The Month of October is Dedicated to the Holy Rosary.
Saint Dominic & The Holy Rosary
According to an account by fifteenth-century Dominican, Alan de la Roch, Mary appeared to St. Dominic in 1206 after he had been praying and doing severe penances because of his lack of success in combating the Albigensian heresy. Mary praised him for his valiant fight against the heretics and then gave him the Rosary as a mighty weapon, explained its uses and efficacy, and told him to preach it to others.
"Since the prayers of the Rosary come from such excellent sources — from Our Lord Himself, from inspired Scripture, and from the Church — it is not surprising that the Rosary is so dear to our Blessed Mother and so powerful with heaven.
"If we consider the power of the Rosary as seen in its effects, we find a great abundance of proofs of its wonderful value. Many are the favors granted to private individuals through its devout recitation: there are few devoted users of the Rosary who cannot testify to experiencing its power in their own lives. If we turn to history, we see many great triumphs of the Rosary. Early tradition attributes the defeat of the Albigensians at the Battle of Muret in 1213 to the Rosary. But even those who do not accept this tradition will admit that St. Pius V attributed the great defeat of the Turkish fleet on the first Sunday of October, 1571, to the fact that at the same time the Rosary confraternities at Rome and elsewhere were holding their processions. Accordingly, he ordered a commemoration of the Rosary to be made on that day. Two years later, Gregory XIII allowed the celebration of a feast of the Rosary in churches having an altar dedicated to the Rosary. In 1671, Clement X extended the feast to all Spain.
A second great victory over the Turks, who once, like the Russians, threatened the ruin of Christian civilization, occurred on August 5, 1716, when Prince Eugene defeated them at Peterwardein in Hungary. Thereupon Clement XI extended the feast of the Rosary to the whole Church.
"Today, when dangers far greater than those of the ancient Turks threaten not only Christianity but all civilization, we are urged by our Blessed Mother to turn again to the Rosary for help. If men in sufficient numbers do this, and at the same time carry out the other conditions that she has laid down, we have the greater reason for confidence that we will be delivered from our dangers." -- Mary in our Life by Fr. William G. Most
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The Rosary and the Liturgical Year
The Rosary had its origin in the liturgical mentality of former ages. Even at the present time it is called "Mary's Psalter." There still are Catholics who consider the 150 Hail Marys a substitute for the 150 psalms for those persons who neither have the time, the education, nor the opportunity to pray the Hours of the Divine Office. Thus "Mary's Psalter" is a shortened, simplified "breviary" — alongside the common Hour-prayer of the Church. — The Church's Year of Grace, Dr. Pius Parsch
The Rosary is Christocentric setting forth the entire life of Jesus Christ, the passion, death, resurrection and glory. Of course, the Rosary honors and contemplates Mary too, and rightly so, for the same reason that the Liturgical Year does likewise: "Because of the mission she received from God, her life is most closely linked with the mysteries of Jesus Christ, and there is no one who has followed in the footsteps of the Incarnate Word more closely and with more merit than she"142 (Mediator Dei). Meditation on this cycle of Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries makes the Rosary not only "a breviary or summary of the Gospel and of Christian life,"(Ingravescentibus malis) but also a compendium of the Liturgical Year. Therewith the Rosary stands revealed as a dynamic teacher and nurturer of Christian faith, morality, and spiritual perfection, fostering in various ways faith, hope, charity, and the other virtues, and mediating special graces, all to the end that we may become more and more like unto Christ. — Mariology, Juniper B. Carol, O.F.M.
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The Holy Father's Prayer Intentions for October 2017
Workers and the Unemployed: That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
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The Mysteries of the Rosary
Until about the 15th century hundreds of mysteries were part of the Rosary devotion then the 15 mysteries that we know today were definitively fixed as "the Mysteries of the Rosary." Pope John Paul II, in his encyclical, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, in 2002 added the five Luminous Mysteries.
Through the meditations of the complete Rosary one recalls and has impressed on his mind, the Popes tell us, "the chief mysteries of the Christian religion," "the mysteries of our Redemption," "the great mysteries of Jesus and His Mother united in joys, sorrows, and triumphs." The twenty mysteries are divided into four equal groups, known as "The Joyful," "The Sorrowful," "The Glorious," and "The Luminous Mysteries."
