St. Anne Novena

From the National Shrine of St. Anne Church - St. Anne, IL

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PO Box 470 - St. Anne, IL  60964)



On this first day of the Novena, Fr. Pete offers the Sunday Mass for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, focusing on those in the parish who have died and are dying, those who have modeled the charism of parenthood which the St. Anne Novena honors.

Fr. Pete offers a reflection on the sacrament of baptism and the "new light" of faith that results from the Lord entering the faithful person's light. A reflection is offered on behalf of Artemio Duarte, jr., a twenty-five year old whose life inspired his family, even at the time of death.

The theme of this Mass focuses on the plight of those in Iraq today who suffer the same way as those in Nineveh had suffered during the time of Jonah (the day’s gospel reading). The Mass concludes with a hymn from a 37-year-old Chaldean priest who was martyred in Mosul in 2007 for defending and living the faith.

This Mass focuses on Fr. Pete's ministry with the Hispanic community in the area, especially those who attend services in Momence and at the Camino y Esperanza Retreat House in St. Anne, IL

On the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, this Mass highlights the lives of the Christians who live in the Holy Land, representing less than 1% of the population of those who live in Israel.

This Mass focuses on the theme of "Bible as Story," and the importance of teaching the story of faith to future generations. Included in this homily is the non-canonical gospel story of Ss. Joachim & Anne, the text from which the names of the BVM's parents can be found.

This Mass focuses on the plight of American farmers and the deep faith that those in provincial neighborhoods place in their God and community. Included in this homily is the story of Don Barrie, whose brother and sister-in-law (Ken & Michelle Barrie) serve as Youth Ministers in Kankakee County.

This homily is based on the theme of "The Bread of Life." Although we are called to feed the hungry (a corporal work of mercy), our disposition for caring for others is rooting in caring for the soul. The "Bread of Life" and the "Word of God" are the foods that sustain us and guide us to heaven. Without that spiritual nourishment, we can often become lost in the world of faith.

Fr. Pete celebrates a Traditional Latin Mass for the faithful on St. Anne's Feast Day inside the church building - July 26, 2021

This is the homily that Fr. Pete offered at the Traditional Latin Mass on St. Anne's Feast Day inside the church building - July 26, 2021

This is the Homily that Fr. Pete offered at the Outdoor Novena Mass in Honor of St. Anne (in ENGLISH) on July 26, 2020.

This is the Homily that Fr. Pete offered at the Outdoor Novena Mass in Honor of St. Anne (in SPANISH) on July 26, 2020.


On this last day of the St. Anne Novena, Fr. Pete shares videos from last year's celebration (including his homily), as well as the stories of faith about families in the faith (especially grandmothers) who inspired Fr. Pete to offer ministry in the country as a Catholic priest.


With the assistance of the parishioners from the National Shrine of St. Anne, Fr. Pete Jankowski offers these NINE Masses as part of the annual Novena. Fr. Pete celebrates this Mass at the St. Anne Chapel (230 N. Sixth Ave. - St. Anne, IL 60964) on behalf of those who are not able to attend the Novena celebrations at the parish.


Please continue to support our local parishes – we need your support to continue spreading God’s mercy during these difficult times. To support the mission of St. Anne's Church, please contact us at (815) 427-8265 or write us at PO Box 470 - St. Anne, IL 60964. You can also click on the "Online Giving" link, following the directions on your computer screen.



Here are the highlights of the THREE Masses and activities that took place on St. Anne's Feast Day at the First National Shrine in the United States - St. Anne's Church in St. Anne, IL. Thanks to Bob Thompson for the pics and to Fr. Jason Nesbit, CSV (Homilist at the 10:00 Mass), Fr. Don Wehnert, CSV, Fr. Moises Mesh, CSV and Fr. John Peeters, CSV (Homilist at the 2:00 Mass) for joining us at this celebration. Thanks to everyone who helped make this event such a spirit-filled on for the 500+ faithful who came to pray with us!!! CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL THE PICS!!!



CLICK HERE to View Pictures from Past St. Anne Novena Celebrations!


Feel free to send the National Shrine Any Electronic Images of the Novena that You Might Have!!!


CLICK HERE to Learn about

The National Shrine of St. Anne

CLICK HERE to Learn the Story about the relic and the St. Anne Novena at the National Shrine


Knights of Columbus were among those taking part in the procession in this view, probably photographed in the 1950s. St. Anne Church is visible in the background. Photos courtesy of the Kankakee County Museum.

