Borrowing an ancient practice of St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Augustinians will be distributing loaves of bread blessed with his relic at the St. Rita Novena on Thursday, September 3. at 7:00 p.m. (St. Nicholas of Tolentine's feast day is Sept. 10.) Nicholas, an Augustinian friar, was born in 1245. Living an austere life, at one point he became ill and in a vision the Blessed Mother told him to eat a piece of bread signed with the cross and soaked in water. He was cured. Afterwards he repeated the practice caring for the sick. The custom of blessing and distributing the “Bread of St. Nicholas” is still observed by some Augustinians.
You might say he’s a Saint for our times: He tried to revive morality and religion after the rise of “city life” in the late 13th century and diligently ministered to those who had left the church. Mass and Perpetual Novena devotions to St. Rita take place the first Thursday of every month from 7-8 p.m., at St. Rita High School Shrine Chapel.
St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel
September Mass & Novena Prayers
Thursday, September 3, 2015
6:00 p.m. - Confessions
7:00 p.m. - Mass & Novena Prayers