Springfield Diocese to begin ‘Running of the Rose’ program next month
SPRINGFIELD – Next month, councils of the Knights of Columbus in the Diocese of Springfield will be participating in a North American effort paying special tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, through the Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose – One Life One Rose Program.
The Silver Rose symbolizes the commitment to restoring the respect for the sanctity of human life.
The program began this year on April 27 when four Silver Roses started to make their way across North America, from Canada to the United States to Mexico. The roses will conclude their journey on Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Monterrey, Mexico.
It is the 53rd year of the program which began in 1960 as a project of the Columbian Squires of North America to honor Mary under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. The program has continued since then as a project of Squires Circles, councils and fourth degree assemblies in several jurisdictions.
In 2001, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson expanded the program by beginning the “Running of the Rose” from the 119th Annual Meeting of the Supreme Council in Toronto.
“The ‘Running of the Rose’ is a perfect program for the Knights of Columbus,” said Anderson. “Through it we honor not only Our Lady of Guadalupe and express the unity of the order, but we also reaffirm the order’s dedication to the sanctity of human life.
“It is to the Blessed Mother that we turn in prayer as we work to end the culture of death that grips our society,” Anderson continued. “As we think in terms of ‘One Life, One Rose,’ it is most appropriate that we turn to Our Lady of Guadalupe, who made known her will through Juan Diego and the miracle of the roses.”
In 2013, one rose began its journey in Ontario moving through the central United States. A second rose started its route in Manitoba, moving westward to British Columbia and then down the Pacific coast through California before turning eastward to Arizona and New Mexico. The third rose will move from Connecticut, moving through the eastern United States and the Gulf coast. The fourth rose will travel from Virginia, south along the Eastern Seaboard, before moving west to Texas.
The fifth route, the New England Silver Rose, will not travel to Mexico. It will begin its journey in Maine before moving to New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and finally Connecticut.
The New England Rose will be traveling through Massachusetts starting in the Springfield Diocese on Sept. 1. Throughout its journey, each stop will include a special prayer service honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The Massachusetts journey will conclude on Oct. 13 with a Mass held in the Fall River Diocese.
The New England journey will end on Dec. 12 in New Haven, Conn. A special Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Church there to commemorate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The following parishes will hold special events when they receive the Silver Rose in the Diocese of Springfield:
- Blessed Sacrament Church, Greenfield, Sept. 1 – adoration and prayer following 10:30 a.m. Mass
- St. Charles Church, Pittsfield, Sept. 3 – 9 a.m. Mass
- St. Joseph Church, Pittsfield, Sept. 3 – 12:30 p.m. Mass
- St. Mary Church, Ware, Sept. 4 – 6:30 p.m. Rosary
- St. Rose de Lima Church, Chicopee, Sept. 5 – 5:30 p.m. Rosary and prayer service
- St. Thomas Church, Palmer, Sept. 6 – 6:30 p.m. prayer service
- St. Mary Church, Orange, Sept. 7 – 4 p.m. Mass
- St. Michael’s Cathedral, Springfield, Sept. 21 – 4 p.m. Mass
- St. Michael’s Cathedral, Springfield, Sept. 22 – 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:45 a.m. Masses