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Discernment Novena

Discerning the will of God through prayer.
The key to unlocking the will of God.
Capital Campaign Prayer
The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known

that anyone who fled to thy protection,

implored thy help,

or sought thine intercession

was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence,

I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins,

my mother; to thee do I come,

before thee I stand,

sinful and sorrowful. 

O Mother of the Word Incarnate,

despise not my petitions,

but in they mercy

hear and answer me.

Amen.

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Dear Saint John Paul ll Family,

 

Thank you for loving our Lord!  Our hope is that this nine day novena will open your heart to discern God’s will for your participation in the Open Wide the Doors to Christ capital campaign.  

 

Please spend a few minutes each day reading the prayers, scripture passages, and parishioners’ personal reflections as you consider how your family may make a gift to the campaign.  At the end of these nine days, we ask that you complete your commitment card and return it to the parish office or drop it off at Mass on Sunday. 

 

Your commitment to Open Wide the Doors to Christ capital campaign is important to our parish’s future.  Our building project can only move forward when we’ve obtained commitments from our parishioners to cover 100% of the total cost of the parish hall for phase one (approximately $10 million).   

 

The decisions we make today will impact our parish family now and for generations to come.  We couldn’t be more excited than to be working together to fulfill Christ’s mission in southern Johnson County!

 

Dan and Helen Biller

Capital Campaign Chairs

campaign@jp2kc.org 

(515)240-0434

 
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Novena per day:
          Day 1          Day 4          Day 7
          Day 2          Day 5          Day 8
          Day 3          Day 6          Day 9
Open Wide the Doors to Christ Novena - Day 1

Sign of the Cross - In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful

and kindle in them the fire of your love. 

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

And You shall renew the face of the earth. 

 

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,

did instruct the hearts of the faithful,

grant that by the same Holy Spirit

we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations,

Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

 

Prayer -Sacred Heart of Jesus, hear my prayers for St. John Paul II Parish where I grow my relationship with you and with others.  Please guide me in my discernment to help build your Church and let my heart take courage.  I trust in you.  Amen. 


Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.  Amen.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

Psalm 27:14   

"Wait for the Lord: be strong and let your heart take courage; yea, wait for the Lord!"  

 

“JP2 Parish is important to me because I love the community.  Parish life at JP2 supports my relationship with Christ in His Church and His Sacraments.  The strength and support of this Parish has nourished my spiritual growth and my relationships with others. JP2 has become a very rich and important part of my life.” - Sharrid

 
Open Wide the Doors to Christ Novena - Day 2

Sign of the Cross - In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful

and kindle in them the fire of your love. 

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

And You shall renew the face of the earth. 

 

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,

did instruct the hearts of the faithful,

grant that by the same Holy Spirit

we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations,

Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

 

Prayer - Sacred Heart of Jesus, you are Lord and all things are in your power.  Awaken in me a missionary spirit to help build your Church and share the faith with others.  I trust in you. Amen.


Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.  Amen.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

1Kings 20:11-13

The king of Israel replied, “Tell him, ‘Let not one who puts on armor boast like one who takes it off.”Ben-hadad was drinking in the pavilions with the kings when he heard this reply. He commanded his servants, “Get ready!”; and they got ready to storm the city.  Then a prophet came up to Ahab, king of Israel, and said: “The LORD says, Do you see all this vast army? Today I am giving it into your power, that you may know that I am the LORD.”

 

"It awakened in me a pioneering, missionary spirit through the adventure of building a new parish" - Dan

 
Open Wide the Doors to Christ Novena - Day 3

Sign of the Cross - In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful

and kindle in them the fire of your love. 

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

And You shall renew the face of the earth. 

 

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,

did instruct the hearts of the faithful,

grant that by the same Holy Spirit

we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations,

Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

 

Prayer - Sacred Heart of Jesus, it is amazing to see the work you have done in our parish.  Please grant me peace and help my heart and mind discern your will for me in helping to build and grow your Church.  I trust in you. Amen.


Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.  Amen.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

Philippians 4:6-7  

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." 

 

"I love the fellowship and the way the Holy Spirit is working through all of us at St John Paul II!  Since our parish was founded, it's been amazing watching more families join us for Mass each weekend and seeing so many different ministries being created. I can't wait to see what God has in store for our current JP2 families and those in the surrounding community!" ~Denise

 
Open Wide the Doors to Christ Novena - Day 4

Sign of the Cross - In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful

and kindle in them the fire of your love. 

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

And You shall renew the face of the earth. 

 

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,

did instruct the hearts of the faithful,

grant that by the same Holy Spirit

we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations,

Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

 

Prayer - Sacred Heart of Jesus, I know that all things work for good for those who love you.  Please guide me in discerning my part in working to build your Church where my family can find support and strength. I trust in you. Amen.


Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.  Amen.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

Proverbs 3:5-6. 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.”

 

“I love Father Andrew’s homilies and JP2’s Faith Community as they both help me in my realization that God’s got things in my life under control...that as long as I  pray and then really listen to what He is telling or showing me ‘it’ will  be okay.  I’ve also learned that His ‘detours’ are not really setbacks but simply a way for me to grow in my love. To Let Go .... and Let God…". - Linda

 
Open Wide the Doors to Christ Novena - Day 5

Sign of the Cross - In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful

and kindle in them the fire of your love. 

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

And You shall renew the face of the earth. 

 

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,

did instruct the hearts of the faithful,

grant that by the same Holy Spirit

we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations,

Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

 

Prayer - Sacred Heart of Jesus, I know that all things work for good for those who love you.  Please guide me in discerning my part in working to build your Church where my family can find support and strength. I trust in you. Amen.


Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.  Amen.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

Romans 8:28

"We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose."

 

“JPII parish provides my family with a community where we can find support and strength for our life’s journey to sainthood.”  ~Susane

 
Open Wide the Doors to Christ Novena - Day 6

Sign of the Cross - In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful

and kindle in them the fire of your love. 

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

And You shall renew the face of the earth. 

 

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,

did instruct the hearts of the faithful,

grant that by the same Holy Spirit

we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations,

Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

 

Prayer - Sacred Heart of Jesus, rejoice over me with gladness and renew me in your love.  Help me to know your will in building your Church where we can come together to seek, share, and serve.  I trust in you. Amen.

 

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.  Amen.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

Zephaniah 3:17

“The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing”

 

"Our JP2 parish is important to me because of the people that come together to seek, share and serve.  We may not have a building yet and look what we can do.  Imagine what we will do when we have a building!"  ~Helen

 
Open Wide the Doors to Christ Novena - Day 7

Sign of the Cross - In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful

and kindle in them the fire of your love. 

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

And You shall renew the face of the earth. 

 

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,

did instruct the hearts of the faithful,

grant that by the same Holy Spirit

we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations,

Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

 

Prayer - Sacred Heart of Jesus, you have blessed my family and my home in many ways.  Guide me to return the blessings in helping to build your Church which will bring your blessings to others.  I trust in you. Amen.


Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.  Amen.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

1 Kings 8:12-13

The Lord intends to dwell in the dark cloud; I have indeed built you a princely house, the base for your enthronement forever.

 

King Solomon made that statement in 1 Kings, at the dedication of the temple.  Yet here we will have more than just the spirit of God dwelling, it will be Jesus Christ, body, blood, soul, and divinity.  ~Patrick

 
Open Wide the Doors to Christ Novena - Day 8

Sign of the Cross - In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful

and kindle in them the fire of your love. 

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

And You shall renew the face of the earth. 

 

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,

did instruct the hearts of the faithful,

grant that by the same Holy Spirit

we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations,

Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

 

Prayer - Sacred Heart of Jesus, my heart is full of anxieties, but I know that you are God and you care for me.  Help my heart to be at peace and to know your will for me in helping to build your Church and to be your disciple.  I trust in you. Amen.

 

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.  Amen.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

Peter 5:7

“Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.”

 

"When I'm anxious about life I know that God is right there for me.  I'm looking forward to when we can have our own JP2 Adoration Chapel."  ~Joe

 
Open Wide the Doors to Christ Novena - Day 9

Sign of the Cross - In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful

and kindle in them the fire of your love. 

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

And You shall renew the face of the earth. 

 

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,

did instruct the hearts of the faithful,

grant that by the same Holy Spirit

we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations,

Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

 

Prayer - Sacred Heart of Jesus, gently guide me to know your will for me in helping to build your Church where my parish family can come together and exalt and praise your holy name.  I trust in you. Amen.

 

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.  Amen.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

Psalm 34:3 

“O magnify the Lord with me,  And let us exalt His name together.”

 

Our God is the God of relationship.  He created us for relationship.  He sent his only son to redeem us, and through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ we have become adopted sons and daughters in the intimacy of God’s family.  When we come together to celebrate the Mass as a JPII parish community, we are really brothers and sisters coming to Sunday dinner at our Father’s house.   Ralph & Jan

 

“Do not be afraid.

Open, I say open wide

the doors for Christ.”

- Saint John Paul II


On October 22, 1978, Pope John Paul II began his pontificate with these words.

This call to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ is as urgent and necessary today

as it was over forty years ago. 

It offers us an opportunity to remind ourselves, and others

about the witness of Saint John Paul II's life and message.

 

The witness of the life of this great man,

and the words he spoke in his many homilies, speeches,

and encyclicals are more relevant today than ever.

 

St. John Paul II's life provides for us a

wonderful example of someone who

truly mirrored Christ, and at the same time,

brought Christ to us.