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Laois Carlow Parish invites people from near and far to first novena since Covid

The 17th novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help will take place over 9 Monday evenings from Monday April 25 in the Sainte-Claire de Graiguecullen church.

While the past two novenas have been held online, this year Graiguecullen Killeshin Parish is once again welcoming guest speakers and looking forward to praying again as a mutually supportive congregation.

The theme of this year’s novena is “You are not alone”.

“When we share our burdens with others, it can help us feel less alone and give us strength to face our challenges,” the ward said.

A statement continued: “In previous years, up to 1,000 people attended the novena and many spoke of the support and peace they received not only during mass and prayers, but also in listening to more than 150 different speakers talk about their own experience of faith, since the beginning of the novena.

“People placed special requests for prayers in petition boxes at St. Clare’s Church and the power of so many people praying for their request gave people many blessings and hope,” they say.

(Petitions can also be emailed to [email protected]).

Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, papal nuncio to Ireland, will open the novena on Monday, April 25. It will begin with the rosary at 7:10 p.m. followed by mass and novena prayers at 7:30 p.m.

Choirs will sing each evening led by the parish minister for youth, Cathriona Kelly and the Poor Clare sisters who will recite the rosary.

The guest speakers are:

April 25 Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo Papal Nuncio to Ireland

May 2 Jessica Wade Tiglin Evening Service Manager and Outreach Worker

May 9 Andrea Hayes TV and radio broadcaster and writer

16 May Bishop Paul Dempsey Bishop of Achonry & Carlow Native

May 23 Michael Kelly Editor Irish Catholic Journal

May 30 Anna May McHugh Executive Director Assoc. national plowing.

June 6 Jim Deeds Pastoral Worker, author, poet and retreat leader

June 13 Martina Lehane Sheehan Author, psychotherapist and spiritual director

June 20 Carole Coleman Journalist & Presenter RTE

We look forward to welcoming our congregation again.