Feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face
We will celebrate the feast of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face with a Solemn Mass and Blessing of the Roses at 2:00 pm followed by light refreshments in the Father Philip LaMothe Reception Room. Please unite with us in prayer on this special day.
Our good friend, Msgr. Richard G. Lavalley, pastor of St. Francis Xavier parish in Winooski, Vermont, will be our principal celebrant.
As many of you may know, Monsignor Lavalley is a dynamic homilist and a Carmelite at heart and in spirit. He has known Carmel since his childhood when he served as an altar boy at Vermont’s original Carmel in Williston.
He is an especially “good friend” of Little Therese with whom he has journeyed throughout his life and who has inspired him to serve God’s people in simplicity and joy.
Please be assured of our prayer for you and your intentions during our novena to Saint Therese from September 23 to October 1 and at the Holy Mass in her honor.
If you wish, you may send us your novena intentions via our prayer request page on this website.
Novena to Saint Therese
O Saint Therese of the Child jesus, who during your brief life on earth allowed no moment to pass without scatering before the Lord flowers of love and sacrifice, now that you stand before His Face, pray for us!
Teach us your “little way” of trust and abandonment to the merciful love of God which led you so quickly and surely to Him, that it may be for us alsothe road of sanctification.
O Little Flower of Jesus, you who consoled the heart of Jesusby your humble and confident love, pray that we too mayforget ourselves before the urgent needs of those you place upon our path.
Saint Therese, obtain for us the favor we confidently implore through your intercession; let fall upon us your promised shower of roses.Ask jessu to gather us all into the embrace of His own Divine Love that we may one day join you in praising the Divine Mercy forever. Amen.
October is a special month for us!
–2015 marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Avila, first woman Doctor of the Church and foundress of the Discalced Carmelites. Her feast is on October 15.
–On October 18 the Blesseds Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of Saint Therese, will be canonized, the first spouses with children in the history of the Church to be canonized as a couple. (You will be happy to know that another honor has come upon the holy Martin family: On July 2 the diocesan process was opened to inquire into the beatification of Leonie Martin, (Sister Francoise Therese) one of Saint Therese’s older sisters.)