Novenas to Pray in February

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Have a special intention you need prayers for? Pray a novena to one (or more) of these saints with a feast day this month. 

The Holy Family Novena

February is the month dedicated to the Holy Family. During the next 28 days, the Church invites us to meditate on the perfect example of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph and to seek to emulate them in our domestic church. 

This novena offers a beautiful reflection on the Holy Family for you to pray with anytime during this month. 

The St. Scholastica Novena

Saint Scholastica was the twin sister of Saint Benedict, the Father of Western Monasticism. She founded a religious community of women not far from her brother’s monastery. 

Despite their cloistered lives, the two remained close. When Scholastica died, Benedict had a vision of her soul ascending to heaven. 

The novena to St. Scholastica begins on February 1st. 

Our Lady of Lourdes Novena

In 1858, Our Lady appeared to Saint Bernadette in Lourdes, France. She told Bernadette to dig in the mud near the apparition site, revealing a miraculous spring and later asked her to build a church at the grotto.

Today, millions of people around the world visit the shrine and bathe in the healing waters of Lourdes. 

You can pray to Our Lady of Lourdes for both bodily and spiritual healing, or for any intention with this novena beginning February 2nd. 

The St. Peter Damian Novena

After a childhood in poverty and years of schooling, Saint Peter Damian became a Benedictine monk. As an Abbot he began five other monasteries and was eventually named the Cardinal-bishop of Ostia.

Peter Damian wrote on the duties of monks and priests, fought against the evils of simony, and faithfully assisted several popes to settle difficulties within the Church. The Church named him one of the Doctor of the Church for his contributions to the Body of Christ. 

The novena to St. Peter Damian begins February 12.

The St. Polycarp Novena

Saint Polycarp, a disciple of John the Apostle, played a significant role in the early Church and was just recently named a Doctor of the Church. He helped the faithful navigate disagreements in the early Church as well as combat heresies that began to emerge with Christ-like love and patience.

St. Polycarp followed Christ even to death as a martyr. Celebrate the feast day of one of the Apostolic Fathers by praying this novena beginning February 16. 

The St. Katherine Drexel Novena

Saint Katherine Drexel became the second canonized American-born citizen. Katherine was born in Philadelphia, PA. After giving up her wealth to become a nun.

Katherine Drexel founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament that established schools and served Native American and black communities in need. She is the patron saint of racial justice and philanthropists. 

With her feast day on March 3, begin the St. Katherine Drexel Novena on February 22. 

The Saints Perpetua and Felicity Novena 

Saints Perpetua and Felicity died together as martyrs for the faith during the persecution of Christians under Emperor Severus in Africa. Both women were mothers and faced their execution with peace and joy. 

They are the patron saints of mothers, expectant mothers, widows, butchers, and ranchers. You can pray for them to any intention with this novena beginning on February 26. 

The St. John of God Novena

Inspired by St. John of Avila, St. John of God devoted his life to God and to the care of the poor and sick. 

He founded a religious order, the Brothers Hospitallers of St. John of God, and opened a hospital, where he and his brothers personally tended to the needs of their patients. 

Offer this novena to St. John of God for any of your intentions beginning February 27th.

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