SMA National Novena
in honour of St Thérèse
The SMA National Novena in honour of St Thérèse of Lisieux concluded on Saturday, 1 October 2011, the feast of the Little Flower.
Many SMA supporters joined in prayer each evening with those who gathered at the SMA Parish Church in Blackrock Road, Cork.
As had been the case each evening, the Church in Blackrock Road was filled with those taking part. The celebrant for the Mass was Fr Fachtna O’Driscoll SMA, Provincial Leader. Assisting him was Fr Kevin Conway SMA, recently ordained (pictured on left of our picture).
As part of the celebration, there was a ‘Departure ceremony’ for Fr Conway who leaves shortly for his first mission assignment, in Kontagora Vicariate, Nigeria. The homilies for most evenings can be accessed below.
23 September: Fr Malachy Flanagan SMA.
Read his homily – St Thérèse at Prayer – here.
24 September: Fr Tommy Faherty SMA
25 September: Bishop Tim Carroll SMA
Read his homily – The little way – here.
26 September: Sr Eileen Cummins OLA
Read her homily – St Thérèse, my vocation is Love –here.
27 September: Fr Damian Bresnahan SMA
28 September: Fr Anthony J Butler SMA
Read his homily – The parents of St Thérèse – here.
29 September: Fr Kevin Conway SMA
Read his homily – St Thérèse and Our Lady – here.
30 September: Fr Damian Bresnahan SMA
Read his homily – St Thérèse and Suffering – here.
1 October: Fr Fachtna O’Driscoll SMA, Provincial Leader
Read his homily here.
The celebration of Mass and recitation of the Novena prayers took place each evening at 7.30pm at the National Shrine to the Little Flower in St Joseph’s SMA Parish, African Missions, Blackrock Road, Cork. Each evening different aspects of the life of St Thérèse were explored.
At the conclusion of the Novena, all were invited to light refreshments in the adjoining SMA House. It was a wonderful occasion for people from our SMA parish and wider afield to enjoy some SMA hospitality and meet some of the community.
At the same time as the Novena was taking place in Cork, our SMA Dromantine community also hosted the local community for the Novena taking place in the Chapel there. A similar ‘Cup of Tea’ took place there too.