Parish Council Responds to Fatima, Power of Rosary
As part of its goal to increase prayerfulness at St. Pius X and to honor Our Lady of Fatima's request to pray the Rosary daily, Pastoral Advisory Council (PAC) led the parish in praying the Rosary between the 10:15 AM and 12:00 noon Mass every Sunday during October 2017. Praying the Rosary at St. Pius X is having an impact in the parish. PAC is now actively seeking ministries and families willing to lead one Rosary a year between the 10:15 AM and 12:00 noon Mass on Sunday.
"I am the Lady of the Rosary, I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it every day." - Our Lady of Fatima, 1917
2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions at Fatima by the Mother of God to three shepherd children, Jacinta and Francisco Marto and their cousin, Lucia Santos. In a series of monthly visits that occurred between May 13 and October 13, 1917, the Blessed Virgin, under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary, appeared to the children in a pasture owned by Lucia's father. As part of a larger message of devotion to her Immaculate Heart, she asked that the faithful pray the Rosary for the pardon of their sins and for world peace and to do so daily. Through Mary's appearances, we recognize her significant and God-given role in the economy of salvation and the value of devotion to her Immaculate Heart for the individual life and for the future of the human race. Her message at Fatima maintains it's relevance today and always; the Rosary is a very powerful prayer. - Learn more: EWTN 100 Years of Fatima
St. Pius X enjoys a strong and growing devotion to the Rosary. For many years, the Rosary has been prayed every Monday-Friday morning following the 8:30 AM Mass. The Knights of Columbus Council 5253 leads the parish in praying the Rosary after 5:00 PM Mass every first Saturday of the month. They also lead a Rosary after 5:00 PM Mass on every Saturday of October and May, months dedicated to Our Holy Mother. Recently, a Monday evening Rosary at 6:30 PM was added to pray for those who are sick in our parish, their families, and their caregivers.
During October 2017, as part of its goal to increase prayerfulness at St. Pius X and to honor Our Lady of Fatima's request to pray the Rosary daily, Pastoral Advisory Council (PAC) led the parish in praying the Rosary between the 10:15 AM and 12:00 noon Mass every Sunday. The response was very positive. "I believe praying the Rosary had an impact on our parish simply from the growth in participation. When we began the Sunday Rosary on October 1, I think there were 16 people in attendance, ten of whom were PAC members. At the final Rosary on October 29, about 26 people prayed, only nine of whom were PAC members. As a councilmember, I was approached by parishioners who asked that the Rosary please continue," said Bill Black. PAC Secretary Cyndi Williams agreed with Bill about the impact, adding, "The numbers seem to be growing for our Monday evening Rosary [for the sick] as well. Wonderful things are happening! I personally know parishioners with grave illnesses who have experienced unexpected healing since we began praying."
PAC would like to continue the Sunday Rosary between 10:15 AM and noon Mass and is asking that other St. Pius X ministries and families volunteer to lead the parish in praying the Rosary once a year. A ministry could devote their Rosary to a specific intention or to a patron saint. Initial assistance in leading the Rosary will be offered by PAC members.
For more information or to volunteer your ministry to lead a Sunday Rosary between 10:15 AM and 12 noon Mass, please contact Pastoral Advisory Councilmember Denise Colucci at 248-497-9025 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.
The Fatima Prayer, Our Lady of Fatima, 1917