I sent a similar message via email earlier this evening but I wanted to share it with those who read RMG. If you are pro-life, and especially (but by no means exclusively) if you’re Catholic please learn more about the Silver Rose program by the Knights of Columbus as it begins today!
I’m going to take a brief break with this email and discuss a very important matter that is neither partisan nor political. As many of you may know, I am a member of the Knights of Columbus (4th Degree), belong to the Bishop James E. Cassidy Assembly #405 and serve as the Financial Secretary of the Father John F. Hogan Council #14236 here in Dartmouth. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal order dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. Our council serves the parishes of St. Mary’s and St. Julie Billiart. I am writing this to let my fellow pro-lifers know about some very special events being sponsored by the Knights of Columbus across the Commonwealth (actually, across all of New England and the country) — The Silver Rose Program. As the Massachusetts State Council states, “the Silver Rose symbolizes our commitment to restoring the respect for the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death” and we do this in “special tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas.”
My council is hosting a Silver Rose twice for a praying of the Rosary followed by Benediction in honor of building a Culture of Life. Please join us at St. Mary’s on Tuesday, October 8 at 7:00 pm and St. Julie’s on Wednesday, October 8 at 7:00 pm.
St. Mary’s is located at 783 Dartmouth Street and St. Julie Billiart’s is located at 494 Slocum Road, both in Dartmouth. The Silver Rose Program will also take place elsewhere in the diocese, the Commonwealth, and the New England states so please investigate some of the links that I have provided if you are unable to join us next week. It is a tremendous privilege for any Knights of Columbus council to host a Silver Rose so please consider yourself invited to attend as we will be honored to have you celebrate life with us. Even if you may not be Catholic, I invite you to join us as all are as welcome to prayerfully express their support of the pro-life movement through “One Rose, One Life” so that, together, we can continually build a Culture of Life.
For more information on the Silver Rose please see The Silver Rose — Running Of The Rose. I especially recommend reading The History of the Silver Rose. I would appreciate it if you would please consider forwarding this to any one who you feel may be interested.
PS – Here is a link to a great article by the editor of the The Anchor, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts – Silver Rose of Our Lady of Guadalupe set to make first-ever visit to diocese
Massachusetts State Council Knights of Columbus
Silver Rose Program
The Massachusetts Knights of Columbus will be participating in a North American effort paying special tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, through Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose – One Life One, Rose Program. The Silver Rose symbolizes our commitment to restoring the respect for the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. We should think of “One Life, One Rose” it is most important that we turn to Our Lady of Guadalupe, who made known her will through Juan Diego and the miracle of the roses.
The program has grown since the 1960′s. Today there are five routes covering Canada, the United States and Mexico. Four of these routes will travel through North America before meeting in Texas. From there, the program will continue into Mexico where it will end on December 12, 2013.
The fifth route, the New England Silver Rose, will not travel to Mexico. It will begin its journey in Maine before moving to New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and finally Connecticut.
The New England Rose will be traveling through Massachusetts starting in the Springfield Diocese on September 1, 2013. Throughout its journey, each stop will include a special prayer service honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Massachusetts journey will conclude on October 13, 2013 with a Mass held in the Fall River Diocese.
The New England journey will end on December 12, 2013 in New Haven, CT. A special Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church to commemorate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The Massachusetts Knights of Columbus, through the Silver Rose Program, show our support for the church, it’s bishop, priests, and deacons as we pray for their continued strength during these difficult times.