Blessed Solanus Casey Feast Day & Novena

Blessed Solanus Casey, Detroit’s beloved Capuchin priest on the road to sainthood in the Catholic Church, will be remembered at the Solanus Casey Center with a nine-day novena beginning on July 22, 2019, culminating with the Feast of Solanus Casey on July 30, 2019. Each day of the novena of prayer focuses on a particular area of Blessed Solanus Casey’s life and ministry. All events are free and open to all.

Throughout the nine-day novena leading up to the feast day, the Solanus Casey Center gift shop will offer a discount of 20 percent or more off all items. Confessions will be heard by Capuchin priests from Monday through Saturday during the novena week from 9:30am to 4pm.

Unable to attend? Please pray the Novena prayers with us. 

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Monday, July 22 – Mother Earth

  • 7:45am and 12:00 noon Masses, followed by litany and prayer, with intercessions for protection and care for our common home. 

Fr. Solanus grew up on a farm and spent significant time surrounded by nature.

 

Tuesday, July 23 – Music, musicians and artists

  • 7:45am and 12:00 noon Masses with litany and prayer for musicians.

Fr. Solanus played the violin. 

 

Wednesday, July 24 – The sick

  • 7:45am Mass
  • 12:00 noon Mass with litany and prayer with and for the sick
  • 2pm Blessing of the Sick service. Service will be interpreted into ASL for the hearing impaired.

Fr. Solanus prayed fervently for the sick and suffering. His prayers and intercession were known to sometimes result in miraculous healing.

 

Thursday, July 25 – The poor

  • 7:45am Mass
  • 12:00 noon Mass with litany and prayer with and for the poor

Fr. Solanus inspired the creation of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in 1929 in the early days of the Great Depression. Visitors to the Solanus Casey Center are invited to donate a gift of men’s or women’s socks and/or underwear for guests of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen shower program and the clothing distribution center at Capuchin Services Center.

 

Friday, July 26 – Children and grandparents

  • 7:45am Mass
  • 12:00 noon Mass celebrated by Fr. Ed Foley, vice-postulator of the Cause for Canonization of Blessed Solanus Casey, followed by litany and prayer for children and grandparents on the Feast of St. Anne, the patron saint of grandparents and of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Fr. Solanus had great love for children and families.

 

Saturday, July 27 – Young adults

  • 7:45am Mass
  • 12:00 noon Mass followed by litany and prayer

As a young adult, Fr. Solanus encountered challenges and disappointments, but through prayer discerned and surrendered to God’s will.

 

Sunday, July 28 – Holy Mother Church

  • 9:00am Mass with litany and prayer with and for all the Church, celebrated by Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Donald Hanchon
  • Noon Mass with Bishop Francis Kalabat presiding. 

 

Monday, July 29 – Those in religious and consecrated life

  • 7:45am Mass
  • 12:00 noon Mass with litany and prayer for those in religious and consecrated life

As a Capuchin friar and priest, Fr. Solanus took a vow of poverty, chastity and obedience.

 

Tuesday, July 30 – The Feast Day

  • 7:45am Mass
  • 12:00 noon Mass with litany and prayer for the Feast of Blessed Solanus Casey
  • 7:00pm Mass with litany and prayer for the Feast of Blessed Solanus Casey, with special invited celebrant, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Capuchin, Archbishop of Boston. 

Blessed Solanus Casey, pray for us! Prayer for Canonization

 

All events take place at the Solanus Casey Center at 1780 Mt. Elliott Street in Detroit. Secured and lit off-street parking is available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis in a gated lot off of Kercheval Street between Mt. Elliott and Meldrum. Additional parking is available on the streets surrounding the center.