The Rosary Ministry
In praying the Rosary, we include the petitions and intentions
of our parishioners, the ministries of our parish, and
the prayers of our community and world.
By praying the Rosary, we reach out and offer spiritual support
to our brothers and sisters who are in need.
We meet every Monday from 7:30 to 8:30 pm in
St. Mary of the Angels Chapel
and Saturdays from 5:00 to 5:25 pm
(just before 5:30 pm mass) in Room 404.
If you would like more information about this ministry,
please contact Barbi Tapernek at 919-954-3370
The Voice of One…Another!
“It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said:
A voice of one crying out in the desert, Matthew 3
This scripture from last week offers such an isolated, lonely picture to me. And haven’t we all been in that situation? A place where we’re trying to be heard and our efforts are drowned out by louder, more strident sounds. If only we could find other voices to join in with us!
The first time I remember reciting the Hail Mary was when a friend of mine was passing. I repeated it over and over again. It was comforting to me and to her. Her father also introduced me to the Chaplet of the Devine Mercy. For nine days, he and I would meet at 3 pm and recite the prayers from the book written by Sr. Faustina. Later, after my friend had passed away, I went to the visitation at the funeral home. Towards the end of the evening, friends of the family gathered around the casket and, rosary beads in hand, we all began reciting the rosary. What a feeling of solidarity, of shared grief and unbelievably, of hope! I wasn’t alone in my grief, and I wasn’t alone in the knowledge that my friend was now enjoying life everlasting.
What is it about our ritual prayers that helps us? The prayers can be said anywhere, either out loud or silently. They require only our attention – no special equipment, no membership and no devices. Prayer can lift you out of the darkness of your heart and mind, and can also help express the joy and wonder at the goodness of God.
One of our most powerful ministries is the Rosary Ministry. For years, a group of parishioners has gathered on Monday evenings at 7pm in the chapel to recite the rosary together. They pray for all those listed in our weekly Prayer of the Faithful, they pray for their friends and neighbors, they pray for our community and our world. They are old friends and new friends. They pray the rosary through hard times and good times. And don’t they look friendly?
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops says,”The repetition in the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each Mystery. The gentle repetition of the words helps us to enter into the silence of our hearts, where Christ’s spirit dwells. The Rosary can be said privately or with a group.”
During this busy season, won’t you consider making time for yourself? Time to enter the silence of your heart, where you can encounter the spirit of Christ?