Praying the Rosary for Religious Liberty
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 • 12:00am
Knights of Columbus Council 783 has conducted the "Pray the Rosary for Religious Liberty" service monthly since May at Our Lady of Peace Church in New Providence. The service was extended to the Church of the Little Flower in Berkeley Heights and St. Teresa of Avila in Summit during August and September. The objectives are to pray and to engage the faithful.
Following selected masses, Knights of Columbus lead a procession to an appropriate location. The Knights have connected the prayer service with the celebration of the 95th anniversary of the Our Lady of Fatima appearances on the 13th of each month from May through October. The Knights believe that the message of Fatima is very compatible with the protection of religious liberty in the modern age. An important part of the service is the presence of the Fourth Degree Knights, representing patriotism. A parishioner describes the events of Fatima, Portugal in 1917. The faithful recite the Rosary, and the service concludes with a prayer for religious freedom and conscience rights.
Hundreds of believer citizens have publicly participated since May at OLP, at the urging of Pastor Rev. William A. Mahon and Rev. Salvatore DiStefano. The intention on the part of Knights Council 783 is that believers are encouraged to pray and to reflect on the current state of religious liberty in America. The final two prayer services will be held on October 14 and November 4 – all are invited to attend.
KofC Council 783