Rosary remains focus as Diocesan Congress concludes

While the Diocese of Venice Traveling Rosary Congress has successfully concluded, the entire month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary and commemorations continue.

For example, different theology classes at St. John Neumann Catholic High School in Naples gathered on Oct. 17, 2023, in the Our Lady of the Angels Chapel on campus to pray for peace in the world, as called for by Pope Francis. Praying the Rosary is regarded as a potent weapon against evil, as well as the most effective prayer for bringing peace to the entire globe.

Meanwhile, young students at St. Andrew Catholic School in Cape Coral celebrated Rosary Day on Oct. 10. The students colored images of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Holy Family, learned a prayer to Our Lady of Fátima, while also creating and decorating a box for their Rosary.

At St. Catherine Catholic School in Sebring, there is a newly formed a Rosary Club which meets regularly with the group praying the different Mysteries of the Rosary.

As for the Traveling Rosary Congress, it began on Oct. 6, 2023, wrapping up its journey at five different Parishes on Oct. 14, 2023. In total, 31 different Parishes in the Diocese participated in this important evangelization effort.

The faithful were encouraged to place all prayer intentions and the needs of the faithful into the loving arms of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as part of the Congress. Parishes also included the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and the praying of the Holy Rosary.

In its third year, the Rosary Congress was a key component of the ongoing National Eucharistic Revival which is in its Parish Year phase and concludes with a national pilgrimage to Indianapolis in July 2024. Bishop Frank J. Dewane will be leading a pilgrimage from the Diocese. The Revival is an initiative of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to put an emphasis on the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.

Additional celebrations in the Diocese included the 13th annual Rosary Rally at Sacred Heart Parish in Punta Gorda. The rally, which is held annually to occur as close to Oct. 13 as is possible, called upon all to turn toward God, through His Holy Mother, asking for His urgent help in solving America’s key problems. This year’s rally coincided with the Parish hosting the Rosary Congress and this helped to increase participation. There were additional Rosary rallies in Port Charlotte, Fort Myers, Naples.

Oct. 13 is significant, because that day in 1917 marked the last Marian apparition in Fátima, Portugal, and the day on which approximately 70,000 people bore witness to the miracle of the dancing sun — a miracle that shattered the prevalent belief at the time that God was no longer relevant. The Blessed Virgin Mary exhorted the crowd to pray the rosary for world peace. The apparition is often referred to as the “Miracle of the Sun.”

October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary primarily due to the fact that the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on Oct. 7. It was instituted to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary in gratitude for the protection that she gives the Church in answer to the praying of the Rosary by the faithful.

As the month of October continues, let us consider the beautiful prayer of the Rosary as a means that we too can use in order to draw closer to Jesus and Mary by meditating on the great mysteries of Salvation.