Saint Gerard’s feast a hit … again!

Hundreds of people tuned in to the annual Saint Gerard’s Feast Day Blessing on October 16 which due to COVID-19 was live streamed on Facebook for the second consecutive year.

The Blessing has received more than 500 views.

Father Sam Kono performed the liturgy and the Redemptorist priests and brothers from the Formation House in Kew sang three hymns. The event also included a special blessing for families and children.

Majellan Media CEO Tony Biviano said COVID-19 had made life difficult for many families. “Sadly, many families have been separated for long periods placing a severe strain on people’s wellbeing and mental health. 

“In the past, we have had people attend the event at Majellan House, but the pandemic has changed everything. The live stream was one way of spreading the message to the wider community, safely and effectively,” said Mr Biviano.

St Gerard is the patron saint of mothers, expectant mothers and the unborn. He was born in Italy in 1726 and became a lay brother of the order of the Congregation of the Redeemer or the Redemptorists, as they are more commonly known. The order was started by St Alphonsus Liguori in 1732.

Pope Pius X canonised St Gerard in 1904 and his feast day is held on October 16. His shrine at Materdomini in Italy attracts more than one million pilgrims each year.

You can still view the St Gerard’s feast day celebration through the Majellan Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/MajellanPublications/

We also encourage people to send in their intentions (prayers) for the Redemptorist community to include in their prayer services and Masses.

For more details go to: www.majellan.media/majellan-day/

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