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Two Buffalo churches to host Novenas of Grace

Two Catholic churches, one downtown and one in South Buffalo, will host Novenas of Grace Friday through March 12.

St. Michael Church, 651 Washington St., will celebrate its 116th annual Novena of Grace, with weekday Novena services during masses at 6:45 a.m, 10 a.m., noon and 5 p.m.

A Novena service also will be included in the regular Sunday Mass schedule for March 6.

Our Lady of Charity Parish will offer the Novena of Grace at its St. Ambrose Site, 65 Ridgewood Road.

In the Catholic tradition, a novena is a series of prayers offered over a period of nine days. The Novena of Grace is in honor of St. Francis Xavier, a missionary from the 1500s who was among the first Jesuits.

Novena prayers will begin Friday in Our Lady of Charity Parish after the 7 p.m. Stations of the Cross.