GORHAM---What began with enthusiasm and a wild idea has turned to fulfillment and pride for Ellen and Daniel Kasprzyk when their thoughts drift to what they and fellow volunteers have created in Gorham.
“As I look back on the last 2 years, I am frequently amazed at the wonderful journey Dan and I have embarked upon,” said Ellen. “We could not have foreseen all the wonderful people who have crossed our paths during these past two years.”
In 2017, the Kasprzyks learned about a movement entitled “America Needs Fatima” that encourages individuals and families to come together to pray the rosary. During that year, thousands of individuals around the country gathered once a month to publicly pray the rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Mary to three young visionaries in the town of Fatima, Portugal.
“We knew we wanted to bring this experience to Gorham,” said Dan. “We obtained permission from St. Anne Parish and worked with other parishioners and the Knights of Columbus to organize outdoor rosary rallies with tents, music, banners, information booths, free rosaries, and special guests.”
Six outdoor rallies were held in 2017 and 2018 under the title of “Maine Needs Fatima.” Hundreds gathered for each event in Gorham, some including processions. The passion and spirit of parishioners at St. Anne continues to grow as the rosary rally movement started by the Kasprzyks returns for a third year this week.
All are encouraged to gather at St. Anne Church, located on 299 Main Street in Gorham, on Saturday, May 11, for an outdoor Mass and public rosary rally. The Mass, celebrated by Fr. Steven Cartwright, will begin outside the church at 11 a.m. At noon, the public rosary rally will be held followed by a Knights of Columbus fellowship barbecue. Reconciliation will be available during the rally and cookout. Everyone is welcome, including people who have never prayed the rosary. Rosaries and guidance will be available for anyone interested.
“For 2019, we will continue with six public rosary rallies on the lawn of St. Anne, including outdoor masses, confessionals, and cookouts in May and October and two processions down the main street in Gorham in June and August,” said Ellen. “We hope people will invite their family, friends, and anyone else too!”
The rallies are hosted by “Maine Needs Fatima” and will be livestreamed on the group’s website. For more information or to access the livestream, visit www.maineneedsfatima.org.