The annual Solemn Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help commences in historic Holycross Abbey tomorrow morning (Thursday) at 7:00am and continues until Friday 16th with large crowds expected on each of the nine days.
Huge preparations have been underway in the parish over the last few weeks and months with Holycross being very proud to host the annual Novena in the sacred place of prayer and contemplation - the tradition of worship in the parish goes back hundreds of years and is as vibrant today as at any time in the past.
They will come from far and near for the Novena, with petitions, prayers and hopes of intercession. They will seek absolution in confession, receive the sacraments including Communion, and of course enjoy the social side of the Novena which is as important as any - it is by engaging with each other, sharing experiences and simply chatting that many weights can be lifted from the shoulders of visitors to Holycross Abbey.
They will come in thanks too - thanks for good health and fortune, for family, friends and answered prayers.
A fantastic line-up of inspiring preachers have been assembled for the Novena and they will preach at all sessions in the Abbey and in the marquee as well. Indeed, there will be a huge involvement from the entire community with stewards, helpers, parking attendants etc being on hand to ensure the smooth running of the Novena in conjunction with Frs Tom Breen, PP, Celcus Tierney CC, Fr Michael Mullaney and local residents Fr Tom Ryan and Archbishop Emeritus, Dr Dermot Clifford. His Grace Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly will also be in attendance during the course of the Novena to enhance proceedings.
The sessions begin at 7:00am and continue at 10:30am, 4:30pm, 7:30pm and 9:30pm on weekdays. Sunday 11th will see sessions at 7:00am, 10:30am and 12:30pm, as well as 2:30pm, 7:30pm and 9:30pm.
Anointing of the Sick takes place on Saturday 10th at 2:00pm and the Blessing of Infants will be celebrated on Sunday 11th at 2:30pm. Confessions will take place throughout the Novena but not on the Sunday.
There will also be a special Penitential Rite on Wednesday 14th at the 7:30pm and 9:30pm sessions.
Free extensive parking is available all around the Abbey and help will be available for anyone with mobility difficulties, or with special requirements. Please just ask in advance for assistance.
So, do get along to the Novena, for even one session and bring a friend if you can. You'll be delighted you went, and so will they.