Mundelein Seminary at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake launched a nine-day Novena for the Healing of Our Church from Friday, Sept. 7 through Saturday, Sept. 15 to unite Catholics in prayer for healing, justice and hope in light of the ongoing crisis within the Catholic Church.
The public was invited to attend nine special Masses held at parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago. More than 1,000 people also signed up to participate digitally by receiving the novena prayers via email.
“This prayerful response to the crisis serves as a powerful witness of the hope we find in our faith, even in the darkest times,” said Father John Kartje, rector of Mundelein Seminary. “It also provides our seminarians and the entire seminary community the opportunity to engage with parishioners in their local churches throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago and spend time with them in prayer.”
The first Novena Mass was held at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Mundelein Seminary, and the final Mass was at Holy Name Cathedral and celebrated by Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago. The other seven Masses were held at parishes throughout the Chicago area so that Catholics across the city and suburbs could attend.
The nine Novena Masses were celebrated at the following locations:
Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, 1000 East Maple Avenue, Mundelein, IL
Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. St. Columbanus, 331 E 71st St, Chicago, IL
Sunday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. Mary, Seat of Wisdom, 920 Granville Ave, Park Ridge, IL
Monday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. St. James Wabash, 2907 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL
Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. St. Julie, 7399 W 159th St, Tinley Park, IL
Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. St. Anastasia, 624 Douglas Ave, Waukegan, IL
Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. St. Theresa, 455 N Benton St, Palatine, IL
Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. Our Lady Mother of the Church Polish Mission, 116 Hilton St, Willow Springs, IL
Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL
(Celebrated by Cardinal Blase Cupich)
We are so grateful for the participation of the parishes and parishioners throughout the Archdiocese who welcomed us into their spiritual homes to pray the novena. Thank you for joining us in prayer for our Church. If you would like to continue to pray the novena prayer, you can download a PDF of the prayer card below (also available in Spanish and Polish).