Our seven youths preparing for Confirmation have begun exploring the subject of prayer. Like anything else in life, the habit of prayer takes some time and definitely requires practice. The best explanation is this: “Prayer is bringing your wishes and worries to God: Faith is leaving them there.” It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

Much like many of our faith, the students possessed bits and pieces of knowledge of the Rosary, but not necessarily everything, and even some of the basics were missing in their understanding. Catholics pray the Rosary to honor Mary and remember the important events in the lives of Jesus and Mary. It is said to have been given by Our Lady to St. Dominic in the 13th century and is usually prayed using beads. Some look upon the Rosary as just a recitation of prayers but it is so much more! The prayers being said include the Apostle’s Creed, Our Father, Holy Mary, Glory Be, and Hail, Holy Queen. The four mysteries of the Rosaries are the focus of prayerful mediation on specific days of the week. These mediations on the grace of God bring to mind the life and virtues of both Mary, the Mother of God and of Christ himself. Pope Pius XI said, “The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put demons to flight.”

So pick up your Rosary and don’t be afraid to use it! It you don’t have one or need a little help in practicing your Rosary see the lovely gift shop clerks for their wide selection of rosaries for you to purchase and their booklets on how to pray the Rosary. Arriving at least 15 minutes before weekend Masses will help with practicing the Rosary as it is recited prior to the start of each Mass. An extra bonus practice is available on Monday evenings at 6 PM at the shrine of Our Lady in the back gardens of the church. Bring a lawn chair and practice with some great men and women of our parish.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION CLASS: Our next class is Monday, July 16th at 6 PM.

Prayers and blessings to you and yours,
Grace Lakatos
Family Faith Formation


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