February 17, 2019

SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Life and Life Issues: Novena and Holy Hour

The recent Reproductive Health Act passed in New York State repeals a State law which had guaranteed the right to immediate medical care and legal protection for any child born alive following a botched abortion after 20 weeks gestation. The act also repeals criminal penalties for violent crimes that cause the death of a woman’s unborn child. Previously, any person who was not a licensed physician who intentionally caused a woman to miscarry her child was liable to a felony. Other effects of this law are too harsh for this publication but may be found at, https://www.pop.org/new-york-state-to-allow-abortion-up-to-birth/

U.S. Catholic Bishops in their document A Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities wrote,
“Only with prayer – prayer that storms the heavens for justice and mercy, prayer that cleanses our hearts and souls – will the culture of death that surrounds us today be replaced with the culture of life.” Prayer is the foundation of all that we do in defense of human life.

The following Novena for Life and Life Issues is a freely adapted version of the USCCB prayer which includes many Life Issues. Our Prayer of the Faithful parish petition embraces the dignity of all human life and reminds us of our responsibility for the flourishing of all life which is our mission to be faithful stewards of God’s creation.
For the safeguarding and dignity of all human life from conception to natural death, including those persecuted because of race, creed, nationality or lifestyle, we pray with confidence through Christ our Lord. Amen.
You are invited to pray The Novena for Life and Life Issues and to join us for a special Holy Hour for Life and Life Issues next Saturday, February 23rd from 11 am to 1 pm. Father Kevin will give a keynote talk at 11 am in Church.

A Novena to Three American Saints for Life and Life Issues Saints Elizabeth Seton, John Neumann and Frances Cabrini are powerful witnesses to the Gospel of Life, each in their own time. This novena suggests three days of prayer to each of the Saints for the promotion of Life in our country and our Church today.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Day One, Two, Three
Saint Elizabeth Seton,
you knew the beauty of all human life
when you carried a child in your womb
and when, as a young widow,
a teacher, and founder of the Sisters of Charity,
you sought to live the Gospel of Life.
Inspire us, intercede for us, and be with us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Day One

  • You know the sacrament of Holy Matrimony;
    Teach us to support all families with faith and truth.
  • You know the love of a good spouse;
    Intercede for all newly married couples.
  • You know the stirring of the child in your womb;
    Intercede for every unborn child.
  • You know the miracle of giving birth;
    Pray for mothers wrestling with decisions about abortion.

† Our Father …Hail Mary …Glory Be … For the safeguarding and dignity of all human life from conception to natural death, including those persecuted because of race, creed, nationality or lifestyle, we pray with confidence through Christ our Lord.
Action: Support your own or another’s marriage by a kind deed.

Day Two

  • You know the searching of the adolescent;
    Open our eyes to the wonder of their lives.
  • You know the journey of the dying;
    Be with us as we journey toward death with those whom we love.
  • You know the pain of the widow;
    Inspire to us to seek out those who are most in need.

† Our Father …Hail Mary …Glory Be … For the safeguarding and dignity of all human life from conception to natural death, including those persecuted because of race, creed, nationality or lifestyle, we pray with confidence through Christ our Lord.
Action: Reach out to someone who is lonely, sick or dying.

Day Three

  • You know the loneliness of the orphan;
    Consecrate us to the protection of children.
  • You know of the vocation of the teacher;
    Inspire us to teach the Gospel of Life.
  • You know the vows of religious life;
    Pray that we might be faithful to the Gospel of Life.

† Our Father …Hail Mary …Glory Be … For the safeguarding and dignity of all human life from conception to natural death, including those persecuted because of race, creed, nationality or lifestyle, we pray with confidence through Christ our Lord.
Action: Pray for someone and witness to your prayer by telling them about it.

