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Speaking of the Rosary: all OLQA parents are invited to sit and pray the rosary with us on Monday mornings immediately after drop-off by the Parish office (near where the PTO coffee is held). Rosary guides are provided for all who would like one + we pray for the needs and intentions of all members of our OLQA school community. As St. Josemaria said, “Exalt holy Mary with your tongue: God asks you for reparation, and for praise from your lips. May you always want and know how to spread peace and happiness throughout the world, through this beautiful devotion to our Lady and through your watchful love." We hope to see you tomorrow morning!
Every institution has deep-rooted traditions – from schools to our own families to the Catholic Church itself! Our apostolic succession, devotion to the Word, our prayers to the saints, and even the Mass all take part in the great Catholic tradition. But why devote our time to prayer?

In a fast-paced world so focused on instant gratification, it’s easy to understand some might see no value in this practice of devotion. Have you ever heard people say that the Rosary is boring? These people are missing the essence of the rosary: meditation. Anyone missing the meditation part imagines the rosary this way: uselessly repetitious, a meaningless waste of time, but Jesus forbids meaningless repetition (Matt. 6:7) and the Bible itself offers repetitious prayers directly under the inspiration of God (Psalms 136).

When we recite the prayers that form a decade of the rosary, we should meditate on the mystery
associated with that decade. It is the meditation on the mysteries that gives the rosary its staying power.
Since the prayers of the Rosary come from such excellent sources — from God Himself, from
inspired Scripture, and from the Church — it is not surprising that the Rosary is so powerful and so dear to Mother Mary. It sets Jesus at the center of your prayer, reliving the meaningful moments in salvation history: His life, passion, death, resurrection, and glory.

Okay, so how do we pray the Rosary? Here is a cheat sheet, outlining the steps, prayers, and
mysteries of the Holy Rosary. When it is prayed in an authentic way, it is profound and filled with
peace. It contains within itself the healing power of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, invoked with faith and love at the center of each "Hail Mary" But, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was St Peter’s Church and neither are our prayer lives. The tradition of the Church is often a journey; one that we must continue on even when the destination is beyond our sight. The Hebrews traveled in the desert for 40 years seeking the Promised Land; surely 15 minutes in prayer with your family seems more inviting!

The feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary is this Friday, October 7. This is the time to begin, pick back up or continue your devotion to the Rosary, building up your domestic church and prayer life. The car is a great place to start a family Rosary since everyone is buckled in for a ride. Another fun idea would be to make an edible rosary – you just need 53 pieces of one thing for the Hail Mary beads and 6 of another thing for the Our Father beads. You could use cereal and marshmallows or even chocolate chips/candies and berries – whatever you have on hand and everyone eats a “bead” as the prayers go on. Now that is one sweet tradition!
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. us!