St. John Vianney Novena and Mass

Father Andrew Tsui, one of the new priests for the Diocese of Brooklyn (ordained by Bishop Brennan on June 4, 2022),  celebrated the 11:15AM Sunday Mass with us on July 31, 2022. Every year we invite a newly ordained priest to observe the Novena to St. John Vianney with us and ask everyone to make the seminarians in our diocese their special prayer intention for this time. The novena to the patron saint of parish priests is observed every year from July 27 to August 4, the saint’s feast day.

In his homily, Father Andrew evoked the shrine village of Ars in France where the love of Jesus was visibly manifested through its holy priest, Jean-Marie Baptiste Vianney. “A visible manifestation of Christ’s love is desperately needed in the church in the United States today,” Father Andrew said, noting that the treasure of faith must not be hoarded by a few but shared with others. He asked all to pray for priests, deacons, and religious men and women who make visible Jesus’ love to the world. At the end of Mass, Father Andrew led the congregation in reciting the prayer for the fifth day of the novena and gave a first blessing to Bishop Sanchez and Father Passenant. Then the faithful lined up to receive a first blessing from Father Andrew in our Saints Chapel (photos in the slide show by Regina Faighes)