NOTICE: I am a practicing Catholic, active and in good-standing with my local parish, who professes faith and loyalty to the Church. This ministry - my "little work" - is strictly a personal expression of that faith and loyalty, and not an officially recognized ministry in the Diocese of Honolulu. ~ Peter

Sunday, January 5, 2014

First Saturday Parish Rosary at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1/4/2014

My pilgrim statue of the Mystical Rose, displayed in its usual spot in our parish's Day Chapel.
The statue's face appeared unusually soft and "dewy" during the prayers. 

My parish's very first Rosary for Peace in 2014... it wasn't just special for that reason, but I think many of us who participated were effected somehow by the "aura" of blessedness and peace that was present in our Day Chapel while we prayed; a tangible sensation that I've mentioned several times in past blog-postings about my parish's First Saturday Rosary Devotion... but can't adequately explain; one just has to experience it.

The prayer meeting was well-attended by the regular participants, as well as by guests from other parishes, which is always very nice.  Our "Saint of the Month" for January was a little-known Blessed from Valencia, Spain - Juana Maria Condesa Lluch (d. 1916) - who founded the Congregation of the Handmaids of Mary Immaculate in the mid-1900s to spiritually and morally assist the factory workers of her day, who were exploited and demoralized during the Spanish Industrial Revolution.  Through her holy example, we were reminded that we, too, are capable of making a positive difference in the lives of needy people around us; definitely a good lesson for us to receive for the beginning of the new year.

At the prayer meeting, I shared about the life of Bl. Juana Maria Condesa Lluch, a Spanish foundress.
A Holy Relic from her bones was also displayed for the people to view and venerate.

If the feeling of complete peace wasn't special enough, after the Rosary Meeting ended I headed over to the Vigil Mass in the main church with my friend, Dre', who drove all the way from Mililani... and we were both surprised to discover her arms and blouse sprinkled with silver escarchas! Shortly after, the little flakes of shiny manna began manifesting in both my palms, too... and also in the palms of another friend - Luisa - sitting next to me, who had also prayed the First Saturday Rosary.  We all felt blessed in a special way, but Luisa appeared profoundly affected by the phenomenon she witnessed firsthand.  The short video below captures the appearance of escarchas on my friend's right forearm as we sat for the Mass (note the bright sparkles in various places of her skin).

The next Rosary for Peace will be prayed in our Day Chapel on Saturday, February 1st.  All are welcome to participate in our prayer for peace and to seek the intercession of the Blessed Mother and the Saints for whatever personal needs you may have.  We hope to see you there!


  1. st. anthony of padua is not from padua his from lisbon portugal...GOD bless you

  2. Yes, you are correct... but sometimes Saints are also named after the places where they lived and/or died. In St. Anthony's case, he was born in Lisbon, Portugal, but died near Padua, Italy, where his relics are now enshrined.