In the summer of 2013, our Rosary group was formed in response to the new House Group initiative proposed by Father John Lee (our parish priest at that time). I was very keen to be part of a Rosary group for a variety of reasons:
• I loved praying the Rosary with my family when I was a child;
• When we visited the convents where 2 of my father’s aunts were Sisters of the Christian Retreat, the highlight of my day was praying the Rosary in the chapel and the awe and wonder of Benediction;
• Years later, when my oldest children started at The Marist School, I met there with other mums and our pre-schoolers every Friday morning (after school drop off) to pray with Sister Paul for all the children and families of the school, especially our own;
• Praying the Rosary was very dear to my heart when my Mum was so ill and dying 8 years ago.
Soon after our group started, I had made the Rosary Board when my daughter asked for my help in explaining the Rosary to the 8 and 9 year olds in her Year 4 class. Then, she used it during RE lessons/prayer sessions with them and they loved it. (It is also used by our school Rosary group).
When We Meet
At 11:00 am on most 2nd and 4th Monday mornings in the month, a small number of friendly ladies meet at Eileen’s house to pray the Rosary together. Gentlemen you are very welcome to join us. Usually led by Gerardine (and 18 month old grandson), we pray 2 complete mysteries of the Rosary (10 decades) for about 1 hour. Each of us comes with personal intentions that we offer to Jesus through the intercession of Our Blessed Lady but we also think of anyone in the parish or wider community in need of our prayers, especially those mentioned in the parish newsletter and Book of Prayer.
Later, over tea/coffee, we enjoy the time getting to know more about each other in our interesting and lively discussions.
Although the basic format of the Rosary stays the same, we vary the resources that we use: –
• sometimes the simple “How to say the Rosary” leaflet;
• another time a book called “Mysteries of Light – Meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary with John Paul II”;
• during Mary’s special months of May and October we often use a Rosary Board and pray “The Mission Rosary” (established in 1951 by Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen especially to encourage children to pray for other children around the world).
Last April 2018, we took part in ‘Rosary on the Coast’ when some of the group, together with other members of the parish, braved the elements on a very blustery, cold Sunday afternoon. We walked to Stanpit Marsh praying the Rosary in communion with many thousands more around the whole of the United Kingdom coastline and at inland meeting points, too. It was spiritually uplifting to be part of such a powerful wall of prayer encircling our island.
Praying the Rosary together is really meditative, prayerful and inspirational and over the years we have felt supported and encouraged by one another.
All are very welcome to join us. To find out more, please phone me (Gerardine) on 01425 672100. St Joseph’s Christchurch