The annual Little Way Novena will take place in Saint Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry from 7 – 15 May 2016 on the theme ‘How happy am I to see myself as imperfect and to be in need of God’s Mercy’.
The Novena will be an opportunity to pray for a special intention and to ask Saint Thérèse of Lisieux to intercede.
The Novena will begin on Saturday 7 May at 7.30pm Mass with the Sacrament of the Sick. On Sunday evening 8 May at 6.00pm during a time of prayer and devotions, Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, will speak.
Monday to Friday from 9 – 13 May there will be Novena Masses at 6.30am and 10.00am. Each evening there will be Evening Prayer with a guest speaker.
The Relic of St Thérèse will be available for veneration. Confessions will be available Monday to Friday after the 6.30am Mass and after the 7.30pm Evening Service.
The Guest Speaker on Monday 9 May is Mickey Harte. Mickey is the current – and most successful Gaelic football manager of the Tyrone senior inter-county team. Mickey speaks regularly about his Catholic faith and the importance of faith in his daily life.
On Tuesday 10th May Marian Partington will speak. Marian is a writer and the sister of Lucy, a victim of serial killers Fred and Rose West. Marian has spoken of how her journey towards forgiveness only began after feeling her own “murderous rage”.
Manoj Raithatha will speak on Wednesday 11 May. Interested in business at a young age, money became a ‘real-life magnet’ in Manoj’s life. It seemed that Manoj had it all. Through difficult personal circumstances he discovered new riches in life – the true value of his faith and his family (he was raised a Hindu and became a Christian in 2008).
The guest speaker on Thursday 12 May is Margaret Mizen. Margaret and her husband Barry lost their son Jimmy, a day after he turned 16, when he was murdered in a bakery a short distance from his home. The Mizen’s visit prisons and schools, speaking to children and young people about the importance of peace through Jimmy’s story.
Archdeacon Robert Miller will speak on Friday 13 May. Archdeacon Miller is the rector of Christ Church, Infirmary Road. Over the years St Eugene’s and Christ Church have worked closely together in proclaiming the Christian message.
There will Mass for the Dead on Saturday 14 May at 10.00am.
Closing Ceremony and Blessing of Roses will take place on Sunday 15 May at 3.00pm.
All are welcome.