UTICA — Oct. 21 marks the first anniversary of the canonization of St. Marianne Cope, a Sister of St. Francis who was raised in Utica and who served throughout the diocese and then in Hawaii until her death in 1918. To commemorate this notable occasion, St. Joseph & St. Patrick Church in Utica has planned its first novena to St. Marianne.
Nine consecutive days of pious devotion represent the traditional novena. For nine days individuals devote themselves to prayer with the hope of obtaining St. Marianne’s intercessory grace for personal needs and or the needs of others. A novena may also prepare the faithful to celebrate a particular feast. We will be preparing to joyfully commemorate the first anniversary of St. Marianne’s canonization.
The novena takes place at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 to 19 at St. Joseph & St. Patrick Church, 702 Columbia St., Utica. Special guest speakers will present, including the two miracle recipients for the St. Marianne Cause, Kate Mahoney and Sharon Smith, who will share their stories of extraordinary healing. The novena will conclude Oct. 20 with a concelebrated Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 2 p.m. The main celebrant and homilist will be Father Richard E. Dellos, pastor of St. Joseph & St. Patrick Church. The voices of the St. Joseph & St. Patrick Sunday Choir, Utica Maennerchor Chorus and Cassandra Harris-Lockwood will add to the beauty of the liturgy. A first class relic of Saint Marianne will be venerated followed by a Procession of Parishes led by La Banda Rossa (The Red Band) from the church to the site of St. Marianne’s Utica homestead on Schuyler Street (two city blocks away from the church).
For more information contact Ellen Benton at (315) 735-4429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 12 • Benediction, 7 p.m. Novena speaker: Kate Mahoney will share her story of miraculous healing through the intercession of St. Marianne Cope.
Oct. 13 • Benediction, 7 p.m. Novena speaker: Sharon Smith will share her story of miraculous healing through the intercession of St. Marianne Cope.
Oct. 14 • Mass, 7 p.m. Novena speaker: Sister Grace Anne Dillenschneider, OSF, vice postulator of the St. Marianne Cause, will speak about St. Marianne’s years in Hawaii.
Oct. 15 • Mass, 7 p.m. Novena speaker: Father John E. Mikalajunas, pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Utica, will speak about the rarity of sainthood and saints of New York State.
Oct. 16 • Mass, 7 p.m. Novena speaker: Father Brad Milunski, OFM Conv., rector of the Franciscan Church of the Assumption in Syracuse, will impart a sense of Franciscan spirituality regarding St. Marianne.
Oct. 17 • Mass, 7 p.m. Novena speaker: Father John A. Buehler, pastor of Historic Old St. John’s Church will speak about the early Catholic Church in Utica.
Oct. 18 • Mass, 7 p.m. Novena speaker: Father George E. Wurz, pastor of St. Peter’s Church in Oswego, will speak about St. Marianne’s years in Oswego.
Oct. 19 • Benediction, 7 p.m. Novena speaker: Gregory Griffin, congregational director of mission advancement for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, will speak about personal stewardship of St. Marianne in our daily lives.
Oct. 20 • Mass, 2 p.m. Homilist Father Richard E. Dellos, pastor of St. Joseph & St. Patrick Church, will speak about St. Marianne Cope — A Saint for Our Time. Procession of Parishes, 3:30 p.m.