Novena to St. Anthony the Abbot

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Some days it can feel like the Devil is really making headway in this world. Just remember – the war has already been won. Our new novenas is to St. Anthony the Abbott, or St. Anthony the Great as he was also known. His story is fascinating. Here is a link to learn more about him: Who is Saint Anthony?

And now for our novena:

Dear God, St. Anthony the Abbot accepted your call to renounce the world and to love you above all things. He faithfully served you in the solitude of the desert by fasting, prayer, humility and good works. In the Sign of The Cross, he triumphed over the Devil.

Through his intercession, may we learn to love you better; with all our hearts, all our souls, all our minds, all our strength and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

St. Anthony the Abbot, great and powerful saint, grant us also priests willing to answer the call to love you above all things, and to show us the way. We ask this through our lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. One God forever and ever, Amen.

O Divine Eternal Father, in union with your Divine Son and the Holy Spirit, and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg You to destroy the Power of your greatest enemy — the evil spirits.

Cast them into the deepest recesses of hell and chain them there forever! Take possession of Your Kingdom which You have created and which is rightfully Yours.

Heavenly Father, give us the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Amen.

Blessings on you all,
Elena& Laurie



Novena for the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God

December 24, 2019

Happy Christmas Eve! Our next novena is for the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God which we celebrate on January 1.


Peace and joy to you and yours this Christmas season,
Laurie & Elena



Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our new novena begins today, to Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose feast day is tomorrow. She asked St. Juan Diego as she asks us today, “Am I not your mother? … Are you not in the crossing of my arms?” Let us pray to our Mother for holy priests.


Have a blessed week,
Elena & Laurie



Novena for Christ the King

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

This week’s novena is a great way to end the liturgical year on a prayerful note, and prepare ourselves to head into the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany season.


Have a great day,
Elena & Laurie



Novena to St. Charles Borromeo

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

This week’s novena is to St. Charles Borromeo, a leading figure of the Counter-Reformation combat against the Protestant Reformation. In that role he was responsible for significant reforms in the Catholic Church, including the founding of seminaries for the education of priests. His feast day is November 4.


Have a great week,
Laurie & Elena



Novena to Ven. Fulton J. Sheen

Tuesday, October 16, 2019

This week’s novenas is to Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, whose cause for canonization is progressing. October 21 is the 55th anniversary of his appointment as Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester. Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, pray for us.


Have a blessed week,
Laurie and Elena



Novena to St. Teresa of Avila

Tuesday, October 1, 2019


Tomorrow we start our next novena, this one to St. Teresa of Avila.  She is the patron of people in religious orders and people ridiculed for their faith.  As we head toward her feast day on October 15, let’s pray this novena for our faithful priests and all who are struggling.


Have a blessed week,
Elena and Laurie


Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Oh, hey! Look at that! My calendar says Wednesday already!  We owed you all a novena yesterday.  Completely my fault. 

This novena is to Mary, Undoer of Knots.  The knots in our lives come in many different forms. It could be something as basic as running through life so fast you lose track of what day it is (or so I’ve heard – LOL) Or it could be a family crisis. We also know that the enemy likes to try to tie knots around us the closer we grow to Jesus and the stronger we are in our faith. He especially enjoys trying to tie knots around our priests.


Have a great week, everyone.  Elena will try to get my head screwed back on straight for next time.


Novena to St. Robert Bellarmine

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

It’s time for us to start our next novena, but first we have a request.  If you would, please send us a quick reply, even something as simple as “got it”.  We’re just checking to make sure we have everyone on the mailing list.   

And if this has been forwarded to you by someone else, send a quick note and we’ll will add you.

This novena is to St. Robert Bellarmine, a doctor of the Church, whose feast day is September 17.


Have a great week,
Laurie & Elena


Novena to St. Augustine

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tomorrow we start our next novena. I know there are many times we’ve each felt that our faith was under attack, whether from others or from within ourselves. This new novena is to one of the strongest defenders of the faith, St. Augustine.

Here’s the link: https://www.praymorenovenas.com/st-augustine-novena.

Have a blessed week!
Laurie & Elena


Novena to the Queenship of Mary

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Time for our next novena everybody.
This novena is for the feast of the Queenship of Mary, which we celebrate on August 22.


For more about this feast day, go to: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/queenship-of-mary/

There’s a second reason that we are using this novena.  This ministry of Prayers for Priests was started in Elmira, NY.  Elmira has long been known as the Queen City, since as far back as when Samuel Clemens was spending their summers here. 


Novena to The Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

July is the month of The Most Precious Blood of Jesus.  Before we move into August, let’s spend some time in devotion, as the Church has since the 1800’s.

Our next novena can be found at:



Novena to St. Benedict

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

We start our next novena tomorrow. This novena is to St. Benedict, whose feast day is Thursday, July 11. 



Novena to St. Thomas the Apostle

Tuesday, June 26, 2019

Our novena prayer beginning tomorrow is to St. Thomas the Apostle, adapted from a traditional prayer. His feast day is July 3.

St. Thomas, when you saw the Risen Lord, you humbly confessed “My Lord and My God” and later sacrificed your life on mission in India for love of him. We ask you to pray for our priests and ourselves that we may be strengthened to dedicate ourselves totally to God’s Kingdom. We pray that through your intercession we may be protected in all trials and temptations to doubt our Lord’s love and plan for us, through Christ our Lord, Amen. +Glory Be, 3x


Novena for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Just as a heads up, by the end of the month I will be sending these emails from my gmail account, desmarlaurie@gmail.com. Our novena prayer beginning tomorrow is for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, from praymorenovenas.com.


Novena to prepare for the Ascension of Jesus

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Happy Tuesday. I hope you all had a safe and happy Memorial day. Our next novena is timed to the Ascension (thanks for the idea and the link, Elena!), which is Thursday this week.

As a reminder, Masses here at The Parish of the Most Holy Name of Jesus are: 8am St. Patrick, 9am St. Mary, 12:05pm Sts. Peter & Paul, 12:10pm St. Charles, and 5:30pm St. Casimir.

Now, our novena prayer this week comes from Aleteia.



Novena to St. John Vianney

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Good evening, everyone. It’s time to begin our second novena for our priests. Tomorrow we will start a novena to St. John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests. Once again, I’ll refer you to Pray More Novenas, a great resource for us. Here’s their link to the novena:



Our First Novena

Monday, April 29, 2019

We will begin our first Novena on Wednesday, May 1st. We’ve decided to do a novena to Saint Bernadette, since the morning after we decided to start this prayer community, Elena took this attached picture before Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes. Notice where the stained-glass window light falls.
Here is a link to a great novena to St. Bernadette:  

God bless,
Laurie Desmarais & Elena Cambio