I am a member of Elizabeth Ministry at my parish, a group that supports women in their child-bearing years. Our ministry has become increasingly aware of a growing number of women who desire to conceive but are experiencing complications. The ministry has decided to support these families through parish-wide prayer.
On May 1, our parish began a novena for those wishing toÂ conceive. We will pray this for first nine days not only in May, but for the first nine days per month for the extended future. We are praying the following Novena to St. Gerard, the patron of motherhood. If you have a heart for this issue, please join in ourÂ heavenlyÂ petition. Or perhaps you know one who might find consolation in this prayer? If so, please consider passing this prayer along. Â
O glorious St.Gerard, powerful intercessor before God,Â and wonder worker of our day, I call upon you and seekÂ your help. You who always fulfilled God’s will on earth, help those desiring to conceive to do God’s holy will. Intercede with the Giver of Life from whom all parenthood proceeds, that they may conceive and raise children who will please God in this life, and be heirs to the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen.