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October: The Month of the Holy 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.
"If we consider the power of the Rosary as seen in its effects, we find a great abundance of proofs of its wonderful value. Many are the favors granted to private individuals through its devout recitation: there are few devoted users of the Rosary who cannot testify to experiencing its power in their own lives. If we turn to history, we see many great triumphs of the Rosary. Early tradition attributes the defeat of the Albigensians at the Battle of Muret in 1213 to the Rosary. But even those who do not accept this tradition will admit that St. Pius V attributed the great defeat of the Turkish fleet on the first Sunday of October, 1571, to the fact that at the same time the Rosary confraternities at Rome and elsewhere were holding their processions. Accordingly, he ordered a commemoration of the Rosary to be made on that day. Two years later, Gregory XIII allowed the celebration of a feast of the Rosary in churches having an altar dedicated to the Rosary. In 1671, Clement X extended the feast to all Spain. A second great victory over the Turks, who once, like the Russians, threatened the ruin of Christian civilization, occurred on August 5, 1716, when Prince Eugene defeated them at Peterwardein in Hungary. Thereupon Clement XI extended the feast of the Rosary to the whole Church.
"Today, when dangers far greater than those of the ancient Turks threaten not only Christianity but all civilization, we are urged by our Blessed Mother to turn again to the Rosary for help. If men in sufficient numbers do this, and at the same time carry out the other conditions that she has laid down, we have the greater reason for confidence that we will be delivered from our dangers." -- Mary in our Life by Fr. William G. Most
The Rosary and the Liturgical Year
The Rosary had its origin in the liturgical mentality of former ages. Even at the present time it is called "Mary's Psalter." There still are Catholics who consider the 150 Hail Marys a substitute for the 150 psalms for those persons who neither have the time, the education, nor the opportunity to pray the Hours of the Divine Office. Thus "Mary's Psalter" is a shortened, simplified "breviary" — alongside the common Hour-prayer of the Church. —The Church's Year of Grace, Dr. Pius Parsch
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"142 (Mediator Dei). Meditation on this cycle of Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries makes the Rosary not only "a breviary or summary of the Gospel and of Christian life,"(Ingravescentibus malis) 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. — Mariology, Juniper B. Carol, O.F.M.
The Rosary and the Popes
No form of extra-liturgical devotion to Mary is more widely practiced among the faithful or found by them to be more satisfyingly complete than the Rosary, which has come to be regarded as the very badge of Catholic piety. No form of extra-liturgical devotion to Mary has been recommended more warmly or frequently by the Popes. With perhaps two exceptions, all the Sovereign Pontiffs from Sixtus IV in 1478 down to John XXIII, especially Leo XIII (in 23 documents, ten of them encyclicals entirely on the Rosary) and his successors, have extolled this form of prayer, which has been the favorite, moreover, of such saints as Teresa of Avila, Francis de Sales, Louis de Montfort, Alphonsus Liguori, Don Bosco, Bernadette, and many more.
The authentic Rosary is a happy combination of vocal and mental prayer, each of which is essential to the devotion. It is incorrect to say that meditation is "the very essence of the Rosary devotion," for vocal recitation of the prayers is also of the essence. Meditation is, of course, the nobler element, the "soul," while vocal prayer is the "body" of the devotion. The Rosary, Pope Leo XIII declared, "is composed of two parts, distinct but inseparable — the meditation on the mysteries and the recitation of the prayers. It is thus a kind of prayer that requires not only some raising of the soul to God, but also a particular and explicit attention" (Incunda semper). Hence, as Pope Pius XI stated, they err "who consider this devotion merely a boresome formula repeated with monotonous and singsong intonation" (Ingravescentibus malis). Moreover, as Pius XI put it, "both piety and love, although always breathing forth the same words, do not, however, repeat the same thing, but they fervently express something ever new which the loving heart always sends forth." And finally, in the words of Pius XII, "the recitation of identical formulas, repeated so many times, rather than rendering the prayer sterile and boring, has on the contrary the admirable quality of infusing confidence in him who prays, and brings to bear a gentle compulsion on the motherly heart of Mary (Ingravescentibus malis). — Mariology, Juniper B. Carol, O.F.M.
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 other 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".
The Mysteries of the Rosary
Until about the 15th century hundreds of mysteries were part of the Rosary devotion then the 15 mysteries that we know today were definitively fixed as "the Mysteries of the Rosary." Pope John Paul II, in his encyclical, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, in 2002 added the five Luminous Mysteries.
