Catholics in Detroit, Windsor to unite in prayer for international Rosary Coast to Coast event

DETROIT - Metro Detroit Catholics plan to gather at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 along the Riverwalk at the Detroit Renaissance Center to pray the Rosary while their Canadian neighbors pray within eyesight at the Bert Weeks Memorial Gardens in Windsor.

The twin prayer gatherings are part of Rosary Coast to Coast, a series of Rosary prayer rallies happening simultaneously across North America and in 50 countries worldwide.

“We met with the Windsor event organizers and decided since we share a peaceful border and our countries have a unique friendship, we should celebrate this relationship,” said Leonard St. Pierre, an organizer of the Detroit event and president of the World Apostolate of Fatima’s Detroit Archdiocesan Division. “We’ve exchanged big flags from our respective countries and plan to wave them in a sign of unity before we begin the rosary. We will kick-off the event by singing ‘God Bless America’ as our Canadian friends sing ‘O Canada.’”

Rosary rallies are taking place Sunday along U.S. coasts and borders, in front of state capitols and other public buildings, in parks, on beaches, along busy streets as well as inside and outside churches and shrines. Around 1,000 Catholic groups from across America are registered to participate, with a large-scale event scheduled in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

Father Stephen Pullis, director of the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis and Schools for the Archdiocese of Detroit will be leading the prayers in Detroit.

“During this painful time for our Church and her people, it has become even more important that the faithful turn their eyes to Christ and his healing graces,” he said. “Praying the rosary in the public square is a great way to unleash the Gospel and remind people that Jesus will bring healing to our Church, our city and our nation if we call upon him through his Blessed Mother.”

John Azzopardi, Windsor’s event captain, echoed Father Pullis’ prayer.

“We’re grateful our American neighbors will be joining us in praying for holiness and peace for both of our countries and the world,” Azzopardi said. “It will be exciting to see our friends across the river praying at the exact same time.”

Rosaries and miniature American flags will be offered free to the first 300 people to arrive to the Detroit event. The prayer rally falls on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary as well as on Respect Life Sunday.

Those who cannot attend are encouraged to unite in spirit with participants worldwide, by praying the rosary at 4 p.m.





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