Oct. 5-11 National Rosary Congress

Deliberate, focused attention to prayer encouraged


Catholics traditionally observe October as the Month of the Rosary.

For the first time, the Diocese of Jefferson City will join with many dioceses across the country for the National Rosary Congress (www.rosarycongressusa.org) the week of Oct. 5-11.

Parishes and Catholic organizations throughout the diocese are being encouraged to host Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, to encourage communal and private praying of the Rosary, especially for healing in the Church, for more vocations to the Priesthood and religious life, and for the moral conversion of the country.

Catholic schools are also being encouraged to offer special lessons on the Mysteries of the Rosary and to have the students pray the Rosary together in church.

The National Rosary Congress’s organizers note that the Blessed Mother instructs the faithful to “pray with the heart.”

“To pray with the heart is a decision to set aside everything, to concentrate, and to persevere in a pure prayer,” the organizers stated.

“Let’s set our parishes on fire with a mission of love and consecrate our hearts to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

The National Rosary Congress website offers a variety of resources for parishes and families.

Suggestions range from seven full days of Perpetual Adoration; praying the Rosary every hour; processions; and special Masses for youth, healing, consecrated life, and families.

“This is a good time to be with Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We have lots to pray for,” said Mary Markway, who is helping to coordinate the diocese’s first observance of the Rosary Congress.

For information, visit the National Rosary Congress website or write to marymarkway@embarqmail.com.