Knights of Columbus hold Rosary Rally

By Mary Therese Biebel - [email protected]
Knights of Columbus Council march in the Rosary Rally procession on Sunday afternoon, carrying the Our Lady of Fatima Pilgrim Virgin Statue through downtown Wilkes-Barre. - Sean McKeag | For Times Leader
Event organizer Christopher Calore, at right, speaks through a megaphone as he leads a group of walkers from various churches around the region in a Rosary Rally procession along South Washington Street on Sunday afternoon. - Sean McKeag | For Times Leader
A Grand Knight carries a rosary in his gloved hands while marching through the streets of downtown Wilkes-Barre during the Knights of Columbus 42nd annual Rosary Rally. - Sean McKeag | For Times Leader
Individuals who walked in the Rosary Rally procession pause on the front steps of St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes-Barre before they go inside to conclude the devotions. - - Sean McKeag | For Times Leader
Christopher Calore leads the group in prayer during Sunday afternoon’s Rosary Rally in downtown Wilkes-Barre. - - Sean McKeag | For Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE — Theresa Chupka, of Hanover Township, remembers a day, probably at least 60 years ago, when she heard the Rev. Patrick Peyton give a talk at Artillery Park, urging people to pray the rosary.

“Ever since that day, we manage to say the family rosary at home, or while we’re driving in the car,” she said, noting that Peyton’s slogan was “the family that prays together, stays together.”

While other family members have passed on, Chupka said, she and her sister, Mary, continue the tradition.

On Sunday afternoon, it was especially nice, she said, for the two sisters to share their daily devotion with dozens of people at St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes-Barre during the 42nd annual Rosary Rally organized by the combined Knights of Columbus Councils of Wyoming Valley.

“It was inspirational,” she said after the service that included a Mass, a crowning of the statue of the blessed mother, and the praying of the five Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary.

Immediately before the service, several Knights of Columbus had carried the Our Lady of Fatima Pilgrim Virgin Statue in a procession from the church on Wilkes-Barre’s South Washington Street to Public Square and back to the church. About 75 people followed the statue along the mile-long route and prayed the five Joyful and five Sorrowful Mysteries aloud.

Each “Mystery” commemorates an event in the lives of Jesus and his mother, Mary.

Carrying a megaphone as he strode along, event coordinator Christopher Calore led the “Our Fathers” and “Hail Marys” for the walking group.

“I can’t think of a better way to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon,” he said after the walkers joined a congregation who had been waiting at the church.

“I enjoyed praying the rosary with a large group of people,” participant Donna Pasquini, of Kingston, said later. “It brings back beautiful memories.”

“I have a great devotion to Our Lady of Fatima,” Pasquini said, using a title the Catholic Church gave to Mary, the mother of Jesus, after three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, reported she had appeared to them in 1917 and predicted World War I would soon end.

In recent years, the Knights of Columbus Rosary Rally has taken place in Pittston, Kingston, Plymouth and Ashley. It is held at a different church each year.

Knights of Columbus Council march in the Rosary Rally procession on Sunday afternoon, carrying the Our Lady of Fatima Pilgrim Virgin Statue through downtown Wilkes-Barre.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_rosary.statue.jpgKnights of Columbus Council march in the Rosary Rally procession on Sunday afternoon, carrying the Our Lady of Fatima Pilgrim Virgin Statue through downtown Wilkes-Barre. Sean McKeag | For Times Leader

Event organizer Christopher Calore, at right, speaks through a megaphone as he leads a group of walkers from various churches around the region in a Rosary Rally procession along South Washington Street on Sunday afternoon.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_rosary.walking.jpgEvent organizer Christopher Calore, at right, speaks through a megaphone as he leads a group of walkers from various churches around the region in a Rosary Rally procession along South Washington Street on Sunday afternoon. Sean McKeag | For Times Leader

A Grand Knight carries a rosary in his gloved hands while marching through the streets of downtown Wilkes-Barre during the Knights of Columbus 42nd annual Rosary Rally.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_rosary.hands_.jpgA Grand Knight carries a rosary in his gloved hands while marching through the streets of downtown Wilkes-Barre during the Knights of Columbus 42nd annual Rosary Rally. Sean McKeag | For Times Leader

Individuals who walked in the Rosary Rally procession pause on the front steps of St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes-Barre before they go inside to conclude the devotions.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_rosary.crowd_.jpgIndividuals who walked in the Rosary Rally procession pause on the front steps of St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes-Barre before they go inside to conclude the devotions. Sean McKeag | For Times Leader

Christopher Calore leads the group in prayer during Sunday afternoon’s Rosary Rally in downtown Wilkes-Barre.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/web1_rosary.megaphone.jpgChristopher Calore leads the group in prayer during Sunday afternoon’s Rosary Rally in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Sean McKeag | For Times Leader

By Mary Therese Biebel

[email protected]