Easter without Flowers?

We are blessed to be the beneficiaries of many incredibly generous people who give of their time, talent, and treasure to enable us to live the life to which God has called us. Whether they are lending their hand with beautifying our exterior grounds, donating the left overs of their dinner party (we love left overs!), or placing a few coins in our collection box, all of our benefactors help to make Rosary Shrine the wonderful  bastion of prayer that it is.

During Advent and Holy Week we are always overwhelmed by the dozens and dozens of flowers brought to our chapel to help make the Sanctuary a festive and fitting place for our King. On Thursday evening our Eucharistic Lord will be removed to the altar of repose in our Chapter Hall.

Traditionally we surround the altar with all of the beautiful Easter lilies, hyacinths and tulips that are donated. This year our Sister Sacristan has called upon us to pray for more flowers….as we have no lilies and only ¬†three tulips and tomorrow is Holy Thursday!

Sr. Sacristan with our three lone tulips.

Sr. Sacristan with our three lone tulips.

Get Ready for the Rosary Pilgrimage, May 4th!

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This year our May Rosary Pilgrimage will take place on the 4th of May. Come join us for a Holy Hour with the Rosary, Benediction and a special sermon by this year’s guest preacher, Fr. Richard¬†Jastrzebski OP.

About our Guest Preacher:

Fr. Rick entered the Order of Preachers in 1998, made Solemn Profession in 2002 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2005. After having spent time as parochial vicar at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Zanesville, OH and St. Dominic parish in Youngstown, OH, Father traveled to Rome in 2009 to study philosophy at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum). Fr. Rick is currently assigned to St. Catherine of Siena church in New York, NY where he works in their Health Care Ministry and helps out at the parish.