The Prayer that Touches the Heart
St. Joseph parishioners have been praying the Rosary since the church was built. The grace of the prayer to the Holy Mother has lit the journey to Jesus for so many - whether through painful recovery to addictions, troubles and challenges in families, the loss of loved ones, or when everything in life seems darkest. Catholics have historically and with great faith viewed Mary as the person through whom the Savior comes, the one who will defeat evil on earth.
In today’s world, where we often seek the quickest solution to a problem, there is good news in this. According to St. Louis de Montfort, the shortest and fastest way to Jesus is through a dedication and devotion to Mary. St. Louis was a Dominican priest in the 1700's whose profound devotion to Mary may be found in both his influential writings about the Holy Mother and the establishment of schools to teach children and care for the poor. St. Louis was said to have risked everything in his devotion to God.
Praying the Rosary can help us face the often harsh realities of life with hope and grace. Many who’ve prayed the Rosary have experienced a sense of peacefulness during challenging times. Pray the Rosary at St. Joseph for the first time or the thousandth. People will help guide those who are just learning. Bring your own Rosary beads, count on your fingers or use a smartphone app such as iRosary.
To learn more about the Rosary, please visit the Dominican Rosary Center, online.
We are blessed to have two regularly meeting Rosary groups here at St. Joseph. The Holy Rosary Group meets each Monday from 7 to 8 pm in the Parish Center Loyola Chapel. The Holy Hour Rosary Group meets each first Thursday of the month from 7 to 8 pm in the same Loyola Chapel.
Each gathering is usually followed by a reception and an opportunity to spend time together talking.
Please contact Tom Cannon and Jackie Quinn for more information by emailing rosary@.
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.