A court case which will be heard in New York on November 1st will determine if Venerable Fulton Sheen's Cause for Canonization can be reopened and move forward. Because his Cause is so important to our Diocese and the students at my school, we will be praying a novena together leading up to this important decision.
A novena is simply nine (or more) days of dedicated prayer for a specific intention. If you want to pray for the nine days leading up to Nov. 1st, you can start praying Sheen's Prayer for Canonization on October 23rd. We are going to adapt a little and pray the novena on nine school days, so we will begin on Thursday, October 20th.
We would love for you and your children/students to join in prayer with us. Here are a few options to guide you:
The Sheen Novena for his Canonization can be found here.
More info about Sheen's Cause for Canonization can be found here.
This coloring page contains the text of the main Prayer for Canonization as well as nine pictures about Fulton Sheen's life to color in each day you pray.
Click here for the Color-A-Novena coloring page:
Day 1: Fulton Sheen wrote 66 books all about Jesus, Mary, the Mass, prayer, and more!
Day 2: Fulton Sheen was an altar server and student at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Peoria, IL. This is also where he was ordained a priest.
Day 3: Fulton Sheen was very pro-life and especially dedicated to helping unborn babies. He wrote the Spiritual Adoption prayer that begins "Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much..."
Day 4: Fulton Sheen was the star of a popular television show called "Life is Worth Living." It was all about teaching the faith. He even won an Emmy!
Day 5: Fulton Sheen had a devoted prayer life. At his ordination, he promised to make a Holy Hour everyday and he kept that promise for the rest of his life.
Day 6: Fulton Sheen created the World Mission Rosary when he was the Director for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. It helps us to remember to pray for people everywhere in the world.
Day 7: Fulton Sheen loved Mary. He dedicated each of his 66 books to her and often prayed a poem called "Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue."
Day 8: Fulton Sheen taught about the Gospels his entire life. All of his books, radio and television shows, and retreats helped people know Jesus more.
Day 9: Fulton Sheen was ordained a Bishop and later an Archbishop. He was a shepherd to and a powerful influence on people all around the world.
Another Diocese of Peoria Catholic teacher (who also is a friend of mine) created this slide show to project in her classroom as they prayed the full readings for the novena. She graciously agreed to share it with us! Click here for the Google Slide Presentation with all of the Novena Prayers:
Thank you for joining with us in prayer!
"It does not take us much time to make us saints. It only requires much love."
~Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen