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Many Families Brought Together in Prayer During May and June



From television appearances to radio interviews to gatherings large and small, Holy Cross Family Ministries has been busy praying with families.

Bangladesh mission staff ministered to garment workers, teens, families, high school students conducting retreats, workshops and prayer events. More than 1,200 people participated in our spring events and all left with a Rosary and a deep commitment to continuing to pray the Rosary with their families. During a pilgrimage event for a Legion of Mary group, Father Elias Palma, C.S.C., spoke on “Be a Missionary of the Holy Rosary” to the group of 300 members.

Also during the month of May, mission staff held Rosary prayer events in many village parishes. On the last day of May, a candlelight Rosary with more than 150 people was held for the intention of peace in the family, in the country, and in the world. Prayers were offered for the sick and for all supporters and benefactors. Local religious women and seminarians led the prayer and the event concluded with a blessing from the pastor, Father Uzzol Rozario, C.S.C.

Brazil – We conducted a Rosary event at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Rio de Janiero. Our Mission Director, Luciane Gomes, gave a presentation on the Rosary encouraging the young people to pray the Rosary with their families. They were provided with Rosaries and materials so they could continue to learn the Rosary and then pray the Rosary with their families. Events were also conducted for the Men’s Rosary group and the Bereavement Ministry group as well as continuing our close relationship working with the Marantha group that works with those recovering from addiction.

Ghana - Children and mission staff made a pilgrimage to a local grotto and participated in Rosary catechesis where they asked questions and shared thoughts on the Rosary. The children participated in games, had some social time. The day concluded with the praying of the Rosary. Also during the spring, staff in Ghana welcomed young Nigerian men, currently students, to the center in Ghana to introduce them to our mission activities. These young men are Marian devotees and found us on Facebook. They are interested in our work and we look forward to collaborating with them as they advance in their studies.

Ireland – Beautiful liturgies were held around the world to honor the anniversary of Father Peyton’s death, but none more special than the Mass held in Ireland. Bishop Kelly, DD, was the celebrant with concelebrants Father Tom Mulligan, PP and Father William Melody, C.S.C., Father Peyton’s cousin. Bishop Kelly shared in his homily, “Father Peyton was always referred to as ‘Father’ Peyton … never Pat or Paddy or Sir or Mister … You couldn’t imagine it event … Father is the most wonderful title … central to the Gospel we hear today which is a prayer of Jesus … and the title Father Peyton loved most of all, was ‘Mother’ … the Blessed Mother. These two words as titles used from the heart is what our Catholic faith is all about, what life is about, in time and for eternity.” Also participating in the liturgy was Father Peyton’s neice, Mary Dawson, and the director of the Father Peyton Memorial Centre, Della Ginley.

May also brought Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin to the Center. He was given a tour and viewed a film on Father Peyton’s life and apostolic work. Archbishop Martin gave a short talk to the visitors, including the senior citizens group that gathers at the Centre every Tuesday.

Mexico – We offered a new workshop this spring for children, “¡Maria, Una Sola!” – “There’s Only One Virgin Mary,” a compilation of images of Our Lady highlighting the major Marian devotions and shrines, including Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Guadalupe. The children also learned about other shrines such as Aparecida in Brazil, Velankanni in India, Our Lady of Kibeho in Rwanda. In addition mission staff visited a number of parishes in the Archdiocese of Monterrey.