St. Agatha Church
Canada54 National Novena
The Canada 54 National Novena is a prayer initiative by the Marian Devotional Movement. It is a series of 6 Novenas.
Each Novena (nine day prayer period) will begin with an online Virtual Canada54 Prayer Launch led in English by Father Roger Vandenakker, General Superior of the Companions of the Cross and in French by Bishop Pierre-Olivier Tremblay, Rector of Canada's National Marian Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape. For a link to the prayers for each Novena,
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Bishops' Call to Prayer
Bishop Pierre-Olivier Tremblay, the auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Trois Rivieres, invites the faithful to participate in the Canada54 National Novena. Click here to see his invitation -->
The Ritual texts for the Consecration of Canada to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, in time of Pandemic are at the following link -->
Here's more about this Consecration from the CCCB (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops) website...
On Friday 1 May 2020, the Catholic Bishops of Canada will consecrate their individual dioceses or eparchies to Mary, Mother of the Church, seeking her protection during the Coronavirus pandemic, similar to what other Episcopal Conferences throughout the world have already done. Along with the Bishops; pastors, families, groups, individuals and other faith communities may likewise choose to join the consecration as part of the global effort to unite in faith and prayer in this most difficult time.
...The first day of May holds particular significance as it marks the beginning of an entire month to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary. "May is the month dedicated in a special way to the Mother of Christ. We believe that she is, in a spiritual but real sense, our mother too," said the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and CCCB President. "We turn to her and ask for the help of her powerful and maternal prayers to God for us. To consecrate ourselves to Mary means to be united with her in entrusting our lives entirely to God."
Our Lady, Mother of the Church, pray for us!
For more information about the novena, click here -->
From Bishop Crosby's "Heart to Heart" dated April 24, 2020...
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited the Canadian Bishops to Consecrate their individual Dioceses to Mary, Mother of the Church, on Friday, May 1, 2020. In solidarity with a number of Episcopal Conferences around the world, the Consecration seeks the maternal protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary during the Coronavirus pandemic. Pastors, too, are invited to Consecrate the Parishes and Missions entrusted to their care on the same occasion. Families, groups and other faith communities are also invited to pray the prayer of Consecration.