Dear Parishioners & Visitors,
"Brothers and sisters:
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding vvill guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
- Philippians 4:6-7
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary is the patroness of our Parish. This feast day was instituted by Saint Pius V in 1573 as a thanksgiving to God after Christians had a victory over the Turks at Lepanto. Their victory was attributed to the praying of the rosary. In 1716, Clement XI extended the Feast to the Universal Church.
It has been known that Mary gave the Rosary to Saint Dominic to help the people of the time to pray since at the time they did not have access to printed books or Bible. For this reason, the devotion of the Holy Rosary is a prayer centered in the mysteries of the Incarnation, Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus. The Rosary took its present form in the XVI century and in 2002, Pope St. John Paul II introduced the five mysteries of light to this devotion adding the mysteries of the ministry life of Jesus through which healing, forgiveness and reconciliation took place in the midst of the realities and suffering of the people of Jesus' time.
Looking into this devotion, one can appreciate that since it is centered in the mystery of Christ, this prayer can lead us to encounter, love, serve and adore the Lord Jesus personally, and by doing that to extend the message of Jesus Christ to other people. In encountering the Lord Jesus, healing, forgiveness and reconciliation takes place over and over again. This is why when we pray the Rosary we are left with a great sense of peace. This is how today, our Blessed Mother and the Rosary continue serving the Mission of God.
As we celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, we as a Parish are invited to give thanks to the Lord for allowing us to participate in this mission and to ask the Lord to give us the wisdom, the courage, the freedom, and the generosity needed to continue participating in it.
-fr. Jorge Rátiva, O.P.