|One of the many beautiful statues at the office|
The volunteers come, as I said from everywhere and from all walks of life. Right now there is a young man heading back to college when he leaves us, and another couple is celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary today! Some are able to trace their family back to the American Revolution, while others are new to our country. The one thing they all have in common is that they love Our Lady. A love that is so strong that they are willing to give up two weeks every year to come make phone calls for her. They often find themselves leaving message after message without talking to someone. Or they get hung up on before being heard. Some have even been sworn at! Yet they keep calling, working for Our Lady, and asking for prayers for our country.
So why are they here? They are making calls asking people to be captains for the 2017 Public Square Rosary Campaign. The Public Square Rosary Campaign was started in 2007. They had 2,100 rallies across the nation, and 30 volunteers manning the phones. Last year there were 16,323 rallies. This year, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the apparitions in Fatima, the goal is 20,000!
Now, I know you would love to do something for Our Lady, especially on this major anniversary. You don't have to come to Kansas (although I'd love to see you!) It won't cost you a dime (unless you still pay by the minute on your phone plan, I suppose.) Here are the super simple steps to being part of this great gift to Our Lady.
First: Open up your Calendar to October 14th. It's the Saturday after the 100th anniversary. If there is already someplace you are supposed to be at 12 noon, see if you can reschedule. Otherwise, put down "Public Square Rosary Rally" from 12-1 pm.
Second: Pick your rally location. The only requirement is that it is outside so it can be seen by the general public. For some people, this is in front of their homes or at a local park. Others pick a busier street or intersection. Some choose to do their rally in front of the local capital or even an abortion clinic. The important thing is that you are visible. Some locations may have ordinances about where you can be, so look into that - but don't worry about it too much. Most places there either aren't any rules, or it is as simple as filling out a form.
Third: This step is pretty important. Register as a Rosary Rally Captain. You can either call us here in Kansas at 866-584-6012 and make a volunteer very happy OR go to America Needs Fatima's website https://www.americaneedsfatima.org/rrtoolsinfo.html. They will send you a banner and a manual with the prayers of the rosary, some helpful suggestions, and things like that. It's all free, so you can't argue it isn't in your budget, lol. They will want to know at least the city where you will hold the rally, and you will have the option of posting your information on the America Needs Fatima website so others can join you, but neither thing is required.
Finally, tell your friends and members of your parish! You can have a rally with just one person, but the more the merrier. And also encourage others to sign up as captains! Yes, a large crowd will be noticeable, and wonderful, but many smaller groups spread across town will have an even bigger impact and more people will see them. So spread the word!!! Not sure why we need these public square rosaries? Go to https://americaneedsfatima.org/Rally-News/why-public-square-rosary-rallies.html for ten great reasons!
|A couple of our local Rosary Rallies!|
Where will you be holding a rally? Anything else you are doing to celebrate the Centennial?