Living rosary planned for October - Catholic Courier

Living rosary planned for October

For the third year in a row, a local prayer group is helping to organize a rosary rally in October, but this year’s event will have special meaning, as prayer buoys some of the organizers through their personal battles with cancer.

Members of St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Honeoye Falls, St. Rose Parish in Lima and St. Agnes Parish in Avon are among those working to organize a rosary rally at noon Oct. 12 at Harry Allen Park in Honeoye Falls. Public square rosary rallies are a project of the organization America Needs Fatima, which is aiming to organize 10,000 public rallies on Oct. 12.

The first nationwide rosary rally event took place in 2007, and America Needs Fatima is aiming to increase the number of rallies nationwide to 10,000 by 2017, which would be the 100th anniversary of Mary’s apparitions to three children in Fatima, Portugal.

Rally organizer Kathy Worboys said that again this year she hopes to have a living rosary that features the participation of 60 children — each representing a bead of the rosary. Each child will hold a balloon that organizers say they hope will be released after the rally is over.

"It was beautiful last year," said Worboys, who is a parishioner of St. Paul of the Cross. "We had about 200 people. A couple teenaged boys were instrumental in bringing balloons over and tying them together. Children participated, and a couple of boys said the St. Michael Prayer. The weather was perfect."

At the rosary rally, Worboys and other members of her prayer group will be selling blue rosary T-shirts for $10 that say "Pray the Rosary." The shirts feature an image of Mary in white ink, with a gold crown on her head. Money raised from the T-shirt sale will be donated to Industry Residential Center in Rush, which serves pre-teen and teen boys who have gotten in legal trouble.

Worboys, who belongs to a prayer group called Daughters of the Blessed Mother, said she is so committed to the rosary because it has been a powerful devotion in her life. Since March she has been fighting a recurrence of breast cancer that has metastasized to her bones.

She acknowledged that the rally may be her last. Doctors have told her that her illness will not be going away, but that she appears to have been able to control it for the time being. She said the rosary helps her fight her cancer with faith.

"I don’t know what I would do without it," Worboys said. "I wouldn’t be able to face the trials I am facing without my faith."

Virginia Tondryk, a fellow parishioner of St. Paul of the Cross, was diagnosed with leukemia the same day as Worboys was diagnosed with the recurrence of cancer. Though both women have had tough fights, Tondryk said she has seen improvement simply in knowing that she has the prayers and support of the prayer group, her family and her parish.

"It really lifts you up and carries you through the terrible days," Tondryk said. "Some days you just can’t pray."

Fellow prayer group member Karen Fontaine said the group has been able to see how prayer and medicine have helped in the battle.

"I think both of you are a bit of a miracle, that your illnesses are both starting to come under control," Fontaine said of Worboys and Tondryk.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Families who have children interested in participating in the Honeoye Falls living rosary should contact Kathy Worboys at 585-474-0244.


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