Our Lady of Penafrancia and San Lorenzo Ruiz

Dear Friends

            I haven’t experienced the community celebration of Our Lady of Penafrancia, but I am looking forward to it! The novena began this past Friday at 6 pm and ends next Saturday with special celebrations for all to enjoy. The devotion to Our Lady of Penafrancia began in Spain and was brought to the Philippines.  She is the patroness of the Bicol region, and devotion to Our Lady of Penafrancia is a powerful tradition among Bicolanos. Everyone is most welcome to any of the evening masses leading up to the feast day which will culminate on September 21st at the 10:00 am mass. All of the events will take place at St. Edward. Hope to see you there.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Scott Connolly



Come Celebrate with us!

            We will have a special celebration of San Lorenzo Ruiz (the first formally acknowledged saint from the Philippines) on September 22 at the 10:30 am mass at St. George. Fr. Scott has invited a close friend to come and speak at the mass that day. Dr. Kathleen McKain-Pitts is the older sister of Molly McKain who was the young woman officially declared the Miracle of St. Lorenzo by Saint Pope John Paul II in the 1980s. Molly had been in a horrible car accident as a young person and there was little hope for survival, but the prayers offered for her through the Filipino people through the intercession of St. Lorenzo brought about her recovery. After an in-depth investigation by the Vatican, it was determined that Molly’s recovery was indeed a miracle which they attributed to San Lorenzo’s prayers. Molly and Kathleen were able to meet St. John Paul II on the day of San Lorenzo’s canonization, and Kathleen will be here at St. George to share more of the story. Come to celebrate with us and our Filipino community. There will be a reception afterward in the St. Francis Hall at St. George.