Through Our Lady of Fatima's inspiration, may we pray the Holy Rosary often with great love and devotion so that our hearts may grow closer to Jesus and experience true happiness and peace. And through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother, may our petitions be granted especially for peace in the world. -Father Escalante
I will ask every parishioner to minimally pledge to say the rosary at least once a week. This isn’t too much to ask. Even if you prayed one decade a day during that week you could easily fulfill your pledge. Our nation, and the world, needs a lot of prayers right now. Families are worried about the future of their children. Many are worried about the violent state of the world. Many of our neighborhoods are becoming less and less safe. Our Lady’s rosary is the most powerful private prayer we can offer. The holy rosary is going to strengthen us spiritually to face whatever the devil and his angels hurl in our direction. We don't have a lot of control over the crazy things some people do but there is something we can do about making time for prayer.
The families praying the rosary together is also what is going to keep them together. I have seen too many families fall apart and see some of their children destroyed by the evil influences of others. Many of them have lost their faith. Looking back I also found out that their families never really prayed together other than perhaps at grace before meals or the parents just routinely taking them to church. Recalling Father Peyton's famous phrase in the early 20th century, "The family that prays together, stays together", we really need to promote the family rosary. My family prayed the rosary together every day when my 4 siblings and I were all still living at home. To this day we are all still active in our Catholic faith and I believe that praying the rosary as a family was what kept us in our faith.
The family that prays together stays together. The holy Rosary, by age-old tradition has shown itself particularly effective as a prayer which brings the family together. Individual family members, in turning their eyes toward Jesus, also regain the ability to look one another in the eye, to communicate, to show solidarity, to forgive one another and to see their cevenant of love renewed in the Spririt of God.
- Saint John Paul II
There will be 9 levels of rosary commitment pledges and are named after the 9 choirs of angels. Each level is also labeled Cloud 1, Cloud 2, etc., leading up to the highest level called, of course, "Cloud 9"! Anyone can reach Cloud 1 - Guardian Angels level. All you have to do is pledge to pray one 5-decade rosary a week and belong to one of the 30+ rosary clubs on the list. Don't worry, the clubs don't actually meet. If you pray the rosary you already belong to at least one or more clubs already. For example, those who pray the rosary and ride horses belong to the "Equestrian Club"; those into sports belong to the "Sports Club"; those who pray rosary in the car belong to the "Commuters Club"; those who sometimes pray lying down belong to the "Parallel Club"; and couples who pray the rosary together belong to one of 5 "Romantic Clubs", etc. Anyway, the Rosary Challenge is going to be a fun way to encourage each other to pray the rosary regularly. Stay tune for more!
Your shepherd in Christ, Father Escalante