Families encouraged to tune in to saint’s blessing

St Gerard Majella (Majellan Media)

Melbourne’s Redemptorist community will livestream its annual St Gerard’s Feast Day Blessing on Facebook for the second consecutive year due to COVID-19. Source: Majellan Media.

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. His feast day is October 16.

Fr Sam Kono will perform the liturgy on Saturday at 11am and the Redemptorist priests and brothers from the Formation House in Kew will sing three hymns. There will also be a special blessing for families and children.

Majellan Media chief Tony Biviano says COVID-19 has 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,” Mr Biviano said.

“In the past, we have had people attend the event at Majellan House, but the pandemic has changed everything.

“The liturgy will include a family blessing, and everyone is welcome.”

Mr Biviano said last year’s livestream saw more than 800 families attend the online blessing.

Families are invited to send in their intentions (prayers) for the Redemptorist community to include in their prayer services and Masses. Details: www.majellan.media/majellan-day/

People can view on Saturday from 11am by following Majellan Publications' Facebook page.

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Families encouraged to tune in to St Gerard’s blessing (Majellan Media)

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