Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Novena preparation

the Inland Register

(From the December 19, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Pictured is Javier Tzikin, Sacristan for Santa Catarina Church in Ixtahuacán, Guatemala, preparing the statue of Santa Catarina for the annual Novena of Grace conducted by Father David Baronti, pastor of the mission parish. On the day before the novena, many parishioners gathered to clean and prepare the statue of Santa Catarina. They then placed the statue on a stand that would be carried around the town during the processions on Nov. 24 and again on her feast day, Nov. 25, with singing and music. Parishioners kept watch and slept in the church to protect the statue during the novena, as it was placed in the front of the church, and not behind the protective grill. As the novena progressed, more people gathered for prayer each day until the church was overflowing. (IR photo courtesy of Donna Connell, Guatemala Commission)

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