The Diocese of St. Augustine will host its first rosary congress, which will take place in nine different parishes, Sept. 27 through Oct. 4.
The event, which is meant to prepare the diocese for the Florida Respect Life Conference in October, will include Masses for Life, continuous adoration and praying the rosary every hour.
“Mass intentions will be offered each day for one of the following: life; families; special needs; the sick and suffering; our church; our priests and vocations; our country; youth and young adults; and those suffering following an abortion,” said May Oliver, director of the Human Life and Dignity office for the Diocese of St. Augustine.
Bishop Felipe Estévez will bless a hand-painted banner of Our Lady Mother of the Eucharist that will be processed around the diocese. The banner will include an envelope where parishioners can place their hand-written intentions.
“This rosary congress is meant to convert our hearts to be like our Mother’s, to pray that a ‘culture of life’ is honored, and for the success of the Florida Respect Life Conference,” Oliver said.
The schedule of events is as follows:
Sept. 27, at 8 a.m., Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios, St. Augustine
Sept. 28, at 8 a.m., Assumption Catholic Church, Jacksonville
Sept. 29, at 2:30 p.m., St. Augustine Church and Catholic Student Center, Gainesville
Sept. 30, at 9 a.m., Corpus Christi Catholic Church, St. Augustine
Sept. 30, at 8 a.m., St. Patrick Catholic Church, Jacksonville
Oct. 1, at 9 a.m., St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, Orange Park
Oct. 2, at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., Holy Family Catholic Church, Jacksonville
Oct. 3, at 8 a.m., Christ the King Catholic Church, Jacksonville
Oct. 4, at 8:30 a.m., Santa Fe Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, High Springs
Twenty-four hours of continuous adoration begins at the conclusion of each Mass, with rosaries prayed every hour. For details or to sign up for an adoration hour, contact Oliver at 904-262-3200, ext. 159, or firstname.lastname@example.org.