National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Shrine of Devotion, Shrine of Mission

Redemptorist

Baclaran, Philippines

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a novena?

    Traditionally, a novena is a prayer or set of prayers repeated for nine consecutive days. However, it could also be accomplished in nine consecutive hours of one day, or spread out to include on particular day each week over the course of nine weeks.

     

     A novena is a good way to help us form the habit of regular prayer and develop perseverance in  prayer. The novena is also a good way to learn and internalize the spirituality and life of Mary into our lives. Through the novena, we bring our Blessed Lady into our lives and share with her our needs and worries. As we ask Mary to join her prayers with ours, our imitation of her life grows.

     

  • How do I do a novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help?

    1. Attend the Perpetual Novena devotions to our Mother of Perpetual Help for nine consecutive Wednesdays.  If possible, assist at Mass on Novena days.  Those unable to go to the Church because of sickness or the like, may pray the Novena at home before the picture of our Mother of Perpetual Help.
    2. At the conclusion of the Novena there may be Benediction or Holy Mass.  “That practice in a special manner is to be highly commended by which many exercises of piety, customary among the faithful,   and with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.”  (Litt. Encycl. Mediator Dei, Par II. ch. 4)
    3. Bring the novena booklet with you and join in the prayers and hymns.
    4. Write your petition to our Blessed Mother and place it in the box marked, “Petitions.”
    5. During the Novena make a good confession.
    6. Receive Holy Communion as often as possible.
    7. When your petition has been answered, write a letter of thanksgiving to our Blessed Mother and place it in the box marked, “Thanksgiving Letters”, so that others also may be inspired to experience God’s perpetual help through the prayers of our Blessed Mother.
  • Why is the novena held on a Wednesday?

    The choice of Wednesday seemed to be a practical choice. Wednesday was the only day vacant in a week where each day was devoted to a particular devotion or saint. For example, Tuesday is for San Antonio de Padua, Thursday is for St. Jude, Friday is Sacred Heart, Our Lady of Lourdes on Saturdays and so on.

     

  • How do I write a thanksgiving letter?

    You can write your letter on any kind of paper and drop it on the box with the name of thanksgiving letter in the shrine. These boxes are located in prominent places inside the shrine. Alternatively you can write your letter online. Just go to http://www.baclaranchurch.org/thanksgiving.html and directly write your letter on our website.

     

    You can begin the letter by addressing the letter to Our Mother of Perpetual Help and then tell your story about the blessings you have received through the prayers of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. You can also narrate how you received the blessings and what are the challenges and obstacles you have encountered before receiving the blessings.

  • Can I make the novena at home?

    Yes, you can make the novena at home if you are unable to go to Baclaran or your parish to pray the novena with other devotees. But instead of praying it on your own, you can also ask your whole family to pray together the novena. The perpetual novena was meant to be a prayer to be said as a community not as individuals.

  • Why is the shrine not a parish?

    When the early Redemptorists settled at Baclaran they insisted that the church besides their convent will not become a parish but a mission station in order to free them from sacramental work, except for the Eucharist and Reconciliation.  Redemptorists chose this arrangement in order to concentrate on fostering devotion to OMPH, the administering of sacrament of reconciliation and the giving of missions particularly to the poor in Manila and Tagalog region.

     

    The Canon Law of the Catholic Church defines a shrine as “a church or other sacred place which, with the approval of the local Ordinary, is by reason of special devotion frequented by the faithful as pilgrims (Can. 1230). Canon Law explains the implications of being a shrine: “As shrines the means of salvation are to be more abundantly made available to the faithful:  by sedulous proclamation of the word of God, by suitable encouragement of liturgical life, especially by the celebration of the Eucharist and penance, and by the fostering of approved forms of popular devotion” (Can 1234 §1). “In shrines or in places adjacent to them, votive offerings of popular art and devotion are to be displayed and carefully safeguarded” (Can 1234 §2).

  • Why is there no wedding at the shrine?

    Since Baclaran church is a shrine not a parish, there is no wedding, baptism, and confirmation at the shrine. The only sacraments celebrated in the shrine is the Eucharist, reconciliation and anointing of the sick.

  • How can I donate to the shrine?

    You can donate in person to our various programs and services by bringing your donation to our shrine's front office.  Please always ask for an official receipt.

