Author: Richard

Pray the Rosary every day

Our Lady of Fatima image
Our Lady of Fatima

On her first apparition in Fatima on May 13 1917, Our Lady told the children that we should all “Pray the Rosary every day, in order to obtain peace for the world, and the end of the war.

Sr. Lucia, the oldest of the three Fatima children, had been asked several times why Our Lady asked people to pay the rosary everyday instead of going to mass every day.

Her answer is available here

Our Lady of Gietrzwald asks us to pray the rosary every day.

There is only one approved Marian apparition from Poland, Our Lady of Gietrzwald.

It was June 27, 1877. Thirteen-year-old Justyna Szafryńska was on her way home from church. As she heard the Angelus bells and said the prayer, she suddenly saw a strange light and a figure dressed in white on the nearby maple tree. The apparitions would continue for almost three months, concluding on September 16.

On June 30 during the apparition Justyna asked: “What do you want, Holy Mary?” The reply she received was, “I want you to pray the Rosary daily.” Our Lady spoke in the local dialect similar to the Polish language.

For the complete account see here

Go to StJohnElCerrito.org/rosary for resources about how to pray the rosary

Our Lady of Akita, Japan

“Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary.”

On Oct. 13, 1973, the anniversary of Our Lady’s last apparition at Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun, she appeared to Sister Agnes Sasagawa in a convent in Akita, Japan.  

Our Lady actually began what she told Sr. Agnes with these words:

As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the payers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests.

For a more complete account see the article here

For resources to help you pray the rosary go to the parish website StJohnElCerrito.org/rosary

October is the month of the rosary

Our Lady of the rosary

On the Catholic calendar the month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. Oct. 7 is the memorial of Our Lady of the rosary.  On Oct. 13 we celebrate the last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima.  One of her exhortations was for each of us to pray the rosary daily.

During October, after every Sunday Mass, we will pray the rosary.  We will use a series of videos to lead the prayers.  The videos use a number of different visuals to help us focus on the mystery which is being prayed.  Praying the rosary takes about 20 minutes.  Each Sunday we will pray a different set of the mysteries.  By the end of the month, the Joyful, Luminious, Sorrrowful, and Glorious will all have been prayed.  Please plan on spending the time after Mass and praying with the parish.

Please bring a rosary with you to Mass.  If you have several rosaries, you are invited to bring them to church and give them to someone who does not have one.  On the first Sunday in October we will give a free inexpensive rosary to everyone who needs one.

During the month, the homilies will focus on the rosary.  We will preach about how to pray the rosary and the benefits of praying it as an individual, a group, and a family.

The parish website has a lot of rosary resources to help you pray the rosary.  Look at StJohnElCerrito.org/rosary.