The SMA National Novena in honour of St Thérèse begins on Friday, 23 September, at the National Shrine to the Little Flower in St Joseph’s SMA Church, Blackrock Road, Cork at 7.30pm with Mass and homily.
It will continue each evening until the Feast of St Thérèse on Sunday, 1 October 2016, which is not normally celebrated this year as it falls on a Sunday. But, in the SMA Calendar, the Feast of St Thérèse is a solemnity so it is celebrated in our houses throughout the world.
Bishop Tim Carroll SMA [emeritus Vicar Apostolic of Kontagora] and Fr Tim Cullinane SMA will celebrate the first six Masses and preach on the following themes, all taken from the writings of the Patroness of the Missions.
Kenyan-born Fr Robbin Kamemba SMA, who is on mission in Egypt, will lead and preach at the closing Mass on Sunday, 1 October, at 7.30pm.
The programme for the Novena is as follows:
Friday, 23 September, 7.30pm : “Prayer is one of the all-powerful weapons God has put into my hands.”
Saturday, 24 September, 7pm: “God is nothing but love and mercy.”
Sunday, 25 September, 7.30pm: “My vocation is love.”
Monday, 26 September, 7.30pm: “Jesus, my only love.”
Tuesday, 27 September, 7.30pm: “If someone is very little, let them come to me.”
Wednesday, 28 September, 7.30pm: “Jesus has forgiven me more than Mary Magdalen.”
Thursday, 29 September, 7.30pm: “God has given me a father and a mother, more worthy of heaven than of earth.”
Friday, 30 September, 7.30pm: “I am having great interior trials of all kinds, even to the point of asking myself, whether heaven really existed.”
Saturday, 1 October, 7pm – Feast of St Thérèse: “I want to be a missionary until the end of time.”
In his Letter to those taking part in the Novena, the SMA Provincial Leader, Fr Michael McCabe, wrote that God’s merciful love was central to the spirituality of St Thérese. Read his Letter here.
Watch the Mass each evening on the SMA Blackrock Road Parish webcam at 7.30pm [except Saturdays when the Mass is at 7pm.