Monday 18th May marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the National Association of Catholic Families founder – Pope Saint John Paul II.
We invite members to join together in a collective novena to St John Paul for the intentions of our families and the needs of the Church at this time.
The “Pray More Novenas” website has a St John Paul II Novena that we can use.
You may also wish to pray the Pope’s Prayer for Families.
Lord God, from you every family in Heaven and on earth takes its name
Father, you are love and life.
Through your Son, Jesus Christ, born of woman, and through the Holy Spirit, fountain of Divine Charity, grant that each family on earth may become for each successive generation a true shrine of life and love.
Grant that your grace may guide the thoughts and actions of husbands and wives for the good of their families and of all the families in the world.
Grant that the young may find in the family solid support for their human dignity and for their growth in truth and love.
Grant that love, strengthened by the grace of the sacrament of marriage, may prove mightier than all the weaknesses and trials through which our families sometimes pass.
Through the intercession of the Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that the Church may fruitfully carry out her worldwide mission in the family and through the family.
Through Christ our Lord who is the Way, the Truth and the Life for ever and ever. Amen