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Rosary Sodality

The Rosary Sodality that exists in our parish is an offshoot of Poland's Living Rosary Circles. This organization was set up and started in 1933. It is twenty years younger than our parish and will be celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2013. In the beginning, there were 12 rosary circles each with 15 members to correspond to the 15 Mysteries of the Rosary. The first and most essential goal of the Rosary Sodality is to spread the glory of Mary as the Queen of the most holy rosary and to obtain her protection and help for God's children who were redeemed by the blood of her Divine Son. Every day each member is required to recite one decade of the rosary and, thanks to this, each rosary circle can offer their Mother and Queen an entire rosary every day. In 2002 when Pope John Paul II introduced the fourth mystery of the rosary, called the Mysteries of Light, it became necessary to reorganize the rosary circles to ensure that 20 members were in each group. Presently, a decline in the numbers of rosary circles can be seen because some members have died and many live in nursing homes, but their health does not always permit them to fulfill knowingly their required rosary commitment. New devoted members are most urgently needed. Therefore, all parish women who still are not members of the Rosary Sodality are requested to consider joining and increasing our parish's rosary circles. Of course, this matter also concerns men as there is nothing to prevent the existence of rosary circles of men praying the rosary together. Apparently such rosary circles already exist in many other parishes. Our holy Mother, in her apparitions, encourages everyone to recite the rosary not just women. It is also important to emphasize that the Rosary Sodality actively participates in the liturgical life of our parish in terms of devotions and processions in connection with feasts and holidays commemorated throughout the year. Whenever possible, the Rosary Sodality members make “pierogi” and bake cakes to raise money to help the Parish financially and to help with costs in renovating and beatifying our church. The present chairperson of the Rosary Sodality is Mrs. Maria Stelmach.

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