Fifty members of St. Pius X Parish in Selinsgrove took part in a Rosary Rally on Oct. 12 as part of a national event where more than 20,000 rallies took place across the United States with the goal of spreading the word of Our Lady of Fatima.
Our Lady of Fatima is the name given to the apparition of the Virgin Mary that appeared to three children in Portugal in 1917.
During the 30-minute gathering, parishioners sang, worshiped, prayed the Rosary and prayed for America under a pavilion at Charles Attig Park in Shamokin Dam.
Father Tukura Pius Michael, O.P., pastor of St. Pius Parish, said, “we have come to pray for our nation and to ask for peace in our world.”
Coordinator for the event, Sherry Evans, called it “very important,” saying, “I care about the common good.”
Heather Effinger, of Selinsgrove, a much-involved member of the church, enjoyed the service. “To be present and be part of something bigger, there are no words to describe it.”
The event’s location had a special meaning for the church, as it’s named after a former parishioner, Charles Attig, Jr., a Shamokin Dam Police officer killed in the line of duty.
Attig’s mother, Rosa Attig, a member of St. Pius Parish, was in attendance and called the service “nice,” adding that the park “is a nice memory of him.”
(Justin Engle is a writer and photographer for The Daily Item.)
By Justin Engle, Special to The Witness