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From the Pastor 10/01/17

Next weekend, October 7-8 will be a very special time in our parish. On October 7 we will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Because we are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s apparition to the Fatima Children this year we thought this would be a great time to have a Marian Celebration.

On Saturday, October 7 there will be a beautiful Marian Celebration of sacred music and readings, devotions, and the enrollment of new members of the Rosary Confraternity. Please see the article on page five for information on the evening and information as to how to enroll into the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary.

Traditionally the first Sunday of October is also known as Rosary Sunday where Dominican Churches throughout the world bless roses and distribute them to members to take home with a special emphasis on bringing a rose to someone who is sick or homebound. Since October 7 is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary we will bless roses this second Sunday of October at the end of each Mass and distribute them to all of you to take home and to the sick.

We hope many of you will take the time to be with us on October 7 for our 100th Anniversary Celebration of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, and also take a rose home with you at the Mass you will be attending that weekend.

I came upon this beautiful prayer that the Holy Father wrote to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Fatima. The Catholic News Service created the English translation of the prayer Pope Francis wrote.

Pope Francis: Hail Queen, Blessed Virgin of Fatima, lady of the Immaculate Heart, refuge and path that leads to God! Pilgrim of the Light that radiates from your hands, I give thanks to God the Father who, at all times and in all places, acts within human history; pilgrim of the peace that you announce in this place, I praise Christ, our peace, and I pray for harmony among all peoples in this world; pilgrim of the hope that the Spirit encourages, I want to be a prophet and messenger to wash the feet of all, at the same table that unites us.

Assembly: Hail o clement, hail o loving! Hail Queen of the Rosary of Fatima. Hail o clement, o loving, o sweet Virgin Mary.

Pope Francis: Hail Mother of Mercy, lady dressed in white! In this place where, 100 years ago, you showed us all the plans of mercy of our God, I look at your garment of light and, as a bishop dressed in white, I remember all those who, dressed in their white baptismal robes, want to live in God and pray the mysteries of Christ to achieve peace.

Assembly: Hail o clement, hail o loving! Hail Queen of the Rosary of Fatima. Hail o clement, o loving, o sweet Virgin Mary.

Pope Francis: Hail, our life and sweetness, Hail, our hope, o pilgrim Virgin, o universal Queen! From the depths of your being, in your immaculate heart, you see the joys of human beings when they journey toward the heavenly homeland. From the depths of your being, in your immaculate heart, you see the sorrow of the human family that mourns and weeps in this valley of tears. From the depths of your being, in your immaculate heart, adorn us with the radiance of all the jewels in your crown and make us pilgrims as you were a pilgrim. With your virginal smile, strengthen the joy of Christ’s church. With your sweet gaze, strengthen the hope of God’s children. With your prayerful hands that you raise to the Lord, unite us all into one human family.

Assembly: Hail o clement, hail o loving! Hail Queen of the Rosary of Fatima. Hail o clement, o loving, o sweet Virgin Mary.

Pope Francis: O clement, o loving, o sweet Virgin Mary, Queen of the Rosary of Fatima! Help us follow the example of Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta, and all those who give themselves for the Gospel message. Thus, we will travel all the roads, we will be pilgrims on all paths, we will tear down all walls and overcome all boundaries, going to all peripheries, there revealing God’s justice and peace. We will be, in the joy of the Gospel, a church dressed in white, in whitened robes washed in the blood of the Lamb still pouring out in all the wars that destroy the world in which we live. And thus, we will be like you, the image of the luminous pillar that lights the paths of the world, showing to all that God exists, that God is here, that God dwells in the midst of the poor yesterday, today and for all eternity.

Assembly: Hail o clement, hail o loving! Hail Queen of the Rosary of Fatima. Hail o clement, o loving, o sweet Virgin Mary.

Pope Francis: Hail, Mother of the Lord, Virgin Mary, Queen of the Rosary of Fatima! Blessed among all women, you are the image of the church dressed in the Easter light, you are the honor of our people, you are the triumph over the mark of evil. Prophecy of the Father’s merciful love, teacher of the son’s Good News, sign of the Holy Spirit’s burning fire, teach us, in this valley of joys and sorrows, the eternal truths that the Father revealed to the little ones. Show us the strength of your protective mantle. In your immaculate heart, be the refuge of sinners and the path that leads to God. United with my brothers and sisters in faith, hope and love, I give myself to you. United with my brothers and sisters, I consecrate myself to God, O Virgin of the Rosary of Fatima. And finally, wrapped in the light that comes from your hands, I will give glory to the Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Assembly: Hail o clement, hail o loving! Hail Queen of the Rosary of Fatima. Hail o clement, o loving, o sweet Virgin Mary.

A blessed week to all,

Rev. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P., Pastor