GORHAM---Participants from around southern Maine will gather in Gorham on June 16, for a Rosary Rally that, for the first time, will be preceded by a procession through town.
The event on Saturday is the latest organized by “Maine Needs Fatima,” which hosted six outdoor rallies in 2017 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Mary to three young visionaries in the town of Fatima, Portugal.
The procession will begin in the Bailey Lot of the University of Southern Maine in Gorham at 11 a.m. Parking will be available in front of Bailey Hall and volunteers will drive participants back to their vehicles after the Rosary Rally. With the Fatima statue displayed prominently in front, the procession will be just over a mile long and will lead to St. Anne Church on 299 Main Street, where the rally will be held outdoors starting at noon. Those who are unable to walk in the procession can meet the group on the front lawn of the church for the rally.
“Water will be available at both USM and the church, and we have Marian-themed music to sing along with on the way,” said Dan Kasprzyk, who, along with his wife Ellen, came up with the idea for the rallies. “Everyone is welcome. Parents, kids, friends, everybody. It will be a great event.”
The Kaspryzks credit the many enthusiastic parish volunteers for their assistance with presenting the rallies and give special thanks to Fr. Lou Phillips, pastor of St. Anne.
“Without him, none of this would be happening,” said Dan.
The initiative has grown from the public rosary rallies to also include a “First Five Saturdays” program at St. Anthony Parish in Westbrook that features the opportunity for confessions, a rosary recitation, and Mass. The Kaspryzks are also offering in-home visitations with the Fatima statue.
“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.”
Non-Catholics and people who have never prayed the rosary are also encouraged to attend on Saturday. Volunteers will offer rosaries and guidance for anyone interested.
To read more about “Maine Needs Fatima” including a schedule of future rallies, visit the website or call (207) 615-0575.