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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Spokane-made rosaries have impact in Africa

the Inland Register

(From the February 16, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Noel Nsubuga gives a rosary made in Spokane to one of the parishioners she visits. (IR photo courtesy of Sister Noel)

Our Lady’s Rosary Makers meet every Tuesday from 1–2:30 p.m. at St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane, to make rosaries for the African missions. There is a big demand for the string rosaries.

Father Leonard Rutaihwa in Bukoba Catholic Diocese in Tanzania, Africa, thanked the rosary makers “for this ‘precious’ gift. Rosaries and other religious articles, e.g. medals, holy crosses/pictures are always badly needed here in the diocese. Children before receiving 1st Communion and other sacraments here in the diocese are always requested to have them…. They are mostly used in schools.”

Said rosary maker Brian Schilke, “The rosary in Africa is a symbol of our Catholic belief in Jesus as promoted by Mary.”

Father Luta Nsubuga, parochial vicar at St. Patrick Parish in Pasco, Wash., has a sister who is a member of a Religious community. Sister Noel Nsubaga is principal at St. Therese Mayirye Primary School in Mwerd-Mityana, Uganda, East Africa.

She wrote, “As Religious we conduct Catechism Classes to our students and among the Christians in our Parish… Yes, we are in need of the rosaries because I have been longing to have them when we are reciting the rosary.”

Barbara Rice, rosary maker from Assumption Parish, Spokane, said, “As you can see, we need help to fill these requests.” The Rosary Makers have other requests that they cannot fill – the need is too great.

New members are welcome to join the rosary group any Tuesday. The Rosary Makers meet at St. Thomas More in Conference Room 1. Materials and instructions are provided.


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