HCFM part of worldwide Rosary day for priests

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By Dave Jolivet, Anchor Editor

NORTH EASTON, Mass. — On the feast of the Sacred Heart, June 27, also the feast day of the priests of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Holy Cross Family Ministries and its mission offices will take part in the fifth annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests. All are invited to participate in praying the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary at the Father Peyton Center, 518 Washington Street, North Easton, on that day beginning at 11:15 a.m.

HCFM will be joining with 84 other shrines in 46 countries around the world in a 24-hour span to pray the Rosary to support priests worldwide.

On its website, Family Rosary, a part of HCFM, asks the faithful to “unite with others as we encircle the world in prayer.”

The event is coordinated by worldpriest.com, a not-for-profit organization established in 2003 in conjunction with St. John Paul II’s announcing a new World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. Pope Benedict XVI designated that the day of prayer for priests would be held each year on the feast of the Sacred Heart.

Worldpriest.com was founded by Marion Mulhall, a successful Irish business entrepreneur, who was so touched during a 1994 weekend retreat that she devoted all her energies to support priests worldwide and encourage vocations to the priesthood. 

On the worldpriest.com website, it explains, “The annual Global Rosary Relay idea is a simple one: in that each of the 85 participating shrines prays a particular mystery of the Rosary at a particular half hour on the day in thanksgiving to God for our priests and to implore the protection and loving care of Our Lady, mother of all priests, for all her priestly sons. With the coming of midnight on the 27th of June 2014, the entire world, by then, will have been encircled in prayer for our priests on this the annual Rosary Relay Day.”

Just last week Pope Francis offered a blessing for the Global Rosary Relay through the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin: “The Holy Father asks you to convey his cordial greetings to all taking part in the ‘24-Hour  Rosary Relay for Priests’ and to assure them of his spiritual closeness. He prays that our Blessed Mother may always guide and protect priests who are consecrated to the joyful and indispensable mission of proclaiming the Gospel and offering God’s people, through the celebration of the Sacraments, the closeness, the word and the strength of Christ (cf. Evangelii Gaudium,121). With great affection and appreciation for priests, His Holiness commends them and those joining in this event to the loving intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, and willingly imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of grace and peace.”

“To have Pope Francis joining us with a world at prayer, I  am overwhelmed with this fantastic news,” Mulhall told The Anchor. “Praying for priests has had the blessings of three popes.”

For the second consecutive year, Family Rosary International of Holy Cross Family Ministries is heavily involved in the world-wide event. “This is such a powerful idea to get people all over the world to pray for priests,” Holy Cross Father James Phalan, director of Family Rosary International told The Anchor. “This is our second year taking part, and we already have many of our international missions involved this year.” He added, “I met Marion a few years back, and she is a woman truly devoted to the priesthood.”

Working with Father Phalan on the Rosary Relay is Susan Wallace, director of External Relations with HCFM. “We expect all of our offices will participate,” Wallace told The Anchor, “but we know for sure right now that Brazil, Ghana, Uganda, the Philippines, India, Bangladesh, France, Mexico, Ireland, and of course the U.S. are involved.”

The North Easton session at the Father Peyton Center will be led by Holy Cross Father Leo Polselli. During the Rosary there participants will contemplate the five Joyful Mysteries: The Annunciation; The Visitation; The Birth of the Lord; The Presentation; and The Finding in the Temple.

“All are welcome to come and pray the Rosary for all priests, and following the Rosary, Father Leo will celebrate Mass,” added Father Phalan. “The feast of the Sacred Heart is also the feast day of the priests of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, so this means a lot to us to take part in this event.”

Father Phalan will be leading the Rosary that day at the parish church in Lourdes, France. “We’ll be at the birthplace of St. Bernadette,” he said. “Lourdes is such a holy place. It’s one of my favorite places on earth. The peace one feels there is so thick, you could cut it with a knife. Everyone I know who has been there has been healed — some physically, others spiritually, emotionally, or mentally.”

The Lourdes Rosary will be prayed at 7 a.m. EST (1 p.m. in Lourdes and 11.00 GMT — Generally EDT is GMT minus four hours — see schedule on this page).

Father Phalan will be in Lourdes from June 22 through the end of September at the Family Rosary Center there. “We’ll be sharing multi-media events, praying, teaching people how to mediate on the mysteries of the Rosary, and running a hospitality center,” he said. “We’ll also have priests there for counseling, and we’ll be hearing witnesses of experiences people have had while there. If anyone is at Lourdes this summer, please come by and see us, we’d love to have you.”

Father Phalan mentioned that, while it would be powerful to have everyone in the world praying the Rosary at the same time, that’s not logistically possible. “But the way worldpriest.com has it set up, faithful across the globe will be praying for priests for 24 continuous hours. And that’s powerful as well.”

In a telephone interview from Ireland, Mulhall told The Anchor, “It’s a huge blessing and a great joy to have Holy Cross Family Ministries involved with the relay. Particularly because of Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, whose mission was to bring the Rosary to the ends of the earth.

“In the last couple of years I’ve become good friends with Father James Phalan and Susan Wallace, and it was a relationship that was so automatic. I’m sure Father Peyton is watching us and guiding us.”

