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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Jesuit centres plan Novena for their Jubilee Year
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¬†Jesuit parishes, schools and other ministries will be starting nine days of prayer and devotions on Saturday, 4 March, as part of the Jesuit Jubilee Year. The Novena of Grace is usually made in honour of St Francis Xavier: this year marks the 500th anniversary of his birth. But since Blessed Peter Favre was also born in the same year, and St Ignatius Loyola died 450 years ago ≠ in 1556 ≠ the Novena is being extended to celebrate all three of these founding Companions of the Society of Jesus ≠ plus four English martyrs. Novena Masses are being celebrated in all the Jesuit centres, which include 17 parishes and a dozen educational establishments, with the recitation of the Novena prayer and a homily focussing on the lives of Ignatius, Xavier or Favre ≠ or one of the four English Jesuits who were martyred in 1606 following the Gunpowder Plot: St Nicholas Owen, Blessed Ralph Ashley, Blessed Edward Oldcorne and Fr Henry Garnet. Their lives are recalled in a small book entitled Reflections on seven Companions of Jesus which the British Province has published. At least two archbishops and six bishops will also be taking part in the Novena of Grace between March 4 and 12. In Glasgow, Archbishop Mario Conti will be joining the clergy and congregation at St Aloysius' Church, while Archbishop Patrick Kelly of Liverpool will be joined by his two assistant bishops, Vincent Malone and Tom Williams, for the celebrations at St Francis Xavier. Bishop Patrick O'Donoghue of Lancaster will be a guest at St Wilfrid's, Preston, while Bishops Hopes and Longley will represent the Archdiocese of Westminster at St Anselm's, Southall, and Farm Street respectively. At Wimbledon, Bishop Howard Tripp will be celebrating Mass at Sacred Heart Church during the Novena of Grace. For more information see: www.jesuit.org.uk
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