BY JOHN E. USALIS
An America Needs Fatima Public Square Rosary Rally will be held at noon Saturday on the grounds of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church to offer prayers for the country and for the world.
This is the second rally the parish is holding at the Blessed Mother statue on the rectory side of the church, rain or shine, the first rally being last year. The church is located at 201 Randel St., Schuylkill Haven. The parish retreat team is sponsoring the rally and will pray for peace and prayer intentions.
Another rosary rally will also be held at noon Saturday in front of the Blessed Mother statue in front of St. Teresa of Calcutta Roman Catholic Church, 621 W. Mahanoy St., Mahanoy City. Everyone is welcome to pray together.
Also Saturday at noon, Lori Singer will lead an America Needs Fatima rosary rally in the parking lot of Heaven & Earth Gift Shop, 400 Wyoming Ave., Scranton.
America Needs Fatima, a campaign of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, Hanover, launched 2,100 Public Square Rosary Rallies on Oct. 13, 2007, that were held in public squares, busy intersections, city parks, in front of town halls or local abortion clinics across America. There were 21,145 rallies across the country in 2019. This year’s goal is 20,000.
The rallies are held on the Saturday closest to Oct. 13, which is the anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun in Portugal in 1917. Each rally is organized at the local level.
“Our parish retreat team at St. Ambrose in Schuylkill Haven is participating in this rally for the second year at noon outside our church in the parking lot, socially distanced and masked,” retreat team member Carol Bylone said. “We are not having a retreat this year for the obvious reasons, but we are able to offer the ANF Rosary Rally to anyone who would like to participate because we will be outside, rain or shine. We feel that with everything that is going on in this world right now, we need this rally now more than ever.”
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