November 17, 2015
It is often easy to forget to give thanks for the things we take for granted. In my reflections on the coming holiday season of Advent, I thought again about the fundamental Church teaching that all things are gifts from God. I reflected on Our Lady of the Assumption Parish and the people who serve it. For some reason, my attention was drawn to our parish’s Rosary Altar Society, the Rosarians. They are always there; they pray the rosary and they care for the church. But we take them for granted. They are so much a part of parish life that sometimes they are almost invisible. Now is the time to express our thanks to them.
Before we talk about their works, we should begin with their devotion. Once a month, the Rosarians get together in the lower church and pray the rosary. That sounds rather ordinary. But if that is what you think, you fail to appreciate the power of the rosary.
First, praying the rosary is one of the most important acts of devotion a Catholic can make. Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said of the rosary: “it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men.” Praying to Mary and reflecting on the Mysteries of the Rosary constitute spiritual food that over time nourishes and transforms a person. Doing this together with others can make the experience even richer.
Next, Archbishop Sheen said of the power of the rosary: it is beyond description. “The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers,” remarked Pope Pius X. St. John Paul II said, “The Rosary is a prayer both so humble and simple and so theologically rich in Biblical content, I beg you to prayit.” Many saints have described the rosary as a school for learning and a guarantor of salvation. St. Dominic, who received the rosary from the Blessed Mother, stated: “One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.” The power of the rosary, according to the belief of many saints, lies in the fact that praying it regularly leads to salvation. To put it simply, Mary does not disappoint those who sincerely ask for her help.
Now we turn to the work of the Rosarians. When I arrived at the parish in 2011, I observed them going about their business. I did not have to ask them to do things, they just did them. You have observed their work, too. When you admire the flowers at Christmas and Easter or at the Shrine during the Feast or when you are given a candle at the Easter Vigil, this is the work of the Rosarians. I do not have the space to provide a complete list of everything they do, but I will mention some of the more prominent things.
To begin, they hold fundraisers for the church and other causes. There are calls for flower donations; there is a dinner theater, a Christmas party, a Soup Night, and a Chinese Auction. The funds raised from the Christmas party benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital; those from the Soup Night benefit our Outreach program. The rest of the fundraising goes toward the church. Here is a brief list of what the Rosarians have contributed to or provided outright by year:
Oil Filled Candles, Oil, Wicks,
Flowers for Shrine at Feast every year
Altar for the Auditorium
Paschal Candles (2)
Office Hours Sign - outside of rectory
Bulletin Board – Outside of the Church
Flowers for Communion, Confirmation and special Liturgies every year
Safety Cushions for the lower part of the walls in the gym to prevent injury
Flowers for the Church Grounds- Shrine, in front of Church, flower beds
Thanksgiving Breakfast after 9am mass every year
Abbott Church Goods – Altar Linens
Wedding Kneelers (4)
Wedding Chairs (4)
Candles for Easter Vigil
Sound System – Church & Auditorium
So now that you have an idea of the work they do, I think you can appreciate how fundamental the Rosarians are to the fabric of our parish life. In fact, they are indispensable. To the members of the parish, join with me in giving them a heartfelt Thank You. To the Rosarians, God bless you always!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Dariusz Koszyk
Jubilee Year of Mercy / Año Jubilar de la Misericordia
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