The Eucharistic Miracles of the World Exhibit drew visitors in 2019. (Courtesy Rosary Bowl NW)
The Eucharistic Miracles of the World Exhibit drew visitors in 2019. (Courtesy Rosary Bowl NW)
The motto of missionary St. Junipero Serra — “Always go forward and never go back”— should be on our lips as we embrace these times. Keep in mind this 18th-century Franciscan saint from Spain, in his mid-50s while suffering from asthma, a chronic sore on his leg and a wound from an insect bite that never fully healed. He would establish nine missions in Southern California. Between St. Junipero Serra and the Franciscan friars, 21 missions were built along nearly 700 miles of the California coast.

In every age, Christian history tells stories of faithful men and women who in the face of seemingly impossible circumstances moved forward for truth, beauty and goodness. At the heart of each saint’s undertakings are prayer and total dependence on God.

Rooted in prayer, a tender devotion to Our Lady and fervent love for the holy Eucharist, organizers are preparing for the 15th annual Rosary Bowl, set for Saturday, Oct. 2, at St. Edward Church in Keizer.

Our mission has always been clear: to spread devotion to Our Lady, daily pray the family rosary and inspire a greater reverence for Our Blessed Lord in the holy Eucharist. The event began with a desire to follow in the footsteps of Venerable Father Patrick Peyton, the rosary priest who promoted the phrase: “The family that prays together stays together.” Over his lifetime, Father Peyton led nearly 540 rosary rallies around the globe, preaching the family rosary. Our hope is to mirror Father Peyton’s efforts in calling our brothers and sisters in western Oregon and southwest Washington to prayer on the first Saturday in October.

Just when I was wondering if Father Peyton’s plea for the family rosary were still relevant to today’s culture, I came across a Divine Mercy presentation by actor Jonathan Roumie, who plays Jesus in the multi-season TV show, “The Chosen.” Roumie, a Catholic, mentioned that growing up he often heard the phrase “the family that prays together stays together,” but never knew where the quote came from, until he recently discovered the legacy of Father Peyton. So, I am encouraged to find that young men and women are still discovering the priceless spiritual treasures given to the church by Father Peyton, and so many before him.

The format of our gathering is straightforward. We worship God in the Mass and honor his holy mother in the rosary. People are invited to visit and learn from the many local resource tables staffed by volunteers from a wide range of Catholic apostolates. We are fortunate to offer one of the largest local displays of the Eucharistic Miracles of the World Exhibit, a fruit of Blessed Carlo Acutis who first had the idea of producing the exhibit as a teen. Blessed Carlo died at the age of 15 from leukemia, yet lived each moment placing the Eucharist at the center of his life, calling it the “highway to heaven.”

What are you most concerned about today? What family or financial worries do you harbor? Are you fretting about our country, our religious and personal freedoms, our world and the scourge of sin? Take it to your spiritual mother Mary and to her most chaste spouse, St. Joseph.

Plan to join us on the first Saturday of October at St. Edward in Keizer 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Surrender all your cares to Our Blessed Lord and entrust your prayers to Our Lady.

The event will be broadcast live on Mater Dei Radio and livestreamed on our website to allow everyone to participate. As we unite our hearts in prayer, we entrust them to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Hale is one of the founding organizers of Rosary Bowl NW.

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