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St. Gianna was a devoted member of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Action. Her husband, Pietro Molla, said that membership in these organizations was formative to Gianna, and encouraged her great generosity of spirit. Many service organizations struggle with uncertain income, as well as lack of staff and volunteers. Yet, the needs of the communities they serve do not disappear, but rather intensify during times of crisis. Today, we pray that service organizations providing life-giving support to families may be guided by the Holy Spirit in their work, and sustained during this time.

Let us pray:

 

O Blessed Mother, you received the good news of the incarnation of Christ, your Son, with faith and trust. Grant your protection to all pregnant mothers facing difficulties.

 

Guide us as we strive to make our parish communities places of welcome and assistance for mothers in need. Help us become instruments of God’s love and compassion.

 

Mary, Mother of the Church, graciously help us build a culture of life and a civilization of love, together with all people of good will, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen.

 

(Our FatherHail Mary, and Glory Be)

Saint Gianna Novena