PORTLAND — October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. On Thursday, Oct. 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary is scheduled to be celebrated.

October was also the month in which Mary appeared for the last time to shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, urging them to “say the rosary every day to obtain peace for the world.” In celebration of the month, many parishes in the Diocese of Portland have planned rallies, processions, or other events:

Thursday, Oct.7

Sabattus — Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 131 High St., Rosary 6 p.m.) and Mass (Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary), 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 10

Upper Frenchville— Knights of Columbus Cross, 3 p.m.


Saturday, Oct. 16

Ashland — Veterans’ Memorial, Main Street, noon.

Bar Harbor — Courtyard of Holy Redeemer Church (Blessed Virgin Mary statue), 56 Mount Desert St., noon.

Cape Elizabeth — Top of the Hill near Flagpole at Portland Head Light, 1000 Shore Road, noon.

Ellsworth — Our Lady of Fatima Shrine outside of St. Joseph Church, 231 Main St., noon.

Gorham — Outside St. Anne Church, 299 Main St., noon. Prior to the Rosary Rally, an outdoor Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. and following the rally, a fellowship gathering and lunch will be held at 1 p.m.


Grand Isle — St. Gerard-Mt. Carmel Church, 363 Main St., noon.

Gray — St. Gregory Marian Grotto, 24 North Raymond Road, noon.

Greenville — Parking lot at Holy Family Church, 145 Pritham Ave., noon.

Kennebunk — Franciscan Monastery, 28 Beach Ave., 11:15 a.m.

Limestone — St. Louis Church, 106 Main St., noon.

Madawaska — Farmers’ Market, 188 Main St., noon.


Millinocket — Millinocket Bandstand, sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 680, noon.

Portland — Lawn of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., noon.

Rumford — Old School Pantry (Former Holy Savior School), 115 Maine Ave., noon.

Skowhegan — Parking lot at Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, 291 Water St., noon.

Upper Frenchville — Knights of Columbus Cross, 3 p.m.

Waterville — Post Office Square, 1 Post Office Square, noon. After the Rosary, there will be a commemoration and dedication of the Precious Innocents Memorial Bench in St. Francis Cemetery on Grove Street at 2 p.m.


Sunday, Oct. 17

Sanford — Rosary inside of Holy Family Church, located on 66 North Ave., noon. The Rosary will be followed by a special outdoor procession and prayers in honor of the Blessed Mother. It will conclude with a brief period of adoration and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Wells — Wells Harbor Park Pavilion, 331 Harbor Road, hosted by Holy Spirit Parish, at 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 23

Falmouth — Grotto for babies lost to abortion, Holy Martyrs Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth, noon.

Saturday, Oct. 30

Jay — ​Large Cross, 227 Macomber Hill Road, noon.

Any additional gatherings will be added to the list at portlanddiocese.org/holy-rosary-month.

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