Family Rosary Program

Overview

As a part of the Building the Domestic Church initiative, we are happy to announce that the 5th Sunday Rosary Program will now be known as the Family Rosary program.

The Family Rosary Program, encourages councils to schedule rosary prayer services on any day of the week, at any time of the year, with the pastor’s permission.  When planning a Rosary prayer service councils should personally invite each family of the parish, and offer each attending family a copy of Catholic Information Service’s A Scriptural Rosary for the Family (#319).  Encourage families to read it and learn how their faith can be strengthened through a devotion to Our Lady, while praying at home regularly as a family.

Resources are available as part of the Family Rosary Program, including a Family Rosary Kit (#SR-Kit), which includes 25 finger rosaries, brochures on praying the rosary and copies of the Scriptural Rosary for the Family (#319), along with a promotional poster to help draw more parishioners to the event. Participants may also use their own rosaries, and Knights are encouraged to use the rosaries that they received during their First Degree.  Councils interested in ordering additional rosaries or rosary rings, and booklets- are encouraged to visit knightsgear.com

Action Steps

To organize a successful Family Rosary program in your parish, the council should:

  1. Order the Knights of Columbus Family Rosary program Kit (#SR-Kit) using the order form.  You can also use the order form in the forms section of the website, or call the Department of Fraternal Mission at 203-752-4270.
  2. Contact your local pastor to obtain permission to conduct a Rosary service following Mass.
  3. Provide a sign-up sheet in the parish bulletin board for parishioners to sign up to participate in the rosary service.  This will allow you to determine the interest level. 
  4. Build public interest.  Use the sample press release that is on the website as a sample, to present it to the newspapers and the radio stations in your community.  When sending the press release use your council letterhead.  Deliver or send it, along with clip art logos, to the editors of both. 
  5. Report your activities to the Supreme Council with the Family Rosary Report form (#10243), and the Columbian Award Application (SP-7).


Support Material

To assist you in promoting the Family Rosary program, the Supreme Council offers the following items that are available in the Family Rosary kit.  Kits can be ordered using the SR-Kit form, found at kofc.org/forms.

For additional information on how your council, assembly or circle can participate in the Family Rosary program, please contact Supreme Council Department of Fraternal Mission (203) 752-4270.


Sample Press Release

For immediate release:
(Date), 2017

Local Knights of Columbus are asking the Community to come together to pray the Rosary

(City, State/Province)- Knights of Columbus, located at (Parish Name) parish, is inviting all members of the community (Name of Town or area) to participate in the organization’s Family Rosary program.  This service will be conducted (date of rosary service).     

All participants are encouraged to bring their own rosaries.  For those who do not have one, the Knights will provide finger rosaries, along with instructions on how to properly pray the rosary

The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882, by the Venerable Father Michael McGivney, a priest at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn.  With charity as its first principle, the organization has grown to 1.88 million members worldwide.  Last year, the Knights donated more than 177 million and more than 75 million hours of service to charitable causes. 

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NOTE TO PUBLICITY COORDINATOR: Use this area to add any particular information that you might want to share with local media, including additional contact numbers, web addresses and dates and time that you might be convenient or desirable to run this service.

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Editor of areas weekly newspaper(s)                                                      Editor of Catholic diocesan paper
Editor of areas daily newspaper(s)                                                           News directors of local cable stations
News directors of the local radio stations

 “Bulletin board” or “Community Events” of local cable access
Pastor for inclusion in Parish Bulletin