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Feast of St. Francis 2016: Novena from September 24 to October 2

During this Jubilee Year the Novena in preparation for the Feast of St. Francis will be dedicated to a reflection on the places, faces and works of mercy and will be preached by Fr. Gianni Cappelletto, Friar of the Sacred Convent and biblical scholar. His reflections will be taken from the pages of Sacred Scripture and suggestions offered by the experience of St. Francis and the writings of Pope Francis and the life of the Basilica.
Again this year the parish communities of the city of Assisi and the Diocese of Assisi - Nocera Umbra - Gualdo Tadino will be represented and the celebrations will be presided over by Vicars Forane or parish priests of these parishes.A special celebration will be dedicated to the elderly, the sick and to those who live in a precarious situations and disability on Thursday, September 29 at 4.00 PM instead of 6.00 PM.Another special moment will be Monday, September 26, when the Bishop of Assisi will preside at the Liturgy where representatives of the City of Assisi will be invited on the anniversary of the earthquake that struck the city in 1997.Schedule
17:40: Arrival of the Pilgrimage at the Lower Square with a procession to the Basilica.
18:00: Eucharistic Celebration presided over by the Vicar Forane, or by one of the parish priests.
Fr. Gianni Cappelletto will preach at the conclusion of the Mass, followed by prayer at the tomb of St. Francis and Blessing of the Pilgrims of the city and the diocese.Saturday, September 24
Pilgrimage of the Pastoral Unity of Rivotorto and Capodacqua
Sunday, September 25
17.00: Pilgrimage of the parishes of the Vicariate of Nocera UmbraMonday, September 26
Pilgrimage of the parishes of the Vicariate of Assisi with the participation of the Chapter of Canons of the Cathedral and Confraternities. Municipal Administration pilgrimage and the City Associations to celebrate the 19th anniversary of the 1997 earthquake. Presided over by His Excellency Bishop Domenico SorrentinoTuesday, September 27
Pilgrimage of the parishes of the Vicariate of Santa Maria degli AngeliWednesday, September 28
Pilgrimage of Women and Men Religious of the Diocese: USMI and CISM
The Episcopal Vicar for Consecrated Life will preside.Thursday, September 29 16:00
Pilgrimage of the Sick and Elderly: Caritas and Unitalsi. Institute A. Rossi, Serafico, Casoria (Special Needs Children).Friday, September 30
Pilgrimage of the Vicariate of Bastia UmbraSaturday, October 1
Pilgrimage of the parishes of the Vicariate of Gualdo TadinoSunday, October 2 at 17.00
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