October is the month of the rosary. Rosaries will be blessed at both the morning and evening Masses on Sunday, 8 October.

If you would like to have your Rosary blessed, please bring it with you to Mass on 8 October.

Pope Francis has some wise words in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary.

In a homily given on the Feast of the Assumption Pope Francis reminded us of the importance of praying the Rosary. He focused on three words:  Struggle, resurrection, and hope.

The first term, according to Pope Francis, addresses the inherent struggle between good and evil, and how Our Lady plays an important role in guiding the world along this struggle.

Mary joins us, she fights at our side. She supports Christians in the fight against the forces of evil. Especially through prayer, through the Rosary.

The Pope continued saying that Our Lady had shared in the struggles of her son, Jesus Christ. She suffered along with him, and so when Jesus resurrected, she was also given redemption.

Pope Francis tells us that Our Lady represents us. She is our Sister – our first Sister to be granted redemption and taken to Heaven.”

Because of her suffering and redemption, Our Lady is also the most iconic image of hope. She is close to those who suffer throughout the world, and she provides them the hope to overcome their struggles.

Take a few moments today to think about any evils you may be dealing with, then pray to our Mother Mary asking for help in overcoming the evil and for strength. 

It’s not too late to develop a new habit, and make an effort to pray the Rosary regularly.