Catholic Devotions by Hannah Roa

Popular catholic devotions cannot be traced directly back to the ministry of Jesus and the practice of the Apostles. Most were developed gradually over the years and even centuries as people sought ways of living out their faith. They arose in response to the spiritual needs of the culture in which they take shape; the degree to which any particular devotion is practiced varies over time and according to the culture.

Popular catholic devotions are expressions of love and fidelity that arise from the intersection of one’s own faith, culture and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It enlivens and nurtures our Catholic faith, touching our hearts and allowing us to express our love of God.

Our parish has such daily, weekly, monthly and yearly devotions too. These devotions are:

Daily Prayers
• Honoring of our Blessed Virgin Mary by saying the Rosary before each weekday mass as well as
• Praying the Angelus before every 615am, 1215pm and 6pm mass

Weekly Prayers
• Tuesdays – St. Anthony of Padua; patron saint of lost and stolen articles
• Wednesdays – Our Lady of Perpetual Help
• Fridays – St. Francis of Assisi; patron saint of animals and ecology

Monthly Prayers
• 2nd Tuesdays – Our Lady of Lourdes; patron saint for the sick

Yearly Celebrations
• June 13 – Feast of St. Anthony of Padua
• October 4 – Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Everyone is welcome to take part in any or all of these devotions. Keep your faith growing.