Local rosary rally among 9,000 nationwide.

A nationwide campaign to organize 9,000 public rosary rallies in cities across the country is set to take place Saturday, Oct. 12. For the fifth year, Shawnee is part of the national crusade.

Jim Taron of St. Benedict Catholic Church in Shawnee is team captain for the local rally, which will take place at noon at Veteran's Memorial (Woodland) Park on Broadway Saturday.

People of all faiths are invited to participate in the local public square rosary rally to pray for intentions such as an end to hunger and the destructive secular agenda in our society, and for world peace, freedom and wisdom and strength for those in government to solve the nation's complex socio-economic problems.

The rally will also pray for those who are suffering in our community and for those who are struggling between vice and virtues. Personal intensions will also be accepted and prayed for. People with prayer requests are urged to write them down on paper.

Carolyn Taron, organist at St. Benedict Church, will provide the music for the rally.

Sponsored by the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP), the "American Needs Fatima "campaign each year coordinates public square rosary crusades in thousands of cities across the nation to pray for American conversion.

This year's rallies are expected to draw more than 200,000 people from all walks of life to come out to public venues such as town halls, city parks, markets, city squares and other public places of interest throughout the country to pray the rosary together simultaneously.

The purpose of the national rosary crusade is to ask God, through Our Lady's Rosary, to save America from its current moral, spiritual, financial and political crises, according to TFP's official Website www.anf.org.

As a public manifestation of Catholic faith, the rosaries are not said in the confines of homes and churches that day, but rather in public places for everyone to hear and witness, and join in if they wish.

Started in 2007, the public square rosary rallies were organized to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the miracle of the sun, which took place in Fatima, Portugal, on Oct. 13, 1917.

The events of the miracle of the sun have been well documented by both historians and the Catholic Church.

During the episode, the sun appeared to plummet to the earth, spin around and emit lights of many different colors.

The supernatural solar phenomenon was witnessed by more than 70,000 people, among them were many atheists, communists and non-Catholics. The event prompted many to conversion to Christendom.

The site has since become a world-renowned place of pilgrimage, attracting millions of visitors and pilgrims each year.

In addition to the rosary, other Marian songs and prayers will also be offered.

For more information about the local rally, contact Taron at (405) 694-3242.