The 17th Novena to our Lady of Perpetual Help will take place over 9 Monday nights beginning on Monday 25th April in St Clare’s Church in Graiguecullen.
As the last two Novenas took place online, this year the Graiguecullen Killeshin Parish welcome back guest speakers and look forward to praying again as a congregation supporting one another.
The theme for this year’s Novena is “You are not Alone”.
"When we share our burdens with others, it can help us to feel less alone and can give us strength to face our challenges," said the Parish.
A statement continued: "In previous years up to 1,000 people attended the Novena and many have spoken about the support and peace they received not only during the Mass and prayers but also from listening to over 150 different speakers talking about their own experience of faith, since the Novena began.
"People have placed special requests for prayers into the petition boxes in St Clare’s Church and the power of so many people praying for their request has given people many blessings and hope," they say.
(Petitions can also be emailed to email@example.com).
Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Papal Nuncio to Ireland, will open the Novena on Monday, April 25. It begins with the Rosary at 7.10pm followed by Mass and Novena Prayers at 7.30pm.
Choirs will sing each night led by the Parish Youth Minister, Cathriona Kelly and the Poor Clare Sisters who recite the rosary.
The invited guest speakers are as follows:
25th April Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo Papal Nuncio to Ireland
2nd May Jessica Wade Tiglin Evening Service Manager & Outreach Worker
9th May Andrea Hayes TV & Radio Broadcaster & Writer
16th May Bishop Paul Dempsey Bishop of Achonry & Carlow Native
23rd May Michael Kelly Editor Irish Catholic Newspaper
30th May Anna May McHugh Managing Director National Ploughing Assoc.
6th June Jim Deeds Pastoral Worker, Author, Poet & Retreat Facilitator
13th June Martina Lehane Sheehan Author, Psychotherapist & Spiritual Director
20th June Carole Coleman Journalist & RTE Presenter
We look forward to welcoming our congregation back.
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