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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 rallies, processions, or other events.  Whether at an event or individually, all are encouraged to pray the rosary during October and beyond.

October 4-5

24 Hours of Adoration in Camden

24 hours of adoration will be held on October 4-5 at Our Lady of Good Hope on 7 Union Street in Camden. It will begin with 8 a.m. Mass on Friday and conclude with 8 a.m. Mass on Saturday. The rosary will be prayed as part of Our Lady's request for First Saturday devotion following the Saturday morning Mass. All are welcome. For more information, call St. Brendan the Navigator Parish at (207) 236-4785.

October 5

Screening of Power in My Hands in Bangor

St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Bangor will host a free screening of Power in My Hands on Saturday, October 5, at 7 p.m. in the hall of St. John's Church on 217 York Street. The movie is a story of hope and the power of the rosary. For more information, visit www.powerinmyhandsthemovie.com.

October 7

Candlelight Procession for the Family in Camden

Following a 6:30 p.m. Mass at Our Lady of Good Hope Church (7 Union Street in Camden), there will be a candlelight rosary procession to pray for families and for the return of Catholics to the faith. Those gathered will process to the Mary Garden while saying the rosary with special mysteries for each decade. All are welcome. For more information, contact St. Brendan the Navigator Parish at (207) 236-4785.

Cenacle in Caribou 

A cenacle, made up of a group of people who gather to pray the five decades of the rosary, will be held on October 7 at 11 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church on 34 Vaughn Street in Caribou. In addition to praying the rosary, there will be prayers for special needs and special intentions. A luncheon of chicken stew and ployes will follow  at noon. October 7 is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. For more information, contact the Parish of the Precious Blood at (207) 498-2536.

Screening of Power in My Hands in Saco 

Good Shepherd Parish will host a free screening of Power in My Hands on Monday, October 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Most Holy Trinity Church on 271 Main Street in Saco. The movie is a story of hope and the power of the rosary. After the screening, those gathered will be invited to pray the rosary together. For more information, visit www.powerinmyhandsthemovie.com.

October 12

Rosary Rally in Portland 

The Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes will host a rosary rally on the west lawn of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, located on 307 Congress Street in Portland, on Saturday, October 12, at noon. The rally will mark the 102nd anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, where the Blessed Mother appeared once each month from May 13 until October 13, 1917. For more information, please contact Sal Raia at (207) 773-9826.

Rosary Rally in Skowhegan

A rosary rally for our nation will be held in the parking lot of Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, located on 291 Water Street in Skowhegan, on Saturday, October 12, at noon. Extra rosaries will be available, and refreshments will be served after the rally. If you have any questions, please contact Elyse Wilson at elysethemom@gmail.com or (207) 938-3030.

Rosary Rally in Cape Elizabeth 

To commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, all are invited to gather at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth for a rosary rally on Saturday, October 12, at noon. The rally will be held at the flagpole at the top of the hill. For more information, contact Amanda Meir at (603) 969-4009 or amandahuelat@gmail.com.

Outdoor Mass and Rosary Rally in Gorham 

“Maine Needs Fatima” will host an outdoor Mass and rosary rally at St. Anne Church, located on 299 Main Street in Gorham, on Saturday, October 12. 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, and a special gift will be given to all participants. The rally will be livestreamed on the group’s website. For more information or to access the livestream, visit www.maineneedsfatima.org.

Public Square Rosary Rally in Ashland

All are invited to a public square rosary rally on Saturday, October 12, at noon at the Veteran’s Memorial on Main Street in Ashland. Dress warm and bring a chair, umbrella, or blanket if you want.

Public Square Rosary Rally in Presque Isle

All are invited to a public square rosary rally on Saturday, October 12, at noon at St. Mary Church on 331 Main Street in Presque Isle. Please dress warm.

Public Square Rosary Rally in Limestone

All are invited to a public square rosary rally on Saturday, October 12, at noon at the gazebo on Main Street in Limestone. Those gathered will pray for world peace. For more information, please contact Norma Lambrecht at (207) 325-4796.

Public Square Rosary Rally in Bar Harbor

All are invited to a public square rosary rally on Saturday, October 12, at noon at Holy Redeemer Church on 56 Mount Desert Street in Bar Harbor. The rally will be held by the Blessed Virgin Mary statue in the side yard.

Public Square Rosary Rally in Lewiston

All are invited to participate in a Public Square Rosary Rally on October 12 at noon in front of the Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul, 122 Ash Street in Lewiston.

Public Square Rosary Crusade in Van Buren

A Public Square Rosary Crusade will take place at St. Bruno-St. Remi Church, 174 Main Street in Van Buren, and nearby Van Buren High School beginning at noon. 

October 13

Eucharistic Procession in Old Town

The Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord in Old Town will host a Eucharistic procession on Sunday, October 13. All are cordially invited to share in this wonderful event. The procession will start at 1 p.m., beginning and ending at Holy Family Church in Old Town. The rosary will be prayed during the procession, and adoration will be held after the procession, along with a light luncheon. For further details, please contact Deacon Mike Boggs at michael.boggs@portlanddiocese.org or (207) 866-8504.   

“Rosary Coast to Coast” in Brunswick, Phippsburg, and Newcastle

Join Catholics around the world on Sunday, October 13, at 4 p.m. to simultaneously pray the rosary for the restoration of the faith and world peace. Bring your own lawn chair and your rosary to either the gazebo on the Mall in Brunswick, Fort Popham in Phippsburg, or St. Patrick Church in Newcastle. Let us turn to the Blessed Mother in unison at this all-important event. For more information, contact All Saints Parish at (207) 725-2624.

Public Square Rosary Rally in Sanford 

Join Catholics at a public square rosary rally at Gowen Park on Main Street in Sanford at 4 p.m.

October 30

World Mission Rosary and Potluck Supper in Freeport

All are invited to gather for the world mission rosary at St. Jude Church on 134 Main Street in Freeport on Wednesday, October 16, at 5:30 p.m. A potluck supper will be held in the hall at 6 p.m.