Blessed Solanus Casey Novena 2020

Opening Our Doors with Blessed Solanus Casey

For many years Father Solanus was a “porter”, opening the door of Capuchin friaries to people of all races and religions who came seeking healing and hope, trusting in his prayer and compassion. During this novena we will be seeking his inspiration to open the doors of our life more widely – to welcome all those God is bringing into our lives. Each day of this novena is a feast day of a Saint or Blessed that will help us focus on a particular aspect of our lives that God is inviting us to reflect on – and open up.

Novena and Feast Day Schedule

  • Wednesday, July 22: Saint Mary Magdalene: Mary Magdalene invites us to open the door of our heart to genuine intimacy with Jesus.
    • Mass: 7:45 am. RSVP not required.

  • Thursday, July 23: Saint Brigid of Sweden – invites us to open the doors of our hearts (especially during times of upheaval and uncertainty) to the holiness of marriage and family life.
    • Mass: 7:45 am. RSVP not required.

  • Friday, July 24: Saint Sharbel Makhluf, Lebanese Maronite priest and monk who died 1898, the year Solanus professed first vows: he invites us to open the doors of our hearts to welcome in brothers and sisters from the East as well as the West, particularly those enduring great persecution and oppression.
    • Mass: 7:45 am. RSVP not required.

  • Saturday, July 25: Saint James, first apostle to die for Christ, invites us to open the doors of our hearts to embrace the cross of suffering which Jesus promised would come to all his followers.
    • Mass: 7:45 am. RSVP not required.

  • Sunday, July 26: Saints Joachim & Anne, grandparents of Jesus – who invite us to open the doors of our hearts to share our faith – and to be filled with gratitude for those who have shared their faith with us. An RSVP through Eventbrite is required to attend this Mass.

  • Monday, July 27: Blessed Mary Magdalene Martinengo (Capuchin Poor Clare, blessed martyr of Nazism) in contrast to her time and ours, she invites us to open the door of our heart to discover God’s presence in the midst of our ordinary, unspectacular lives.
    • Mass: 7:45 am. RSVP not required.

  • Tuesday, July 28: Blessed Mary Teresa Kowalska, Capuchin Poor Clare martyred by Nazis in Polish concentration camp, 1941: in contrast to her time and ours, invites us to open wide the doors of our hearts to welcome in and appreciate brothers/sisters of different races, religions, cultures.
    • Mass: 7:45 am. RSVP not required.

  • Wednesday, July 29: Saint Martha, patroness of Christian hospitality, invites us to open the doors of our hearts to a life of warm and gracious hospitality, especially in times that can be too self-centered, exaggerating the need for privacy.
    • Mass: 7:45 am. RSVP not required.

  • Thursday, July 30: Blessed Solanus Casey. An RSVP through Eventbrite is required to attend these Masses.
    • Mass: 7:45 am celebrated by Br. Michael Sullivan, OFM Capuchin, Provincial Minister.
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    • Mass: 12:00 noon celebrated by Fr. David Preuss, OFM Capuchin, Director of the Solanus Casey Center.
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    • Mass: 7:00 pm celebrated by Fr. Edward Foley, Capuchin, Vice-Postulator of the Cause for Canonization of Blessed Solanus Casey
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All Masses take place inside St. Bonaventure Chapel and will be livestreamed to the Blessed Solanus Casey Facebook Page, YouTube Channel, Twitter account and on the solanuscasey.org homepage.

For those attending in person, cloth face coverings are required and Massgoers are asked to follow onsite instructions concerning social distancing guidelines inside the Chapel.

Unable to attend? Please pray the Novena prayers with us. 

At the Solanus Casey Center

The Solanus Casey Center is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

In honor of Blessed Solanus' Feast Day, the Solanus Casey Center Gift Shop will offer 20% off select items starting July 22 through July 30. You may also use the code FEASTDAY2020 to receive 20% off at our online store. Votive candles and other select items are excluded from the discount. Gift Shop hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

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