Honor thy Father!
Please join the Marian Priests and Brothers in a Novena of Holy Masses for all fathers, living or deceased.
The Father's Day Novena will be celebrated at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, and it will culminate with a special Father's Day Mass.
We will be praying through the intercession of St. Joseph for blessings upon all fathers and others who have been a father figure to you.
With your offering, you can honor your father by having a red carnation placed near the altar of the Shrine during the Novena. We also will light a votive candle that will burn for 7 days for your special Father's Day intentions.
Entrust yourself, your family, or other special intentions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In the Alliance of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary Novena, the Marians will be offering 9 days of Holy Mass in preparation for the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The expression "Alliance of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary" was coined by Pope John Paul II in his Angelus address of September 15, 1985. He exhorted the faithful to unite with the "admirable alliance" of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. In the Bible, the "heart" is not only a vital organ — it is a reference to the disposition of the whole person. The word "heart" is used in the Gospel in reference to only two individual persons: Jesus (Mt 11:29) and Mary (Lk 2:19, 51). Their two Hearts made the perfect response to the Father for the sake of our salvation. We see the pierced Hearts as an expression of that selfless love. We turn again with trust to Jesus and Mary, to look upon us with merciful love. Please send us your special intentions to be remembered in this novena.
In February of 1943, in land formerly held by the Soviet Union, a church filled with detainees awaited a fiery death at the hands of Nazi soldiers. Two Marian priests brought them hope and consolation. Fathers Anthony and George, who also had been detained by the Nazis, were told they could go free and avoid the same fate as the people they had been serving. Instead, both priests chose to stay with their people to the end, when they were burned by the Nazis in Rosica on February 17, 1943. The priests spent their final days hearing confessions, celebrating Mass, and baptizing converts to Catholicism. Fathers Anthony and George were beatified by Pope John Paul II on June 13, 1999. We now pray through the intercession of Blessed Anthony and Blessed George for your intentions.