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Chewelah’s St. Mary of the Rosary Parish celebrates patronal feast with rosary festival
the Inland Register
(From the Oct. 25, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)
Father José Luís Millan (center), pastor of the parishes in Chewelah, Valley, and Springdale, processes with parishioners as they pray the rosary through Chewelah. (IR photo courtesy of Alisa Kostecka)
In honor of October as the month of the rosary, St. Mary of the Rosary Parish in Chewelah celebrated the feast day of their patroness on Sunday, Oct. 7, with numerous events for people of all ages.
To start the day, the members of the local Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus wore full regalia as they presented the image of Our Lady of Charity at Mass.
The crisp fall air invited participants later that afternoon to the Our Lady of the Rosary Festival. The intergenerational event got under way with a talk by parishioner Alisa Kostecka on how to pray and meditate with the rosary. She shared her struggles with the repetitiveness of the rosary, but also how she broke through with the help of her husband, Pat.
“Pope John Paul II had a deep devotion to meditating with the rosary on the life of Christ,” she said. “We can learn from his teaching in his letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae.”
She passed along three tips on praying the rosary from the late pontiff:
• Announce the mystery.
After a short prayer service and the talk in the sanctuary, parishioners broke for several optional activities. In the Fellowship Hall, individual adults shared their personal journeys and struggles with the rosary. In the old St. Mary school building, families decorated prayer banners under the guidance of veteran catechist Pat Edgin. Upstairs in the comfortable youth room, Rhonda Christian demonstrated how to make knotted rosaries of twine to over 20 participants, representing every generation in the parish, demonstrating techniques she learned from the web site rosaryarmy.com.
Father José Luis Millan, Chewelah’s pastor, blessed the new rosaries along with the old ones before praying the Glorious Mysteries on Main Street, with nearly 100 participants following the processional cross and patroness banners. The slight chill in the air contrasted the sunshine as the leaves crunched under feet while voices from across generations joined in prayer.
The group moved inside for a potluck, followed by bingo.
The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus at St. Mary of the Rosary assisted with the Rosary Festival this month. Pictured with the image of Our Lady of Charity are, from left, Father José L. Millan (pastor), and Knights Steve Roach, Paul Larsen, Ron Christian, Ed Kaup, Dan Hentges, and Pat Davidson. Not pictured: Jim Mach. (IR photo from St. Mary of the Rosary Parish, Chewelah)