The Rosary Confraternity of Portland hosts a table at the 2017 Rosary Bowl. This year’s event takes place Oct. 5 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion in Salem. (Courtesy Rosary Bowl)
The Rosary Confraternity of Portland hosts a table at the 2017 Rosary Bowl. This year’s event takes place Oct. 5 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion in Salem. (Courtesy Rosary Bowl)

“Somebody who says his rosary alone only gains the merit of one rosary, but if he says it together with 30 other people he gains the merit of 30 rosaries,” wrote St. Louis de Montfort, an 18th century French priest. “This is the law of public prayer. How profitable, how advantageous this is!”

The 13th annual Rosary Bowl is set for Saturday, Oct. 5, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion in Salem.

Hundreds of men, women and children will gather to pray for peace, priests, families and the needs of the world.

Started in 2007 by Catholics from Keizer, Portland and Milwaukie, the event seeks to show and celebrate the power of the rosary.

“This is a way we as lay faithful can come together with our priests, seminarians and the religious men and women of the church to pray and to share in our devotion to Mary, our mother,” said Dina Marie Hale, emcee and one of the original organizers. “Each year I’m humbled to see hundreds turn out for this event, to pray, celebrate our faith, receive the sacraments and build unity in our local church.”

Hale says praying the rosary offers peace and joy that “comes with a loving devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

There will be confessions at 9 a.m. followed by Mass with Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith at 10 a.m.

At 1 p.m., Father Theodore Lange of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Veneta is keynote speaker. He will offer a reflection on why we should pray the rosary and have a special relationship with Mary.

At 2 p.m., participants can join in a eucharistic holy hour with rosary and chaplet of divine mercy. The day includes community resource tables, rosary making demonstrations, a power of the rosary display and a Vatican exhibit on eucharistic miracles.

A free will offering will be taken during Mass to offset expenses for the event. Parking is free.

Learn more

rosarybowlnw.org

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