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Kansas City Candlelight Rosary Procession and Fatima Pilgrimage on October 13, 2012 a Great Success!

Posted on October 22nd, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Over 1300 people joined Bishop Finn,  for the Candlelight Rosary Procession and Fatima Pilgrimage held by the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and the Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade on a rainy October 13th.  

The procession was scrapped due to the badly needed rain, but the show went on indoors. Pilgrims filled 550 seat St Patrick's Church and another 600 crowded the gymnasium at St Patrick's school, and watched the prayer service on a closed-circuit TV screen. Even more overflowed into the narthex, the daily Mass chapel, and then outside and listened on the church's audio system.

After the two hour service, Fr Jim Kelleher said, “The Virgin Mary intercedes and takes care of all these things.”  Fr Jim is the founder of the Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade.

October 13th is the 95th anniversary of the sixth and final monthly apparition of the Virgin Mary to the three children in Fatima, Portugal. The candlelight procession preceded the exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and the proclamation of the Gospel was by Deacon Justin McMenamy, and then a reflection by Father Kelleher and a homily by Bishop Finn.

The event marked the opening of the Year of Faith in the diocese. Bishop Finn also re-consecrated the diocese to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with benediction and a blessing with the Blessed Sacrament.

Thank you for Making the Great Pilgrimage a Success!

Posted on October 14th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Come, Worship the King of Kings!

Dear Friends,

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Last Saturday, October 8, we experienced the fruits of our labor at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Thank you for your prayers and support, and a special thank you to Bishop Loverde and the Diocese of Arlington.

This was an enormous evangelization effort that required listening to multitudes of inspirations of the Holy Spirit. I am grateful to my entire Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade team, who performed tasks too numerous to mention.

My thanks also goes to the pastors and parochial vicars who diligently promoted the daily family rosary, as well as parish team captains who distributed, collected and counted the pledges, arranged buses, and got prayer petitions from the children.

My gratitude extends to the pilgrims who left home at 5:30 a.m. that morning to take the nearest parish bus to the Shrine, and all those who took part in the Global Living Rosary. The music that filled the basilica on Saturday was absolutely glorious and was in and of itself a heavenly gift.

We now have a renewed sense of the universality of the Church, and the memory of the heartfelt words of Bishop Loverde, as he expressed his love for the diocese and his priests.

Nearly 10,000 commitments to pray the daily family rosary were made, and 4,700 hours of weekly Eucharistic Adoration have been offered for Our Lady.

We came and received abundant blessings!

Fr. James Kelleher, SOLT
on behalf of the Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade

 

Blessed John Paul II, a patron of the Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade, wrote the following prayer for the World Day of Peace in 2002, in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Since we pray our daily family rosaries for peace in our families, our nation,and our world, we can reflect upon John Paul II’s inspiration as we continue our collective journey in prayer.

Pope John Paul II

"Salve, Madre santa!" Virgin Daughter of Zion, how deeply must your Mother's heart suffer for this bloodshed!

The child you embrace has a name that is dear to the peoples of biblical religion: "Jesus," which means "God saves." So the Archangel named him before he was conceived in your womb (cf. Lk 2,21). In the face of the newborn Messiah, we recognize the face of all your children, who suffer from being despised and exploited. We recognize especially the faces of your children, to whatever race, nation or culture they may belong.

For them, O Mary, for their future, we ask you to move hearts hardened by hatred so that they may open to love and so that revenge may finally give way to forgiveness.

Obtain for us, O Mother, that the truth of this affirmation--No peace without justice, no justice without forgiveness--be engraved on every heart. Thus the human family will be able to find the true peace that flows from the union of justice and mercy.

Holy Mother, Mother of the Prince of Peace, help us!
Mother of Humanity and Queen of Peace, pray for us!

Prayed at the conclusion of the homily during the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and World Day of Peace, St. Peter's Basilica.
This translation: L'Osservatore Romano, January 9, 2002, p. 3.

Join Us Tomorrow for the Great Pilgrimage in Washington, D.C.!

Posted on October 7th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Come, Worship the King of Kings!

Dear Friends,

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and the eve of the pilgrimage at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.

The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the great Naval victory over the Turks at the battle of Lepanto. The miraculous victory was attributed to thousands of believers across Europe praying the Rosary, and reminds us that Our Lady is a powerful intercessor in Heaven. It is also the day that Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta founded her order, the Missionaries Sisters of Charity, in 1950.

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a patroness of the Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade, instructed her sisters to pray their rosary before every apostolic activity, and devote themselves to one hour of Eucharistic Adoration each day. She said, "Mary, mother of Jesus, give us your heart, so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate, so full of love and humility, that we may be able to receive Jesus in the bread of life, love Him as you love Him, and serve Him in the distressing disguise of the poor."

Our Lady, Ark of the Covenant, pray for us.

Fr. James Kelleher, SOLT
on behalf of the Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade


Join us!
Saturday, October 8 at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., with LIVE EWTN coverage.

Mother Teresa

In 2003, then Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa. He called her "one of the greatest missionaries of the 20th century." He expressed that the depth of her prayer gave her the ability to radiate peace to all that she met, and in the midst of every type of human suffering.

In 2002, Blessed John Paul II issued his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginia Mariae, in which he gave us the Luminous Mysteries and declared 2003 the Year of the Rosary. He called the rosary, "Simple yet profound," and a "prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness." He described the rosary as a truly Christ centered prayer allowing us to contemplate with Mary the entire essence of the Gospel.

Both Blessed John Paul II and Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta are patrons of the Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade. They both had a tremendous devotion to Our Lady of Fatima and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. They recognized the rosary as one of the strongest weapons against atheistic regimes, and both were instrumental in the breakdown of Communist regimes in Eastern Europe through continual praying of the Holy Rosary.


Join us!
Saturday, October 8 at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., with LIVE EWTN coverage.

The Great Pilgrimage is Just Days Away: Join us this Saturday, October 8th

Posted on October 5th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Come, Worship the King of Kings!

Dear Friends,

The Great Pilgrimage at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is this Saturday, October 8!

The Diocese of Arlington family rosary pledges continue to arrive, and we are nearing 7,000 daily rosaries for peace in our families, our nation and our world. And on top of that, nearly 3,500 people have also committed to one hour of weekly Eucharistic Adoration through our campaign.

As we pray, let us give thanks to God for sending His Holy Spirit to inspire so many to embark on the prayerful journey of Eucharistic Adoration and the Rosary. We continue to ask for the intercession of the five patrons of the Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade: Blessed John Paul II, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St. Philomena, St. Dominic and St. Padre Pio.

Fr. James Kelleher, SOLT
on behalf of the Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade


Join us! Saturday, October 8 at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., with LIVE EWTN coverage.

Join us this Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bring your family to pray for peace

Brought to you by:
The Diocese of Arlington
AND
The Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade

Event Basics

Saturday October 8, 2011
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Washington, D.C.
8:00 AM to 2:30 PM

8:00 AM Doors Open
Usher-assisted open seating.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Praise & Worship
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Adoration & Global Living Rosary
*Live on ETWN*
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Principal Celebrant Bishop Paul S. Loverde


Join us! Saturday, October 8 at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., with LIVE EWTN coverage.