OCTOBER: THE MONTH OF THE ROSARY
The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. According to an account by fifteenth-century Dominican, Alan de la Roch, Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 after he had been praying and doing severe penances because of his lack of success in combating the Albigensian heresy. Mary praised him for his valiant fight against the heretics and then gave him the Rosary as a mighty weapon, explained its uses and efficacy, and told him to preach it to others.
“Since the prayers of the Rosary come from such excellent sources-from Our Lord Himself, from inspired Scripture, and from the Church-it is not surprising that the Rosary is so dear to our Blessed Mother and so powerful with heaven.”
The Rosary had its origin in the liturgical mentality of former ages. Even at the present time it is called “Mary’s Psalter.”
The Rosary is Christocentric setting forth the entire life of Jesus Christ, the passion, death , resurrection and glory. Of course, the Rosary honors and contemplates Mary too, and rightly so, for the same reason that the Liturgical Year does likewise: “Because of the mission she received from God, her life is most closely linked with the mysteries of Jesus Christ, and there is no one who has followed in the footsteps of the Incarnate Word more closely and with more merit than she.” Meditation on this cycle of Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries make the Rosary not only “a breviary or summary of the Gospel and of Christian life,” but also a compendium of the Liturgical Year. Therewith the Rosary stands revealed as a dynamic teacher and nurturer of Christian faith, morality, and spiritual perfection, fostering in various ways faith, hope, charity and the other virtues, and mediating special graces, all to the end that we may become more and more like unto Christ.
Pope Benedict XVI in an address at the Basilica of St. Mary Major where he prayed the rosary with the faithful said:
Today, together we confirm that the Holy Rosary is not a pious practice banished to the past, like prayers of the times thought of with nostalgia. Instead, the Rosary is experiencing a new Springtime. Without a doubt, this is one of the most eloquent signs of love that the young generation nourish for Jesus and his Mother, Mary. In the current world, so dispersive, this prayer helps to put Christ at the centre, as the Virgin did, who meditated within all that was said about her Son, and also what he did and said. When reciting the Rosary, the important and meaningful moments of salvation history are relived. The various steps of Christ’s mission are traced. With Mary the heart is oriented toward the mystery of Jesus. Christ is put at the centre of our life, of our time, of our city, through the contemplation and meditation of his holy mysteries of joy, light, sorrow and glory. May Mary help us to welcome within ourselves the grace emanating from these mysteries so that through us we can “water” society, beginning with our daily relationships, and purifying them from so many negative forces, thus opening them to the newness of God. The Rosary, when it is prayed in an authentic way, not mechanical and superficial but profoundly, it brings, in fact, peace and reconciliation. It contains within itself the healing power of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, invoked with faith and love at the centre of each “Hail Mary.”
In this month of October, let us consider the beautiful prayer of the Rosary as a means to draw closer to Jesus and Mary by meditating on the great mysteries of our salvation!
HOLY MARY PRAY FOR US!
The celebration of our Annual Saint Raymond Parish Festival continues as we not only enjoy the financial benefits of the Festival, but also the success of the stewardship of time and talent offered by so many faithful parishioners and friends. As your Cathedral Rector, I wish to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to all who helped defray the cost of the Festival, all who purchased the various raffle tickets, those who donated goods and services, and all who came to celebrate the faith and heritage of this great Parish of St Raymond. A very sincere thanks to the anonymous donor of $18,000.00 to defray the cost of the car. May God reward him and his family with abundant blessings.
In a special and heartfelt way, I extend my gratitude to all of the dedicated volunteers, from the youngest to the oldest, who sacrificed so much of their time to make the 2014 Parish Festival a success. No amount of thanks, though, can replace the joy we all experience in working together as a parish family to build up the Kingdom of God. I extend to all of you my sincere appreciation for making the Festival a true example of Stewardship - time, talent, and treasure - where everyone experiences the joys of parish life. God bless all of you and your families.
Chorbishop Moussa Joseph
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR RAFFLE WINNERS:
CAR: MR & MRS. DON & TERRY LEONG & MR. & MRS. FRANK & MARY EHLEN
TUPPERWARE BASKET: AMY FINNIGAN
KIDS BASKETS: ALEX BAUER, AMYA GARST
RING: ELIE & ANNIE HLEISS
$1000 CASH: DEBBIE ELKING
LIQUOR WAGON: OESTERLEI FAMILY
NECKLACE: LISA GARRETT
MEN’S RING: SANDY WAHBY
MONEY BASKET: DEBBIE ELKING
SUNDAY OCTOBER 12, 2014
4 PM IN THE
ALL ARE INVITEDTO
ATTEND & PARTICIPATE.
PLEASE COME & ENJOY
CELEBRATE A JOB WELL
A festival evaluation meeting will be held on Monday, September 29th at 7 pm in the Lebanon room. We will discuss our successful festival. Everyone is invited to attend and participate!
IF ANYONE WORKED SERVICE HOURS FOR THE FESTIVAL, PLEASE EMAIL THE RECTORY WITH NAME, HOURS WORKED, AREA WORKED, AND WHERE TO SEND THE LETTER. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED!
email@example.com or 314-621-0056
The Men’s Society meeting will be held on Thursday, October 2nd at 6:30 in the Lebanon room. All men are invited to attend!
The Ladies Society meeting will be held Tuesday October 7th at 7 pm in the Lebanon room. All ladies are invited to attend.
SAVE THE DATE!
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15TH AND SUNDAY NOVEMBER 16TH WE WILL CELEBRATE ST. RAYMOND’S FEAST!
MORE DETAILS WILL FOLLOW!