Museum of Family Prayer opens Sept. 15 
Tour reservations now being accepted online


By Dave Jolivet
JolivetDB@comcast.net

NORTH EASTON, Mass. — “The Rosary reaches the coal miner, the taxi driver, the housewife, all the lonely people in their sorrows and fears. It embodies the Good News that Jesus loves you because you are His brother or sister.” 

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This quote from the Venerable Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., speaks volumes of the great importance for Catholic faithful to pray — and not only pray, but pray as a family.

The famed “Rosary Priest,” whose works and actions are currently being studied in his sainthood cause was the man who so eloquently spoke, “The family that prays together, stays together.” This quote has been butchered through the years by those seeking to garner a laugh or look clever in a presentation, so the danger lies in the fact that it may have lost its punch with faithful Christians.

So, it bears repeating, slowly: “The family that prays together, stays together.” Father Peyton, during his time and mission on earth dedicated his life to reaching out to families, families all over the world, teaching them that prayer is key for families to fight against a culture of evil and death that noticeably increases with each passing year. Father Peyton also said, “A world at prayer is a world at peace.”

Oh, how that peace is needed today in the world, with mass shootings becoming more commonplace and political, civil and military unrest are the order of the day, and with thousands upon thousands of families seeking a better existence crammed into refugee camps and holdings.

These seemingly hopeless situations do have resolutions, and one of the most important and one in which everyone can become a part is prayer.

It is with Father Peyton’s mission of family prayer in mind that Holy Cross Family Ministries, 518 Washington Street in North Easton, will open its Museum of Family Prayer on Sunday, September 15. Tours of the newly-created museum will take place every 15 minutes from noon to 1 p.m.

At 2 p.m., Fall River Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., will celebrate a family Mass and blessing, followed by a dedication of the museum.

Since a large crowd of faithful is expected to attend, Holy Cross Family Ministries is accepting RSVP invitations for tour times on September 15 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. It should be stressed that space is limited and reserving a tour time is highly recommended. Those who wish to to reserve a time should visit www.hcfm.org, click on the “Museum of Family Prayer” menu option, then click on the “Register For Grand Opening” icon.

The user will be taken a screen where they can provide their name, address, email and what events they will be attending, then they can select a tour time. The tours will last approximately 20 minutes and can accommodate 20 people per session. The tours are free, and the spots are expected to fill quickly.

Should all the tours be booked for September 15, faithful are encouraged to visit the museum from Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Admission is always free.

“In today’s world, prayer is needed now more than ever,” said Holy Cross Father Willie Raymond, HCFM president. “We continue Father Peyton’s legacy promoting the power of prayer. We hope the museum’s multimedia experience speaks to those who are looking for inspiration, exploration and connections.”

“The museum is a unique experience for families to put down their individual devices and have a joint digital experience — an experience of prayer no less,” Elizabeth Ponte, director of IT and the Museum Project Leader, told The Anchor earlier. “We know families love interactive experiences and we know the benefits for families to pray together. The museum provides both. Not only that, families will discover the inspiring story of Father Peyton’s life. We hope families will join us for an immersive journey of prayer.”

For more information about the museum and to make a tour reservation; or for more information on the sainthood cause of Father Peyton, visit hcfm.org.


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