, ask for grace and continue.  Our Lord and His servants are generous and gracious.
Read slowly, meditate, and have faith,
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Novena for a New Pope

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

During this critical time when Pope Benedict is stepping down from his position, let us pray a Novena for discernment, purity, and clarity for the Cardinals who will elect the next Pope. Let us include in our prayer Vatican City in its entirety, that wisdom and protection envelope the area.

I. You may select any novena you like and dedicate it for the election of a new Pope, or you may use the link below. Pray during this critical period.

II. You may recite this prayer ( 1.) nine days in a row, (2) or nine times on the hour for nine hours within one day, or you may recite it nine times consecutively. You may use the link below:

The Election of a New Pope

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come. From thy bright heavenly throne! Come, take possession of our souls, And make them all Thine Own!

Thou who art called the Paraclete, Best gift of God above, The Living Spring, The Living Fire, Sweet Unction, and True Love!

Thou who are sevenfold in Thy grace, Finger of God’s right hand, His Promise, teaching little ones To speak and understand!

O guide our minds with thy blest light, With love our hearts inflame, And with thy strength, which ne’er decays, Confirm our mortal frame.

Far from us drive our hellish foe, True peace unto us bring, And through all perils guide us safe Beneath thy sacred wing.

Through Thee may we the Father know, Through Thee the Eternal Son, And Thee the Spirit of them both Thrice blessed Three in One.

Now to the Father, and the Son Who rose from death, be glory given, With Thee, O holy Comforter, Henceforth by all in earth and heaven.

Amen.

Prayer
O Lord, with suppliant humility, we entreat Thee, that in Thy boundless mercy Thou wouldst grant the most holy Roman Church a pontiff, who by his zeal for us, may be pleasing to Thee, and by his good government may ever be honoured by Thy people for the glory of Thy name. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who with Thee livest and reignest world without end.

Amen.

Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us who have recourse to Thee!