The annual Clonard Monastery Solemn Novena to our Mother of Perpetual help takes place from Wednesday 15th to Thursday 23rd June in Belfast. The theme of this year’s Novena is ‘Icon of Mercy’.
This year marks the 150th Jubilee Year of the Redemptorists’ special mission of making the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help known throughout the world. It has been a time of celebration and renewal of this mission to strengthen our love for the Mother of God. The Church is also celebrating the Holy Year of Mercy, a time of grace, peace, conversion and joy. It is meant for everyone: people of every age, for those far or near to the Church. This year’s Novena is a time to pray with Mary and celebrate God’s outpouring of abundant graces and crazy love.
The Novena Masses take place each day at 6.45am, 8.15am, 9.30am, 11.00am, 12.45pm, 4.30pm, 6.00pm, 7.30pm, 9.00pm and 10.30pm and on weekends at 6.45am, 8.15am, 9.30am, 11.00am, 12.45pm, 3.00pm, 4.30pm, 6.00pm and 7.30pm. There will also be special services as follows:
Candlelight Session each night at 10.30pm (except on Saturday and Sunday)
Novena Seesion with Sign Language each day at 4.30pm
Reconciliation Services on Friday 17 June at 9.30am, 4.30pm, 6.00pm and 9.00pm.
Mass with Anointing of the Sick will take place on Saturday 18 June at 11.00am, 12.45pm and 3.00pm.
Blessing of Babies and Children on Sunday 19 June at 3.00pm.
Youth Session with Mass on Sunday 19 June at 7.30pm with Papal Nuncio, His Excellency Archbishop Charles j Brown.
There will be guest speakers on Monday 20th June at all sessions. The speakers will be Ministers from other Christian Churches.
The guest speaker on Tuesday 21 June will be John McAreavey (Michaela Foundation) from 4.30pm onwards.
The Novena can be viewed live on www.clonard.com. You can take a virtual tour of the church here.
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. He was shocked by the material and spiritual neglect of the local people, and so resolved to minister to them and other ‘most abandoned souls.’
From these humble beginnings, the Redemptorists spread throughout Europe to every continent. 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 (1874) and Clonard (1896). Today, Irish Redemptorists minister in Limerick, Dundalk, Belfast, Galway, Dublin and Cork, as well as overseas in Brazil, the Philippines, Mozambique, Rome, and Siberia.