May 25th is the birthday of St. Padre Pio and the day of the Referendum on the 8th Amendment in Ireland.
You are invited, wherever you are, to join in a Novena of prayer by saying the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary every day from May 17th to the 25th. They are the mysteries of conception, pregnancy, birth and life.
You may already have committed to some other form of Novena – what matters is to prepare by prayer.
The period of the Novena also includes the birthday of Pope St. John Paul II and the all important Feast of Pentecost which, for the Pallottines in Ireland, is preceded by the feast of Our Lady Queen of Apostles.
St. Padre Pio, pray for us
St. John Paul II, pray for us
St. Gerard, pray for us
Mary Queen of Apostles, pray for us
Mother of Divine Love, pray for us
St. Vincent Pallotti, pray for us
Prayer for Life by Pope John Paul II
O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life: Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our time. Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen!