St. Anthony of Padua and St. Helen of the Cross hold huge public rosary rally

Rosary Rally chairs were, from left, Martin Diano from St. Helen of the Cross, Carol Moreno and Espie Uribe from St. Anthony of Padua, and Flora Flores from St. Helen of the Cross.

CASA GRANDE — More than 350 parishioners from two area Catholic parishes gathered at The Promenade at Casa Grande shopping center on Oct. 12 to take part in nationwide America Needs Fatima Public Square Rosary Rally, which attracted nearly 22,000 participants across the country.

“It was very satisfying to see so many parishioners from both parishes express their Catholic faith in such a public forum,” said Flora Flores, St. Helen of the Cross co-chairperson.

The rosary rally is a national campaign to capture the heart and soul of America with the message of “Our Lady of Fatima.”

The Virgin Mary reportedly appeared at Fatima to three young seers with a message of warning and hope for humanity. If the world did not convert, she warned, there would be much suffering, famines and wars. To avert disasters, she asked for prayer, penance and other measures, according to legend.

“We know we made our Blessed Mother and her Son (Jesus) proud as they both saw a wave of rosary rallies across America. What a beautiful sight it was to see so many of us gathered to pray for America and for one another,” said Espie Uribe, co-chairperson for St. Anthony of Padua.

The mission of America Needs Fatima is dedicated to bringing an urgent message into people’s homes and onto the public square, the organizers said.