By JUDY A. TOTTS
MEDINA â€” Voices reciting rosary prayers created a circle of peace around the park on Oct. 11. People prayed in quiet counterpoint to the roar of passing trucks and cars. The crowd gathered as part of the America Needs Fatima event. Norma Macuski, one of the key organizers of Saturdayâ€™s recitation of the rosary, said the prayers carried to Christ through his mother were to beg God to save America from immorality.
A statue of Our Lady of Fatima stood at the top of the gazebo steps, a vase of roses at her feet, flanked by an honor guard comprised of members of the Knights of Columbus.
People sat in lawn chairs or crosslegged on the grass, while others stood reverently, rosary beads slipping through their fingers as they responded to those leading the prayers. Musicians from St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church provided songs honoring Mary between prayers.
The goal of the event, Macuski told the faithful, was to deliver thousands of rosary prayers into â€œMaryâ€™s hands â€¦ to be given to her Son.â€
Her words echoed the words printed on the banner carried into the park by participating youth: â€œAs human efforts fail to solve Americaâ€™s problems, we turn to God, through His Holy Mother, asking His urgent help.â€
Their prayers joined others at 3,000 similar events held across the United States.
Totts may be reached at 330-721-4063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.