“Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant count as nothing…
When one loves, one does not calculate.”
St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Patroness of the Missions
The SMA National Novena in honour of St Thérèse of Lisieux [The Little Flower] begins on Wednesday, 23 September 2020, at the National Shrine to the Little Flower in St Joseph’s SMA Church, Blackrock Road, Cork at 7.30pm with Mass and homily [except Saturday when Mass will be at 7pm].
It continues each evening until the Feast of St Thérèse on Thursday, 1 October 2020.
Fr Tom McNamara SMA will celebrate the Opening Mass at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening and will be the Preacher each evening during the Novena.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the number permitted to attend the Novena is strictly limited. We invite all our supporters to join in the Novena through the church webcam. Access the webcam here.
The SMA community in Dromantine are also hosting their annual Novena each morning. Unfortunately, they were unable to arrange for the installation of a webcam in time for this year. Fr Damian Bresnahan, Community Leader in Dromantine, enclosed the following prayer with his letter to supporters:
St Thérèse, Flower of Love, please intercede for us.
Fill our hearts with your pure love of God.
As we approach and celebrate your feast day, make us more aware of the goodness of God and how God cares for us.
Instil in us your ‘Little Way’ of doing ordinary things with extraordinary love.
Give us the heart of a child who wonders at life and embraces everything with loving enthusiasm.
Teach us to delight in God’s ways so that divine charity may blossom in our hearts.
Little Flower of Jesus, bring our petitions before God, our Father.
O glorious St Thérèse, whom almighty God has raised to help and inspire the human family, I implore your intercession.
I beseech you to answer my petition and to carry out your promise of spending heaven doing good on earth …
of letting fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses.