Rosary makers at St. Mark Church aim to reach 10,000 mark
HUNTERSVILLE — Rosary makers at St. Mark Church in Huntersville are aiming to make 10,000 rosaries by August, to mark the group's fourth anniversary at the parish.
The rosaries are distributed locally as well as sent overseas to missions and to U.S. military personnel.
Ministry members have made 8,000 rosaries over the past three years, so they are just about 2,000 shy of reaching the 10,000 milestone by the date of their fourth anniversary.
"We are still looking for more activities this August and increasing production is a priority," said Susan Claire Wild, the group's coordinator. "There is a demand for rosaries even here at Charlotte and Huntersville areas."
A majority of the group's members are women bound together by their love for the Virgin Mary. They meet once a month for two hours: one hour for training and sharing of new ideas on how to tie a knot or thread the crystals and beads, and the second hour devoted to prayer while they make the rosaries.
The ministry's rosaries are distributed for free to the military, to youth groups, and abroad to Africa, Japan, Peru, Philippines and Ecuador, the Cayman Islands and Japan.
They also distribute the rosaries for free to charitable institutions, nursing homes, hospice ministries and parish teen retreats. Their rosaries are also placed in St. Mark Church's Adoration Chapel.
— Susan P. Dennis, correspondent
FROM THE PASTORS
Read and listen to homilies posted regularly by pastors at parishes within the Diocese of Charlotte:
- Fr. Frank Cancro at Queen of the Apostles
- Fr. Patrick Earl at St. Peter in Charlotte
- Fr. John Eckert at St. John the Baptist in Tryon
- Fr. Timothy Reid at St. Ann in Charlotte
- Fr. Benjamin Roberts at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe
- Fr. Patrick Winslow at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Watch full Masses live and on demand, listen to homilies and reflections from Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury
- Listen to homilies from St. William Catholic Church in Murphy