9-day Solemn Novena 2021Laurence Tiblis
DAILY SCHEDULE: Monday, November 15 through Wednesday, November 24
The Road to God: Walking with Mary and Pope Francis
Starting on November 15, Members of Mary’s Miraculous Medal Family around the world will commit to nine days of prayer. As one Family united by our devotion to Mary, we will bring our needs to God through His – and our – Mother.
Our Solemn Novena theme this year is The Road to God: Walking with Mary and Pope Francis. In this nine-day journey towards Advent, we will be walking with Mary as we walk towards Christ. Joined in spirit by Pope Francis, who will share his tender vision of Mary, we’ll be praying and asking Mary to pray with us as we pray with, and for, one another. As in all of our relationships, we will continue building trust in our heavenly Mother. She knows how difficult the journey is, so in her motherly concern for all of our needs – physical, emotional, and spiritual – she’ll help us and guide us.
Our homilist will be Fr. John Gouldrick, CM, who has given very generous service in multiple areas: Priestly formation, Clergy ongoing formation, Provincial Treasurer, and CAMM Director, as well as university work. He is currently assigned to St. Vincent’s Seminary where he will be involved in pastoral ministry. Prior to St. Vincent’s, Father worked at both Niagara University and St. John’s University.
In addition to Father Gouldrick‘s homilies, each day we will have a specific quote from Pope Francis delineating his own relationship with our Blessed Mother. Here’s how each day will look:
Day 1: Monday, November 15
Mary is the Road to God: Mary is not just a bridge joining us to God; she is the road which God traveled to reach us and the road we travel in order to reach God.
Day 2: Tuesday, November 16
Mary is Always Faithful: Mary is always there, always near us, with her maternal tenderness. It cannot be otherwise.
Day 3: Wednesday, November 17
Mary is the Model for Prioritizing: Mary is a woman who understands what is most important. The attitude of Mary of Nazareth shows us that being comes before doing and that leaving the doing to God helps us become who God wants us to be.
Day 4: Thursday, November 18
Mary is Radically Loving: Whenever we look to Mary, we come to believe in the radical nature of real love and tenderness.
Day 5: Friday, November 19
Mary is Strength in Humility: In Mary, we see humility and tenderness, not as virtues of the weak, but of the strong who don’t treat others poorly in order to feel important themselves.
Day 6: Saturday, November 20
Mary is the Mother of the Lonely: Mary is the mother of people who are alone and abandoned. She is there with them, close to them, just as she was next to her Son when everyone abandoned Him.
Day 7: Sunday, November 21
Mary is Close to the Suffering: Mary is present in the pandemic, near the people who are suffering. She is especially close to those who are in isolation, without the comfort and closeness of their loved ones.
Day 8: Monday, November 22
Mary is a Joyful Bearer of Christ: Mary, the Mother of God, invites us to receive the grace of being joyful bearers of God’s blessings to others, just as she is for us.
Day 9: Tuesday, November 23
Mary is Generous: Mary, who brought God into the world of time, helps us to be generous with our time.
FEAST DAY MASS: Wednesday, November 24
On Wednesday, November 24, we will celebrate our Feast Day Mass of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, with our main celebrant, Bishop Joseph L. Coffey.
Bishop Joseph L. Coffey
Bishop Joseph Coffey is the fifth of nine children and the proud uncle of 46 nieces and nephews and 12 great nieces and nephews. He was raised in Philadelphia and is a life-long fan of all the Philly sports teams.
He graduated from La Salle University in 1982 with a double major in English/French, which included a year of study at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. After college, Bishop Coffey worked as a grade-school teacher, a ski instructor in Switzerland, and in the automobile industry in Germany and Belgium for five years.
Heeding a call to the priesthood, he attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. While in seminary, Father Coffey was given permission to enter the U.S. Navy Chaplain Candidate Program in May of 1992 with the rank of Ensign. Following ordination in 1996, he was assigned as an Associate Pastor to St. Katherine of Siena parish in Philadelphia. After five years in parish ministry, he was given permission by Cardinal Bevilacqua for full-time active duty as a Navy Chaplain in September of 2001.
His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with 2 gold stars, the Navy Achievement Medal with 2 gold stars, the Navy Sea Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the NATO Service Medal, 3 Battle E Ribbons.