We will begin a 9-week Novena to St Pio of Pietrelcina in St Brigid’s Church on Monday 24th September at 7.00pm. A Blessing will take place with the Relics of St Pio on the final night.
St Pio candles will also be available to be placed in front of the Altar before each Mass remembering the intention which you are offering on each of the Nine Monday nights of the Novena.
Life of St Pio……
Every so often, an extraordinary soul graces the world with incredible holiness. Padre Pio was that man for much of the 20th century. He was born Francesco Forgione on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy. Even at a young age he was called to a deep, unique relationship with God—
he later reported having conversed with Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and his guardian angel on separate occasions. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Francesco was attacked by the devil as a young child. That would continue throughout his entire life. He joined the Capuchins, took the name Pio, and was ordained a priest in 1910. In 1920, he received the stigmata. Soon after, Padre Pio became internationally known for his sanctity. Tens of thousands of people saw him, and a simple internet search turns up story after story of grace-filled encounters with Padre Pio. That happened during his lifetime, and it continues to happen while he’s in eternal life.
He died in 1968, was beatified by St. John Paul II in 1999, and canonized in 2002.