The month of October is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Rosary. Here are two significant events taking place this October that are focused on prayer, fasting, the Rosary, and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
• The 19th International Week of Prayer and Fasting is "a grassroots movement of Catholics and other Christians from around the world participating in a global network of prayer and fasting for the goals of the week:
1. Bring a Conversion of Nations
2. Build a ‘Culture of Life’
3. Create Peace throughout the World"
It will be taking place from October 1-9, 2011. At the beginning of the nine days on Saturday, October 1st, there will be an all-day Eucharistic Rosary Prayer Vigil with national speakers at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. This is a free event but people are encouraged to sign-up online at www.iwopf.org . There will be four Global mysteries of the rosary prayed throughout the day by the African community, the Asian community, the Latin American community and the European Community.
• Family Rosary Crusade 2011 will be held in San Francisco on Saturday, October 15th:
The San Francisco Legion of Mary and Immaculate Heart Radio invites all Catholics from the Archdiocese of San Francisco and beyond to join us for the San Francisco Family Rosary Crusade 2011. The Family Rosary Crusade will be held on October 15, 2011, at 12 noon, in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza. Join us as we pray the Rosary, listen to inspirational speakers, and ask the blessings of God for ourselves and our community.
The Family Rosary Crusade commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Fr. Patrick Peyton’s October, 1961 Rosary Rally, which drew more than 550,000 people, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, to Golden Gate Park.
More details on the Crusade's website. The event website has some amazing footage of the 1961 event, as well as this video invitation from Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., author of Fatima For Today: The Urgent Marian Message of Hope and What to Do When Jesus Is Hungry: A Practical Guide to the Works of Mercy, who will give the keynote address at the event: