Novenas Galore!

My sister and I are practicing Catholics and devotees of Santo Padre Pio. Currently I am on my 3rd cycle of the Novena. Sissy started but it was aborted on the 5th day. That’s too bad, but she’s starting over. Hopefully the kids will be filled with the Holy Spirit — or at least be so engrossed with Youtube or something that they forget about their mom altogether for 9 consecutive days or nights — and give her the time and the privacy so she could finish the novena this time.

My copy of the “Novena to Padre Pio of Pietrelcina” in Tagalog.

In the meantime, we’ve both started the Novena to St. Philomena today. My friend gave me a copy of the chaplet and the novena. I forwarded both to my sissy and started right away. Before the novena ends, we’ve decided to go visit the St. Philomena Shrine in Quezon City or that chapel in Tanay, Rizal, en route Regina RICA, where my sister has been planning on going for ages.

St. Philomena, the teenage saint — just 13. (Image courtesy:

I’ll be posting a series of blogs about it under¬†TRAVEL, GOD & RELIGION, and¬†of course — SNAPSHOTS categories!

So, what other novenas have I been up to lately? I’ve just recently concluded St. Anne’s for my mother, St. Monica’s for Um (it does work!), St. Jude’s (here), Our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s (which my college best friend is a faithful devotee of), and most recently St. Rita of Cascia, who was first introduced to me by my friend and former colleague from the old publishing house I used to work for.

My copy of the Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

Oh, I almost forgot. I wanted to share this novena I found online. It’s for siblings, interceded by the twin saints, Benedict and Scholastica. I bet you didn’t know that!

Here’s the Novena prayer:


That’s for my sister. Sis: You’re already blessed but God will bless you more. The Lord protects and embraces you and the whole family day and night, and that’s what my petition is about — to give thanks for your blessings and protection each day and that you be blessed even more because all your hard work deserves a hefty reward! May God bless us so we can be blessings to others!

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