Parishes throughout diocese join nation in taking part in Public Square Rosary

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Above, faithful from St. Timothy and St. Rita churches gather to pray the Rosary on Saturday, Oct. 13 from noon – 1 p.m., on the front lawn of St. Timothy Church. Nearby, many took part in a Public Square Rosary at the Majestic Gazebo in Arctic. Each year, America Needs Fatima holds a Public Square Rosary throughout the country. According to America Needs Fatima, in 2015, there were 14,108 rallies, and in 2014, there were 12,629 groups simultaneously praying for our country and the world all across America. These Public Square Rosary Rallies take place on the closest Saturday to October 13, feast of the last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun. Besides the October Rosaries, many Rosary Rally captains hold monthly rosaries as well. In reiterating how powerful public prayer is, America Needs Fatima shares a quote from “The Secret of the Rosary,” by Saint Louis Marie de Montfort. “Public prayer is far more powerful than private prayer to appease the anger of God and call down His mercy, and Holy Mother Church, guided by the Holy Ghost, has always advocated public prayer in times of public tragedy and suffering.”