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

Saturday, March 1, 2014

First Saturday Parish Rosary at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 3/1/2014

A couple of participants greeting each other after the prayer meeting, while others venerated
Our Lady's statue and the holy relic of St. John of God (right) on the display altar.

Despite the heavy rains earlier in the day, which was the forecast for the entire weekend, the weather surprisingly cleared to a beautiful sunny afternoon... and our First Saturday Rosary ended up being well-attended by our "regulars".

St. John of God
This month, the Saint I chose to speak about before the Rosary Prayer was St. John of God - an ex-soldier/penitent who founded hospitals - who also happens to be this blog's featured Saint of the Month.  In narrating his life, I emphasized to the group gathered the immense power of God's Love and Mercy to transform people into new creations, and encouraged them to carry the thought forward as a reflection for this upcoming Lenten Season.  The audience seemed to enjoy the story of St. John and were amused by the little anecdotes I shared about him.

We then prayed the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary for World Peace and to get into Lent-mode, before heading over to the main church for the Saturday evening Vigil Mass.

My parish's next First Saturday Rosary will be prayed on Saturday, April 5th.  In celebration of the Lenten Season, my ministry's True Cross Relic will be displayed in the Day Chapel during the prayer.  All are welcomed to participate.

"If we look forward to receiving God's mercy, we can never fail to do good so long as we
have the strength.  For if we share with the poor out of love for God, whatever he has given to us,
we shall receive according to his promise a hundredfold in eternal happiness."

~ St. John of God (d. 1550)

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