Mulhall further said that she plans on being on Our Lady’s Island in Wexford, Ireland on the day of the Rosary Relay. “My dad passed away there about four months ago, and I was brought into the world there,” she said. “And at just one day old, Father Peyton blessed me there.”

Mulhall said the relay has grown steadily since the first one. “For our first relay, we had 25 shrines involved across the world. For this one we have 85 shrines in 46 countries. This is definitely the inspiration of Our Lady. It’s her Rosary, and it’s for her priests.” 

Even if faithful in the Diocese of Fall River are not able to join in at the Father Peyton Center in North Easton, they are encouraged to pray a Rosary on June 27 and become part of the world-wide effort to support the priesthood and encourage vocations.

For more information on the fifth annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests visit worldpriest.com or hcfm.org and click on events.

GMT Country Shrine (Rosary Mystery)

00.00 Siberia Our Lady of Magadan (J)

00.30 China Private Prayer Groups (G)

01.00 Australia Basilica of Our Lady of Victories, Melbourne (J)

01.00 Australia Our Lady of Lourdes, (Brisbane) (S)

01.00 India Mt. Carmel Provincial House, Kerala (L)

01.30 New Zealand The Shrine of Mary, Pukekaraka Otaki (J)

01.30 New Zealand Carmelite Monastery, Aukland (S)

02.00 Singapore Cathedral of Good Shepherd (G)

02.30 Brunei Church of Our Lady’s Assumption (L)

02.45 Vietnam Our Lady of La Vang (J)

03.00 Philippines The National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel,

Manila, Quezon City (S)

03.30 PhilippinesShrine of the Immaculate Conception, Manila (G)

04.00 Philippines Our Lady of Manaoag (L)

04.30 Sri Lanka Shrine of Our Lady of Matara (J)

05.00 India Shrine of Our Lady of Health, Velankanni (S)

05.30 Malta Our Lady of Mellieha (G)

06.00 UAE The Church of St. Mary, Dubai (L)

06.30 Lebanon Our Lady of Lebanon, Harissa (J)

07.00 Nazareth International Center of Mary of Nazareth (S)

07.30 S. Africa Shrine of Our Lady of Ngome (G)

08.00 Rwanda Shrine of Our Lady of Kibeho, (L)

08.15 Slovenia Shrine of Our Lady of Brezje (J)

08.30 Austria Mariazell Basilica (S)

08.45 Romania Shrine of Our Lady of Csiksomlyo (G)

09.00 Italy Holy House of Loreto (L)

09.15 Italy Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome (J)

09.15 Italy Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria in

Cagliari, Sardinia (J)

09.30 Poland Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lichen (S)

10.00 Poland Shrine of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa (G)

10.30 Italy Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary

of Pompeii (L)

10.45 Ukraine Our Lady of Zarvanyzia (J)

11.00 France The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes (S)

11.30 France Our Lady of La Salette (G)

12.00 Spain Shrine of Our Lady of The Pillar (L)

12.30 Belgium Shrine of Our Lady of Banneaux (J)

13.00 Portugal Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Sameiro (S)

13.15 Germany Cologne Cathedral (G)

13.30 USA EWTN Television Network, Alabama (L)

13.45 Ireland National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock (J)

13.45 England National Shrine of Our Lady 

of Walsingham (S)

14.00 Africa Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Enugu Nigeria (G)

14.15 Germany The Adoration Chapel, Alotting (L)

14.30 Germany Shrine of Our Lady of Birkenstein (J)

15.00 Switzerland Shrine of Our Lady of Einsiedeln (S)

15.30 USA Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle (G)

15.30 Portugal Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima (L)

15.30 USA The National Blue Army Shrine of 

Our Lady of Fatima, N.J. (J)

15.30 USA Holy Cross Family Ministries, Easton, Mass. (J)

16.00 Gibraltar Shrine of Our Lady of Europe (S)

16.30 USA Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, 

Queen of the Universe, Orlando (G)

16.45 Vatican Universal Church Prayer - for Pope Francis (L)

17.00 England Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (J)

17.00 Lithuania Shrine of Our Lady of the Gates of the Dawn (J)

17.30 Croatia Shrine of Marija-Bistrica (S)

17.45 Slovakia Our Lady of Levoca (G)

18.00 Hungary Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapocs (L)

18.30 Wales Shrine of Our Lady of Cardigan (J)

19.00 Ireland Our Lady’s Island, Wexford (S)

19.15 USA The National Sanctuary of Our Lady of

Sorrows - The Grotto in Portland, Ore. (S)

19.30 Scotland Carfin National Marian Shrine (G)

20.00 Cayman Is. Stella Maris Church, (L)

20.30 Brazil Basilica of National Shrine of Our Lady, Aparecida (J)

21.00 Argentina La Basilica Nacional Nuestra Senora Lujan (S)

21.30 Argentina Notre Dame d’Itatì (G)

21.45 USA Basilica of the National Shrine of the

Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. (L)

22.00 Mexico Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (J)

22.15 Canada Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-du-Cap, Trois-Rivières,

Quebec City (J)

22.30 USA National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, 

Stockbridge, Mass. (S)

23.00 USA Our Lady Star of the Sea, Staten Island, N.Y. (G)

23.30 USA Monastery of Our Lady of the Desert, N.M. (L)

23.45 USA Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, L.A. (J)

24.00 USA Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Wisc. (S)

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