St. Thérèse of Lisieux
St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Marking the first Saturday of the month and the memorial of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the fifth annual Rosary Bowl NW will gather indoors 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion building in Salem.

The event will feature for the second year the Vatican International Exhibition of the Eucharistic Miracles of the World.

“It is our desire to educate people through this exhibit about what really happens at Mass every day," says Brian Beyer, the exhibit organizer and a member of St. Edward Parish in Keizer. "We hope to kindle a fire and stir an interest in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.”

Held on the first Saturday in October, Rosary Bowl NW began in 2007. A volunteer group of lay Catholics was inspired by Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, who promoted the family rosary and had a devotion to the Blessed Mother. Rosary Bowl NW promotes the mottos popularized by Father Peyton: “The family that prays together stays together"  and "A world at prayer is a world at peace.”

The event aims to encourage families to pray together, especially the daily family rosary. This year, special intentions include prayers for peace, the family, for priests and for the sanctity of human life.  

This year’s event features Mass with Archbishop John Vlazny and Auxiliary Bishop Kenneth Steiner at 10 a.m. immediately followed by recitation of the Sorrowful mysteries of the rosary, adoration and benediction.

At 12:30 p.m., Father Gary Zerr will give a presentation on the Real Presence.

At 1 p.m., the Carmelites from the house of studies in Mount Angel will be on hand for an enrollment of the Brown Scapular. The afternoon continues with a message from Leonardo Defilippis, founder of St. Luke Productions. Defilippis will share insights from his latest project, Vianney Speaks, as well as meditations on St. Therese and the 30-year history of St. Luke Productions. Donna Cori Gibson, a Catholic singer, will close the day at 2 p.m. with music from her latest release “The Way of the Cross: a Song for each Station.” Gibson will close with the sung version of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3 p.m.

Participants will be able to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  

Rosary Bowl NW is welcoming a new addition to the event: the choir of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Southeast Portland under the direction of James Bartel.

People from all faith backgrounds who wish to pray for peace, the family and the sanctity of all human life are encouraged to attend, especially youth groups, church groups and families.

Food concessions will be available and a community resource area will be open. More than 200 volunteers from local Knights of Columbus councils including the Fourth Degree Honor Guard will be assisting in the event.