This past month, the Catholic Church celebrated the Month of the Most Holy Rosary. Feast days this past month included the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (7 October), the 105th anniversary of the “Miracle of the Sun” (13 October), and the feast day of St. Pope John Paul II (22 October).
Many military chapels and faith communities throughout our archdiocese held special events for this particular month, including our own (free) MCCW Illuminated Rosary program.
Enjoy the roundup of CWOC and chapel events featured below and be sure to get some inspiration for your own women’s groups in the future.
Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa Japan:
The Kadena Air Force Base CWOC and Knights of Columbus gathered together to host and pray an Illuminated Rosary.
Ft. Bliss, Texas:
For the Month of the Rosary, the CWOC group at Ft. Bliss was going to learn the “Hail Mary” prayer in different languages. At one of their first meetings of the month, the prayer was recited in Latin; the following week, they focused on learning the prayer in Spanish. For the Feast of St. Pope John Paul II, the group decided to learn the “Hail Mary” in Polish, and then as the month approached the Feast of St. Martin de Porres (3 November), they worked on learning the prayer in German.
The Naples CWOC ladies made a meaningful pilgrimage to Our Lady of the Rosary located in Pompeii.
Ft. Huachuca, Arizona:
Several CWOC ladies braved monsoon weather to attend the Illuminated Rosary in the home of one of the CWOC members.
Ft. Meade, Maryland:
The CWOC ladies came together for a special paint night. The group depicted the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary, and Chaste Heart of St. Joseph on their ready-made canvases.
The CWOC ladies at Wiesbaden assembled and created Rosary bracelets to encourage women to pray on the go, during their daily routines.
Ft. Bragg, North Carolina:
The ladies in the sandhills of NC created Kitchen Rosaries to display at home. These Rosaries are useful when we call to mind the mysteries of our Lord’s life, while also nurturing the needs of our own family members. Ladies also celebrated this month’s theme with an MCCW Illuminated Rosary.
Call to Action:
As our CWOC program year progresses, MCCW wants to share the news from our worldwide communities, highlighting the visible presence of Christ our women are serving, as we continue to connect, unite, and inspire each other.
Please don’t hesitate to send a picture of your CWOC or chapel groups participating in various activities, along with a small write-up explaining the activity, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even if you don’t have a picture, but you are excited about sharing an activity to inspire other groups, we want to hear from you.
Planning for Next Month’s Women’s Meetings:
If you are trying to plan next month’s group activity, within the Church, the month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls. For one easy, meaningful activity previously held at CWOC meetings at Ft. Gordon, GA and MacDill AFB, FL, check out this idea featured at CatholicMom.com: Commemorating the Dead: An Easy (and Meaningful) Craft for November (catholicmom.com).
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