Everyone is invited to rosary rally
By Denver Catholic Register
All are invited to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima at a rosary rally 11 a.m. May 12 at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver.
Father Joseph Hearty, F.S.S.P., parochial vicar at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Latin Rite Parish in Littleton, will lead the rosary and a litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Greek amphitheater, located at the south end of the park, near the corner of West 14th Avenue and Broadway Boulevard, across the street from the Denver Public Library.
There is a focus that comes from praying the rosary together, according to Father Hearty.
“St. Louis de Montfort (said) when one person prays the rosary we can compare it to a spark and we are easily distracted by the devil and cannot pray it well,” he said. “However a group praying the rosary is like a small fire that can set the world aflame with the love of God.”
The rally will also include prayers for peace, recognizing the message relayed by three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, following apparitions by the Blessed Mother that began May 13, 1917.
“(When appearing in Fatima) Our Lady requested and emphasized devotion to the rosary to obtain world peace,” Father Hearty said. “(She) requested to practice sacrifice by following our daily duty, and accepting our crosses well each day for the conversion of sinners and for world peace.”
It is the second public rosary hosted recently by the Denver Comitium of the Legion of Mary. Last October they hosted Denver’s Family Rosary Crusade commemorating the 50th anniversary of Father Patrick Peyton’s famous 1961 Rosary Crusade in San Francisco.
The Legion of Mary is an international community of lay Catholics who serve the Church through spiritual and temporal works of mercy. There are at least 50 praesidia, or groups, based at parishes around the Denver Archdiocese.