Blessed Solanus Casey: Pray the Rosary Every Day

19 Nov

On November 18, 2017, thousands gathered on Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan to attend the mass in which a priest who served their diocese, Father Solanus Casey, would be beatified and take one more step toward being recognized as a saint.

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Born in Wisconsin, Solanus Casey served in New York City and other areas of the United States.  Detroit, however, was the place in which he established soup kitchens and found many additional ways to serve the poor, the unemployed, and the sick.  He understood the needs of  those who struggled.  While in the seminary, he could not reach passing grades in Latin and other subjects and feared he would not be ordained.  His superiors, however, recognized his sincerity and allowed him to be ordained as a “simplex priest”, one who could say Mass but could not hear confessions or preach doctrinal sermons.

Blessed Solanus Casey prayed the rosary each day and reminded everyone to, “Thank God ahead of Time” because God would certainly answer prayers.

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To learn about the rosary, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide, by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.   Published by Schiffer Publishing, this 152 page hardcover book has over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and center medals ranging from those owned by England’s King Henry VIII to those honoring Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, the Catholic Faith Store, Adoremus, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online vendors.

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St. Pope John Paul II Rosary

22 Oct

Basilica14  On October 22, the Catholic Church celebrates  the feast day of Saint Pope John Paul II.   During his 27 service in the Vatican,  he promoted interfaith and ecumenical ministries, established the World Meeting of Families, and oversaw revisions to Canon Law.

 

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For  many years, tradition held that vendors near Vatican Square only sold items bearing the image of the pope who was currently serving.   Antique dealers could easily determine the date when an object was created by referring to the time that a pope served in the Vatican.

Due to Pope John Paul II’s popularity, however, commemorative rosaries such as the one pictured were made after his death in 2005.   The rosary shown has a log crucifix, the style carried by Pope John Paul II.

RosaryCollectorsGuide To learn more about antique and unusual rosaries read, The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page hardcover reference book has over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, crucifixes and center medals ranging from the Boxwood rosary carried by England’s King Henry VIII to rosaries honoring Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at the Catholic Faith Store, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and other religious article stores, book stores, and online sellers.

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Rosary Exhibit on Oct.13, 2017

12 Oct

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On Friday evening, October 13,  Gloria and Helen Hoffner, authors of The Rosary Collector’s Guide, will bring their collection of antique and unusual rosaries to St. Madeline Church in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania.   The first event will be an outdoor candlelit rosary at 7:00 PM.   Immediately after the rosary is said, visitors will be invited to come into the church to see the rosary collection.  Among the rosaries to be shown are the pull-chain rosaries distributed to soldiers during World Wars I and II, lasso wedding rosaries,  the 9/11 Remembrance Rosary, and rosaries honoring Our Lady of Fatima.  Copies of The Rosary Collector’s Guide will be available for purchase.  Book sales benefit St. Madeline Church.

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Rosary Display at the National Centre for Padre Pio

30 Sep

Gloria and Helen Hoffner, authors of The Rosary Collector’s Guide, will bring their collection of antique and unusual rosaries, crosses, crucifixes, and medals to the National Centre for Padre Pio in Barto, Pennsylvania on Saturday, October 7, at 1:00 PM.  See the rosaries while touring the grounds and learning more about Padre Pio.

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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance at Fatima, Portugal, this year’s exhibit will feature antique rosaries of Fatima.

The exhibit will also include military rosaries of World Wars I and II, the Lasso Wedding Rosary, and the 9/11 Remembrance Rosary.

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The Rosary Collector’s Guide, published by Schiffer Publishing, is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, the Catholic Faith Store, and other book sellers, religious article stores, and online sellers.  This 152 page hardcover book has over 200 color photographs of rosaries ranging from those owned by England’s King Henry VIII to those honoring Pope Francis.

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St. Jacinta of Fatima Rosary

13 Aug

IMG_1943  On May 13, 2017, Pope Francis canonized Jacinta Marto, the youngest of the three children who saw Mary, the Blessed Mother, in the Cova da Iria near Fatima, Portugal in 1917.  Jacinta was not canonized because she experienced visions of Mary.  She was canonized because of her extreme bravery in defending her faith.

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Jacinta,  her brother, Francisco, and  their cousin, Lucia, said that they saw the Blessed Mother and that she wanted them to return to the same place on the 13th of every month.  Large crowds gathered on the field  to pray on the 13th of June and July.   The loud crowds upset the Chief Magistrate of the area, Artur Oliveira Santos,  so he developed a plan that he thought would stop the activity.