CLICK HERE for a Copy of the St. Anne Novena used at the Shrine at Each of the Daily Masses (Short Version)

CLICK HERE for a Copy

of the St. Anne Novena (Long Version)

CLICK HERE for a Copy of the St. Anne Novena in Spanish


CLICK HERE to Read the "Christ Our Hope" (Joliet Diocese) Article about the St. Anne Novena - July 2020


CLICK HERE to Read the "St. Anne's Catholic Church Prepares for 136th Annual Novena" (Kankakee Journal) Article  - July 14, 2016


A portion of the crowd taking part in the St. Anne Day procession around 1900. As seen in this photo, the majority of the pilgrims were women. Kankakee County Museum Photo Archive

CLICK HERE to Read About the The Daily-Journal's Article about the St. Anne Novena - July 21, 2018


CLICK HERE to read Fr. Pete Jankowski's Homily from last year's celebration of St. Anne's Day - July 26, 2019! 

Lord God, as Joachim & Anne served as the model of being good parents to the Blessed Mother and as holy grandparents to Jesus, we ask you to bless these grandparents in our own community. May they truly offer their love, their faith and the hope of a bright future to those in our community to be good role models in the faith so that whatever they do word and in work they always do in the name of the Lord through Christ our Lord. Amen.



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Novena Information

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Weekday Masses

July 18-24, 2021


7:00 p.m. with Reflection & Novena Prayers (Also Online at this Site). Anointings will take place during these Masses, along with Veneration of the Relic


Feast of St. Anne

July 26, 2021


10:00 a.m. Outdoor English Mass with Procession and Veneration of Relic Following Mass


12:00 a.m. Indoor Latin Mass (Low Mass) with Procession and Veneration of Relic Following Mass


2:00 p.m. Outdoor Spanish Mass with Veneration of the Relic


ANOINTINGS will take place following all Masses. There will be lunches for sale as well as religious articles and vigil candles for purchase.





St. Anne's Day Prayer for Special Favor


Good St. Anne, I come to you with confidence because of your compassion for those who suffer and are afflicted. The effects of your goodness and power felt by those who honor you and seek God’s favor through your intercession are well known. Hear my prayer and intercede for me before our gracious God. (Pause here and state your special intention.)

Good St. Anne, I ask you to intercede for me in my need and obtain for me the grace I seek according to God’s will for me and my good known to him alone. Pray for me until I experience his response to my prayers according to Jesus’ own words: “Ask and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Above all obtain for me the grace of constant faithfulness to God so that, along with you and Mary and all Saints, I may rejoice in his presence forever. R/. Amen.


The Hymn

to St. Anne

Sung to, “Immaculate Mary”


To kneel at your altar, in faith we draw near, led onward by Mary, your daughter sodear.


R/.  O good St. Anne, we call on your name, your praises loud your children proclaim!


To all who invoke you, their prayers you do hear, you soothest the sorrow of all who draw near. R/.


The sailor, the traveler, whom storms make afraid, find safety and calm when they call on your aid. R/.


The weary, despondent, or sorrowful here, find help in their sadness, a balm for each tear. R/.


The sick, the afflicted, the lame, and the blind, the suffering, the erring, all solace here find. R/.


As pilgrims we come here to kneel at your feet, O grant what we ask you, if for us ‘tis meet. R/.


St. Anne, we implore you to hear this our prayer, in time of temptation, take us in your care R/.


In this life obtain for us that which is best and bring us at last to our heavenly rest. R/.


Himno a

Santa Ana

(de la canción, “Del Cielo ha Bajado”)


Entramos al altar de su Salvador

el nieto Mesías, regalo de amor.


R/.   O buena Sant-Ana, abuelita

y su santa hija, Virgen María.


Hablamos su nombre y damos la paz y muestra su hija la cara de faz. R/.


Los marineros en el mar torrencial encuentran su calma muy asistencial. R/.


Sufridos, enfermos y tristes oran

a calmar sus almas en tiempos lloran. R/.


Los peregrinos viajan a Orán

a venerar su reliquia en afán. R/.


Santa Ana pedimos, escucha la oración en tentaciones guíanos a sanación. R/.


Obtennos la gracia, la que es mejor ayúdanos a encontrar al salvador. R/.


St. Anne's Church 

230 North Sixth Avenue

St. Anne, IL  60964

(815) 427-8265



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