NURSING HOME VISITS

By 2019, it had become apparent to Teresa Rodriguez, a hospice nurse in a Colorado memory care facility who was raised praying the rosary nightly with her entire family, that the spiritual needs of her patients were not being met. The Rosary Team evolved to fill that void.

Volunteers with The Rosary Team visit nursing homes – typically two volunteers for each site – to pray the rosary with residents in a group setting. In a world that often marginalizes the elderly, these volunteers offer companionship and spiritual support through their weekly commitment. Residents, who are facing physical limitations and loss, often find a renewed sense of purpose as they fulfill God’s call to pray.

Catholics were not the first to pray with beads. Men and women of many faiths and cultures use beads for this purpose. In fact, the word bead in English is actually derived from an Old English word bede, which means prayer.

And the prayer now of this Denver-based nonprofit is to fill nursing homes nationwide and worldwide with a dedicated Rosary Team.

Could those in Orange County be among them?

Moved by an article she read, Joan Miller reached out to the folks in Denver for guidance and materials.

“This is low key and prayerful,” she says of proposed local visits to pray the rosary “slowly and loudly” (as advised) with whomever is interested. A gradual growth of this team is envisioned.

If you’re interested in learning more, contact Joan at joan.miller@msmc.edu or (845) 457-9171.

MILESTONE WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

Spending 18,250 days with one person rarely just “happens.” Instead, it’s the shining expression of a lifelong commitment to vows pledged.

This year, the Archdiocese of New York’s Golden Jubilee Wedding Mass will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for couples celebrating 50 years of marriage in 2024. Couples must register through the church office by May 10.

But here at St. Paul’s, we think that spending 9,125 days with the same person is also worthy of celebration. Our Masses the weekend of May 27 and 28 will honor those marking their 25th anniversaries as well as couples celebrating 50 years together. Let the office know if you’ve reached either milestone.

 

FRENCH TOAST BREAKFAST

There will be a French Toast Breakfast after the 10 o’clock Mass next Sunday, April 28. Eggs, hash browns and sausage will round out the buffet. Tickets, $10 or $20 for an immediate family, are available after Mass and through the office.

Did you know, though, that French toast is known by many other names worldwide because it isn’t French at all? The concept for this hearty breakfast favorite was first savored during the Roman Empire. And it was popularized in America because of a grammatical error. In 1724, Albany innkeeper Joseph French planned to serve his guests French’s toast – but forgot the “apostrophe S” on the menu. So French toast instead of French’s toast was served and the name stuck