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Outdoor Holy Rosary Gathering at Holy Family Church


GREENVILLE — The month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. In Oct.

GREENVILLE — The month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. On October 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary will be celebrated in honor of the Blessed Mother. October was also the month in which Mary last appeared to shepherd the children in Fatima, Portugal, urging them to “say the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world”.

To celebrate the month, many parishes in the Diocese of Portland have planned rallies, processions or other events. One will be in the parking lot of Holy Family Church, 145 Pritham Avenue, at noon on Saturday, October 16.

The Rosary is an invitation to experience the grace of Mary’s spiritual motherhood which leads us to her Son, Jesus. Devotion to the Rosary was particularly promoted in the 13th century by Saint Dominic and in the 16th century by Saint Peter Canisius. It was Pope Leo XIII who consecrated October to the Month of the Holy Rosary and who, in 1895, wrote an encyclical, Adiutricem, on the Rosary. An invocation known as the Fatima Prayer was commonly added in the early 20th century. In 2002, Saint John Paul II, who called the Rosary his favorite prayer, added a new set of five reflections called the Luminous Mysteries. They join the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries, offering opportunities to reflect on the life of Jesus and His Blessed Mother.

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