Changes in place
for this year’s
Solemn Novena to St. Ann
The Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Ann
Watch the streamed video of the 2020 Liturgy:¹
Tuesday, July 21 – 5:30 p.m.
Bishop Kurt R. Burnette, D.D., of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic, New Jersery will preside at the Byzantine Catholic Divine Liturgy on Tuesday, July 21st. Joining the bishop will be area priests, deacons, altar servers and regional choir members.
The annual nine-day solemn novena to St. Ann at the National Shrine of the Basilica of St. Ann, Scranton begins on Friday, July 17 and culminates on Sunday, July 26, the feast day of St. Ann.
LIMITATION IN EFFECT DUE TO COVID-19
The Diocese of Scranton has published the following article (see links below) on their website. It describes the challenges faced by those planning this year’s event along with the changes faithful will need to know in advance if attending.
Please carefully read this article if you wish to attend so you can adjust your plans accordingly. There are changes to some of the customary services normally available on the Basilica grounds.
The Liturgy will be in the air conditioned upper main church, however the number of faithful allowed inside the Basilica for the Liturgy will be limited to 135 people. The traditional blessing with a relic of St. Ann will be made as a general blessing only.
This year it is recommended that anyone with underlying medical conditions consider remaining in the safety of home and instead pray the devotions in other ways.
TELEVISION – ONLINE BROADCASTS
Diocese of Scranton Catholic Television (CTV) will air the daily novena services on cable and over the air.
Monday-Friday: noon, 3:30 and 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 6 p.m.
The closing service will be broadcast July 28 at 8 p.m. & July 29 at 10 a.m.
Channels 7 & 807
Monday-Friday: 6:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 4 p.m.
The closing service will be broadcast July 27 at 4 p.m.
Online Streaming facebook.com/StAnnsNovena, facebook.com/
¹ Video streaming courtesy of the volunteers of St. Ann’s Basilica parish and the Knights of Columbus Council 12572 and Assembly 938
GOD HEARS OUR PRAYERS, KNOWS OUR HEARTS
We pray that in future years we will be able to celebrate as we have in the past honoring the mother of our blessed Theotokos, the Mother of Our God.
In our present time, God understands our needs, knows the intentions of our hearts and hears our petitions for bringing us through these trials and sacrifices. No matter how we participate in this year’s novena, whether at home or at the Basilica, our voices are united both now and eternally.
We are ever grateful to the Passionist community, staff, and St. Ann parish family at the Monastery who are always our gracious hosts and friends. It is a gift and blessing to be united as Catholics in worship to God and with reverence to St. Ann.
DAILY Novena Devotions after each DAILY Mass : 8:00 & 11:45 am 5:30 pm
Novena Service only 3:30 pm daily in the Basilica; No daily 7:30 Masses except for Closing Feast Day