On August 13,  the Magistrate tricked the children by saying he would drive them to the site in his carriage.   Instead of taking them to the Cova da Iria, however, he drove them to the local jail and locked them in a cell with adult prisoners.    The Magistrate threatened to boil the children in oil if they did not admit that they had lied about seeing the Blessed Mother.    When some of the adult prisoners encouraged six year old Jacinta to save her life by saying what the Magistrate wanted to hear, Jacinta refused.   No matter how many ways the Magistrate tried to scare her, Jacinta stuck to her story and insisted that she had seen the Blessed Mother.

Eventually, the Magistrate allowed Jacinta and the other children to return home to their parents.  His plan to scare Jacinta into  saying that she lied about Mary had failed.

Mary did not appear to the children on August 13 because they were locked in jail on that day.   The children saw Mary on August 19 when they were outside saying a rosary.

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The St. Jacinta Marto Rosary is made by the Ghirelli Company, supplier of religious articles to the Vatican.  The Pater beads (Our Father beads) of this rosary have an image of St. Jacinta.

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The reverse of the Pater beads has an image of Mary based on the description provided by Lucia, the oldest of the three children of Fatima.

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The St. Jacinta Marto Rosary is a reminder that young children can be heroes of faith.

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To learn more about rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.   Published by Schiffer Publishing,  this hardcover, 152 page book contains over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, and center medals ranging from the Boxwood Rosary owned by England’s King Henry VIII to rosaries honoring Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online vendors.

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Rosaries of the United States : A July 4 Celebration

2 Jul

Independence Day, July 4, is a time when Americans can show their love for their country with their rosaries.

 

 

Metal rosaries were given to soldiers during World Wars I and II.  They were often called pullchain rosaries because they resembled the pullchains used on plumbing and lighting fixtures.  Some soldiers blued (darkened) their rosaries so that they would not shine and reveal their location to enemies.

At times, soldiers received beltbags that contained rosaries and prayerbooks.

 

   Soldiers have carried rosary rings onto the battlefield because they could easily be slipped into a pocket.

 

     

St. Kateri Tekakwitha was the first Native American to be named a saint.  Rosaries honoring St. Kateri are made in many colors to show her love for the environment.

Rosaries have been created in remembrance of one of the most tragic days in American history, September 11, 2001.  The 9-11 rosary, created by the Ghirelli Company, has beads that honor all of the 50 states.

        

 

The center medal of the 9-11 rosary shows Christ at the Twin Towers.

          

The crucifix of the 9-11 rosary replicates steel found at the site of the World Trade Center.

 

 

When Pope Francis visited the United States in 2015, he joined in the red, white, and blue spirit with commemorative rosaries.

Pope Francis knew that Americans could celebrate their country with their rosaries.

 

To learn more about rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.

The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Barnes and Noble, the Catholic Faith Store, Amazon, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online vendors.  This 152 page, hardcover reference book published by Schiffer Publishing has over 200 color photographs of rosaries ranging from the Boxwood rosary of England’s King Henry VIII to those honoring Pope Francis.

 

 

 

 

Fatima Rosaries: June 13 and The Immaculate Heart of Mary

12 Jun

 

From May to October 1917, Mary, the Blessed Mother, appeared on the 13th of each month to three children near Fatima, Portugal.

During the June 13, 1917 appearance, Mary referred to her Immaculate Heart.  In her memoirs, Lucia, the oldest of the children, recalled that Mary said, “Are you suffering a great deal?  Don’t lose heart.  I will never forsake you.  My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God”.  *

Many rosaries honoring the Blessed Mother’s appearances at Fatima contain symbols of Mary’s Immaculate Heart.  The pictures above show Mary’s words on  the center medal and cross of the Fatima 100th Anniversary Rosary made by the Ghirelli Company of Italy.

To learn more about rosaries, read The Rosary Collector’s Guide by Gloria Brady Hoffner and Helen Hoffner.  This 152 page, hardcover reference book published by Schiffer Publishing has over 200 color photographs of rosaries, crosses, center medals, and crucifixes ranging from the Boxwood Rosary owned by England’s King Henry VIII to rosaries honoring Pope Francis.  The Rosary Collector’s Guide is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, the Catholic Faith Store, and other book stores, religious article stores, and online vendors.

*M., Irmã,. (1976). Fatima in Lucia’s own words : Sister Lucia’s memoirs. Fatima, Portugal: Postulation Centre.

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