Novena prayers in honor of St. Rita of Cascia

On Friday, May 22, the feast of St. Rita of Cascia is celebrated in the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. Patroness of abused wives and troubled marriages, St. Rita patiently endured battering and insults throughout her marriage and spent the latter years of her widowhood as an Augustinian nun.

A visit on the patronal feast day to a parish church such as that of St. Rita of Cascia in Alexandria, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence. Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial. Another commendable practice would be the recitation of the novena prayers at this link provided by the Shrine of St. Rita in Philadelphia on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on May 22.

Benedict Francis de Sales sets patronal feast TLM for Thursday evening 1/29

To celebrate the traditional feast day of the parish’s patron saint, the Traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 29, by Reverend Father Kevin Cusick at St. Francis de Sales Church, 7185 Benedict Avenue, Benedict, Maryland. This Mass has been added to our seven-day schedule.

Immediately following Mass, Juventutem will sponsor a gaudeamus reception in the parish rectory. All Mass attendees are welcome to attend and to bring a food item to the reception.

St. Francis de Sales Church is located in Charles County about 45 minutes to an hour south of the Capital Beltway (I-95/495). Established in 1903, the parish has offered the Traditional Latin Mass every Sunday since the first Sunday of Advent 1989.

St. Francis de Sales on anxiety of mind

From the writings of the early-17th-century French spiritual director and Oratorian St. Francis de Sales, whose feast is celebrated in the traditional calendar on January 29:

Whenever you urgently desire to be delivered from any evil, or to attain some good thing, strive above all else to keep a calm, restful spirit, — steady your judgment and will, and then go quietly and easily after your object, taking all fitting means to attain thereto. By easily I do not mean carelessly, but without eagerness, disquietude or anxiety; otherwise, so far from bringing about what you wish, you will hinder it, and add more and more to your perplexities. “My soul is alway in my hand, yet I do not forget Thy Law” [Ps. cxviii.109], David says. Examine yourself often, at least night and morning, as to whether your soul is “in your hand”; or whether it has been wrested thence by any passionate or anxious emotion. See whether your soul is fully under control, or whether it has not in anywise escaped from beneath your hand, to plunge into some unruly love, hate, envy, lust, fear, vexation, or joy. And if it has so strayed, before all else seek it out, and quietly bring it back to the Presence of God, once more placing all your hopes and affections under the direction of His Holy Will.

— Introduction to the Devout Life

A novena prayer in honor of St. Francis de Sales

On Thursday, January 29, the feast of St. Francis de Sales is celebrated in the traditional calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. A Franciscan monk and Oratorian during the turbulent decades immediately following the Protestant Reformation, St. Francis de Sales possessed a deep yet gentle spirituality that has formed countless souls and inspired the founding of many religious orders during and after his life on earth.

A visit on the patronal feast day to a parish church such as that of St. Francis de Sales in Benedict, Maryland, accompanied by the recitation of one Our Father and the Creed, is enriched with a plenary indulgence.  Note that all plenary indulgences require sacramental confession, Communion, prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and the absence of any attachment to sin whether mortal or venial.

Another commendable practice would be the recitation of the Collect of the Mass of the Feast of St. Francis de Sales as a novena prayer on each of the nine days up to and including the feast day on January 29:

Deus, qui ad animarum salutem beatum Franciscum Confessorem tuum atque Pontificem omnibus omnia factum esse voluisti: concede propitius; ut caritatis tuae dulcedine perfusi, eius dirigentibus monitis, ac suffragantibus meritis, aeterna gaudia consequamur. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

O God, Who for the salvation of souls willed that blessed Francis, Thy Confessor and Bishop, should become all things to all men, mercifully grant that we, inspired by the sweetness of Thy love, guided by his teachings, and aided by his merits, may attain the joys of everlasting life. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.