Feast of St. Francis of Assisi – Blessing of Animals – October 2nd
In observance of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4th) we will have a Blessing of Animals on Sunday, October 2nd. at 1:00 pm.
Bring your “best friend” to the Queen of Peace Grotto in front of the Church where we will give thanks to God for the beauty of His creation and ask His blessing upon these animals.
Eucharistic Holy Hour – October 6th
Now that the renewal work inside our Church has largely been finished we will return to having monthly Eucharistic Holy Hours. Our Eucharistic Holy Hour this month will be on Thursday, October 6th at 6:00 pm. As October is “Respect Life Month” we will especially pray for a greater respect for the sanctity and dignity of human life.
Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary – October 7th
Traditionally the month of October is called the “Month of the Rosary”…and while a daily Rosary in honor of our Mary is always good, it is especially encouraged to pray the Rosary throughout the month of October.
According to tradition, in the 1200’s Mary entrusted the Rosary to Sr. Dominic de Guzman, the founder of the Order of Preachers (the “Dominicans”) to aid in the fight against the Albigensian heresy. In the 1570’s Europe was under the immediate risk of invasion by Turkish forces. A sea battle emerged between the Ottoman Fleet and a coalition called the “Holy League”. The Bishop of Rome at that time, Pope Pius, V was previously a Dominican Friar and so had a devotion to the Rosary; he asked all Christians to pray the Rosary for defense against the Turkish forces. The Battle of Lepanto was won by the Holy League on October 7, 1571.
Please join me for a public recitation of the Rosary this Friday, October 7th at 6:00 pm outside at the Grotto of Our Lady, Queen of Peace. We will pray the Rosary in English, with a decade in Croatian and a decade in Spanish. Let us pray for world peace and for the purification and strengthening of our Catholic Church.
Fr. Jonathan Sawicki, Pastor