Seminarians, priests and a color guard of the Knights of Columbus enter the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion for the 5th annual Rose Bowl Northwest event.
Gathering to embrace the words of Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, “A world at prayer is a world at peace,” nearly 1,000 attendees went to the fifth annual Rosary Bowl NW Saturday at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem.
Father Gary Zerr, pastor of St. Edward Parish in Keizer, shared thoughts during his talk, “The Real Presence.”
“Whether it is the newly approved shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Wisconsin, Our Lady of the Rockies or the most famous miracles of the Eucharist in Santarem, Portugal, or Lanciano, Italy, one doesn’t have to travel far to go on pilgrimage or experience a miracle,” he said. “Every time we come to Mass is a eucharistic miracle and with every rosary our Lady is there.”
Held on the first Saturday in October, Rosary Bowl NW began in 2007. A volunteer group of lay Catholics was inspired by Father Peyton, who promoted the family rosary and had a devotion to the Blessed Mother. Rosary Bowl NW promotes the motto popularized by Father Peyton: “The family that prays together stays together.”
The event aims to encourage families to pray together, especially the daily family rosary. This year, special intentions include prayers for peace, family, priests and for the sanctity of human life.
During the event, Mass was celebrated by Archbishop John Vlazny and Bishop Kenneth Steiner. This year the special intentions offered during the rosary were for priests in union with Mary. Leonardo Defilippis, who celebrates 30 years since he started St. Luke Productions, shared insights from his latest production, “Vianney Speaks.”