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9-day Solemn Novena 2020

DAILY SCHEDULE: Monday, November 16 through Tuesday, November 24

Men on a Mission: Nine Young Vincentians Go to China, 1921

Our Solemn Novena theme this year is Men on a Mission: Nine Young Vincentians Go to China, 1921. Discover how these young men dedicated their missionary work to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal; see some of the artifacts they brought with them; and learn how the difficulties they faced can help us through our own challenges.

Join our Novena Masses virtually, beginning Monday, November 16, and ending with our Feast Day Mass on Wednesday, November 25. Masses are livestreamed each day at the times indicated below and are available to watch at www.MiraculousMedal.org/LiveStream.

The preacher for our Novena will be Fr. Timothy Lyons, CM.

Fr. Lyons is originally from the Immaculate Conception Parish in Germantown; he was ordained a priest in The Miraculous Medal Shrine in 1986 and assigned to St. Vincent Depaul Parish as parochial vicar.  In almost 35 years of priestly ministry, Father Lyons has been assigned to Germantown five times. He presently serves as assistant superior at St. Vincent’s Seminary, as well as vice president of a non-profit social enterprise that provides transitional employment for men and women returning to the community after a period of incarceration.

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Day 1: Monday, November 16

9:00 am Mass
12:05 pm Mass (Livestreamed)
5:00 pm Benediction

Introduction: Men on a Mission – Nine Young Vincentians Go to China, 1921.
These seminarians and priests dedicated their entire mission to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Through these nine days, we’re going to look at their journey from two perspectives: what their struggles teach us about facing our challenges today, and how Mary, our Mother, permeated their mission and shared their difficulties.

On this first day of the Novena, we’ll look at their sacrifice, courage, and commitment through the Marian lens: Mary, Virgin Mother, you are like a pillar of light that, day and night, went before God’s people to direct their footsteps through the wilderness.

Day 2:   Tuesday, November 17

12:05 pm Mass (Livestreamed)

5:00 pm Benediction

Meet Father Meade, CM, and Father Randolph, CM, and see their heroism of life and limb versus health and safety. Their lives will reveal how Mary was with them, as we look through the lens: Mother of Christ, queen of glory, you conceived your Son in faith and believed that after dying for us, He would rise again; you show yourself a loving Mother to the Church and the pillar of its faith.

Day 3:   Wednesday, November 18

12:05 pm Mass (Livestreamed)

5:00 pm Benediction

Meet Seminarians Colbert and Erbe. Young and zealous, they balanced ideals and reality while struggling in body and spirit. Through the Scripture passage, “With one heart the disciples continued steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus,” we’ll see how Mary helped them face their losses, and how she’ll help us do the same.

Day 4:   Thursday, November 19

12:05 pm Mass (Livestreamed)

5:00 pm Benediction

Meet Father McGillicuddy, CM, who was a father and protector of his flock. Strong and stable, with a sense of humor, we’ll look at his mission through the Marian lens, “With one heart the disciples continued steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of the Church.”

Day 5:  Friday, November 20

12:05 pm Mass (Livestreamed)

5:00 pm Benediction

Meet Father Crossley, CM, who kept track of his time, worked hard to make everything work, and yet balanced it all with youthful creativity. We’ll examine his life through the Marian perspective: You are truly worthy of all praise, Holy Virgin Mary; you are the Mother of Christ, our God; you set before the Church a shining model of every virtue!

Day 6:   Saturday, November 21

12:05 pm Mass (Livestreamed)

5:00 pm Vigil Mass

Meet Father Leon Cahill, CM, whose inspiration and faithfulness to the end inspired and impacted countless people. We’ll ponder Mary, the source of his strength, through the lens: Holy Mary, mirror without stain! As the Church looks on you, it sees the perfect image of its future glory.

Day 7:  Sunday, November 22

9:00 am Mass

12:05 pm Mass (Livestreamed)

Meet Seminarians McLaughlin and Stauble, CM, two more Vincentians with youthful zeal, who chose martyrdom over practicality — doing what was right instead of taking the easy way out. Mary will guide our viewpoints through the verse: In you, holy Mary, is all the grace of the way and the truth; in you is all hope of life and of strength.

Day 8:  Monday, November 23

9:00 am Mass

12:05 pm Mass (Livestreamed)

5:00 pm Benediction

Veneration of St. Catherine’s relic

Meet Father John O’Shea, CM, the oldest and brightest amongst the group. He was the Superior who [eventually?] became a Bishop. He was also a prisoner and model of holiness. His faithfulness and inspiration will be observed through the lens: Holy Mother of God, our life was lost, but now through you it is restored; for you received a child from heaven and brought to birth the Savior of the world.

Day 9:  Tuesday, November 24

12:05 pm Mass (Livestreamed)

5:00 pm Benediction

Solemn Apostolic Blessing

Conclusion: Today we’ll look at the lessons we’ve learned through these brave Vincentians, who lived fully and authentically, because they lived in the Lord. The Church’s mission continues now through us. Mary will be with us, too, sharing our pilgrim road: Maiden-Mother, bearing the Word of God, you are the gate of Paradise; in bringing God into the world you have unlocked for us the gate of heaven.

Please note that due to COVID, we will not be able to have the Anointing of the Sick during our Novena this year.

FEAST DAY MASS: Wednesday, November 25, at 10:30 am

Miraculous Medal Feast Day Principal Celebrant

Bishop David M. O’Connell, CM, Bishop of Trenton, NJ

Bishop David M. O’Connell, CM, the tenth Bishop of Trenton, NJ, was born April 21, 1955, in Philadelphia. He was ordained a priest of the Congregation of the Mission at Mary Immaculate Seminary by Bishop Joseph McShea of the Diocese of Allentown on May 29, 1982. Bishop John M. Smith ordained then-Father O’Connell to the episcopacy on July 30, 2010, and Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Bishop of Trenton on Dec. 1, 2010. Since becoming the Chief Shepherd of the Diocese, Bishop O’Connell has focused his efforts on the catechetical development of his flock, the sanctification and cultivation of his priests, and the advancement of new vocations.

Bishop O’Connell received a master of divinity and a master of moral theology from Mary Immaculate Seminary, PA. He obtained a doctorate of canon law from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and has received numerous honorary academic degrees. He has served in academia at Mary Immaculate Seminary, St. John’s University, NY, and Niagara University, NY. He was also the 14th president of The Catholic University of America and a consultor to the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education.