Day 1 Pentecost Novena

Veni Creator Spiritus Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come from thy bright heav’nly throne; come, take possession of our souls, and make them all thine own. Thou who art called the Paraclete, best gift of God above, the living spring, the living fire, sweet unction and true love. Thou who art sevenfold in thy grace, finger […]

In the Name of Mary

Pope Innocent XI instituted the feast of the Holy Name of Mary on the 12th September to thank Our Lady for the victory of the famous battle of Vienna against the Ottoman Empire on the 11th September 1683. On this day, Europe found itself on the brink of distruction. The Ottoman forces had invaded Vienna […]

Holy Thursday: the day of the Eucharist and the Priesthood

Dear Fathers and Pastors – we need you! Today, on a Maundy Thursday that history will recall for the impact of the Coronavirus, we celebrate the fact that the Lord instituted the Eucharist. It is a Holy Thursday in which the  solemn entry to the Pascal Tridium is pious and also sorrowful. This entrance to […]

The Annunciation to Our Lady and St Joseph

On March 25 each year, the Church pauses during Lent to solemnly celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation which falls exactly nine months before Christmas. In any case, this joyful interval cannot be considered as an interruption of our Lenten journey because all the mysteries of the life of Jesus are connected to each other. […]

Saint Joseph, Patron of the Church

The memory of Pope Gregory XV resounds on this great Solemnity as, in 1621, he declared the 19th of March an obligatory Feast for the most powerful and humble Saint of the Church: Saint Joseph. St Matthew’s Gospel speaks of him as a “just man” who was willing to fulfil God’s will. Saint Joseph gave […]

Novena to St Joseph – Day 9

Death in the days before Christ was often frightening, often terrible.  It was left for Joseph to show us for the first time the perfect way to die. Graciously God let him know that his work was done. Jesus was almost ready to enter His public life; in that the humble carpenter would play no […]

Novena to St Joseph – Day 8

Wonderful things have happened in the long annals of mankind, but none have been more wonderful than what occurred in the little house and shop of Joseph in Nazareth. The earnings of a laborer provided the food for the creator of heaven and earth.  Into the little carpenter shop comes the young Jesus, apprenticed to […]

Novena to St Joseph – Day 7

Compared to the powerful and important Herod, Joseph was in the eyes of his times a nobody.  Yet as this faithful carpenter and saint made smooth the ways of his Lord, worked for His comfort, and knelt to adore Him, Herod plotted the destruction of this Child, whom he looked upon as a possible rival […]

Novena to St Joseph – Day 6

To us Christmas is a day of uninterrupted joy.  To Joseph it was a day of the brightest light and the deepest shadows: a blazing sky and a chilly cave; the presence of angels and the cold shoulder of the villagers; faith and sorrow; intensest joy in the Infant and grief that he could give […]

Novena to St Joseph – Day 5

Pain and patience in the service of Christ and His Mother soon turn to joy.  The visit of the angel brought an end to Joseph’s problems.  The Child whom the lovely Mary carried was the Son of the Most High. He had no earthly father, for God Himself was His Father. The Holy Spirit had […]