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.