The annual Novena to Our Lady begins at St. Joseph’s SMA Church, Blackrock Road, Cork, on Friday 19th May, and culminates with our annual pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on Saturday 27 May 2017. Details of mass times, themes and chief celebrants follow. Novena Prayers are at the bottom of the page.

Friday, 19 May

Celebrant: Fr P J Kelly SMA          Theme: Mary in the Gospels

Saturday, 20 May

Celebrant: Fr Tim Cullinane SMA           Theme: Pope Francis and Mary

Sunday, 21 May

Celebrant: Fr P J Kelly SMA          Theme: Mary and the SMA

Monday, 22 May

Celebrant: Fr Michael McCabe SMA                Theme: The Magnificat

Tuesday, 23 May

Celebrant: Fr P J Kelly SMA          Theme: Mary, Queen of Creation

Wednesday, 24 May

Celebrant: Fr P J Kelly SMA          Theme: Mary, Queen of Apostles

Thursday, 25 May

Celebrant: Fr P J Kelly SMA          Theme: Mary and the Rosary

Friday, 26 May

Celebrant: Fr P J Kelly SMA          Theme: Mary at the foot of the Cross

Saturday, 27 May – Our Lady’s Basilica, Knock

Celebrant: Fr Michael McCabe SMA

Preacher: Fr Dan Cashman SMA

Mass each evening at 7.30, except Saturday, 20 May, at 7pm

All welcome!



The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it know that anyone who fled to they protection,

implored thy help, or sought they intercession, was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother;

To thee do I come; before they I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,

but in they mercy, hear and answer me.



Mission Prayer

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation

Blessed are you Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Blessed are you, O Holy Spirit, the source of all inspiration.

May your Kingdom of justice, peace, love and forgiveness be established in every land.

May your healing hand touch the sick, comfort the lonely and give new life to all.

Be our companion on the road and help us to make your mission alive in our

community and throughout the world.

Bless all missionaries.

Awaken in the hearts and minds of our young people a desire to serve you and to be your witnesses at home and to the ends of the earth.

We make our prayer throughout Christ Our Lord.



Let Us Pray for All Students Sitting Examinations

May they work but not worry, organise their studies sensibly,

make the sacrifices they need to make, take care to eat, exercise and sleep.

Then, pray that they may succeed in order to find that place in life

which is for their happiness, in order to do that work in life

which God has committed to them; their part in the rebuilding of creation

with Christ, through whom we ask for all they need.



Prayer for the Canonisation of Bishop Melchior de Marion Brésillac

(Founder of the Society of African Missions)

Lord God, You called Melchior de Marion Brésillac to serve you.

To make you known and loved you sent him to India and then to Africa.

For you, he gave everything, even his very life.

So that his life and teaching may inspire a missionary commitment in Christians today,

we trust that the Church will recognise the holiness of this great servant of mission, and that, by his intercession, we will receive the graces of which we have need (in particular…).

We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord.



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