Annual Clonard Solemn Novena to explore family life ahead of World Meeting of Families 2018

by | 22 May, 2017 | News

The annual Clonard Monastery Solemn Novena to our Mother of Perpetual Help takes place from Wednesday 14 June to Thursday 22 June in Belfast.

The theme for this year’s Novena is ‘Home is not a place, it’s me and you’. This theme was chosen in response to Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Letitia (The Joy of Love) and will explore various aspects of family life and the church of the home, particularly in preparation for the World Meeting of Families which will take place in Dublin in August 2018.

Throughout the Novena, Mass and prayers will take place numerous times each day in the monastery church. A special Mass with sign language will be celebrated each morning at 11.00am, and on weekdays, prayers will close with a candlelight session each night at 10.30pm.

On Saturday 17 June, Mass with Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated at 11.00am, 12.45pm and 3.00pm. A Blessing of Babies and Children will take place at 3.00pm on Sunday 18 June, followed by a youth Mass at 7.30am.

On Monday 19 June, all prayer sessions will be led by ministers from other Christian Churches.

Guest preachers during the Novena will include Father Michael Kelleher C.Ss.R, Youth Minister and former Provincial of the Redemptorists in Ireland; Father Brendan Kelly C.Ss.R, Secretary General of the Redemptorists worldwide; Ms Anne Walsh, Canadian Redemptorist Lay Minister; and Father Michael Brehl C.Ss.R, Superior General of the Redemptorists worldwide.

For those who cannot attend the Novena, all prayer sessions will be live streamed through the monastery website.

The Redemptorists are a congregation of priests and brothers who live in community in order to preach the Good News of plentiful redemption. They were founded in 1732 in a village called Scala on the Amalfi Coast, Southern Italy by St Alphonsus Maria de Liguori. Today more than 5,000 Redemptorists minister in nearly 80 countries worldwide.

In Ireland, the Redemptorists came first to Limerick in 1852. Other foundations soon followed in Dundalk and Clonard. Today, Irish Redemptorists minister in Limerick, Dundalk, Belfast, Galway, Dublin and Cork, as well as overseas in Brazil, the Philippines, Mozambique, Rome, and Siberia.

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