The Council and the Assembly conducted a Patriotic Rosary for Peace on Monday, September 11. The event was planned for the Marian Garden at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, but fate and the weather intervened and the event was moved into the church.
The program was centered around the Rosary, but opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and a reflection related to the events of September 11 and the days that followed. After each decade of the Rosary, those in attendance sang a verse of America, penned by Reverend Samuel F. Smith in 1832.
Each decade had a separate reflection that was read by members of the Council in attendance, including Grand Knight, Lou Manz, Jay Heather, Dennis Miller, Pete Sikora, and David Coughlin. Fr. Andrjez Mitera led the Opening and Closing Prayers which included St. Francis' Prayer, then all concluded with the Closing Ode, God Bless America.
At the conclusion, Past Grand Knight and retired Marine Corps, Jay Heather reflected on the events of September 11, 2001 and how they became forever entwined with the reopening of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church only days before.
This event was one of the eight Patiotic Rosary events that will be held throughout the Fraternal Year. Oue next Patriotic Rosary will be Columbus Day on October 9 at 6:30 pm in the Marian Garden, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved into the Church.
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The Grand Knight wishes to thank our Historical Photographers, Mardelle Wehby and Frank Vallencourt for providing photos of the event.