Recently I noticed a growing number of these kinds of pamphlets in our parish bookshelf (they keep it inside the adoration chapel):
NOVENA TO ST. JUDE
Must be prayed 6 times each day for 9 consecutive days. Leave 9 copies in Church each day.
PRAYER WILL BE ANSWERED ON OR BEFORE THE 9TH DAY
HAS NEVER KNOWN TO FAIL
…followed by a (legit) set of prayers…
MAKE 81 COPIES
Leave 9 copies in Church each day for 9 consecutive days. You will RECEIVE YOUR INTENTION on or before the 9th day NO MATTER HOW IMPOSSIBLE. Pray in faith.
Obviously this isn’t (ironically) praying in faith but rather superstition but I’m surprised and saddened at how they keep stacking up. People are actually falling for this thing. There are even versions that threaten the reader. (Our Lady will burn you if you ignore this message!) Every church that I go within the city seems to have at least five of these sort of novenas.
There’s also a SSPX 2003 edition magazine in the shelf. It gave an in-depth denouncement of ecumenism as heresy and disgusting sacrilege. Very powerful for someone who’s not aware of SSPX’s canonical status.
How should I address this? I’d like to write a letter to our priest but I’m not sure how to compose it. Or if I should write a letter at all.