Holycross Abbey is all set for the annual Novena.
First session kicks off at 7:00am and the village will be under siege with pilgrims for nine full days thereafter
The annual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help commences in Holycross Abbey on Saturday morning next, September 8th and runs for nine consecutive days with thousands of pilgrims expected at each session.
The long standing festival of faith will see the Abbey packed from early morning with the first sessions starting at 7:00am, until late at night with the final sessions of the evening commencing at 9:30pm.
And, the central theme of the Novena will be in keeping with the World Meeting of Families, with the focus on such family issues as addiction, bereavement, prisoners, domestic violence and much more.
The long standing links with the Redemptorists will be maintained again this year and the Novena will welcome well known addiction councillor, Sr Concilio as well.
Visitors to the Abbey will note the wonderful refurbishment of the shop which is always a very popular attraction for those wishing to get Mass cards, prayer books and many other items. Of course the restaurant will also be open for anyone who wishes to grab a cuppa before or after the sessions.
“A lot of work has been undertaken in recent weeks as we get ready to welcome all our visitors to the Abbey for the annual Novena. This is a very special time in our parish each year and the door of welcome is open to all to come along, take some time out for reflection and prayer and perhaps to avail of the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation,” PP Fr Celsus Tierney said this week.
The Abbey Shop (above) has been totally refurbished ahead of the influx of pilgrims.
Confessions will be running throughout the Novena apart from Sunday's, and is should also be remembered that the Novena also has a great social side with people meeting, chatting and catching up with old friends and relatives.
So, with everything in readiness for the Novena, the parish of Holycross is just praying that the weather will remain favourable throughout in order to allow for ease of access and egress to the Abbey and marquee.
There are a number os special sessions too which should be noted:
Anointing of the Sick will take place on Saturday 15th at 2:00pm, while the Blessing of Infants will be on the last day of the Novena, Sunday 16th at 2:30pm.
There will be special Penitential Rites on Friday 14th at the 7:30 and 9:30pm sessions.
Considering that there are two Sunday Novenas this year it is worth noting that Sunday 9th will have sessions at 7:00am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 7:30pm and 9:30pm. And, on Sunday 16th there will be the same sessions with the addition of the 2:30pm Blessing of Infants.
The weekday seesions then as usual will be on at 7:00am, 10:30am, 4:30pm, 7:30pm and 9:30pm.
So please, do come along to the Novena; bring a friend or somebody who might not be able to get to Holycross; and take time out for some much needed reflection as the Autumn sets in.