Holy Rosary and Pew Ministries are coming together to bring a new speaker series to the Diocese of Memphis!
We are working together to bring some of the best Catholic speakers, evangelists, and religious the church has to offer o our diocese.
It all kicks off with Matthew Leonard September the 18th.
The event is open to all in the diocese and surrounding areas. Mark your calendars and join us for the kickoff of this amazing new speaker series! You can register for the event for free by going to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/164522353789
*There will be a free will offering in lieu of ticket pricing.
Matthew Leonard is an international speaker, author, podcaster, and creator of the Science of Sainthood, an online platform that transforms the spiritual lives of ordinary Catholics through the power and beauty of authentic Catholic spirituality.
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Diocese of Memphis we will celebrate our first-ever Eucharistic Congress, October 8th and 9th, in downtown Memphis at the Renasant Center.
A Eucharistic Congress is a gathering of clergy and laity for the purpose of celebrating and glorifying the Holy Eucharist and of seeking the best means to share the graces our Lord offers in this great sacramental mystery of our Faith.
Pope Francis announced a Year of St. Joseph, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the Universal Church.
Pope Francis said he was establishing the year so that “every member of the faithful, following his example, may strengthen their life of faith daily in the complete fulfillment of God’s will.”
Here at Holy Rosary we will be celebrating the Year of St. Joseph with a parish Consecration to St. Joseph and by seeking his intercession following our Masses.
After placing our parish under the paternal care of St. Joseph we will be installing a devotional statue of St. Joseph outside the Family Life Center.
During this year of St. Joseph, Pope Francis has given us a prayer to pray together. So, between the Hail Holy Queen and St. Michael Prayer we will, as a parish, be asking St. Joseph, the Patron of the Universal Church, to intercede for us and for the Church Universal.
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil.
On the Feasts of Saint Joseph we will pray the following prayer together.
The Apostolic Penitentiary has issued a Decree granting plenary indulgences for the year of St. Joseph from 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021.
Conditions for the plenary indulgence
– The plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the Pope’s intentions) to Christians who, with a spirit detached from any sin, participate in the Year of St. Joseph on these occasions and manners indicated by the Apostolic Penitentiary:
– The plenary indulgence is granted to those who will meditate for at least 30 minutes on the Lord’s Prayer, or take part in a Spiritual Retreat of at least one day that includes a meditation on St. Joseph. “St. Joseph, an authentic man of faith, invites us”, the decree reads, “to rediscover our filial relationship with the Father, to renew fidelity to prayer, to listen and correspond with profound discernment to God’s will.”
– The indulgence can also be obtained by those who, following St. Joseph’s example, will perform a spiritual or corporal work of mercy. St. Joseph “encourages us to rediscover the value of silence, prudence and loyalty in carrying out our duties,” the decree notes.
– The recitation of the Holy Rosary in families and among engaged couples is another way of obtaining indulgences, in order that “all Christian families may be stimulated to recreate the same atmosphere of intimate communion, love and prayer that was in the Holy Family.”
– Everyone who entrusts their daily activity to the protection of St. Joseph, and every faithful who invokes the intercession of St. Joseph so that those seeking work can find dignifying work can also obtain the plenary indulgence. On 1 May 1955, Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of St. Joseph “with the intent that the dignity of work be recognized by all, and that it inspires social life and laws, based on the fair distribution of rights and duties.”
– The plenary indulgence is also granted to the faithful who will recite the Litany to St. Joseph (for the Latin tradition), or the Akathistos to St. Joseph (for the Byzantine tradition), or any other prayer to St. Joseph proper to the other liturgical traditions, for the persecuted Church ad intra and ad extra, and for the relief of all Christians suffering all forms of persecution. Because, the decree notes, “the flight of the Holy Family to Egypt shows us that God is there where man is in danger, where man suffers, where he runs away, where he experiences rejection and abandonment.”
– In addition to these, the Apostolic Penitentiary grants a plenary indulgence to the faithful who will recite any legitimately approved prayer or act of piety in honor of St. Joseph, for example, “To you, O blessed Joseph” especially on “19 March, on 1 May, the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, on St. Joseph’s Sunday (according to the Byzantine tradition) on the 19th of each month and every Wednesday, a day dedicated to the memory of the saint according to the Latin tradition.”
– The decree recalls the universality of St. Joseph’s patronage of the Church, noting that St. Teresa of Ávila recognized him as “a protector for all the circumstances of life”. Pope St. John Paul II also said that St. Joseph has “a renewed relevance for the Church of our time, in relation to the new Christian millennium.”
Learn about St. Joseph
With a Father’s Heart – Pope Francis’ Letter on the Year of St. Joseph
Guardian of the Redeemer – a document on St. Joseph written by Pope St. John Paul II
Three lessons from St. Joseph according to Pope Francis
Prayers to St. Joseph
Other Consecration Resources
The School of Nazareth (30 day preparation)
The Liturgy of the Hours also known as the “Divine Office” is, following the Mass, the most important prayer of the Church. Priests, deacons and religious are bound to pray it every day, but the Laity are also highly encouraged to unite their voices and intentions to those of the whole Church in this prayer. The Liturgy of the Hours is prayed continually by Catholics throughout the world. At any given time someone will be praying this beautiful prayer which purpose is to sanctify the day and the whole range of human activity. Morning Prayer (Lauds) and Evening Prayer (Vespers), the two main hours, are accorded the highest importance. Before the Second Vatican Council it was not unusual to see many parishes celebrating Sunday Vespers; and while, in our diocese, it has fallen out of normal parish life, the Vatican II document Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, is very intentional in calling us to pray with and for the Church in this way. In fact, it states: “Pastors of souls should see to it that the chief hours, especially Vespers, are celebrated in common in church on Sundays and the more solemn feasts…” (100) In following this call of the Church we celebrate Vespers with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament every Sunday. We celebrate Solemn Vespers on the Sundays of Advent and Lent and when announced.
Holy Rosary Vespers
Every Sunday at 5:00pm