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Celebrating the Month of the Holy Rosary

The month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary.  On October 7, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in honor of the Blessed Mother.  October was also the month in which Mary appeared for the last time to shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, urging them to "say the rosary every day to obtain peace for the world."

In celebration of the month, several parishes in the Diocese of Portland plan to hold Rosary gatherings. Whether at an event or individually, all are encouraged to pray the rosary during October and beyond.

Saturday, October 10  

Ashland - The Public Square Rosary will be prayed at noon at the Veteran's Memorial on Main Street.

Bangor - St. Mary Church, 768 Ohio Street, at 11:30 a.m.

Belfast - Kirby Lake, Corner of Lincolnville Avenue and Miller Street, at noon

Brewer  - St. Teresa Church, 425 South Main Street, at noon

Cape Elizabeth - St. Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road, (near Mary's Garden) at noon

Caribou - The Public Square Rosary will be prayed in the parking lot of Reno's Restaurant, 117 Sweden Street, at noon.

Ellsworth - St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street, (Fatima Shrine) at noon

Grand Isle - St. Gerard-Mount Carmel Church, 363 Main Street, (parking lot) at noon

Gray - St. Gregory Church, 24 North Raymond Road, at noon

Millinocket - Millinocket Bandstand at Noon, sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 680.  Social distancing will be observed and masks are required.

Norway - St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 32 Paris Street, (front sidewalk) at noon

Portland - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, (lawn) at noon

Rumford - End of Congress Street, at noon

South Berwick - Our Lady of the Angels Church, 162 Agamenticus Road at noon

Winthrop - St. Francis Xavier Church, 130 Route 133 in Winthrop, in the parking lot at noon (hosted by  St. Agnes Circle 713 of the Daughters of Isabella). Masks are required. Social distancing will be practiced.

Yarmouth - Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main Street, at noon

Sunday, October 11

Wells - Wells Harbor Park Pavilion, 331 Harbor Road, (hosted by Holy Spirit Parish) at 3 p.m.

Saturday, October 17

Gorham - St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street, (parking lot) at noon. In addition, outdoor confessions will be offered from 9 a.m. -10:30 a.m. and an outdoor Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m.

The Rosary is an invitation to experience the grace of Mary’s spiritual motherhood as she leads us to her Son, Jesus. Devotion to the Rosary was especially promoted in the 13th century by St. Dominic and in the 16th century by St. Peter Canisius. It was Pope Leo XIII who dedicated October as the Month of the Holy Rosary and who, in 1895, wrote an encyclical, Adiutricem, on the Rosary.  An invocation known as the Fatima Prayer was commonly added in the early 20th century. In 2002, Saint John Paul II, who called the Rosary his favorite prayer, added a new set of five reflections called the luminous mysteries. They join the joyful, sorrowful, and glorious mysteries, in providing opportunities to reflect on the lives of Jesus and his Blessed Mother.