National Novena Set for Missionary Congress

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GUATEMALA CITY, OCT. 30, 2003 ( A novena will be held throughout Guatemala in spiritual preparation for the 2nd American Missionary Congress.

The novena for CAM2 will take place at the national level Nov. 14-22. It is being promoted among bishops, priests, diocesan mission delegates, ecclesial movements and other faithful.

Each diocese and parish is free to choose how to observe the novena. It may be held in parish churches, or during family prayer or holy hours.

Individuals will allocate time daily for silence and recollection, to invoke the gift of the Holy Spirit for the spiritual success of CAM2, the organizers said.

The Eucharistic Shrine of Perpetual Adoration of the Archdiocese of Guatemala has scheduled the novena at three times: 6 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. It will include liturgies and devotions for all the faithful.

Members of the executive committee and others involved in organizing CAM2 will be united in prayer at 6 a.m. daily to be enlightened by God as to the best way to serve the thousands of missionaries and faithful who will attend the congress from Nov. 25-30.