Saint John Neumann
Day Four, Five, Six
Saint John Neumann,
as a loyal son, a faithful priest, and a tireless Bishop,
you worked to support and defend life in all its wonder.
Intercede for the Church you loved with all your heart
that we may be faithful witnesses to the Gospel of Life.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Day Four

  • Faithful son of faithful parents;
    Teach us to honor our parents when they grow old.
  • Immigrant and stranger;
    Inspire us to welcome the rejected of the world.
  • Protector of the young;
    Inspire us to work for the safety of all children.

† Our Father …Hail Mary …Glory Be … For the safeguarding and dignity of all human life from conception to natural death, including those persecuted because of race, creed, nationality or lifestyle, we pray with confidence through Christ our Lord.
Action: Say an encouraging word to a parent or to a child.

Day Five

  • Missionary to America;
    Pray that the leaders of our country work for justice and
  • peace and the flourishing of all peoples.
  • Tireless servant of the cross;
    Make our hearts to love Christ suffering in those who suffer addictions, are in prison, have grown very old.
  • Model of self- sacrifice;
    Help us to live the corporal and spiritual works of mercy while proclaiming the Gospel of Life.
  • Faithful unto death;
    Guide unwed fathers, that they may be true to the Faith.

† Our Father …Hail Mary …Glory Be … For the safeguarding and dignity of all human life from conception to natural death, including those persecuted because of race, creed, nationality or lifestyle, we pray with confidence through Christ our Lord.
Action: Perform a corporal work of mercy.

Day Six

  • Preacher of the truth;
    Teach our nation to protect the lives of all its citizens.
  • Friend of the sick;
    Inspire us to care for the sick and may we and all healthcare workers cherish and protect the gift of life.

† Our Father …Hail Mary …Glory Be … For the safeguarding and dignity of all human life from conception to natural death, including those persecuted because of race, creed, nationality or lifestyle, we pray with confidence through Christ our Lord.
Action: Perform a spiritual work of mercy.

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
Day Seven, Eight, Nine
Saint Frances Cabrini,
In every corner of the hemisphere
you sought out those whom everyone had forgotten.
Mother of immigrants, friend of orphans, protector of the poor, intercede for us who seek to follow your example.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Day Seven

  • Mother of immigrants;
    Give us a love for the lives of all who are rejected or forgotten.
  • Mother of the oppressed;
    Inspire us to work for justice and the protection of all life.
  • Mother of the lost;
    Inspire us to seek out all whose lives are forgotten.

† Our Father …Hail Mary …Glory Be … For the safeguarding and dignity of all human life from conception to natural death, including those persecuted because of race, creed, nationality or lifestyle, we pray with confidence through Christ our Lord.
Action: Express gratitude for the workers you encounter such as checkout personnel, bank tellers, etc.

Day Eight

  • Mother of the aged;
    Be with those who are forgotten and alone.
  • Mother of the oppressed;
    Pray for all who are in prison and those condemned to die.
  • Mother of the sick;
    Pray for those tempted to forget the infinite value of life.

† Our Father …Hail Mary …Glory Be … For the safeguarding and dignity of all human life from conception to natural death, including those persecuted because of race, creed, nationality or lifestyle, we pray with confidence through Christ our Lord.
Action: Donate to some charitable work.

Day Nine

  • Mother of those who care for the sick;
    Inspire doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals to be apostles for life.
  • Mother of the homeless;
    Teach us that all life comes from God and rests only in him.
  • Mother of little children;
    Be with the child who is alone or afraid.

† Our Father …Hail Mary …Glory Be … For the safeguarding and dignity of all human life from conception to natural death, including those persecuted because of race, creed, nationality or lifestyle, we pray with confidence through Christ our Lord.
Action: Express your gratitude to someone who has helped you in life by being a model of faith and goodness.

Freely Adapted from —USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

For anyone experiencing the spiritual, emotional and
psychological pain of having had an abortion or suffer
vicariously by association, please contact the ministry
devoted to healing and full restoration for all who may
benefit from help in this area: The Diocesan Respect Life
Office – Dr. Mary Mazzarella at 973-777-8818 ex. 269.

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