FSSP Baltimore’s Novena for Lapsed Catholics Begins 8/2

July 30, 2019

The National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori

Most of us have relatives or friends who have fallen away from the Faith, and many constant souls have been praying faithfully for a long time for the return of their loved ones. Every year, FSSP Baltimore offers a wonderful opportunity to pray in a special way for the lost sheep that we know. Beginning on the August 2nd feast of its patron, the National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori holds a week-long novena of Masses for fallen-away Catholics. St. Alphonsus was a devoted confessor and had a great love and care for penitents, and hence is an apt patron for lapsed souls.

The crumbling courtyard wall

100% of your donation will be used for much-needed repair and restoration work underway this summer at the Shrine. Among the projects the Shrine is working on is a rebuild of the retaining wall around the courtyard, including reconstruction of the drainage system that was causing flooding at one end of the courtyard that was damaging the wall. The courtyard will be a Marian garden that they hope will supply their altar flowers for next year. Also being replaced are the carriage house doors that have been shut fifty years but will allow access for further repair work on the church and attached convent, which the Shrine will use to host retreats. The historic iron fence that provides some security at the front of the church also needs to be replaced.

A rose in Mary’s garden

May God reward you for your generosity, both in supplying the spiritual needs of your fallen-away relatives and friends and in supplying the material needs of this beautiful and historic Shrine, which the FSSP has administered for two years now. We are immensely grateful and humbled to care for the Shrine, which counts St. John Neumann and Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos among its former pastors and is a treasure of American Catholicism.

You can see more pictures of the repair work below. Click a picture to learn more, and visit the Shrine’s website to enroll your intentions. +