The Vatican International Exhibition of the Eucharistic Miracles of the World will be showcased at this year's fourth annual Rosary Bowl set for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion in Salem.

Living Bread Inc. brings the eucharistic display, hoping to inspire a greater understanding and reverence of the most precious sacrament of the Catholic faith. Father Gary Zerr, pastor of St. Edward Parish in Keizer, is spiritual director for Living Bread. Brian Beyer, a member of St. Edward's is president of Living Bread.

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

The Rosary Bowl, a free event, promotes the motto popularized by the late Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton: "The family that prays together stays together," and "A world at prayer is a world at peace."  

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

On Monday, Aug. 23rd. 88.3 FM KBVM Catholic Radio will begin airing a 40-day novena before each broadcast of the Radio Rosary as a way to prepare the community for the upcoming event. A 40-day novena was encouraged by Father Peyton when he organized Rosary crusades back in the 1940s and 50s.

The Rosary Bowl began as a public recitation of the Family Rosary at Volcanoes Baseball Stadium in Keizer in 2007. With the possibility of adverse weather, organizers decided to bring the event indoors to promote a greater attendance and to expand the program. This year's event will feature Mass with Archbishop John Vlazny and Auxiliary Bishop Kenneth Steiner at 10 a.m., followed by recitation of the Joyful mysteries of the rosary, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and benediction.  

Rosary Bowl NW will bring back David Phillips, music director and composer at St. Mary Parish in Eugene as well as the singing trio Seraphim to provide music during Mass.    

A guest speaker will discuss eucharistic miracles and the afternoon will feature the exhibit as well as a 3 p.m. Divine Mercy Hour featuring the chaplet and music by Donna Cori Gibson. Confessions will be heard throughout the day.