Catholic community comes together for 9 days of prayer
The Institute for Catholic Education has extended an invitation to those involved in and those who care for Catholic Education in the province of Ontario to come together in prayer.
“In all things, we are more than just a group united in the goal of a system of education, we are a community of joyful disciples understanding ourselves as one body in Christ,” it stated. “The suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus brings meaning to all our experience.”
“As we prepare to leave this most difficult school year, let us turn with one mind and one heart and one voice to the One who brings meaning to our story by inviting us to enter into his.”
The Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, distributed this week to Catholic schools throughout Ontario, provides prayers for each of the nine days leading up to the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 11, 2021).
A novena is an ancient form of prayer in the Catholic tradition consisting of nine consecutive days of prayer leading up to a particular feast day where a particular blessing or grace is sought.
“The hope is that schools, school boards, parishes and parents can join in this devotional prayer seeking the comfort, mercy, strength and love that is shown to us in the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,” said HWCDSB Chairperson Patrick J. Daly.
The Novena, prepared by the Institute for Catholic Education, begins with one day of preparation on June 2, followed by nine consecutive days of prayer, June 3-11, “in thanksgiving for all we have received and in supplication for all we still need.”
Recognizing the many complex and significant challenges of this school year, Daly added his prayers for students and staff across the system.
“May we all find consolation in the love of Christ burning for us.”