Legion of Mary – Novena of Grace takes place from Wednesday 4th March to Thursday 12th March (the anniversary of the canonisation of St. Francis Xavier). The Novena Prayer will be recited after 10 am Mass each day and copies of the novena will be available in the church porch.
The first Novena of Grace of Francis Xavier, nine days of prayer, is said to have taken place in Goa, India, in 1615, when a boy, crippled from birth, was cured. After Francis Xavier was named a Saint on 12th of March, 1622, the Novena of Grace grew in popularity around the world. It reached Ireland in 1712 when it was first celebrated in Mary’s Lane Chapel in St Michan’s Parish, Dublin.