October: The Month of the Holy Rosary

September 30, 2018

The Church dedicates the month of October to the Holy Rosary because of a great victory attributed to the Blessed Mother on October 7,1571, the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary.

In October of 1571, the Church in Europe faced a seemingly hopeless challenge. The Muslim Turks had conquered the Middle East, slaughtering millions and forcing the survivors to convert to Islam. They then threatened Southern Italy and Rome. Pope Pius V called on rosary confraternities in Rome and all of Europe to undertake special processions and public recitation of the Rosary, asking the intercession of the Blessed Mother.

On that first Sunday of October, in the famous Battle of Lepanto, the Turks surrounded the Christian ships. The Christian fleet was far outnumbered and appeared to have no human hope of winning. From dawn to dusk, Pope Pius V, accompanied by many faithful, prayed the Rosary in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Rosaries were prayed across Rome and Europe as the battle roared. In the end, the Turks were defeated, driven to shore or drowned. Europe was saved.

As the Church faces ongoing clergy sex abuse scandals, we should turn to Our Lady for her intercession and entrust the Church to her. May her maternal love protect us and lead us closer to her Son, Jesus Christ.

October is also Respect Life month. On Sunday, October 7, the Respect Life Committee will make a presentation on Foster Care and Adoption. Please join them on the patio after the 9:30 Mass. I want to thank Erin Lynch for her leadership and enthusiasm in leading this ministry. They are very active and involved in many projects which promote life. I also want to thank Joe Schirripa for his strong role in growing the 40 Days for Life ministry.

On October 14, the Finance Council members will make their annual presentation at all Masses. A financial summary will be mailed to all registered parishioners prior to the presentation.

Sunday, October 21, is World Mission Sunday, the one Sunday of the year when the entire Church comes together to support mission throughout the Church. All donations will directly support churches, hospitals, schools, and vocations in countries where the Church is new, underdeveloped, or poor.

World Mission Sunday is a day for us to reflect on our own Catholic identity. The Church is missionary by nature. We exist only because of the mission given to us by Jesus, “Go to all the world, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teach them all that I have commanded you.” He directs us to be part of this mission.

Kathryn Richards