Rosary Congress set for Oct. 5

By Katherine Miller

STAFF WRITER

CROWLEY – It is once again time for the Annual Rosary Congress, to be held at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel on the Notre Dame campus. This year celebrates the 23rd anniversary of the Congress’ running.

“Each year, the Congress is a special time during which we come before the blessed Mother, Mary, and ask her for her intercession on behalf of our country,” began Ding Hoffpauir, chairperson of the Congress. “She can’t help us if we don’t ask her to. The only way that our country will survive is by prayer.”

The Congress will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, October 5, and run continuously through Friday, October 9, with a closing Mass at 7 p.m.

The devotions of the Perpetual Rosary incorporate Eucharistic worship, penance, reparation, prayer for the Holy Father, as well as for the Church. Many believe that the Rosary Congress unlocks the reserves of God’s graces that can accomplish the renewal of faith among the youth in our country, our nation’s future.

During the Congress, the Rosary is recited 24 hours a day, and the Blessed Sacrament is exposed at all times. The Divine Mercy Chaplet, which recalls the final hour of Jesus’ life, will be recited at 3 a.m. and p.m. daily. The Patriotic Rosary, which is dedicated for the consecration of our nation, is recited in remembrance of each person who serves/has served in the military. Daily confessions will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Mass.

Celebrating the Mass on Monday will be Fr. James Brady of St. Michael Church of Crowley, Tuesday Fr. Bill Ruskoski of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Rayne, Wednesday will be Fr. Clint Trahan of St. Anthony Catholic Church of Eunice, Thursday’s Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Francis Butler of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church of Church Point, and celebrating the final Mass on Friday will be Fr. David Broussard of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church of Kaplan.

Hoffpauir also expressed the urgent need for volunteers, particularly between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. This is the time that she believes “bigger graces will be poured out, as these are some of the toughest hours to break away from our families and our lives.”

For those interested in participating in the upcoming Rosary Congress, or to learn more on the subject, you may contact Ding Hoffpauir at 783-6419.

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