To further the devotion to St. Jude Thaddeus, "Patron of Difficult Cases," and to support the education and formation of worthy students for the Dominican Priesthood and Brotherhood.

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Upcoming Novenas:

Novena Details:

Note:  There will be no St. Anne Novena this year.

Special Novenas are held at St. Dominic's Church, Steiner & Bush, San Francisco, California.

Mon-Sat   Novena Masses are 8:00 a.m. and 5.30 p.m.
Sun            Novena Mass is at 11:30 a.m. 

After these Masses (except for the Sunday Mass) you can receive a blessing with the relic of St. Jude. The Shrine of St. Jude also has a Mass each weekday at St. Dominic's at 5:30 p.m. after which you can also receive a blessing with the relic of St. Jude.

How to Make a Novena

Attend one of the exercises at the Shrine for nine consecutive days. As there are several Masses a day, choose the hour most convenient for you, but you need not attend the same Mass each day should another Mass at the Shrine be more suitable on that particular day. Follow the exercises as they are conducted. You should, if at all possible, go to confession and communion during the novena. If you can't go to communion at the regular Novena Mass, you may receive in your own church. Should unforeseen circumstances make it impossible to attend one of the Novena services, the novena prayers should be said at home on that one day. Those out of town can and should say the Novena prayers at home during the nine days. If it is impossible for you to get to church because of sickness or if you are hospitalized, then say the novena prayers in your own home or in your hospital room.

Devotees of Saint Jude

You participate in the daily rosary and the devotions to Saint Jude held at the Shrine each day.

Send your petitions at any time with the request that they be placed at the Shrine Altar and prayed for during your own Novena, made publicly at the Shrine or privately at home or in hospital room.

If you desire a Novena of votive lights to be burned before the Shrine during your Novena, send a contribution to cover the expense.

Novena Prayers (Option One)

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious apostle, SAINT JUDE THADDEUS, true relative of Jesus and Mary, I salute you through the most Sacred Heart of Jesus! Through this Heart I praise and thank God for all the graces He has bestowed upon you. Humbly prostrate before you, I implore you through this Heart to look down upon me with compassion. Oh, despise not my poor prayer; let not my trust be confounded! To you God has granted the privilege of aiding mankind in the most desperate cases. Oh, come to my aid that I may praise the mercies of God! All my life I will be grateful to you and will be your faithful client until I can thank you in heaven. Amen.

Priest: "Blessed Apostle, with confidence we invoke you!"
People:"Blessed Apostle, with confidence we invoke you!"
Priest: "St. Jude, help of the hopeless, aid me in my distress."
People: "St. Jude, help of the hopeless, aid me in my distress."

PRAY FOR US that we before death may expiate all our sins by sincere repentance and the worthy reception of the holy Sacraments.

Pray for us that we may appease the Divine Justice and obtain a favorable judgment.

Pray for us that we may be admitted into the company of the blessed to rejoice in the presence of our God forever.

The following prayer to be recited by both priest and people.

Saint Jude, glorious apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many. But the Church honors and invokes you universally as the patron of difficult and desperate cases. Pray for me who am so miserable. Make use, I implore you, of that particular privilege accorded to you to bring visible and speedy help where help was almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly — (here make your request) — and that I may bless God with you and all the elect throughout all eternity.

I promise you, O blessed JUDE, to be ever mindful of this great favor, and I will never cease to honor you as my special and powerful patron and do all in my power to encourage devotion to you. Amen.

Saint Jude, pray for us and for all who honor you and invoke your aid.

(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father, 3 times.)

Novena Prayers (Option Two)

LITANY OF ST. JUDE THADDEUS

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven,
have mercy on us!
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us!
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us!
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us!
St. Jude, relative of Jesus and Mary,
pray for us!
St. Jude, raised to the dignity of an apostle, pray for us!
St. Jude, who had the honor of beholding the Divine Master humble Himself to wash his feet,
pray for us!
St. Jude, who at the Last Supper received the Holy Eucharist from the hands of Jesus,
pray for us!
St. Jude, who, after the profound grief which the death of your beloved Master caused you, had the consolation of beholding Him risen from the dead and of assisting at His glorious Ascension,
pray for us!
St. Jude, who was filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost,
pray for us!
St. Jude, who preached the Gospel in Persia, pray for us!
St. Jude, who converted many people to the Faith, pray for us!
St. Jude, who performed wonderful miracles
- in the power of the Holy Spirit,
pray for us!
St. Jude, who restored an idolatrous king to health, both of soul and body,
pray for us!
St. Jude, who imposed silence on demons, and confounded their oracles,
pray for us!
St. Jude, who foretold to a weak prince an honorable peace with his powerful enemy,
pray for us!
St. Jude, who took from deadly serpents the power of injuring man,
pray for us!
St. Jude, who, disregarding the threats of the impious, courageously preached the doctrine of Christ, pray for us!
St. Jude, who gloriously suffered martyrdom for the love of your Divine Master, pray for us!
Blessed Apostle, with confidence,
we invoke you!
Blessed Apostle, with confidence,
we invoke youl!
Blessed Apostle, with confidence,
we invoke you!
St. Jude, help of the hopeless,
aid me in my distress!
St. Jude, help of the hopeless,
aid me in my distress!
St. Jude, help of the hopeless,
aid me in my distress!
That by thy intercession both priests and people of the Church may obtain an ardent zeal for the Faith of Jesus Christ, we beseech you, hear us!
That you would defend our Sovereign Pontiff and obtain peace and unity for the Holy Church, we beseech you hear us!
That all heathens and unbelievers may be converted to the true Faith,
we beseech you, hear us!
That faith, hope and charity may increase in our hearts, we beseech you, hear us!
That we may be delivered from all evil thoughts, and from all the snares of the devil,
we beseech you, hear us!
That you would vouchsafe to aid and protect all those who honor you,
we beseech you, hear us!
That you would preserve us from all sin and from all occasion of sin,
we beseech you, hear us!
That you would defend us at the hour of death against the fury of the devil and his evil spirits,
we beseech you, hear us!
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

LET US PRAY

O Saint Jude Thaddeus: cousin of Jesus Christ, glorious apostle and martyr, renowned for your virtues and miracles, faithful and prompt intercessor of all who honor you and trust in you, You are a powerful patron and helper in grievous afflictions. I come to you and entreat you from the depths of my heart to come to my aid with your powerful intercession, for you have received from God the privilege to assist with your manifest help those who almost despair of all hope. Look down upon me, my life is a life of crosses; my days are days of tribulation; and my paths are strewn with thorns, and scarcely one moment passes but is witness of my tears and sighs. And withal, my soul is enveloped in darkness, disquietude, discouragement, mistrust; yes, sometimes even a kind of despair preys upon my soul. Divine Providence seems lost to my sight, and Faith seems to falter in my heart.

Overwhelmed by these thoughts, I see myself surrounded by a dark cloud. You can not forsake me in this sad plight. I will not depart from you until you have heard me. O hasten to my aid. I will be grateful to you all my life. I will honor you as my special patron, I will thank God for the graces bestowed upon you and will propagate your honor according to my power. Amen.

Saint Jude Thaddeus, pray for us. And for all who invoke your aid.

Novena Prayers (Option Three) 

9 Days of Novena Prayers (PDF)

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