The Feast of the Holy Rosary 2018
With the Holy Relic of
Saint (Padre) Pio of Pietrelcina
It is over 800 years since Our Lady gave the Rosary to Saint Dominic, and it is just as important, if not more important now than it was back then. That is why Our Lady reaffirmed its importance at Lourdes and at Fatima. At Lourdes Our Blessed Mother came with a message of healing. She smiled as Bernadette prayed the Rosary at the grotto of Lourdes. Her visitation led to a big increase in fervour in the praying of the Rosary. Our Lady at Fatima declared: “Say the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world ....” The world definitely needs peace, our families need peace and our souls need the peace that the Rosary gives. In praying the Rosary we meditate on the essential mysteries of the faith, but its power goes way beyond any explanation that one may give of this beautiful prayer. This Feast reminds us of the fact that by means of the Rosary some of the most significant events in world history have taken place. God has shown us that He wants it to be central to our lives.
When Europe was being threatened with annihilation at the hand of the turkish empire, Pope V organised processions and the public recitation of the Holy Rosary on the day of a decisive battle. The Christian forces were horribly outnumbered, but through the Rosary the Christian Forces were victorious, in the first week of October 1571. In thanksgiving of this and other subsequent major Christian victories won against all odds through the Rosary, Pope Clement XI gave us this Feast of the Rosary in 1716. This is a wonderful Feast reminding us that through praying the Rosary, lives can be changed, battles won and disasters averted.
In more recent times, in the 1950’s Communist Russia withdrew from Austria without a single bullet being fired. How did this come about? A priest Pater Petrus organised a rosary crusade. He understood that victory could only come about through God as Austria’s population was so small at only 7 million compared to the Soviet Union’s population of 220 million. He was convinced that if a tithe (or tenth) of the population of Austria should join in praying the rosary faithfully for this intention then Russia would leave Austria. A tenth of the population, that is 700,000 did join and pray the Rosary with patience. It took seven years. That is where perseverance is so important. But then, without explanation the Soviets withdrew on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, May 13, 1955.
When Horishima was destroyed in 1945 by the atom bomb, there was a Jesuit house very close to the epicentre that was totally spared. The Fathers declared that it was because they followed the requests of Our Lady at Fatima and prayed the rosary.
Can we afford not to pray the Rosary? This most beautiful prayer recommended to us at Lourdes and Fatima was the favourite prayer of Saint John Paul II. St Mother Teresa of Calcutta always had a rosary in her hand. St. Padre Pio prayed a dozen rosaries a day. We are blessed to have the First Class holy relic of this great saint present on this day to bring us in a special way his powerful intercession.
Please recommend this day to your friends and family. Do come and give God great glory on this special day. The Holy Rosary is so important.
First Friday The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Masses and Devotions
Friday 5th October
2 Times and 2 Venues!
Parish Holy Mass followed by Adoration and Prayers to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
St Augustines Church
632 Bourke Street
Novena to the Most
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Adoration and Prayers in honour of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus followed by Holy Mass.
St Joseph's Church
71 Orrong Road
Mass and Devotions
Saturday 6th October
Adoration, Prayers as requested by Our Lady of Fatima, Holy Mass.
De La Salle Chapel
1312 High Street, Malvern
Feast of Our Lady of The Rosary
Sunday 9th October 2018
St Colman's Church
293 Carlisle Street
1.40 pm Holy Rosary