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   Revised and republished: June 21, 2010

Bishop McKenna's 2010 Rosary Crusade

Starts Saturday, June 25, 2010, and runs each Saturday through October 2, 2010

(Concluding on Rosary Sunday, October 3, 2010, the Commemoration of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus)

[Thomas A. Droleskey foreword: We need to make reparation for the grave offenses against God by the lords of Modernity and Modernism as we make reparation each day for our own many sins, which is why I endorse most heartily this effort that was announced yesterday, Sunday, June 20, 2010, by His Excellency Bishop Robert McKenna, O.P., of Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Monroe, Connecticut. The intentions of this year's Rosary Crusade are to save the country from the tyranny that has overtaken it and for the conversion of the nation, praying also for the restoration of the Church Militant on earth.]

NOW is the time; later is too late - all might be lost by then!

Our country is on the verge of losing its freedom to Socialism / Fascism.

Holy Mother Church is being ravaged by Modernism and Ecumenism.

We and our families are constantly oppressed and besieged by the errors and evils of Materialism, Hedonism, and perversity of all kinds to the detriment of our spiritual welfare and the salvation of our souls.

NOW is the time to storm Heaven:
               for the welfare of our country,
               for the return to the one true Catholic faith;
               for the salvation of souls.

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope, to thee do we cry....

The Fifteen Saturdays of the Most Holy Rosary
(a most efficacious devotion to obtain any special favor)

The information on this time-honored devotion has been compiled from:  The Fifteen Saturdays of the Most Holy Rosary, by Bartolo Longo, Eleventh Edition, 1926, The Rosarians Handbook, edited by Dominic Dolan, copyright 1942, The Fifteen Saturdays of the Rosary, by the Dominican Nuns, Rosary Shrine, Summit N.J.,1925.

This devotion consists of:

  • Receiving Holy Communion on fifteen consecutive Saturdays or Sundays if Saturday is not possible.  Those who have no Mass to attend may make a Spiritual Communion on each Saturday;
  • in memory of each of the fifteen Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary;
  • with the intention of honoring Jesus and Mary through careful and devout remembrance (meditation)of Their most holy lives contained in these Mysteries;
  • and obtaining, through Our Lady’s intercession, some particular grace or favor you may desire.

*Join with us in our petitions: for the welfare of our country, for the return to the one true Catholic faith,
for the salvation of souls.

This devotion may be practiced any time of the year, and it would be well to do so, but in our attempt "to storm the gates of Heaven" we are asking you to join us in the fifteen weeks preceding the great feast of Rosary Sunday, commemorating the great Catholic victory won in the waters off Lepanto when the faithful, reciting the Rosary, obtained from the Blessed Virgin the desired victory.  This year Rosary Sunday falls on October 4.  We must start on Saturday, June 27 (Sunday, June 28). 

            If you are prohibited from starting this devotion at this time, please practice it when you are able. The worst thing is to do NOTHING!

Manner of Performing This Devotion

Before Communion:

"To gain our requests, we should be careful to perform all our actions well for the love of Jesus and Mary.  In order that this devotion may be fruitful, all who practice it should try to imitate the virtues of Jesus and Mary by constant and devout meditation on Their most holy lives.  Hence, on each Saturday/Sunday it will be necessary to meditate on the appointed Mystery in order to draw from it fruit for our spiritual advancement; it would be well also to sanctify the day by the recital of the whole Rosary [or at the least, the five decades containing the appointed Mystery]".   The Rosarians Handbook

At Communion:

"By means of Holy Communion Jesus unites Himself intimately to the soul, and it is the most favorable time to ask for favors...ask with lively faith from Jesus, through Our Lady of the Rosary, and you will obtain it."   The Fifteen Saturdays of the Rosary 

Mysteries and suggested virtues for meditation and practice from The Fifteen Saturdays of the Rosary:


Week:   1 - The Annunciation                          Humility
              2 - The Visitation                               Charity
              3 - The Nativity                                  Poverty
              4 - The Presentation                           Purity
              5 - The Finding in the Temple              Obedience
              6 - The Agony in the Garden               Resignation to the Will of God
              7 - The Scourging at the Pillar             Patience
              8 - The Crowning with Thorns              Love of Contempt
              9 - The Carrying of the Cross              Love of the Cross
            10 - The Crucifixion                              Love of Our Enemies
            11 - The Resurrection                           Faith
            12 - The Ascension                              Hope
            13 - The Descent of the Holy Ghost       Zeal for the Salvation of Souls
            14 - The Assumption                            Devotion of the Blessed Virgin Mary
            15 - The Coronation                              Perseverance

Explanation of This Devotion  


“Everyone can well value the excellence of this heavenly treasure [The Fifteen Saturdays] from the preciousness of the whole Rosary, the prayer dearest to Mary, the most favored by the Saints, the most decorated by kings, the most privileged by the Pontiffs, the most frequented by people, illustrated by God with the most stupendous miracles, and strengthened by the greatest promises the Blessed Virgin ever made.  Add to this the merits and immense graces the soul gains by considering the Life and Passion of Jesus Christ.