     

    Or you can deposit on our bank account listed below:

     

  • How can I volunteer for the shrine?

    You can inquire about the different programs and services of the shrine and see where you can match your talents. For more information go to volunteer page of this website.

  • How big is the shrine?

    The church has a seating capacity of 2000 persons, with another 9000 standing. On each Wednesday, seven sessions of the Novena with benediction along with three novena Masses and two sung Masses are held. About 120,000 devotees visit Baclaran each Wednesday to pray the Novena. Far larger crowds attend on the first Wednesday of the month. Devotees arrive from 4.00 am and are still entering the church past midnight.

  • When is the feast of the shrine?

    The Feast day of the Mother of Perpetual Help is celebrated on June 27. A Novena of nine consecutive days precedes the annual celebration of the feast.

  • Why is the Shrine sometimes called the Redemptorist church?

    The official name of the shrine of Baclaran is National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Many refer to the shrine, however, as the Redemptorist Church. The Redemptorist missionaries are the honored stewards of the shrine.  This implies a recognition of the Redemptorist tradition as a significant factor in the Baclaran phenomenon.

     

     

     

  • What is the fastest way of getting to the Shrine?

    The fastest way to get to the shrine is through the use of mass transport system especially LRT and MRT.

Do you have further questions? Please write down your questions on the comments box below and we will try to answer them

National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Redemptorist Road,

Baclaran, Parañaque City 1700

Redemptorist Baclaran, 2017

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Tel: +63 2  8321150

Fax: +63 2 551175

Email: baclaranrector@yahoo.com

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Redemptorist Baclaran, 2017

National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Redemptorist

Baclaran, Philippines

Shrine of Devotion, Shrine of Mission

  • What is a novena?

    Traditionally, a novena is a prayer or set of prayers repeated for nine consecutive days. However, it could also be accomplished in nine consecutive hours of one day, or spread out to include on particular day each week over the course of nine weeks.

     

     A novena is a good way to help us form the habit of regular prayer and develop perseverance in  prayer. The novena is also a good way to learn and internalize the spirituality and life of Mary into our lives. Through the novena, we bring our Blessed Lady into our lives and share with her our needs and worries. As we ask Mary to join her prayers with ours, our imitation of her life grows.

     

  • How do I do a novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help?

    1. Attend the Perpetual Novena devotions to our Mother of Perpetual Help for nine consecutive Wednesdays.  If possible, assist at Mass on Novena days.  Those unable to go to the Church because of sickness or the like, may pray the Novena at home before the picture of our Mother of Perpetual Help.
    2. At the conclusion of the Novena there may be Benediction or Holy Mass.  “That practice in a special manner is to be highly commended by which many exercises of piety, customary among the faithful,   and with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.”  (Litt. Encycl. Mediator Dei, Par II. ch. 4)
    3. Bring the novena booklet with you and join in the prayers and hymns.
    4. Write your petition to our Blessed Mother and place it in the box marked, “Petitions.”
    5. During the Novena make a good confession.
    6. Receive Holy Communion as often as possible.
    7. When your petition has been answered, write a letter of thanksgiving to our Blessed Mother and place it in the box marked, “Thanksgiving Letters”, so that others also may be inspired to experience God’s perpetual help through the prayers of our Blessed Mother.
  • Why is the novena held on a Wednesday?

    The choice of Wednesday seemed to be a practical choice. Wednesday was the only day vacant in a week where each day was devoted to a particular devotion or saint. For example, Tuesday is for San Antonio de Padua, Thursday is for St. Jude, Friday is Sacred Heart, Our Lady of Lourdes on Saturdays and so on.

     

  • How do I write a thanksgiving letter?

    You can write your letter on any kind of paper and drop it on the box with the name of thanksgiving letter in the shrine. These boxes are located in prominent places inside the shrine. Alternatively you can write your letter online. Just go to http://www.baclaranchurch.org/thanksgiving.html and directly write your letter on our website.

     

    You can begin the letter by addressing the letter to Our Mother of Perpetual Help and then tell your story about the blessings you have received through the prayers of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. You can also narrate how you received the blessings and what are the challenges and obstacles you have encountered before receiving the blessings.

  • Can I make the novena at home?

