From this week’s Catholic Spirit:
The 66th annual Archdiocesan Family Rosary Procession from the State Capitol to the Cathedral of St. Paul is set for Sunday, May 5. Participants will gather at the Capitol at 1:30 p.m. The procession begins at 2 p.m.
It is “an opportunity to invoke the Blessed Mother’s intercession and protection over our country and our Church,” said Father John Paul Erickson, director of the archdiocesan Office of Worship, which is sponsoring the event in collaboration with the Family Rosary Processions Association. “These are interesting times we live in and it’s always a good idea to walk with the Blessed Mother,” he said. “But in a particular way during these days of confusion and concern on the part of so many, and with the renewal that is in the air with the Rediscover: initiative, it’s a great opportunity to recommit ourselves to Jesus in and through Mary.”
One of the goals of the new evangelization is to “live out our faith with love, but also to live it boldly,” Father Erickson said. “A public procession like this is a chance to be out there, not in a triumphalistic way, but to be out there saying we believe we have found the deepest answers to the hunger of the human heart — and we invite you to join us.” At the Cathedral, participants will pray with Archbishop John Nienstedt. Prayers will be offered for marriage and the family, and the gathering will close with adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.