Prayer and Devotion at St. Bonaventure's.
Monday 10.00am- Wednesday 12.00am
Saturday (During Confessions) 6.00pm-6.45pm
Catholics have a deep devotion to the Mother of Jesus, Mary. Her life was turned upside down by God when he asked her to be the mother of his son. She always responded with faithfulness to God however difficult the situation was, that is why Catholics see her at the best example of how to follow God’s will.
Jesus also gave her to us as a mother when he was dying on the cross, we pray to her that she will intercede to God for all our needs. The Rosary is so simple, and can be done anywhere from your bedroom, on the bus, or with your hands as you walk down the street. Pope Francis prays 3 Rosaries a day, as he knows how central it is to our journey through life and our growth to holiness.
Find out how to pray the Rosary here.
Devotion to the Divine Mercy of God has developed over the last hundred years. Jesus appeared to St Faustina in 1931 in Poland and asked her to have an image of his Mercy painted.
This image has become famous across the world and many people have turned to the power of Jesus in the hour of their greatest need. To receive this Mercy all that is needed is a simple act of faith. Jesus asks us simply to use the words ‘Jesus I trust in you.’ For more details about this devotion please click here.
Stations Of The Cross
Stations Of The Cross
For Catholics the suffering of Jesus form a central point of our devotion. It was by suffering for us ‘innocent thought he was’ that Jesus paid the price of our sin. A particularly intense prayer is to accompany Jesus as he carried his cross to Calvary where he died for us. This journey is commonly know as the ‘way of the cross’. In the 19th Century, as travel became available, pilgrimages to Jerusalem became more common. A big part of these pilgrimages was to walk and pray the actual way of the cross that Jesus walked. As many Catholics were too poor to make this journey a series of stopping points or ‘stations’ were placed in parish churches so that anyone could make this journey with Jesus in a spiritual way.
Almost every Catholic Church has a set of Stations of the Cross and it is usual to pray the ‘stations’ in lent, usually on a Friday as that is the day Jesus would have made his sorrowful journey to Mount Calvary. The stations focus on a number of events that are mentioned in the Bible but also include some reflection that have arisen through popular piety over the centuries. If you would like to pray the stations at home please click here.