NOVENA TO ST. JUDE: October 18th to 28th

Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of difficult cases, of things almost despaired of, Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone.

Intercede with God for me that He bring visible and speedy help where help is 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 - (make your request here)

- and that I may praise God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, O Blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor granted me by God and to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you.



"Missionary commitment, then, remains ... the Church's primary service to humanity today, in order to offer Christ's salvation to modern mankind", declared Pope Benedict XVI in his message dated May 27, on the occasion of 81st World Mission Day which is to be celebrated on Sunday October 21, 2007.

The theme for this year's World Mission Day is "All the Churches for all the world."

In his message Pope said, "The Lord invites local Churches on all continents to a joint awareness of the urgent need to relaunch missionary activity to meet the many grave challenges of our time."