• Assisted suicide bill – Novena

Novena to St John Paul II

There is to be a national novena seeking the intercession of St John Paul II, on whose feast the Second Reading of the assisted Suicide Bill falls. This legislation raises many serious concerns, and further information and resources will be made available to each parish shortly.

The Novena will run from 13-22 October, and all parishioners are requested to say the prayer daily during that period; it will also be recited after Mass:

Merciful God, we pray with thanks and gratitude for the great spiritual gift of Saint John Paul II’s apostolic life and mission. Through his heavenly intercession we ask that the ‘Assisted Dying’ Bill be defeated and that the infinite worth of each human person is upheld through proper investment in palliative care. Grant also that we may grow in love for You and proclaim boldly the love of Jesus Christ to all people. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be….

Bishop John Sherrington has said of the Novena: “Jesus told his disciples to pray at all times and not lose heart. Providentially the discussion of Baroness Meacher’s Bill in the House of Lords falls on the feast of St John Paul II on 22 October.  The novena, asking the intercession of St John Paul II, who spoke courageously about the infinite worth of each human person and witnessed to the cross in his final illness, calls upon Catholics and all who share our view that assisted suicide is wrong, to pray with perseverance that this Bill will be defeated. St John Paul II, pray for us.”

Resources can be found on www.cbcew.org.uk/lifeissues (Bishops’ Conference). A recording with Baroness Finlay and Robert Preston www.cbcew.org.uk/a-rational-guide-to-the-assisted-suicide-debate. The All-Parliamentary Group for Dying Well provides news and resources on the assisted suicide debate : www.dyingwell.co.uk.