Nativity of Christ
Presentation of the Christ Child in the Temple
Finding of the Christ Child in the Temple
Agony in the Garden
Scourging at the Pillar
Crowning with Thorns
Carrying of the Cross
Descent of the Holy Spirit
Coronation of Mary
Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan
Manifestation of Jesus at the Wedding at Cana
Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
Transfiguration of Jesus
Institution of the Eucharist
To Our Lady of the Rosary
O Virgin Mary, grant that the recitation of thy Rosary may be for me each day, in the midst of my manifold duties, a bond of unity in my actions, a tribute of filial piety, a sweet refreshment, an encouragement to walk joyfully along the path of duty. Grant, above all, O Virgin Mary, that the study of thy fifteen mysteries may form in my soul, little by little, a luminous atmosphere, pure, strengthening, and fragrant, which may penetrate my understanding, my will, my heart, my memory, my imagination, my whole being. So shall I acquire the habit of praying while I work, without the aid of formal prayers, by interior acts of admiration and of supplication, or by aspirations of love. I ask this of thee, O Queen of the Holy Rosary, through Saint Dominic, thy son of predilection, the renowned preacher of thy mysteries, and the faithful imitator of thy virtues. Amen.
Come Pray the Rosary
The Rosary is primarily a scriptural prayer. This can be summarized by the traditional phrase used by Pope Pius XII (papacy: 1939-1958) that the Rosary is " a compendium of the entire Gospel" (AAS 38  p.419) . The Rosary draws its mysteries from the New Testament and is centered on the great events of the Incarnation and Redemption.
Our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II has called the Rosary his favorite prayer, in which we meditate with Mary upon the mysteries which she as a mother meditated on in her heart. (Lk. 2:19) (Osservatore Romano, 44; 30 Oct. 1979)
In this month of October, let us consider this beautiful prayer of the Rosary as a means that we too can use in order to draw closer to Jesus and Mary by meditating on the great mysteries of our salvation
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Saints of the Month
10/01 St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Her motto is truly one that she has lived to the fullest, both in life and as a Saint -- “The Little Flower”
10/02 The Guardian Angels
Their role is to represent individuals before God, to watch over them always... Read more...
10/03 Bl. Columba Marmion
His preaching writing, and spiritual advice were wise, rich, and profound.
10/04 St. Francis of Assisi
The little poor man of Assisi.
10/05 St. Faustina Kowalska
She willingly offered her personal sufferings in union with Him to atone for the sins of others.
10/06 St. Bruno of Cologne
He had a dream of living in solitude and prayer.
10/07 Our Lady of the Rosary
This feast was instituted by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the great naval victory over the Turks in 1570.
10/08 Bl. John Lowe
An English Catholic priest and martyr. Read more...
10/09 St. Denis & Companions
This martyr and patron of France is regarded as the first bishop of Paris.
10/10 Bl. Angela Maria Truszkowska
As a young woman, she devoted herself to working for the poor and needy.
10/11 Bl. John XXlll
His most famous encyclicals were Mother and Teacher (1961) and Peace on Earth (1963).
10/12 St. Seraphin of Monte Grenario
Seraphin spent three hours in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament daily.
10/13 Bl. Alexandrina Maria da Costa
Victim Soul of the Eucharist & of the consecration to the Immaculate Heart according to Fatima.
10/14 Bl. Marie Poussepin
Mary Poussepin began her institute of the Dominican Sisters of Charity in Angerville. Read more...
10/15 St. Teresa of Jesus
She is the patron saint of headache sufferers.
10/16 St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Her early years were marked by sickness and a painful home situation.
10/17 St. Ignatius of Antioch
Ignatius was an intelligent and articulate leader who would rather die than compromise his faith.
10/18 St. Luke the Evangelist
Luke is the only Gentile to have written books in the Bible.
10/19 St. Isaaic Jogues
He & Companions are North American Martyrs
10/20 St. Paul of the Cross
Paul is most notable for his fervent love for God and his special devotion to the Passion of Jesus.
10/21 St. Gaspar
Apostle of the Devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus
10/22 St. John Paul II
A vocal advocate for human rights, John Paul often spoke out about suffering in the world.
10/23 St. John of Capistrano
As a Franciscan friar, he assisted Saint Bernardine of Siena.
10/24 St. Anthony Mary Claret
The "spiritual father of Cuba"...
10/25 Bl. Thaddeus McCarthy
Bishop of Cork and Cloyne and praised in the very highest terms by Pope Innocent VIII.
10/26 Bl. Bonaventure of Potenza
Bonaventure was born of poor but virtuous parents in Potenza in the kingdom of Naples.
10/27 St. Gaudiosus of Naples Gaudiosus' relics were later buried in the Catacombs of San Gennaro in the 6th century.
10/28 St. Jude Thaddeus
St. Jude who was one of the first disciples to join Jesus
10/29 St. Colman
Colman became the third abbot-bishop of Lindisfarne in 661
10/30 Bl. Angelus of Acri
So often had he come to the Friary and gone home shortly after that some of the wittier Brothers began to refer to him as the ‘commuting novice’.
10/31 Bl. Thomas of Florence
Thomas led such a wild life for a time that parents warned their sons to stay away from him.