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St. Faustina Novena

September 26 - October 4
St. Faustina's Feast Day is October 5

Affectionately known as "The Divine Mercy Saint" and dubbed by Pope John Paul II as "The Apostle of Mercy," St. Faustina was a simple Polish nun with only a few years of education. Yet, her Diary has been counted among the greatest literary works of mysticism. In the Diary, St. Faustina recorded revelations from our Lord for the whole world — calling everyone to turn with trust to His mercy. She was declared a saint on Divine Mercy Sunday 2000, the feast day which our Lord described to her decades earlier.

Countless graces and favors have been received through her intercession — many of which have been published in Marian Helper magazine.

The Marians have been promoters of the authentic Divine Mercy message since 1941. They are pleased to invite you to participate in this Novena.

Send your special intentions to be remembered in this Novena to St. Faustina.

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Ven. Casimir Wyszynski Novena

October 12 - 20

The Venerable Servant of God Father Casimir of St. Joseph Wyszynski was born August 19, 1700, near Warsaw, Poland.

While making a pilgrimage to Rome's churches and carrying out works of mercy, a young Wyszynski learned that his brother (who was in the Marian novitiate) had caused harm to the new Order. Wyszynski declared, "I want to make up for what my brother ruined," and he asked to become a Marian.

As an ordained priest in Poland, he showed ardent devotion to the mystery of the Immaculate Conception and active care for those suffering injustice. He also zealously worked for the beatification of the Marian founder, Fr. Stanislaus Papczynski (1631-1701) — who was recently beatified (Sept. 16, 2007).

Fr. Casimir Wyszynski helped the Marians grow as an international community, and founded the Marian monastery at Balsamao, Portugal. He died there October 21, 1755, in the opinion of sanctity.

Many report graces obtained through the intercession of Fr. Casimir. Even today the Portuguese call him "Santo Polacco" — the Holy Pole.

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St. John Paul II Novena

October 13 - 21

The first feast day of the great apostle of Divine Mercy, Blessed John Paul II, is Oct. 22. In preparation for the celebration, we've begun a special novena that extends from Oct. 13 through Oct. 21.

We encourage you, through this novena — drawn from the official prayer of the Diocese of Rome — to ask for the intercession of Blessed John Paul II and Our Blessed Mother for the New Evangelization of the Church. In light of the new challenges the Church faces in the contemporary world, Blessed John Paul II said it is the "supreme duty" of the Church to "proclaim Christ to all peoples" (Redemptoris Missio, 3).

Together in prayer, let's follow his call. On behalf of my fellow Marians and Marian Helpers around the world, I invite you to join in this novena as we pray that the Light of Christ may shine ever more brightly to all the corners of the world.

You'll find below that on each of the nine days, we have chosen a specific intention for the New Evangelization.

— Fr. Joseph, MIC
Director of the Association of Marian Helpers

Oct. 13: Our Holy Father
Oct. 14: Our Bishops
Oct. 15: Our Priests and Deacons
Oct. 16: Religious and Consecrated
Oct. 17: Lay Apostles and Teachers
Oct. 18: Married Couples and Families
Oct. 19: The Youth
Oct. 20: Sick and Suffering
Oct. 21: All Souls Novena

Oct. 22: Happy Feast Day of Blessed John Paul II.

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St. Jude Novena

October 19 - 27
St. Jude's Feast Day is October 28

St. Jude — the "Worker of Miracles" and "Patron of Hopeless Causes" — is invoked in desperate situations.

Yet in his New Testament letter, he exhorts the faithful to persevere despite adversity. He writes:

But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life (Jude 20, 21).

According to one popular story, St. Jude was entrusted with an image of Jesus. He delivered it to a king of Edessa, who was suffering from leprosy. The king was cured, and the king and his people became Christians.

For this reason, the saint is usually portrayed with an image of Jesus as a medallion on his chest, as well as a tongue of fire, indicating his receiving the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

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Prayers for Poor Souls

November 1 - 30

November is the traditional month of intercession for the souls of the faithful departed. The Marians will be praying for the Holy Souls in solemn Evening Prayer for the Deceased on All Souls' Day, through the octave, and in their daily prayers and Holy Masses throughout the month.

Assisting the Holy Souls is one of the founding charisms of the Marians. Send the names of those you would like to have remembered, and we will place your intentions near the altar at the National Shrine throughout November.

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Immaculate Conception Novena

November 29 - December 7
Feast Day: December 8

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