Dear Brothers and Sisters,

From time to time it is worth reminding ourselves that our parish is dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. This feast, which takes place on October 7, is a commemoration of the victory of the Catholic forces over the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. Pope Pius V called all Catholics to pray for victory in the battle, and the starry dome in the ceiling of the baldacchino in our church portrays the night sky over the Bay of Lepanto on that date.

This is a constant reminder that the battle against the forces of wickedness is never ending. Many saints remind us that the holy rosary is a vital weapon in this battle. Part of our mission at OLR, therefore, is to promote the prayer of the rosary. Part of this promotion is the bookstand in our Lower Church. As you enter, to the left you will find a display with many books on the rosary, some free resources and some you can purchase.

The Cursillo group based in our parish leads the rosary before Mass every Sunday at 10:30. We encourage you to arrive in plenty of time to join in prayer. The prayers are to bring healing and reconciliation to our church and world at this particular time of unrest, fear and pestilence.

In addition to this there is a 54-day rosary novena taking place. This is prayer for our country as we face not only the pandemic, economic crisis and unemployment, but also a crucial presidential election. This rosary novena for our country begins on August 15, and concludes on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7. You can learn more about the 54-day novena and how to pray it here.

Finally, there will be a Public Square Rosary Rally on Saturday, October 10, at 12 noon which will take place in downtown Greenville. There will be more information about this closer to the time.

It is my hope and prayer that you will join me in the 54-day rosary, especially if you are staying at home at this time out of concern for your health. If you can’t get to Mass, join us in the rosary!

Your pastor,

Fr. Longenecker