Dear St. Albert the Great Family,
As you have hopefully heard and /or read The U.S. Catholic Bishops for a second consecutive year has called on Catholics across the United States to observe a Fortnight for Religious Freedom from June 21 until July 4, a two-week period of prayer and action, to address many current challenges to religious liberty.
We need to take this request seriously and respond with an increase of prayer, fasting and works of charity. We will be publicly praying the rosary every evening at St. Albert the Great (at 7:30 pm) as part of our response to the Fortnight for Religious Freedom starting on Friday June 21st.
We will work around the scheduled events during this two week period. We will pray in the church when available or the parish center. I will put up signs each of the evenings to let you know were we will be praying the rosary for that evening.
If you are unable to attend please pray the rosary at home if possible at 7:30 pm or whenever you can and ask our Lord to unite our prayers as a parish family.
You might say why should I go to the parish for this public prayer?
Let me share St. Louis de Montfort’s law of public prayer as mentioned in the 46th Rose of his book, Secret of the Rosary:
This way of praying is of the greatest benefit to us:
- · because our minds are usually more alert during public prayer than when we pray alone;
- · when we pray in common, the prayer of each one belongs to the whole group and make all together but one prayer, so that if one person is not praying well, someone else in the same gathering who is praying better makes up for his deficiency. In the same way, those who are strong uphold the weak, those who are fervent inspire the lukewarm, the rich enrich the poor, the bad are merged with the good. How can a measure of cockle be sold? This can be done very easily by mixing it with four or five bushels of good wheat.
- · One who says his Rosary alone only gains the merit of one Rosary; but if he says it with thirty other people he gains the merit of thirty Rosaries. This is the law of public prayer. How profitable, how advantageous this is!
If you cannot be there physically, unite whatever you are doing (working, suffering, enduring confinement at home, praying, or caring for others) to our prayers and the prayers of Mary to be offered to Jesus.
May the peace of Christ be with you