“Contemplating the face of Jesus with Mary.”
This is how St. John Paul II described the Rosary in his apostolic letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae. This week, we have a special opportunity to experience this prayer as a parish family as we take part in the Traveling Rosary Congress October 6-7.
The Virgin Mary pondered in her heart all the details of the life of her Son (Luke 2:19). When we pray the Rosary, we join our hearts to hers, asking that we may also contemplate all of the details of the life of Jesus. At the same time, we unite the details of our lives – our joys, our labors, our struggles, our triumphs and rejoicing – with the same mysteries of Jesus that we contemplate.
The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7 recalls the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, which was decisive in turning back an Ottoman invasion of western Europe. We continue to turn to Our Lady for her protection and help in times of difficulty, and she unfailingly leads us to safe haven in the heart of her Son.
Each week, the Holy Rosary is prayed here at San Pedro for many intentions. Monday through Saturday, it is prayed at 8:00 am, before daily Mass. On Sundays after the 10:45 a.m. Mass, the Rosary is prayed for our nation and all its people. On Mondays following the 8:30 a.m. Mass, the Rosary is offered for priests and for the holy souls in Purgatory. And on Wednesdays, the Rosary is prayed for Peace. First Saturdays, the Rosary is prayed at 1:45 p.m. in the church in reparation for offenses against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In that way, it is also convenient to remain for the sacrament of Confession and the 4 pm Mass to satisfy the requirements for this devotion.
During the Rosary Congress this Thursday and Friday, in the wake of hurricane Ian, we can also pray in solidarity with those suffering from its effects, in support of those helping others in need, in gratitude for those who were spared. These mysteries, also, we unite with the mysteries of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, in communion with the blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints.
If you are not able to attend adoration at the church October 6-7, please pray the Rosary and make a spiritual communion wherever you are that day. In that way we can all be united in one act of worship, adoration and praise, contemplating with Mary the face of her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
24-Hour Adoration, Traveling Rosary Congress
San Pedro Parish is taking part in the Traveling Rosary Congress this year. There will be 24 hours of Eucharistic Adoration in the main Church from the 8:30 am Mass on Thursday, October 6 to 12:00 noon on Friday, October 7, with the recitation of the Rosary each hour, and an opportunity for the Sacrament of Confession.
To sign up for an hour of adoration, or to lead the Rosary please call or write the parish office at 941-426-2500 or email@example.com
Thursday, October 6
8:30 am Mass
9:00 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
9:00-10:00 am Confessions
*Rosary recited each hour
6:00 pm Evening Prayer and Rosary
Friday, October 7
7:00 am First Friday Mass
7:30-8:30 am Confessions
8:30 am Mass
12:00 pm Benediction