    Yes, you can make the novena at home if you are unable to go to Baclaran or your parish to pray the novena with other devotees. But instead of praying it on your own, you can also ask your whole family to pray together the novena. The perpetual novena was meant to be a prayer to be said as a community not as individuals.

  • Why is the shrine not a parish?

    When the early Redemptorists settled at Baclaran they insisted that the church besides their convent will not become a parish but a mission station in order to free them from sacramental work, except for the Eucharist and Reconciliation.  Redemptorists chose this arrangement in order to concentrate on fostering devotion to OMPH, the administering of sacrament of reconciliation and the giving of missions particularly to the poor in Manila and Tagalog region.

     

    The Canon Law of the Catholic Church defines a shrine as “a church or other sacred place which, with the approval of the local Ordinary, is by reason of special devotion frequented by the faithful as pilgrims (Can. 1230). Canon Law explains the implications of being a shrine: “As shrines the means of salvation are to be more abundantly made available to the faithful:  by sedulous proclamation of the word of God, by suitable encouragement of liturgical life, especially by the celebration of the Eucharist and penance, and by the fostering of approved forms of popular devotion” (Can 1234 §1). “In shrines or in places adjacent to them, votive offerings of popular art and devotion are to be displayed and carefully safeguarded” (Can 1234 §2).

  • Why is there no wedding at the shrine?

    Since Baclaran church is a shrine not a parish, there is no wedding, baptism, and confirmation at the shrine. The only sacraments celebrated in the shrine is the Eucharist, reconciliation and anointing of the sick.

  • How can I donate to the shrine?

    You can donate in person to our various programs and services by bringing your donation to our shrine's front office.  Please always ask for an official receipt.

     

    Or you can deposit on our bank account listed below:

     

  • How can I volunteer for the shrine?

    You can inquire about the different programs and services of the shrine and see where you can match your talents. For more information go to volunteer page of this website.

  • How big is the shrine?

    The church has a seating capacity of 2000 persons, with another 9000 standing. On each Wednesday, seven sessions of the Novena with benediction along with three novena Masses and two sung Masses are held. About 120,000 devotees visit Baclaran each Wednesday to pray the Novena. Far larger crowds attend on the first Wednesday of the month. Devotees arrive from 4.00 am and are still entering the church past midnight.

  • When is the feast of the shrine?

    The Feast day of the Mother of Perpetual Help is celebrated on June 27. A Novena of nine consecutive days precedes the annual celebration of the feast.

  • Why is the Shrine sometimes called the Redemptorist church?

    The official name of the shrine of Baclaran is National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Many refer to the shrine, however, as the Redemptorist Church. The Redemptorist missionaries are the honored stewards of the shrine.  This implies a recognition of the Redemptorist tradition as a significant factor in the Baclaran phenomenon.

     

     

     

  • What is the fastest way of getting to the Shrine?

    The fastest way to get to the shrine is through the use of mass transport system especially LRT and MRT.

Redemptorist Baclaran, 2017

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National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a novena?

Traditionally, a novena is a prayer or set of prayers repeated for nine consecutive days. However, it could also be accomplished in nine consecutive hours of one day, or spread out to include on particular day each week over the course of nine weeks.

 

 A novena is a good way to help us form the habit of regular prayer and develop perseverance in  prayer. The novena is also a good way to learn and internalize the spirituality and life of Mary into our lives. Through the novena, we bring our Blessed Lady into our lives and share with her our needs and worries. As we ask Mary to join her prayers with ours, our imitation of her life grows.

 

How do I do a novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help?

  1. Attend the Perpetual Novena devotions to our Mother of Perpetual Help for nine consecutive Wednesdays.  If possible, assist at Mass on Novena days.  Those unable to go to the Church because of sickness or the like, may pray the Novena at home before the picture of our Mother of Perpetual Help.
  2. At the conclusion of the Novena there may be Benediction or Holy Mass.  “That practice in a special manner is to be highly commended by which many exercises of piety, customary among the faithful,   and with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.”  (Litt. Encycl. Mediator Dei, Par II. ch. 4)
  3. Bring the novena booklet with you and join in the prayers and hymns.
  4. Write your petition to our Blessed Mother and place it in the box marked, “Petitions.”
  5. During the Novena make a good confession.
  6. Receive Holy Communion as often as possible.
  7. When your petition has been answered, write a letter of thanksgiving to our Blessed Mother and place it in the box marked, “Thanksgiving Letters”, so that others also may be inspired to experience God’s perpetual help through the prayers of our Blessed Mother.

