Annual Galway Cathedral Novena to Mother of Perpetual Help finishes today, Tuesday Feb.17th, 2015.
Never too late to come along! Final day of Novena, Tuesday. The Sessions today are as follows: 7.45, 11.oo, 1.10, 3.30, 7.30, 9.00. Tell your friends! You are welcome to come today, even if for the first time! Fáilte isteach!
*Click here for info from Galway Bay FM: http://galwaybayfm.ie/thousands-expected-city-30th-galway-novena/
*Listen to broadcast on Raidio na Gaeltachta Monday Feb. 9th, 2015, about the Novena: item appears in last 8 minutes or so of the hour-long broadcast, with Eibhlin Ni Chonghaile. An t-Ath Seamus Mac Daibheid C.Ss.R. ag caint faoin Novena. Click here.
This year is the 50th Anniversary of the opening of this beautiful Cathedral.
The Sessions each day are as follows: Weekdays: 7.45, 11.oo, 1.10, 3.30, 7.30, 9.00
Sundays: 9.00, 10.30, 12.30, 4.30, 6.30, 8.00
The Preachers are: Gerry O’Connor C.Ss.R., Brian Nolan C.Ss.R. Henrietta O’Meara, Sarah Smith, Chris O’Donoghue.
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Thursday February 12: Four sessions of Reconciliation, 7.45am, 1.10, 7.30pm, 9pm: Mass at 11am and 3.30pm with confessions before and after.
Mass of Anointing of the Sick: Saturday 14 February at 11am.
Blessing of Babies and Children: Sunday Feb. 15 after all sessions.
Candle-light Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament (the “Nicodemus” Session… after Nicodemus, who ‘came to Jesus by night‘: Wednesday Feb.11 and Monday Feb. 16, at 10.00pm.
Theme: ‘The Church on the Streets: living the Gospel Today.’
Bishop’s Message: Welcome to the Novena and thanks for being with us in prayer. Pope Francis says that our task now is to array the gospel to others by the witness of our lives in order to transform the world. Only love can transform enemies into friends. Our world needs that love urgently. Let us ask the Lord to make us messengers of his peace and his love so that the quality of our lives may help build bridges of peace in a world that is suffering because of acts of violence. +Martin Drennan.
For Photos (14) taken at the Novena in Galway in February 2o13 click here.
The Story of the Novena:
Every year in February, Redemptorists, in partnership with the clergy and people of the Diocese of Galway, help organize and preach the Galway Solemn Novena in the city’s Cathedral Parish. It is without doubt the largest faith-event in the city and in the west of Ireland. This year, 2015, it is being held from the 9th of February to the 17th, inclusive – ending on the day before Ash Wednesday this year.
The story of how the Novena came to Ireland is fascinating. In 1866 Pope Pius IX commissioned the Redemptorists to make Mary known under the title of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. In 1916 the American Redemptorists celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of that event by establishing a perpetual novena, that is a weekly celebration of the novena. Eventually a young Redemptorist by the name of Matthew Meighan CSsR became the novena director. Then in 1942 the attack on Pearl Harbour happened and the USA entered World War II. Matthew Meighan joined the US marines as a chaplain and quickly found himself posted to Northern Ireland in 1943. When visiting Clonard Monastery in Belfast he urged the Redemptorists to establish a perpetual novena and on Thursday, 09thDecember 1943 the novena began. It flourished in Belfast and quickly spread to other Redemptorist centres, especially Mount Saint Alphonsus in Limerick. In the late 1970s a team of Redemptorists based in Mount Saint Alphonsus, led by Vincent Kavanagh CSsR developed the novena even further, giving it the particular festive atmosphere and popularity it enjoys today.