October, the month dedicated to the Holy Rosary

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On October 7 the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

October is the month dedicated to the Holy Rosary. This Marian devotion is a great gift given to the Church. Dominican tradition states that Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 as he was praying and fasting to assist him in fighting the Albigensian heresy. She gave him the rosary to assist in combating evil and promoting peace.

On October 7 the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary which commemorates the victory of Lepanto where Christian forces defeated the Ottoman Turks in a naval battle. Pope Pius V had asked all of Europe to pray the rosary for victory and it was achieved. This victory eventually led to greater peace. Praying the rosary can assist us as we strive to live a Christ-centered life.

As we meditate on the mysteries we are moved to a deeper understanding and love for our Lord. The rosary also becomes a prayerful means of achieving peace as Our Lady of Fatima promised. It has also served as a powerful prayer for families. Please encourage your parishioners to pray the rosary.