As we approach October we sense and realize the transformation in our seasons and lives. Autumn is a time for reflection, change, and renewal. As Catholic Christians in the month of October, we honor and show gratitude to Mary our Holy Mother for her protection and grace in the praying of the Most Holy Rosary.
The feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary is celebrated each year on October 7th and in Latin comes from the word rosarium or “crown of roses”. Pope Pius V first introduced this feast day and Saint Dominic was given the Rosary as a form of prayer. Church history reveals that the Rosary originally mirrored in numeration the 150 Psalms and included the reciting of the Lord’s Prayer with beads known as the crown and eventually shifted to exchanging 150 (Hail Marys) in place of the (Our Fathers).
My grandfather and great-grandmother recited the rosary daily and really modeled the unspoken aspects of faith while growing up. Sadly, as a child my fourth-grade teacher Ms. Daly eventually died of a long-term illness. That year, I would often pray for Ms. Daly at the side chapel at Saint Joseph’s Church in Pinole, California. Also, praying for her well-being and recovery while attending weekly confession at Saint Callistus Church in El Sobrante, California.
It was at Saint Callistus Church whereby I would stop at the statue of Mary and prayer to her quietly and reverently. The beautiful/loving/peaceful statue of Mary in the back of Saint Callistus Church resides in my heart today. It is there where I became a Marian follower for life, and I have never let go of her hand, compassionate heart, and spirit that is full of grace.
This past summer Demi Marquez (photo left), a respected parent, and our school’s fundraising and scrip coordinator visited the holy site of Our Lady of Medjugorje on July 25th with her husband Roy and son Mason. Mary has appeared there from 1984 until today to six children who are now adults. Primarily, on the 2nd and 25th of each month.
I would like to share with you Mary’s most recent message on September 25, 2022, as given through Marija one of the six children that she first appeared to: “Dear children! Pray that the Holy Spirit may enlighten you that you be joyful seekers of God and witnesses of love without bounds. I am with you, little children, and, anew, I am calling all of you: take courage and bear witness to the good works that God is doing in and through you. Be joyful in God. Do good to your neighbor so that it will be good for you on earth and pray for peace, which is threatened because satan wants war and peacelessness. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
May we always embrace Mary’s loving arms, beautiful light, and graceful place in God’s holy and eternal plan. As we celebrate the Holy Rosary, we look forward to following the life of Christ through the Gospel readings this month and focusing on the teachings and parables of Jesus and what it means for each of us to be a follower of Christ. In addition, our school community’s Blessing of the Animals is planned for the afternoon of October 4th.
Further, this month's liturgical feast days are St. Thérèse (October 1), Guardian Angels (October 2), St. Faustina (October 5), St. Bruno (October 6), Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7), St. Callistus I (October 14), St. Teresa of Jesus (October 15), St. Hedwig and St. Margaret Mary (October 16), St. Ignatius of Antioch (October 17), St. Isaac Jogues, St. John de Brébeuf and Companions (October 19), St. Paul of the Cross (October 20), St. John Paul II (October 22), St. Anthony Mary Claret (October 24) and Saints Simon and Jude (October 28).
Let’s close with an amazing quote from Saint Therese of Lisieux whose feast day begins our month of October, “Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest things right and doing it all for love.”
Abundant blessings to you and your loved ones.
Mr. Joseph M. Silveira Ed.D.
Christ the King Catholic School