DEAR FATHER | Focused techniques enhance Rosary prayer experience

Father John Mayo

Once we get past the basic logistics of praying the Rosary and learn the order of the mysteries, we might ask: "OK, so now I am doing this. What am I supposed to be getting out of it?" To help, there are many aids to help us to pray the Rosary.

Rosary remains an outlet for love at Ferguson parish

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish prayed the rosary together for the two year anniversary of the death of  Michael Brown and the protests in Ferguson. Father Robert Rosebrough led the rosary in the outdoor grotto.

The Appel family has grown by one in the two years since the faith community at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish first gathered in prayer after the death of Michael Brown nearby in a police officer-involved shooting.

Just 11 days old, Thomas Joseph "T.J." Appel joined mom Betsy, dad Jeff, brothers Michael and Jimmy and sisters Clare and Abby for a Rosary Aug. 29 at the parish's Our Lady of Lourdes grotto, marking the two-year anniversary of the shooting. About 50 people attended the Rosary, led now as it was then by pastor Father Robert Rosebrough.

Gymnast keeps rosary -- a gift from her mom -- close when she competes

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles competed in the women's individual all-around final during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 11. Biles won 4 gold medals and 1 bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO — U.S. Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Simone Biles says when she travels, she sometimes takes with her a statue of St. Sebastian, the patron saint of athletes, and she also carries a rosary her mother gave her.

Biles, who won gold in the women's gymnastics all-around competition Aug. 11 and helped lead the U.S. women to a team gold Aug. 9, made those comments to Us Weekly.

DEAR FATHER | Rosary blessing is request that God make it an instrument to help us in our quest for holiness

Father John Mayo

Should I get my new Rosary blessed? If so, why? 

You're off to the Catholic goods store to buy a new rosary! After carefully choosing which one you would like and paying for it, a voice in the back of your mind reminds you that you should have a priest or deacon bless it. But why?

BEFORE THE CROSS | Mary’s approach helps us in living and dying in faith

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson knelt at the altar in the crypt of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis at the tombs of Cardinal John Glennon, Archbishop John May, Cardinal Joseph Ritter and Cardinal John Carberry. Priests of the Archdiocese of St Louis gathered with Archbishop Carlson for the annual Priest Purgatorial Mass at the cathedral basilica. The Mass remembers priests who died in the past year: Father Thomas Begley, Father Theodore Burghoff, Father Albert Danter, Father John Dempsey, Father Herbert Hauck, Msgr. Joseph Pins and Msgr. David Rattermann.

November, starting with the Feast of All Saints (Nov. 1) and All Souls (Nov. 2), is sometimes known as the "month of the dead." It seems appropriate to devote some reflection to death. But let's do it in a hopeful context — not in the sense of denying death, but by approaching death in the light of faith.

A traditional icon represents the death of Mary. Interestingly, it isn't known as "the Death of Mary." Instead, it's called "the Dormition of Mary" — that is, her falling asleep.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Our part is to walk the little way with great love

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated Mass on the banks of the River Jordan. Archbishop Carlson is leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land for members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Northern Lieutenancy.

Sometimes we look at all that has and is going wrong in the world — and maybe our lives — and we want God to do big things. We're looking for another Battle of Lepanto — where the people prayed the Rosary and a decisive victory was won by Christian forces. (This is the origin of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on Oct. 7. )

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