Saturday May 26, 2018
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Leading up to the celebration of Respect Life Sunday on October 6, Bishop Joseph Tyson invites us to take part in a "Novena to Three American Saints for Life."  We ask the intercession of these great saints, that our society may grow in its respect for human life, from natural conception to natural death.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, a prominent New York aristocrat, had five children with her husband, William, a shipping merchant. Before she turned 30, the Setons went bankrupt and William died. Within five years of his death, Elizabeth had converted to Catholicism, formed New York City’s first charity (the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children), established the first Catholic school and she founded the first religious community of women in the United States of America.

DAY TWO (September 29)

Saint Elizabeth Seton,
you knew the beauty of all human life
when you carried a child in your womb
and when, as a young widow,
a teacher, and founder of the Sisters of Charity,
you sought to live the Gospel of Life.
Inspire us, intercede for us, and be with us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

You know the cry of a little child;
Inspire us to protect the littlest and most vulnerable.

You known the searching of the adolescent;
Open our eyes to the wonder of their lives.

You know the journey of the dying;
Be with us as we journey toward death with those whom we love.

You know the pain of the widow;
Inspire to us to seek out those who are most in need.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory to the Father …