Novena to the Holy Spirit January 21- 29

Jan 11, 2019

As the New Year starts and we continue with our New Year’s resolutions, we wanted to have our first Men’s group meeting in 2019 be one that supports not only our own desire to grow in our Faith this year but a desire to grow our community of Faith around us. 

The latest national survey results indicate that there is a significant drop in those who are active in their Faith.  People are no longer engaged in their churches; no longer practice their Faith and, importantly, no longer feel that their Faith is an important part of their daily lives.  The magazine, The Economist, reported in its January issue that the latest data on religious affiliations show that 13% of the entire US population list themselves as ex-Catholics.  That is over 42,300,000 people! While the reasons for this may be apparent around us, the truth is that God has promised never to abandon us.  It is important that we not abandon Him as well. We'd like to start this year with a special event to pray for the return of many people back to the Church...and our parishes.

As a Men’s Group, we would like to start this year by supporting St. John the Evangelist’s Novena in honor of the Holy Spirit which starts Monday, January 21st 6:00 – 6:45 pm in the main Church.

A novena is a series of prayers that we commit to praying over nine days, often linked to a specific intention that we are praying for – you can offer a novena as a way to petition God for a special grace or intention, such as the return of those who are far away from God. 

It’s important to remember, however, that novenas are not magic formulas. They are prayers. They are one way we can enter into conversation with God. Novenas give us a vehicle for prayerful expression and enable us to have confidence that we are in harmony with God and His will. They assure us that we are “doing our part,” so to speak, in response to a particular intention. They also can help us stay in synch with our spiritual family, the Church. By joining in a novena, we unite ourselves to millions of other Catholics all over the world who are engaged in the same type of prayer. 

Novenas can have a theme and we will be following the novena in honor of the Holy Spirit which is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit.  Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian.

The novena is open to all people and will begin on Monday, January 21st at St. John’s from 6:00 – 6:45 pm.  There will be a short explanation, an opening prayer and material will be available to help guide the remainder of the novena.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will follow the novena opening that night for those who can stay.

Members will continue the novena through personal prayer and reflection for the next nine days on their own coming together again only on the last day of the novena for a closing prayer and reflection (January 29th).

 If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to get back into a regular prayer life or to deepen the one you have, this simple novena is a great way to reinforce that. Joining your prayers with those of our fellow Catholics will be important to us, to our parishes and to the Church going forward this year. Come join us on Monday, January 21st at 6 o'clock!