Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington



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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Chewelah parish marks patronal feast with dedication of Rosary Garden

the Inland Register

(From the November 20, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Jeff Lewis, Michael Larsen, Patsy Cotter, and Ed Grim take a moment in their parish’s new Rosary Garden. (IR photo courtesy of Brenda St. John)

On Sunday, Oct. 5, Father Jeff Lewis and the parishioners of St. Mary of the Rosary in Chewelah hosted their annual Rosary Festival.

The parish’s patronal feast day is Oct. 7, Our Lady of the Rosary, and the Rosary Festival is held each year on the first Sunday in October.

A rosary prayer service was held in the church during a Holy Hour Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and an Oktoberfest-style supper was put on in the parish hall by the Knights of Columbus and other parishioners.

This year’s Rosary Festival was particularly special with the blessing of the newest addition to the parish grounds: a Rosary Garden. Over the past year, Father Lewis worked on promoting and fundraising for the Rosary Garden project, and parishioners Patsy Cotter and Ed Grim worked together in designing it. What had once been simply a large patch of lawn between the church and the parish hall was transformed into a fully landscaped garden, which features a path in the likeness of a rosary. The centerpiece of the rosary path is a miniature Lourdes grotto, to emphasize the parish’s connection with the Spokane Diocese’s Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, and also to emphasize another special connection that the parish has with the Cathedral: Oct. 7, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, is also the day of the cathedral’s dedication as the cathedral church of the diocese.

Another unique feature of the Rosary Garden: each of the “Our Father” stepping stones was custom-made with an image of a rose and the words “Our Father.” Parishioner Michael Larsen, son of Dr. Paul and Lori Larsen, designed and constructed the grotto, the “Our Father” stones, and the entire Rosary path for his Eagle Scout project.

Construction for the Rosary Garden was funded by the generous donations of many people, parishioners and non-parishioners alike. Donations for the Rosary Garden were offered in memory of deceased loved ones, for whom the Rosary Garden is especially dedicated. Many hours were put into the design, fundraising, and construction of the Rosary Garden, and many people helped make it such a beautiful addition to the church grounds, their efforts coordinated by Patsy Cotter, Ed Grim, and Michael Larsen.

The completion and blessing of the Rosary Garden is part of St. Mary of the Rosary’s celebration of the diocesan centennial, and for years to come, St. Mary of the Rosary Parish hopes that parishioners, guests, and visitors will find it a quiet place for peace and prayer.


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