St. Jude novena

Today I received a beautiful pamphlet from the Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus informing me of its scheduled novena.

The shrine has held an extra special place in my heart since January 2004, when I went there to pray for our baby granddaughter, Kylie, who’d been hospitalized for the second time since her birth, October 29, 2003.

If you have a special petition in mind, the Dominican shrine is a perfect place to frequent either online, through mailed requests, or in person.



March 1, 2011 

Besides its user-friendly website, the Dominican shrine, through its mailings, offers anointing oil, prayer candles, novenas, perpetual memberships, and so much more. 

For instance, we requested that a memorial candle be lit for Acacia-Darling, our oldest grandchild, and then received this lovely card.

Displayed atop the bookshelf next to my workspace, the card’s universal message is one of unconditional love and commitment, for “where there’s prayer, there’s hope” (Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus, n. d.).

May 6, 2011 

Father Robert at the shrine sent his St Jude prayer today.

“If you ask the Father anything in my name, he will give it to you” (John 16:23).

With unbounded faith in the power and efficacy of the intercession of
St. Jude, you are urged to pray that God will grant you what He deems good for you. 

O loving and dear St. Jude, look aside from my unworthiness and look on to the mercy and love of Jesus.  Please take to God’s heart my prayerful intentions. 

St. Jude, my saintly protector, I promise that I will encourage others to seek your aid and that I will do all I can to tell others how great and good you are to those who need and implore your help.  With faith and with hope, I place myself in your hands.  Amen.

May 9, 2011

The shrine sent this healing prayer today.

Remember, the pain will pass.  Your brokenness will heal.  The sun will rise again in your soul.  Peace will come.  You will survive.

You are never alone.  God walks with you.  God holds you tenderly and close.  God’s grace will sustain you. 

You are loved.


May 27, 2011

Father Robert explains the solemn novena.

After the ascension of Jesus, the apostles returned… to an upper room [in Jerusalem] where “they all devoted themselves single-mindedly to prayer, along with some women and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and his brothers”
(Acts 1:14).

The Catholic tradition of praying novenas has its roots in the earliest days of the Church.  Whether a novena is made solemnly in a particular church or shrine or in the privacy of one’s home, we never pray alone, for we are always united with the communion of saints when we pray.  It is not necessary to be physically present in order to enjoy and benefit from our solemn novena.  There is no limit to God’s presence, and prayer knows no limit in distance and time.  Therefore, the many “friends of St. Jude” scattered around the country can participate as partners in the novena….

May 28, 2011

Father Robert prays for our collective needs.

For those we love, for the needs of the world that it will be a better place in which to live, and for all people that they will have proper human conditions in which to live.

Let us pray.  

We thank you, Lord, for all the gifts you have given us this day… for the needs of all those in our Church who minister to us that they may lead holy lives… for world leaders that they may govern with integrity, safeguarding the rights of all persons, and provide for the needs of their people… for those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit that the healing touch of God will help them… and, particularly, for all caregivers, hospice workers, medical research people, and those who are terminally ill… and, finally, for those who have died that they might enjoy light, happiness and peace in the joy of heaven forever.  Amen.

September 30, 2011

Steven mailed my letter (part of a bound booklet) to Father Robert, OP at the Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus in Chicago.

October 17, 2011

What a heartwarming response from Father Robert today!

April 29, 2012

This chilly Sunday morning, Steven and I attended nine-thirty Spanish Mass in South Chicago. 

What joy for me to finally return there!  What an unexpected realization to discover that the St. Jude shrine is actually part of St. Pius V Church.  What an incredible experience for us to celebrate Mass so uniquely.

One of the highlights was seeing Acacia-Darling’s green candle among so many within St. Jude’s shrine.  How heartwarming to know that she’s in St. Jude’s care!  But the singular most amazing discovery was finding what I’d missed during my brief first visit there— St. Jude’s first-class relic!

November 29, 2015

“I have never gone out to mingle with the world without losing something of myself”
(St. Albert the Great).



Links of interest…  Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus…  OP Central: Bridge between Sundays & videos…  Pope to Dominicans: Your good works give glory to God…  St. Jude: chaplet (photo) / novenas (in Spanish, too) / prayers

WP posts…  Budding relationships…  Finding St. Rita…  Forever grateful…  Lady of Sorrows…  October novena…  Prayer power…  Promise of hope…  Revisiting St. Simon…  Si quaeris miracula…  St. Anthony Claret…  St. Jude shrine: Chicago &
Corpus Christi…  Sweet Jesus

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