The Novena of Grace

The Novena of Grace is grounded in our celebration of liturgy.

Liturgies of the Word and Eucharist are held daily for nine consecutive days and feature a reflection by one of our guest presenters, prayers of petition and thanksgiving through the intercession of St. Francis Xavier. The Novena of Grace affords time to reflect and to open one’s self to God’s Spirit and the healing grace that rejuvenates and transforms our lives.

This year marks the 97th Novena of Grace at St. Aloysius Parish. Deacon Dr. Bill Eckert and Barbara Eckert, MAPS, partner together to address the 2024 theme “Revealing Virtues through Sacred Stories”. The dates and times are listed below. Each day will be livestreamed and recorded for those unable to attend in person.

No sign-up is necessary. The event is free and open to all! If you have any prayers or petitions, scroll to the bottom of this page to submit them to us.

These Novena days accompany our journey into Lent as we pilgrimage with Jesus in company of His unfailing love.

9 Day Overview:

Monday March 4, 2024 12:15pm & 5:30 pm

Day 1: Revealing Virtues through Sacred Stories-Faith & Hope

Tuesday March 5th 12:15pm & 5:30 pm

Day 2: Humble Spirit: Making a Space for God

Wednesday March 6th 12:15pm & 5:30 pm

Day 3: Obedience to Love

Thursday March 7th 12:15 pm & 5:30 pm

Day 4: Preparation for Virtue

Friday March 8th 12:15pm & 5:30 pm

Day 5: Mercy and Forgiveness

Saturday March 9th 12:15pm & 5pm

Day 6: Courage and Humility

Sunday March 10th 8:30am, 11am & 7pm

Day 7: Revealing Virtues through Sacred Stories-Sight/Clarity

Monday March 11th 12:15pm & 5:30pm

Day 8: Virtue has a Doorway: Stories, Signs and Wonders

Tuesday March 12th 12:15pm & 5:30pm

Day 9: Faith and Hope Revisited (Full Circle)

Evening Novena Masses

Our evening Novena masses will be livestreamed.

Download Novena Documents

Leading the Novena of Grace 2024
Revealing Virtues through Sacred Stories

Deacon Dr. Bill Eckert and Barbara Eckert, MAPS

Deacon William Eckert, D. Min.

Bill is one of eight children raised at Star of the Sea Catholic Church and grade school in Bremerton, Washington. Deacon Bill graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Theology and taught high school religion for 39 years in Chicago, Hawaii, and Tacoma. He was at Bellarmine Preparatory School for over 30 years where he coached boys’ and girls’ soccer and served as liturgical coordinator and a campus minister.

Ordained to the diaconate in 2003 for the Archdiocese of Seattle, Bill currently serves the people of Tacoma while assigned to Saint Patrick Catholic Church and School. He has been a hospital chaplain, served on ethics committees, and regularly ministers to seniors through bible study and communion services.

Bill holds a Doctorate in Ministry in Preaching from the Aquinas Institute in Saint Louis and is a teacher of preaching.

Barbara Williams Eckert

Barb is a consultant for the Catholic Church and has worked in over sixty dioceses in the US, Canada, the Caribbean, and, most recently, Kenya. Her work with bishops, priests, religious brothers, and lay persons emphasizes effective self, interpersonal, team, and organizational leadership. She has led numerous diocesan pastoral planning efforts as well as workshops and retreats for ordained and lay persons.

Her work, “Roman Catholic Ordained Leadership, ” is published in Religious Leadership: A Reference Handbook. Her ministry with people from many countries fuels her interest in understanding the history and tensions of intercultural living. In 2022 she was invited to speak on the virtual platform “Catholic Women Preach. ” Last November she had the honor of meeting Pope Francis in a small audience at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.

Barb holds a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from Seattle University and is a proud Zag alumna of Gonzaga University. Bill and Barb will celebrate their 30th anniversary this July

St. Francis Xavier Novena Prayer

Most lovable and loving St. Francis Xavier, in union with you, I adore the Divine Majesty. The remembrance of the favors with which God blessed you during life and of your glory after death, fills me with joy; and I unite with you in offering to God my tribute of thanksgiving and praise. I implore you to secure for me through your powerful intercessions, the great blessing of living and dying in the state of grace. I also beseech you to obtain the favors I ask in this novena (silent pause for individual petitions). But if what I ask is not for the glory of God or the good of my soul, obtain for me what is most conducive for both. Amen

Pew Prayers

Novena of Grace Petitions & Prayers

Include your Novena petitions and prayers below.