Through the meditations of the complete Rosary one recalls and has impressed on his mind, the Popes tell us, "the chief mysteries of the Christian religion," "the mysteries of our Redemption," "the great mysteries of Jesus and His Mother united in joys, sorrows, and triumphs." The twenty mysteries are divided into four equal groups, known as "The Joyful," "The Sorrowful," "The Glorious," and "The Luminous Mysteries."
The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated on October 7. October falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green.
The Holy Father's Prayer Intentions for October 2014
General: That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.
Missionary: That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.
76th International Eucharistic Rosary March
Sun, Oct 5
At Epiphany Church, 164 Washington Place
There will not be a Mass. 1:30pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Rosary will be prayed en route from Epiphany Church through the City of Pittsburgh. Sponsored by the Legion of Mary. For information call 412-885-8822 or 412-881-0311.
Sat, Oct 11 - Sun, Oct 12
Nebby about Sisters? Curious about Convents? A Convent Crawl is a 24-hour experience for women 18-40 during which a group of young women visit several Sister’s convents in succession with prayer, food and conversation spread throughout the experience. It starts at the Sisters of Mercy Convent at 6:00pm, moves to the Felician Sisters for an overnight and proceeds to the School Sisters of St. Francis for lunch and a panel discussion and ends with dinner and a panel discussion at the Sisters of St. Joseph in Baden, PA. The panels include sisters from different communities. No charge. For more information or to register email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-821-2200, ext. 430.
Golden Anniversary Celebration
Sun, Oct 12, 2:30pm
The Diocese of Pittsburgh is once again planning its annual Golden Wedding Celebration for the couples who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. This year's event will begin with Mass at St. Paul Cathedral on Sun, Oct 12 at 2:30pm. Bishop Zubik will be the main celebrant. A reception will follow in the lower hall at the Cathedral. Cathedral and hall are both accessible.
If you are one of the couples celebrating your 50th anniversary in 2014, and would like to receive an invitation to this event, please call the rectory or drop a note in the collection basket no later than Sun, Aug 10.
A Morning to God
Thu, Oct 16, 9:30am-12:00pm
St. Joseph Spirituality Center, Baden, offers A Morning With God. Sister Melania Polensky invites us into a time of communal prayer and reflection. Participants may pray in the chapel, outdoors, at the labyrinth, or in quiet spaces. Fee is $10. To register, call 724-869-6587 by Fri, Oct 10.
Sat, Oct 18, 7:00-11:00pm
The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc.—Division 11 presents the Masquarade Ball at the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place, 3454 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Tickets are $45 per person and includes open bar, buffet dinner, entertainment, basket raffles, drawings, entertainment by The Mansfield 5, and prizes for the best masks and costumes. Proceeds support the charitable work of the Division 11. To purchase tickets contact: Shirley Sestric at 412-431-3935 or Mary Rodgers Schubert at 412-956-5173. More information may be found at Division 11’s web site www.laohdiv11.com.
Healing Mass at St. Malahcy Church
Wed, Oct 22, 6:30pm
Mass with prayers and blessings for healing will be celebrated at St. Malachy Church, Kennedy Twp. by Rev. William J. Kiel.
Divorced? Widowed? Separated?
Fri, Oct 24 - Sun, Oct 26
The loss of a spouse through separation, divorce or death is a most traumatic experience. Many people who have suffered this loss feel left out by their church, uneasy around married friends, unsure of themselves and uncertain about their future.The Beginning Experience weekend is intended to help widowed, divorced, separated people who would like to pass through the grief and begin to move forward with their lives. Come to a safe place. Travel from heart ache to hope. The next weekend will be held Oct 24-26 at the Gilmary Center in Moon Township. Payment arrangements and possible financial assistance are available. For more information, www.BeginningExperience.org or make a confidential call to Mary at 412-523-2405 or Steve at 412-720-8694.
Fri, Oct 24, 6:00-10:00pm and Sat, Oct 24 9:00am-3:00pm
St. Basil Parish offers diocesan approved Pre-Cana classes for couples preparing for marriage. Please call the St. Basil parish office at 412-882-9763 to register or for information.
Montour High School Class Reunion for 1973 & 1974
Sat, Oct 25
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Holy Trinity School Annual Auction EventRead more
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