October 2022: Rosary Rally Report
Oct 16, 2022 / Written by: Tonia Long
The Battle Wages on for the Soul of America
On the Saturday closest to the 105th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, Our Lady of Fatima’s face could be seen in 21,544 public places across the United States. America Needs Fatima’s beautiful Rosary Rally Banner with the message asking for a heavenly solution has become a vital part of America’s landscape every year.
Each October since 2007 when the first Public Square Rosary Rally Crusade took place, this banner has been unfurled on street corners, in front of churches and near abortion clinics all across America, thanks to the bravery of our Rally Captains and the generosity of our donors.
The tradition continued in 2022 with a welcomed expansion, as together we reached the highest number of rallies ever. Our Lady’s presence was strongly felt on October 15.
Even if passersby didn’t stop long enough to read the encouraging words on the banners, the gaze of the Queen of Heaven communicated volumes to their souls. Our Lady gazes with maternal supplication as Americans go about their business. She sees so many pass by absorbed in their own cares. She sees others pause and read the banners. Some pull out their phones and snap photos. A few stop and join in the prayers. Regardless of how each person responds, Our Lady remains the same, pouring her graces over her children with love and compassion.
With each passing year a host of troubles weighing down the nation increases. But with greater challenges come grater graces and the opportunity to win more hearts for Our Lady.
This year, just a few weeks after the Public Square Rosary Rallies, mid-term elections will take place. With the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade the stakes couldn’t be higher as the battle to protect the unborn child’s right to life moves into each individual state.
One cannot help but be reminded of Sr. Lucy’s prophetic words:
“The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, because anyone who operates for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be challenged and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue.”
Is there any doubt that we have now arrived at this point? Is there any doubt how important to see how the Public Square Rosary Rallies are a powerful weapon of Our Lady in this battle? These Rallies and the Captains who lead them and the children of Mary who participate in them are the very heel with which Our Lady will crush the serpent’s head.
As Sr. Lucy concluded:
"...however, Our Lady has already crushed its head; a faithful echo of what she heard our Lady promise at Fatima: “Finally, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
So, on the morning of October 15, 2022, as 21,544 Rally Captains gathered their banners, manuals, rosaries, waves of graces flowed from Our Lady to her devout children, giving one and all the courage to pray in a public place. Whether surrounded by friends and acquaintances or just few, each Captain represented their faith and commitment to the Fatima message and for that God blessed them in abundance.
In closing, here is a report from Rally Captain D.R. from Mechanicsville, Maryland:
“I want to thank you for sending my husband and me the banner and for the enclosed info. We had about 61 people – double last year’s total! We hope to have more people at the Rally next year, and will keep our banner for it. Looking forward to it! Meanwhile, we continue praying the Rosary. . . We also thank you for allowing us the great opportunity to be a part of such a blessed group. Thank you for all that you do for all of us out here that need Our Blessed Mother’s love dearly. I also was one of those who had to say: ‘Bless me, Father, for I have sinned; my last Confession was over 35 years ago.’ I have lots to learn. However, I was thinking that no matter if one is gone from the Church for a moment or for years (like me), the loving Hearts of Jesus and Mary are able to help us with our journey towards our Heavenly Home.”
May Our Lady continue to bless America, as Americans everywhere continue to pray the Holy Rosary, as she asked us to do in Fatima, Portugal, 105 years ago.
Report from Fatima
On the evening of October 12th, 2022 tens of thousands of pilgrims and faithful gathered in front of the Basilica at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal. Some of them walked days to arrive here, offering it as a penance as Our Lady requested when she appeared at that very place over 100 years ago.
America Needs Fatima volunteers Matthew Shibler, Domenick Galatalo Sr., and Nicholas Mak were among the crowd.
Flags from several nations were visible including Ukrainian national flags. At 9:30 PM, all present walked in a huge rosary procession with the statue from the shrine. They prayed the Glorious Mysteries. Near the head of the procession, the America Needs Fatima volunteers carried an ornate banner bearing the 11,931 names of all the America Need Fatima Members and Friends who submitted their names to our banner in our online campaign.
Roses, intentions and candles:
The next day, October 13th, the ANF volunteers returned and formed in front of the Basilica with 21,544 red roses representing every Rosary Rally Captain in 2022. Two banners also displayed the name of every Rally Captain.
They also brought 8,276 white roses, one for each of the generous donors who helped financially support the Rosary Rallies all across America.
Thousands upon thousands of petitions that were phoned-in, emailed and listed in our online campaign were also presented to Our Lady on the momentous day!
Large red, white, and blue candles that were formed from thousands and thousands of tiny candles that were sent in from our mailings by ANF members and friends, were lit at the shrine as promised. After that the volunteers prayed at the shrine for all your intentions.
America Needs Fatima would like to thank all our members, supporters and friends, without your generosity, help and prayers, none of this would have been possible!
Let us pray that Our Lady bring her glorious triumph soon, fulfilling her promise when she said....
"Finally, my Immaculate Heart will triumph!"
Header Image: Rosary Rally in Escondido CA, October 2022
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