Honeoye Falls woman plans public rosary rally - Catholic Courier

Honeoye Falls woman plans public rosary rally

Kathy Worboys has experienced several twists of fate in the past seven months.

One night this past February, Worboys attended perpetual adoration at St. Joseph Church in Rush, just as she does every Sunday night. After adoration, she happened to read a magazine article at the church regarding public rosary rallies, a topic she had never heard of.

The next Sunday, Worboys picked up the same magazine at the church and read the article again. This time, she noticed a picture of a banner accompanying the article that said, "As human efforts fail to solve America’s key problems, we turn to God, through His Holy Mother, asking His urgent help."

Those words captivated her, she recalled.

"I really wanted one of those banners," she said, adding that assembling a public rosary rally was a "really neat idea."

Wanting to learn more, the Honeoye Falls resident — who regularly prays the rosary at her parish, St. Paul of the Cross, and at Rochester’s Highland Hospital for the end of abortion — called the phone number at the bottom of the article. Ultimately, Worboys agreed to be a rosary rally coordinator for the 2010 Public Square Rosary Crusade.

Since 2007, this event has been sponsored by America Needs Fatima, a nonprofit campaign with the goal "to win the heart and soul of America for Mary,"according to America Loves Fatima (www.anf.org). The first nationwide rosary rally was held on Oct. 13, 2007, in honor of the 90th anniversary of the miracle witnessed in Fatima, Portugal.

Before performing a miracle on Oct. 13, 1917, Mary appeared to three children on six separate occasions. During her last apparition, about 70,000 people witnessed the miracle — without blinking, onlookers were able to stare at the sun, which danced around the sky.

The phenomenon was a momentous and powerful public event that strengthened people’s faith, and even prompted some to convert to Catholicism, according to America Needs Fatima.

In an effort to mimic the widespread significance of the Fatima miracle, the group created the Public Square Rosary Crusade. The campaign advocates 10 reasons to pray a Public Square Rosary, including Catholics’ duty to honor God publicly and the belief that public prayer gets results.

To continue the tradition of praying publicly, thousands of Catholics will gather on Oct. 16 to pray the rosary in public venues across America.

As one of the already 2,635 rosary rally captains around the country, Worboys’ duties included finding a special location to hold the event. The busy mom, who also runs an in-home child-care business, first thought of holding the rally at the traffic circle in Avon.

Another twist of fate occurred after the person she spoke with at the Avon Town Hall said that a certificate of insurance would be required to hold the rally at the traffic circle. After discovering that America Needs Fatima could not provide this, Worboys decided to consider Harry Allen Park in Honeoye Falls.

While searching the park for the perfect location to place the rally’s banner, Worboys noticed something unique.

"There is a sidewalk that leads up to the bandstand, and I realized it looks just like a rosary!" she exclaimed. "I am certain that the Blessed Virgin Mother had the park in mind all along."

With an ideal location secured for the rally, Worboys had another revelation.

"This was fate," she said. "I think Mary wanted me to have children standing on the sidewalk — enough for each bead of the rosary," she said.

Worboys knew she would need at least 65 children to help perform the living rosary. Luckily, the principal of St. Agnes School, Gerald Benjamin, agreed to recruit students to help. In September, letters will be sent home to St. Agnes students requesting their presence at and involvement in the rally.

In the coming months, Worboys will continue to advertise the rally in church bulletins, and also is searching for an organization to donate rosaries to provide extras for those who forget to bring them. Those interested in donating rosaries may contact her at 585-474-0244.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The one-hour public rosary rally will be held at noon on Oct. 16 in Harry Allen Park, located on North Main Street in Honeoye Falls. Participants are asked to bring their own rosaries to the event.

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