NEW YORK — Novenas and dedications will be part of the commemorations of the Oct. 28 Feast of St. Jude at several Holy Name parishes.
The Church of St. Stephen of Hungary on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is celebrating with a week of prayer from Oct. 23 to Oct. 28.
“We will have a special feast day Mass on Oct. 28, where we will rededicate the shrine as it has been recently renovated,” said Jayne Porcelli, executive director. “The shrine is quite old, as is the church, which recently commemorated its 80th anniversary.” Angelo Gambatese, OFM, is the church pastor.
This week in Buffalo, N.Y., parishioners at St. Clare Church are praying a novena from Oct. 20 to Oct. 28. Participants at the church on Elk Street focus on the theme, “Hope for the Hopeless.”
The parish publicized the novena, saying, “You are invited to participate with us as we celebrate our 74tth annual Novena to St. Jude.”
Guests speakers include Michael Putich, OFM, Francis Pompei, OFM, from the parish as well as some visiting priests — Fr. Arthur J. Smith, Fr. Anselm Chalupka, OSPPE, Msgr. David Lee, Fr. Joseph S. Rogiliano, Fr. Joseph Bayne. Maurice Swartwout, OFM, is the novena prayer leader for each evening.
St. Clare’s Parish comes together the first Tuesday of each month with Maurice for a holy hour of prayer. On Nov. 4 at 7 p.m., it will offer prayers for police officers.