GORHAM---A ‘Rosary Rally’ will be held on the lawn of St. Anne Parish on 299 Main Street in Gorham on Saturday, August 12, at noon. The event will feature music, information booths, free rosaries, and Bishop Robert P. Deeley, who will attend the rally that will honor Our Lady of Fatima and celebrates the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Mary to three young visionaries in the town of Fatima, Portugal.
“The apparitions occurred on the 13th of each month, so the first two ‘Rosary Rallies’ were on May 13 and June 13,” said Dan Kasprzyk, a 4th degree Knight of Columbus who is organizing the gatherings. “The remaining dates have been planned for Saturdays closest to the 13th of each month.”
On May 13, 1917, three shepherd children named Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco saw a vision of the Blessed Mother in Fatima, Portugal. They looked up to see, in Lucia’s words, “A lady, clothed in white, brighter than the sun.” The woman was holding a rosary and said to the children, “Do not be afraid, I will not harm you. I come from heaven.” Mary appeared to the children monthly, a total of six times, bringing a message of prayer, penance, and reparation. She urged them to pray the rosary every day to bring peace to the world and an end to war.
The “Rosary Rallies” in Gorham will be held monthly through October. Previous rallies have drawn over 100 people.
Kasprzyk, along with his wife, Ellen, are the organizers of the initiative in Gorham, an effort to encourage local people to come together to pray the rosary.
“Everyone is welcome,” said Dan. “Non-Catholics, people who have never prayed the rosary, everyone. We’ll offer rosaries and guidance for anyone interested.”
The Kaspryzks have also set up a website to promote the gatherings and the anniversary year.
For those who can’t make the rallies, they are live streamed here.
Interested parties willing to volunteer for set up, teach others how to pray the rosary, or provide additional support can call (207) 615-0575.