Today’s Feast Day: St Frances Xavier Cabrini

Today is the feast of St Frances Xavier Cabrini.  She was the first US citizen to be canonised and she is the patron saint of immigrants.  In these days of political upheaval across the world and mass immigration, why not say a prayer to St Frances Xavier Cabrini for all immigrants that live in our parish?

Today’s Feast Day: Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Today we celebrate the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome on 9th November 324 AD by Pope St. Sylvester.  Every bishop has a cathedral, and the Pope’s cathedral is the Basilica of St. Johns Lateran, not the Basilica of St. Peter. Our own church, St Cadoc’s, is the place where we come together as a community to love and praise God.  It is the holy place where we gather strength to support one another in the task of living the Gospel.  It is the place where we come privately to enter into intimate conversation with God.  In our church, many prodigal sons and daughters have met the merciful Lord in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and have been welcomed back to our community.  In our church, tears have been shed by those in pain and grief as well as by those in joy.  Why not pay a small visit to St Cadoc’s Church today and say a small prayer?  (adapted from a Radio Vaticana homily)

Today’s Feast Day: Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles

We have two special saints today: St Simon and St Jude, who were both Apostles.  St Jude is the Patron Saint of hopeless causes and many people pray to Saint Jude when there appears little hope of something happening.  If you need St Jude’s help, why not say his novena below for nine consecutive days?

Novena to St Jude (Say for 9 consecutive days)

Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of difficult  cases, of things almost despaired of, Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone. Intercede with God for me that He brings visible and speedy help where help is  almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive  the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly –(make your request here)– and that I may praise God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, O Blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor granted me by God and to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you. Amen