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Nine days of grace

gardinerst_01There has been a great turn-out so far for the annual Novena of Grace, taking place in many churches throughout Dublin, Galway, Limerick and the rest of the country. Some parishes have guest Jesuit speakers for the nine days (March 4-12). In the Church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar, curate Fr Frank Sammon SJ invited John Callanan SJ, Peter McVerry SJ and Pat Coyle of the Jesuit Communication Centre to give short reflections. In St Francis Xavier’s Church in Gardiner St pictured here), the Novena has been prayed annually since 1831. This year Fr Joe Keaney SJ, now a missionary in Lusaka, Zambia, has been preaching to the biggest novena congregations the church has seen. Donal Neary SJ, Parish Priest of Gardiner St, has made a short video about the importance of the Novena for people in his parish and around the country. You can watch it on www.jesuit.ie.