“It is true that such meditations themselves are very profitable to purge and enlighten the soul and unite them to God; but who can deny that this consideration, joined to the recitation of the Rosary, is a kind of prayer much more perfect and noble, sweeter, easier, and more profitable to souls?

“But the excellent practice of the Fifteen Saturdays does not only contain what is holiest and most efficacious in the Rosary, viz. the remembrance of the actions and sorrows of Jesus, but, which is more, the frequentation of the Sacraments, especially Holy Communion received in memory of what our Savior did for us, the perseverance in prayers and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin.  Moreover, it unites to all these things a particular application, in order to please God in our works and to sanctify ourselves during fifteen weeks.  Behold the most powerful efficacy of this devotion!

"Our Savior, seeing Himself commemorated, pitied, thanked by us in the consideration of His Mysteries, just as we unite ourselves to Him by Holy Communion… He sees Himself, as it were, almost obliged to request His Eternal Father, and show Him His wounds, His Blood, His merits, which all then become our own by means of Holy Communion.”   The Fifteen Saturdays of the Most Holy Rosary

"'I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life', these are the words of Jesus, the Eternal Wisdom.  He who does not seek Jesus can never know Him or walk in the straight path which leads to heaven, but will certainly fall in to the darkness of error.

"Let us seek Him in the Rosary, keeping before our minds the Mysteries contained in it; let us meditate upon them seriously.  This study will enable us to discover therein countless beauties which will incite us to love ever more and more the most sweet Hearts of Jesus and Mary.  We shall feel ourselves happily drawn to God, the source of our eternal happiness, and we shall be content even under the weight of the sorrows we meet with whilst here on earth.

"If it should happen that, not content with practicing this devotion on Saturdays, some were led to repeat it often, nay, even every day of the week, who can tell the immense advantages their souls would obtain when they had accomplished fifteen entire weeks of pious meditation of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus?"   The Rosarians Handbook

"This admirable devotion has obtained for the faithful innumerable blessings and signal favors; according to authentic depositions, the blind have received their sight; the deaf, hearing; the dumb, speech; the paralytic and those afflicted with many other corporal maladies have been healed.  By it extraordinary conversions of obdurate sinners have been obtained, passions conquered, and virtues acquired.  And now, as in the past, those who perform this devotion with faith and fervor may hope… to receive similar favors and blessings, and to have their most grievous maladies of both body and soul cured.  When we desire to obtain any favor from God, we should endeavor to perform this devotion."   The Fifteen Saturdays of the Rosary

 "This devotion of the fifteen Saturdays/Sundays can be practiced at any time during the year, either with the intention of obtaining some special favors, or as an act of thanksgiving, or from pure devotion, and when ended may be begun again immediately."   The Rosarians Handbook

Indulgences   (taken from The Raccolta, 1952)

            #397 The faithful who resolve to perform a devout exercise in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary for fifteen uninterrupted Saturdays (or these being impeded, for as many respective Sundays immediately following) if they devoutly recite at least a third part of the Rosary or meditate on its mysteries in some other manner may gain:  A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, on any of these fifteen Saturdays, or corresponding Sundays.

            #395c Those who piously recite a third part of the Rosary in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament publicly exposed or even reserved in the tabernacle, as often as they do this, may gain:  1. A plenary indulgence, on the condition of confession and Communion.  2. If, as is the custom during the recitation of the Rosary, the faithful use a chaplet [Rosary], they may gain other indulgences in addition to those enumerated above, if the chaplet is blessed by a religious of the Order of Preachers or another priest having special faculties. (Dominican Slaves of Jesus through Mary, Third Order of  Penance of St. Dominic.)


[Thomas A. Droleskey afterword: "We should renounce the world with our whole heart, and break away effectually from all that can be displeasing to Him." We have displeased God many times by means of our own sins. In his ineffable Mercy, Our Lord sent Our Lady to Saint Dominic de Guzman so that we could be given her Most Holy Rosary to be chief means after Holy Mass and Eucharistic piety by which to make reparation for our sins and those of the whole world.

[Shouldn't we want to the console the good God by our Rosaries as we seek to make reparation for our sins and as we pray for the day when everyone in the world will start and end their days with the very Sign of our salvation, the Sign of the Cross, as they say reverently and devoutly the Name of the Most Holy Trinity in which we were Baptized and thus had Original Sin flooded out of our immortal souls as the very inner life of that Most Blessed Trinity was flooded therein:

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.]


Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!

Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?

Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!

Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.


Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.

Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.

Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.

Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us, especially on your feast day today!

Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.

Saint Aloysius, pray for us.

See also: A Litany of Saints


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