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Sheila Marquez wrote:

Hi, guys —

Thank you for your expedient response, however, I do have another question.

  • When completing a novena to a saint asking for their intercession for an on-going problem, is it necessary for the novena to be on-going?


  { When completing a novena to a saint for an on-going problem, is it necessary to continue it? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Sheila —

Thanks for the question.

Although there is nothing wrong with an on-going novena, it is not necessary to repeat it for an on-going problem.

The novena has its origins in the nine days that the Apostles and Our Blessed Mother prayed from the Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven to the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday.

Whatever results, or does not result, from our prayerful novena, we have to trust that the saint who is "In Christ Jesus" and the Lord, will answer our prayer according to what is best for us and those involved in our petition.

At my parish we just finished a novena to St. Monica that lapsed Catholics will come back to attending Sunday Mass on a weekly basis and receiving the sacrament of Confession at least on a monthly basis, as the bishops recommend.

I recommend other bishops start similar novenas in their dioceses.

Hope this helps,


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