Rosary Congress slated for October
By Katherine Miller
CROWLEY – At 7 a.m. on the morning of Monday, October 6, the opening Mass of the Annual Rosary Congress will begin five special days of continuous prayer and devotion of Catholics around the world. “The Congress in Crowley will be held from October 6 at 7 a.m., until October 10 at
6 p.m. at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel on the Notre Dame campus,” informed Ding Hoffpauir, chairperson of the Congress.
The first Rosary Congress was held from May 1 through the 7th in the year 1979. In the year prior, the Holy Father had requested permission to visit Poland, and was not allowed permission because of governmental interference in the area.
On May 1-7, 1979, seven days and nights of continuous Rosaries were said at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, and prayers were offered to allow safe passage for the Pope. Miraculously, on the last day of the Congress, the government removed the major obstacles to the papal visit.
The devotions of the Perpetual Rosary incorporate Eucharistic worship, penance, reparation, prayer for the Holy Father as well as for the Church. The Rosary Congress, according to present beliefs, will unlock the reserves of God’s grace that can accomplish the renewal of faith among the youth in our country, our nation’s future.
“The rosary will be recited 24 hours a day, and each day at 3 a.m. and 3 p.m., the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited, as that was the hour of our Savior’s death,” Hoffpauir continued. “Confessions will be heard prior to mass, which will be celebrated each day also.”
Upon entering the chapel, a registration table will be available, where petitions can be written and placed at the foot of the altar.
The final Rosary prayed will be Patriotic in nature, which is specially dedicated for the consecration of our nation, and to remember and pray for each person that serves or has served in the military. The final Mass will be dedicated to all supporters and donors who help to make the Congress a reality.
“I would be more than happy to accept volunteers, as many hours need to be filled,” Hoffpauir pleaded. She further explained that the toughest hours to fill are those between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. “Please contact me at 783-6419 to volunteer, or for any questions you may have,” she added.
Hoffpauir would also like to express her thanks to the police department for their patrolling throughout the past years.
More information regarding the schedule of events for the Congress will be published in upcoming articles.