Sometimes, even for those with strong faith, it can be very difficult to accept the depth and intensity of loss and suffering that sometimes comes into our lives. The passing of someone who is dear to us, the illness of a close friend or relative, or the loneliness we feel in the face of such sorrow can leave us shaken and confused.
For over 800 hundred years, the Dominican Friars have made it a very special part of our mission to attend to the needs of the sick and the dying with loving care and compassion. Our Friars often serve in health care ministries, working as chaplains in hospitals, offering the Sacraments to the sick and providing comfort and support to those who are ill, to their families and to hospital staff.
As someone who has either experienced an illness or seen a loved one suffer, you know the feeling of powerlessness or hopelessness that can sometimes take hold. But because of your devotion and trust in St. Jude, you also know that prayers are answered and miracles happen. Even in the darkest moments, or despite what appears to be insurmountable obstacles.
We are happy to pray for your intentions during our St. Jude Novena of masses, October 20th — October 28th. Please send us your prayer intentions using the form below so the Dominican Friars of the Rosary Shrine of St. Jude can pray for you during this special novena!
Thank you for being a loyal, faithful member of our Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude family. May the fullness of God’s blessings, through the aid of Our Lady of the Rosary and our trusted heavenly intercessor, St. Jude, be with you and your loved ones always.
Sincerely in Our Lady and St. Jude,
Fr. Gabriel Gillen, O.P.
Director, Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude
P.S. For those of you who are in desperate need of help and have a very personal intention, I’d like to invite you to pray along with me to St. Jude! You can do so by watching the brief video below; don’t give up hope!