GORHAM---What began with enthusiasm and a wild idea has turned to fulfillment and pride for Daniel Kasprzyk when his thoughts drift to what he and his fellow volunteers have created in Gorham.
Early last year, Dan and his wife, Ellen, learned about a movement entitled “America Needs Fatima” that encourages individuals and families to come together to pray the rosary. During 2017, 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 under the title of “Maine Needs Fatima.” Hundreds gathered for each event in Gorham.
The anniversary year is over, but the passion and spirit of parishioners at St. Anne continues to grow as the rosary rally movement started by the Kasprzyks returns for a second year this week.
All are encouraged to gather at St. Anne Church, located on 299 Main Street in Gorham, on Saturday, May 12, for an outdoor Mass and public rosary rally. The Mass 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,” said Dan. “Non-Catholics, people who have never prayed the rosary, everyone. We’ll offer rosaries and guidance for anyone interested.”
The ministry has come a long way in a short time. An enclosed trailer has been purchased to house staging and electronics for the rallies, and the parish’s youth ministry is now getting involved with assisting at the events.
The Kasprzyks have also set up a website to promote the gathering and rally and will livestream the event on the website for those who can’t attend. Additional rallies are in the planning stages but will occur each month through October.
“Our Blessed Mother is calling all of us to renew our dedication to Jesus, her son,” said Dan. “What better way to honor Jesus and Mary than with these lovely celebrations.”