Shelter Seeking is a traditional practice in parishes throughout the world, an old custom that probably originated in Austria and has been brought to South Africa by the Schoenstatt Family Movement. It symbolizes Mary moving from place to place seeking shelter to give birth to Our Lord. The nine day Novena starts on the Feast of Christ the King (24 November) and ends after the fourth week of Advent with a celebratory Mass at Schoenstatt. The image of Our Lady will go from home to home weekly with a prayer night at the home of the person receiving the image.
SHELTER SEEKING DURING COVID CONDITIONS
- It will be held at church.
- The family allocated to that day will set up a SHELTER place for Our Blessed Mother at Church at the Grotto or under the Carport. Cloths, flowers, symbols may be added.
- You would invite your family, relatives and friends as you would have previously. Parishioners would be invited via parish media.
- You would prepare your hour of Novena Prayer allocated to your day, your hymns, your reflections, stories etc. ( just as you did in the past).
MOTHER MARY WOULD STAY IN THE CHURCH FOR THE TWO DAYS IN THE PLACE
YOU PREPARED FOR HER.
The following NINE dates have been chosen:
- Sunday 29 November @ 3:30pm
- Tuesday 1 December @ 7pm
- Thursday 3 December @ 7 pm
- Sunday 6 December @ 3:30pm
- Thursday 10 December @ 7pm
- Saturday 12 December @ 3:30pm
- Tuesday 15 December @ 7pm
- Thursday 17 December @ 7pm
- Saturday 19 December @ 3:30pm
Final celebratory Mass: Tuesday 22 December @ 18:00pm