Why is the novena held on a Wednesday?

The choice of Wednesday seemed to be a practical choice. Wednesday was the only day vacant in a week where each day was devoted to a particular devotion or saint. For example, Tuesday is for San Antonio de Padua, Thursday is for St. Jude, Friday is Sacred Heart, Our Lady of Lourdes on Saturdays and so on.

 

How do I write a thanksgiving letter?

You can write your letter on any kind of paper and drop it on the box with the name of thanksgiving letter in the shrine. These boxes are located in prominent places inside the shrine. Alternatively you can write your letter online. Just go to http://www.baclaranchurch.org/thanksgiving.html and directly write your letter on our website.

 

You can begin the letter by addressing the letter to Our Mother of Perpetual Help and then tell your story about the blessings you have received through the prayers of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. You can also narrate how you received the blessings and what are the challenges and obstacles you have encountered before receiving the blessings.

Can I make the novena at home?

Yes, you can make the novena at home if you are unable to go to Baclaran or your parish to pray the novena with other devotees. But instead of praying it on your own, you can also ask your whole family to pray together the novena. The perpetual novena was meant to be a prayer to be said as a community not as individuals.

Why is the shrine not a parish?

When the early Redemptorists settled at Baclaran they insisted that the church besides their convent will not become a parish but a mission station in order to free them from sacramental work, except for the Eucharist and Reconciliation.  Redemptorists chose this arrangement in order to concentrate on fostering devotion to OMPH, the administering of sacrament of reconciliation and the giving of missions particularly to the poor in Manila and Tagalog region.

 

The Canon Law of the Catholic Church defines a shrine as “a church or other sacred place which, with the approval of the local Ordinary, is by reason of special devotion frequented by the faithful as pilgrims (Can. 1230). Canon Law explains the implications of being a shrine: “As shrines the means of salvation are to be more abundantly made available to the faithful:  by sedulous proclamation of the word of God, by suitable encouragement of liturgical life, especially by the celebration of the Eucharist and penance, and by the fostering of approved forms of popular devotion” (Can 1234 §1). “In shrines or in places adjacent to them, votive offerings of popular art and devotion are to be displayed and carefully safeguarded” (Can 1234 §2).

Why is there no wedding at the shrine?

Since Baclaran church is a shrine not a parish, there is no wedding, baptism, and confirmation at the shrine. The only sacraments celebrated in the shrine is the Eucharist, reconciliation and anointing of the sick.

How can I donate to the shrine?

You can donate in person to our various programs and services by bringing your donation to our shrine's front office.  Please always ask for an official receipt.

 

Or you can deposit on our bank account listed below:

 

How can I volunteer for the shrine?

You can inquire about the different programs and services of the shrine and see where you can match your talents. For more information go to volunteer page of this website.

How big is the shrine?

The church has a seating capacity of 2000 persons, with another 9000 standing. On each Wednesday, seven sessions of the Novena with benediction along with three novena Masses and two sung Masses are held. About 120,000 devotees visit Baclaran each Wednesday to pray the Novena. Far larger crowds attend on the first Wednesday of the month. Devotees arrive from 4.00 am and are still entering the church past midnight.

When is the feast of the shrine?

The Feast day of the Mother of Perpetual Help is celebrated on June 27. A Novena of nine consecutive days precedes the annual celebration of the feast.

Why is the Shrine sometimes called the Redemptorist church?

The official name of the shrine of Baclaran is National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Many refer to the shrine, however, as the Redemptorist Church. The Redemptorist missionaries are the honored stewards of the shrine.  This implies a recognition of the Redemptorist tradition as a significant factor in the Baclaran phenomenon.

 

 

 

What is the fastest way of getting to the Shrine?

The fastest way to get to the shrine is through the use of mass transport system especially LRT and MRT.

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National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Redemptorist Road,

Baclaran, Parañaque City 1700

Tel: +63 2  8321150

Fax: +63 2 551175

Email: baclaranrector@yahoo.com

Redemptorist Baclaran, 2017

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