By JUDY A. TOTTS
MEDINA â€” â€œHail, Mary, full of grace, blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. â€¦ â€
Today at noon, hundreds of voices will fill the square with the age-old prayer for the Rosary Rally, part of the America Needs Fatima crusade, encouraging people to pray for America. More than 3,000 groups across the country will pray the rosary at the same time, said Norma Macuski of Brunswick.
â€œThe date of the miracle at Fatima is Oct. 13, when Our Lady appeared, and we came as close as we could to it,â€ said Macuski, who organized the local event. â€œAt Fatima, she asked people for repentance, conversion and sacrifice.â€
It was a call for prayer and devotion eventually heeded by thousands.
Macuski of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Joan Sidor of Holy Martyrs Catholic Church and Susan Sweet of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church will lead the recitation of the prayers to the Blessed Mother.
â€œThere will be divine praises, consecrating those to Jesus through Mary,â€ Macuski said, adding that a Fatima statue will grace the gazebo.
Zoli Takacs and several members of St. Martinâ€™s prayer group band will perform songs dedicated to Mary throughout the rosary.
Other participants in-clude the Knights of Columbus and the Legion of Mary, both based out of St. Ambrose Catholic Parish in Brunswick, members of the Traveling Rosary and the youth of St. Martinâ€™s and other churches.
Macuski, a member of St. Martinâ€™s in Liverpool Township, belongs to several missions and groups devoted to Mary. They regularly lead rosary prayer in local nursing homes and make rosaries and rosary packets available at the church. She received information about America Needs Fatima, inviting her to host a rally in her area.
With the blessing of the Rev. Thomas Dunphy, pastor of St. Martinâ€™s, and the help of pastoral assistant Maureen Coughlin, she got things rolling.
â€œSo bring a chair, bring your rosary,â€ Macuski said. â€œOur Blessed Mother will hear all the prayers and take them to her son, our pleas to save America.â€
Totts may be reached at 330-721-4063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.