‘Novena for Our Nation’ prayer
campaign ongoing through October


NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — A nationwide prayer campaign, “Novena for Our Nation,” began on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, and is ongoing through Monday, October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.

The 54-Day Rosary Novena originated during an apparition of Our Lady of Pompeii in 1884 in Naples. In the house of Commander Agrelli, the Heavenly Mother deigned to make known the manner in which she desired to be invoked.

The 54-Day Rosary Novena consists of five decades of the Rosary each day for 54 Days straight. Begin with the first 27 days in petition; then immediately five decades each day for 27 days in thanksgiving, whether or not the request has been granted.

The meditations vary from day to day, according to the traditional distribution of mysteries (Sunday: Glorious; Monday: Joyful; Tuesday: Sorrowful; Wednesday: Glorious; Thursday: Luminous; Friday: Sorrowful; and Saturday: Joyful) and so on throughout the 54 days.

The 2019 Rosary Coast to Coast will take place on Sunday, October 13, the 102nd anniversary of the Fatima Miracle of the Sun, at Fort Taber in New Bedford. 

Also ongoing throughout the Fall River Diocese are a series of public Rosary gatherings at the following days and locations: 

— Every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. James Church, 233 County Street in New Bedford;

— Every Thursday at 7:15 p.m. in front of St. Mary’s Church, 114 St. Mary’s Square in Taunton;

— Every other Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the New Bedford Public Library, 613 Pleasant Street, across from Our Lady’s Chapel; 

— Every Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. in front of St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1359 Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford. 

If anyone else feels called to respond to Our Lady’s call to pray the Rosary in a public place — be it your parish, home or any other site — email Edwin Aldarondo at

catholicfootprints@comcast.net, so the information may be spread to others.

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