News & Events

24 Sep 2018

Solemn Novena 2018 – November 12-20

Monday, November 12 through Tuesday, November 20

Preacher:  Rev. Francis W. Sacks, CM
Theme:  EUCHARIST: The Heart of Our Catholic Faith and Practice


We invite you to join us for the Annual Solemn Novena and Feast Day Mass. Our theme focuses on the Eucharist, the source and summit of our Catholic Faith. Each day we’ll look at a particular element of the Mass so we can enter into it more deeply. 

The Solemn Novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal has been celebrated every year at the Miraculous Medal Shrine in Germantown (Philadelphia) since 1927.  During this time it has always been celebrated during the nine days before Thanksgiving, since the Feast of the Miraculous Medal is on November 27. The Solemn Novena provides the faithful with an opportunity before the Feast to respond to Mary’s invitation to come to the Altar and place their needs in her open hands so she may take them to her Son.  Mary gave the design of the Miraculous Medal to St. Catherine Labouré and told her “to have a Medal struck upon this model.  Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck.” 

Click here to view and download the Solemn Novena flyer


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Click here to view the Novena Livestream or Recording

Solemn Novena Schedule:

Monday – Friday:
Novena Prayers & Mass: 7am
Novena Prayers, Mass, & Sermon: 9am, 12:05pm, & 7pm
Novena Prayers, Sermon, & Benediction: 2pm & 5pm

   We will have the Anointing of the Sick after all the Masses and Services on Friday, November 16


Saturday & Sunday:
Novena Prayers, Mass, & Sermon: *9am and *12:05pm
   *Coffee and refreshments will be served following each Mass Saturday and Sunday in the Lower Shrine.


Topics for the Solemn Novena (November 12-20):

November 12: Introductory Rites: Opening Our Hearts to the Sacred Mysteries
November 13: Proper Prayers (Collect, Offering, and Communion): Addressing God from Our Hearts
November 14: Liturgy of the Word (Epistle-Response-Gospel-Homily): Listening with Hearts Open to God’s Word
November 15: Creed: Renewing Heartfelt Baptismal Promises
November 16: Intercessory Prayers: Declaring Heart-Felt Needs to God in Christ’s Name
November 17: Preface and Sanctus: Opening Our Hearts to Praise God with All the Angels and Saints
November 18: Eucharistic Prayer: Praying Thankfully with All God’s People
November 19: Holy Communion: Uniting Our Hearts in Christ’s Prayer, Peace, and Real Presence
November 20: Dismissal: Going Forth to Evangelize the World with Hearts Renewed


Solemn Novena Preacher:


Rev. Francis Sacks, CM, is currently an Associate Director at the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal. He is also the chaplain at St. Catherine’s Infirmary at St. Vincent’s Seminary.

Father spent most of his priesthood in higher education—teaching Theology to undergraduate students at Niagara University, St. John’s University in NY, and St. Vincent de Paul Regional Major Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL. He has also worked as: Campus Minister at Auburn University, AL; Director of the East Central Alabama Vincentian Mission; and religious Superior for his Vincentian community at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Princeton, NJ.

Through the years, he has conducted many retreats for religious sisters, and was the retreat preacher at St. Lazare Retreat House in Spring Lake, MI. Before coming to Philadelphia, he served as Chaplain at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, MD. 

His favorite hobby is photography, and he currently develops the Miraculous Medal Shrine Reflection videos, which can be viewed on the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal website (


Feast Day Mass 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 10am

Refreshments will be served following the Feast Day Mass.

The Miraculous Medal Shrine
500 East Chelten Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19144