Our Lady of Fatima will be focus of the Living Rosary

Children took part in the Living Rosary Procession at Assumption High School in this 2014 file photo. The 2017 Living Rosary Procession will take place Oct. 8 at Trinity High School at 2:30 p.m. (Record File Photo by Jessica Able)
Children took part in the Living Rosary Procession at Assumption High School in this 2014 file photo. The 2017 Living Rosary Procession will take place Oct. 8 at Trinity High School at 2:30 p.m. (Record File Photo by Jessica Able)

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer

The 66th Living Rosary Procession will be held on Oct. 8 at Trinity High School’s Steinhauser Gymnasium, located on the corner of St. Matthew’s Ave. and Shelbyville Road.

The annual event — hosted by the Archdiocesan Marian Committee — will begin at 2:30 p.m. with hymns played by the Holy Name Band. The rosary procession will follow.

This year’s Living Rosary coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions in Fatima, Portugal.

The Marian apparitions began May 13, 1917, in Fatima when 9-year-old Francisco and 7-year-old Jacinta Marto, along with their 10-year-old cousin Lucia dos Santos, reported seeing the Virgin Mary. The apparitions continued once a month until Oct. 13, 1917, and later were declared worthy of belief by the Catholic Church, according to an article published by Catholic News Service on April 20.

On Oct. 8, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz will deliver the keynote address and will also consecrate the Archdiocese of Louisville to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

This consecration will dedicate the archdiocese to the Blessed Mother in the hope of drawing closer to her son, said Father Matthew Hardesty, director of the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Marian Committee.

“Because the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus are so in tune with one another, to consecrate a diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary means to allow Mary to bring us to Jesus, to put us under her auspices,” he said.

The archbishop has also written a letter to the people of the archdiocese about the consecration. He recommends reading it along with a pastoral letter written by Bishop James Vann Johnston of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

To read the archbishop’s letter and Bishop Johnston’s pastoral letter, visit www.archlou.org/consecration.

Children in first through 12th grades are invited to participate in the Living Rosary Procession.

Participants will practice for the procession at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Trinity.

For more information, call Becky Glasser at 267-6650 or email glasserbecky@gmail.com.


FATIMA CENTENNIAL EVENTS

Following is a schedule of parish celebrations planned around the Archdiocese of Louisville for Oct. 13 in celebration of Our Lady of Fatima and the centennial of the apparitions:

 St. James Church in Elizabethtown, Ky., will host a Mass at 8 a.m.

 Our Lady of Caves Church will host a Mass at 8 a.m. CDT at St. Helen Church in Glasgow, Ky.

 Annunciation Church in Shelbyville, Ky., will hold a rosary after the 8 a.m. Communion service.

 St. Aloysius Church in Pewee Valley, Ky., will host a Mass at 8:15 a.m.

 St. Raphael Church, 2900 Bardstown Road, will hold an 8:15 a.m. all school Mass, a rosary at 9 a.m., a noon Mass and adoration with rosary from 12:40 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.

 Holy Family Church, 3926 Poplar Level Road, will have a rosary at 5 p.m. followed by a Mass.

 St. Helen Church in Glasgow, Ky., will have a Mass at 6:30 p.m. CDT.

 St. Luke Church, 4211 Jim Hawkins Drive, will have a Marian procession and rosary at 7 p.m.

 And, on Oct. 14 two parishes will hold public rosary rallies. St. Bernard Church will sponsor a Public Square Rosary Crusade at noon at the southwest corner of Preston Highway and Outer Loop at the “Welcome to Okolona” sign. St. Paul Church, 6901 Dixie Highway, will pray the rosary at noon under the parish’s pavilion.

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