Thanksgiving – 3 Oct 2020

1. Dearest Mother Mary,

Thanks for your prayers. I received the Covid-19 grant after an appeal. I am so grateful to this financial providence and also the part time consultancy job to make ends meet.

Your Grateful Catholic Daughter.

2. Dear Mother of Perpetual Help,

I am very grateful that I have found the online Novena Devotion. I have been a devoted Novena attendee since 2009 and attended the Novena devotion every Saturday. My deep faith in you has moved me in so many ways. You have helped me deepen my faith in God and in you. I moved to Canada in 2015 and still continue my Novena but it feels different. I miss the songs of praise, the homily of the priests and the crowd at Novena Church. This pandemic has brought me to look for any online Novena in Singapore. My cousin who works in Singapore sent me the link to where I could participate in the Novena. I am so glad that I found it and I am back to what I used to enjoy doing every Saturday. I may not be in Singapore now but I feel that I am still connected with the Church that helps strengthen my faith in God and in you. Thank you, dearest Mother, for making a way for me to attend the online procession and the Novena. May the online Novena continue so other devoted children like me who are away from Singapore will still be able to participate in the Novena. Thank you, dearest Mother, please continue to pray for me and my family in Canada.

Your Faithful and Devoted Child.

3. Dearest Mother Mary,

I feel so blessed to share the same birthday as you and would like to give thanks for all your prayers and intercession through my 30 years of life on earth. My parents brought me to the Novena when I was in primary school, and we went as a family. We were always drawn to your love and faithfulness but it was only some time later that we realised that I have the same birthday as you! Through my fears, anxieties, stresses and sinfulness, you have always been there for me, comforting me, teaching me how to be obedient to the Lord’s will, and through it all, increasing my faith and love for Jesus. Eventually, when things turned out better than expected, I always knew that you had a hand in it, silently supporting me in the background with your prayers and unfailing help. Through your love for me, I feel inspired to share this with everyone that I come into contact with, especially those nearest to me. In less than a month, I will be married and I hope to bring your love and compassion to my future wife and our family. Thank you for always being there for me and my family, Mother Mary. I love you with all my heart.

Your Catholic Son.

4. Dearest Mother,

In February this year, I started showing symptoms that made the doctors suspect that I had cancer. After a series of tests and procedures, the symptoms abated and I was put on a treatment regimen which appeared to do the trick. The symptoms abated. The surgery that I thought I needed was deemed not necessary. I breathed a sigh of relief. About 2 months into the treatment plan, the symptoms reappeared, this time with an intensity that was worrisome. After another visit with the doctor, a surgery date was scheduled. While waiting for the surgery, the symptoms kept intensifying and I became more and more worried. The ‘C’ word reared its ugly head again. In the meantime, my brother sent me the link for the Novena and together with my siblings we began attending the Novena virtually. It gave me a lot of peace to recite the prayers and sing the hymns I used to recite and sing growing up. It brought back a lot of beautiful memories of the Saturday Novena. During these virtual Novenas I prayed intensely for a good outcome for my surgery all the while aware of the fact that my symptoms were getting worse by the day. My surgery took place on 11 August. It took 4 hours instead of 2 because of complications. My recovery, however, was uneventful. Praise God! When I went for my follow-up two weeks later, the surgeon said everything that could possibly be wrong with me was wrong. I showed every symptom she teaches her students about and yet the tissue sent for analysis showed no sign of cancer. The surgeon said that she was pleasantly surprised by the outcome, given what she had seen and had to deal with during the surgery. Mother, I know that this positive outcome would not have been possible without your intercession and I will be forever grateful.

Your Loving and Grateful Daughter.

5. Dearest Mother Mary,

This thanksgiving letter is very much overdue and it is my first letter to you. My maternal mother took me and my siblings to the Novena Church back in the early 1960s and since then you, Mother of Perpetual, have always watched over me. I’ve said the Hail Mary daily for as long as I can remember, more when I am troubled or asking your intercession. My maternal mother sought comfort at the Novena as she was going through difficult times and told us we can pray and rely on you in happiness or worried times. She was not Catholic and was recommended to Novena by a Catholic friend. She had a wonderful long life till the age of 92. Thanks Mother Mary for watching over her. Whenever I am at Novena, I can feel my maternal mother’s presence and her voice singing the hymns. Needless to say I’m always asking without giving thanks. While I was living in Singapore, I would frequent our Novena Church but I have moved overseas for about 40 years. When visiting Singapore, I would try to attend the Novena. I was baptised at the age of 38, prior to marrying a Catholic. We have 2 children brought up in our Catholic faith. They are both overseas and I continually ask you to watch over them. During the pandemic, I attended every online service on Saturdays, looking forward and enjoying every moment. At the age of 64, and looking back and I realize that you, Mother Mary have never let me down. For this, I am most thankful. I attended the 70 years’ celebration and procession. May I add it was a wonderful and well-planned event. Thank you. Mother Mary with all my heart for this wonderful life you have given us.

Your Faithful Son.

6. Dearest Mother,

I came to you seeking your intercession for a serious trouble at work that caused me so much stress and the possibility of losing my job. I prayed the rosary to you every day to help me with this trouble. Eventually, at the end of the week, my prayers were answered and I wasn’t dismissed form my job. Thank you very much, dearest sweet Mother for interceding to your Son, Jesus, to show His mercy and grace upon me which saved me from my trouble at work and allowed me to keep my job. I am ever grateful to you.

Your Loving Catholic Daughter.

7. Dearest Mother Mary,

I’ve been praying frequently at the Novena devotion that I may be able to find employment after being retrenched from my company which I had been serving for more than a decade. It was devastating that this had to happen during this pandemic. It comes with the economic recession where it is difficult to find a replacement job. But I was overjoyed to receive an email from the recruiter that something might be in store for me. Although I don’t have the official letters and start date yet, I thank you Mother, for not forgetting me.

Your Son.

8. Dearest Mama Mary,

I want to give thanks and praise for all your intercessions over the last 20 years since I started to attend the Novena devotion regularly. At no point did I ever feel abandoned or neglected by God. On the contrary, my family and I have received countless blessings from Him for which we are extremely grateful. Thank you for all your intercessions and love.

Your Loving Daughter.