Rosary at Rose Bowl set for May 19, 2007

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The largest outdoor celebration of the Rosary in Southern California in nearly 50 years will take place at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, on May 19, 2007, it was announced on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12, by Holy Cross Family Ministries, Easton, Mass., and its local member Family Theater Productions, Hollywood, which are planning the event in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

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A World at Prayer Is a World at Peace: A Rosary Celebration, The Rosary Bowl

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The largest outdoor celebration of the Rosary in Southern California in nearly 50 years will take place at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, on May 19, 2007, it was announced on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12, by Holy Cross Family Ministries, Easton, Mass., and its local member Family Theater Productions, Hollywood, which are planning the event in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

"A World at Prayer Is a World at Peace: A Rosary Celebration, The Rosary Bowl" will take place between 6-9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The special Eucharistic celebration will combine adoration, music, inspirational talks and prayer of the Rosary with people of different cultures and languages leading some of the prayers. The Rosary combines prayer, meditation and reflection on important events in the life of Jesus Christ, as seen through his mother, Mary.

Bishop Oscar Solis, Vicar for Ethnic (Multi-cultural) Ministries for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the archdiocesan director of "The Rosary Bowl," said, "The Blessed Mother is the special patroness of the City of Los Angeles and the object of special veneration by the Southland's many ethnic communities. This Rosary celebration in Mary's honor will enhance the prayer lives of our families, strengthen family unity and rely on Mary as an intercessor for world peace."

Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, has urged parishes, schools and individuals "to unite in prayer, labor and sacrifice in helping organize our communities' participation in this Rosary celebration. … Your support is critical not only for its success but also for the opportunity to enhance the prayer life of everyone through the Holy Rosary."

"The Rosary Bowl carries forward the tradition and mission of the 'Rosary priest,' Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, CSC, a sainthood candidate, to support families by encouraging daily family prayer, specifically the Rosary," stated Holy Cross Father John Phalen, president of Holy Cross Family Ministries, furthering Father Peyton's mission.

Father Peyton's 40 outdoor Rosary rallies throughout the world drew 28 million people, including 500,000 in San Francisco in 1961 and 2 million in the Philippines in 1985. The essence of Father Peyton's 51-year ministry is captured in his famous slogan, "The Family that Prays Together Stays Together" and his other motto, "A World at Prayer Is a World at Peace."

Holy Cross Father Wilfred Raymond, co-facilitator of the event and national director of Family Theater Productions, which Father Peyton founded in Hollywood in 1947, noted that "'The Rosary Bowl' is our first celebration of this magnitude since Father Peyton's death in June 1992."

Beth Mahoney, co-facilitator of "The Rosary Bowl" and mission director of Holy Cross Family Ministries, said, "We are using Father Peyton's Rosary Handbook and his famed 'Six Mountains' methodology in creating this event." The "Six Mountains" include: 40 Holy Hours; the celebration of 40 Masses; Sunday sermons; a Catholic school campaign; harnessing the spiritual power of the sick; and the event itself.

The May 19, 2007 event follows the Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on May 13, 2005, the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima. Holy Cross Family Ministries was one of the sponsors of that event.

The tradition of large, outdoor Rosary celebrations in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, date back to 1948 and 1949 in The Hollywood Bowl and to 1950s in the Los Angeles Coliseum when some 90,000 people attended annually.

For more information and/or to indicate support for "The Rosary Bowl," go online to http://www.rosarybowl.org or e-mail info @ rosarybowl.org or call 1-800-874-0999.

Editors: For Rosary Bowl artwork and archival photo and media clip go to "Press Room" at http://www.rosarybowl.org. For interviews with Father Phalen, Father Raymond or Beth Mahoney, contact: Frank Tobin / 323.661.3720 / fxtobin @ aol.com

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