73rd Annual Outdoor Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Saturday July 10th — Sunday July 18th 2021

Each Evening in the Chapel

Marian Prelude: 7:00 -7:20 p.m.

Benediction: 7:25 p.m.

Each Evening on the Grounds

Rosary at 7:35 p.m.

Mass at 8:00 p.m.

Tent provided this year.

Year of Saint Joseph

To the Church’s great joy, Our Holy Father Pope Francis declared a Year of St. Joseph.  Pope Francis was inspired to do so for the good of the Church: “So that every member of the faithful, following the example of St. Joseph, may strengthen their life of faith daily in the complete fulfillment of God’s Will.” 

How opportune at this time of the pandemic to pray for the grace to believe and trust that God is with us.  He would not allow this cross to come upon us unless there would be a greater good in the end. 

No doubt, we may question, why is this happening to us?  When will it be over?  Will our lives ever be the same again?  Joseph and Mary also faced circumstances of wondering what would happen in their lives, such as when they had to flee from Bethlehem and go into an unknown country: Where would they find lodging. . . What was to become of them!! How would Mary and a newborn baby survive all this!  How many ‘what if’s’ must have crossed their minds. 

And yet, Mary and Joseph prayed with great faith and trust in God.  They listened to God’s inspirations as to what to do and how to do it.  Peace returned when they turned their lives over to God, their loving Father.  He guided them and watched over them at every turn in the road.  In all the happenings and sufferings of our lives, we too, like Mary and Joseph, must turn to God in faith and prayer. 

With Mary and Joseph let us trust that we have a loving Father who cares intensely for us and our well-being. In all our trials and difficulties let us not fail to take them to God as Joseph and Mary in faith did in all the happenings in their lives.

Prayer to Joseph after the recitation of the Rosary

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Chaste Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to you God entrusted His only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; Under your fatherly guidance Jesus grew to perfect manhood.

Blessed Joseph, to us, too, show yourself a father and guide us on the path of life. Obtain for us grace, courage and hope. Be our Advocate in times of trial, our Support in sorrow, our Teacher in the ways of prayer, our Intercessor in the needs we now place before you (mention your needs).

Defend us from every evil of body and soul, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

Mary and Joseph: Pray for us!

Our Speakers during this Novena will be our  St. Louis Priests:

Msgr. Timothy Cronin – Sat. July 10

Father Chris Rubie – Sunday, July 11

Father Conor Sullivan – Monday, July 12

Father John Schneier – Tuesday, July 13

Father Andrew Auer – Wednesday, July 14

Father Anthony Gerber – Thursday, July 15

Father Paul Rothschild – Friday, July 16

Father Charles Samson – Saturday, July 17

Father Timothy Elliott – Sunday, July 18

O most Beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O, Star of the Seas, help me and show me herein you are my Mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. O, show me herein you are my Mother. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you. Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands.

V. Our Lady of Mount Carmel,     R. Pray for us.