Novena for the Year of Priesthood

1594871881_StMark.jpg A Novena of Masses following the Mass for Healing at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Friday 28 May at 7.30 pm  and leading up to the Mass with Jubilarians at the Cathedral on Friday 11 June, the Feast of the Sacred Heart at 7.30 pm, is to be held at  St Mark’s church, Halewood, Liverpool, L26 0UG, in the Parish of St John Vianney.

Friday 28 May
Mass for Healing.  Celebrant: Archbishop Patrick Kelly
7.30 pm in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool

All the following Novena Masses begin at 7.00 pm in the Church of St Mark, Halewood

Monday 31 May
Father Grant Maddock: Ordained 1996
(Leader: St Therese of Lisieux Pastoral Area, Woolton and Halewood)

Tuesday 1 June
Father Philip Inch: Ordained 1982
(Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation)

Wednesday 2 June
The Most Reverend Patrick Kelly: Ordained priest 1962, ordained bishop 1984
(Archbishop of Liverpool)

Thursday 3 June
Father John McLoughlin: Ordained 1991
(Episcopal Vicar for Formation)

Friday 4 June
Father Stephen Maloney: Ordained 1987
(Vocations Director)

Monday 7 June
Father Sean Kirwin: Ordained 1996
(Episcopal Vicar for Finance and Development)

Tuesday 8 June
Father Michael Williams: Ordained 2004
(Chaplain Broadgreen Hospital)

Wednesday 9 June
Fr Chris Thomas: Ordained 1985
(Irenaeus Project for Spirituality and Growth)

Thursday 10 June
Fr Vin McShane: Ordained 1987
(Parish Priest: St John Vianney)
(Paul Grady, a student for the priesthood will give a talk)

Friday 11 June
Mass with Jubilarians on the Feast of the Sacred Heart.  Celebrant; Archbishop Patrick Kelly
7.30 pm in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King


(These will be recited at each of the Novena Masses in place of the Prayers of Intercession. Individuals/parishes are welcome to use them in their own way)

Prayer for those who have suffered abuse

Praise to you, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
source of all consolation and hope.
By your Son’s dying and rising He remains our light in every darkness,
our strength in every weakness.
Be the refuge and guardian of all who suffer from abuse and violence.
Comfort them and send healing for their wounds of body, soul and spirit.
Rescue them from bitterness and shame and refresh them with your love.
Heal the brokenness in all victims of abuse
and revive the spirits of all who lament this sin.
Help us to follow Jesus in drawing good from evil, life from death.
Make us one with you in your love for justice
as we deepen our respect for the dignity of every human life.
Giver of peace, make us one in celebrating your praise, both now and forever. Amen.
(Bishop of St Cloud, USA)

Prayer for Priests

O Jesus I pray for your faithful and fervent priests;
For your priests labouring at home or abroad in distant mission fields.
For your tempted priests; for your lonely and desolate priests; for your young priests; for your dying priests for the souls of your priests in Purgatory.
But above all, I recommend to you the priests dearest to me:
The priest who baptised me; the priests who absolved me from my sins; the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Your Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way.
O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.
(St Therese of Lisieux)

St John Vianney
R: Pray for us.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.