Mass with Father Mema (St. John Vianney Novena)

Fr. Robert Mema

On July 30, 2017, Father Robert Mema, who was ordained in June 2017 as a priest in our diocese, celebrated 11:30 Mass and led us in day 4 of the novena to St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests. Afterward, in the Mary garden, he offered a First Blessing to those attending Mass. The close of the novena on August 4, the saint’s feast day, is special this year because it marks the start of a diocesan Year of Vocations.

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NET-TV’s “Currents” aired two segments on the novena tradition at our church, interviewing Fr. Mema and some of our parishioners about why they participate in the novena for vocations and pray for the future of the church.

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Photos by Niranjan Fernando, at 11:30 am Novena Mass, July 30, 2017