Huge crowd gathers for Rosary Rally in San Francisco

The crowd prays the Luminous Mysteries at United Nations Plaza

The crowd prays the Luminous Mysteries at United Nations Plaza

More than 1,000 people gathered at United Nations Plaza on Saturday for the 4th annual San Francisco Rosary Rally.

The event started with the Annual Hispanic Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, followed by a Eucharistic procession from the cathedral to United Nations Plaza.

At the rally, the crowd prayed the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, and priests were available to hear confessions throughout the event. Fr. Joseph Illo, pastor of Star of the Sea Church and the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, served as Master of Ceremonies and EWTN host Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR gave the keynote speech.

Archbishop Cordileone said of the event:

“Pope Francis has repeatedly encouraged Catholics to participate in popular devotions. He himself has participated in several acts of popular devotion since becoming Pope. … Our Rosary Rally is a good example of what the Holy Father calls ‘the evangelizing power of popular piety.'”

Immaculate Heart Radio broadcast live from the Rally, interviewing event organizers and speakers.

A beautiful Saturday for a Rosary Rally!

A beautiful Saturday for a Rosary Rally!

Our broadcast team interviews Eva Muntean (left) and Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR (right)

Our broadcast team interviews Eva Muntean (left) and Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR (right)

Visit the Family Rosary Crusade web site for more information on the San Francisco Rosary Rally.

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Pray the Rosary – At Least Sometimes

Today is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and Caitlin Marchand has a very encouraging and inspiring piece over at Catholic Exchange for those of us who have a hard time making the Rosary a part of our lives. Caitlin writes:

 

In my experience there are many families with a deep devotion to the Rosary.  They pray it every night and make a point to join public recitations before or after Mass.  Then there are other families who don’t.  And somehow it seems like you have to choose one or the other: Say the Rosary every night or not at all except extraordinary occasions.  This seems a bit odd.

Caitlin recounts how she and her husband prayed the Rosary together every day when they were first married, until the birth of their first baby.

Somewhere around a year later we woke up and noticed we had barely prayed family prayers beyond God blesses since his arrival.  I think this is where many people in the “not Rosary people” camp find themselves.  It’s just not happening!  Don’t give up.  Pray the Rosary, at least sometimes.
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Prayer Habits of American Catholics

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A survey of Americans’ prayer habits was recently conducted by LifeWay Research in Nashville, and found that a slight majority of Catholics pray daily, and they usually pray about issues that affect their daily lives – family, friends, forgiveness of sins, and their favorite sports teams.

Crux reports:

“Most people pray when they need the red phone for help,” Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research, said in a statement. “But their prayer life isn’t a habit rooted in a relationship with God.”

A vast majority of Catholics, 86 percent, believe that all, most, or some of their prayers are answered, and 13 percent say they don’t know.

Around a third of all Catholics surveyed say they typically pray for their “own sin,” as well as giving thanks for “good things happening” and for victims of natural disasters. Just 6 percent of Catholics report praying regularly for government officials and 13 percent for people of other faiths.

Read the rest at Crux.

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