Facts About the Rosary
Praying the Rosary:
Don't worry about how "well" you pray the Rosary. Just pray it. As with anything new, you may stumble at first but it will soon become natural and you'll begin to miss it if you skip it! Give the Rosary a try and pray one decade today!
There are four sets of Mysteries: Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious. The Mysteries tell the story of Christ's life through his Mother Mary's eyes.
Click below for a list of the
Mysteries of the Rosary:
Keep it Simple and Manageable:
Praying the Rosary doesn't have to happen in a quiet chapel before Mass. You can pray it with your family in the car, around the dinner table, or right before bed. We know you're busy, so let prayer naturally fit into your daily schedule.
Each day of the week is assigned a set of Mysteries to pray that day. Some people pray the Joyful on Monday and Saturday, the Luminous on Thursday, the Sorrowful on Tuesday and Friday, and the Glorious on Wednesday and Sunday. But, you can pray them any day you wish. Whatever works best for you and your family.
Prayer Intention Book and Daily Rosary
Our parish prayer intention book is located on a stand in a niche close to the entrance of St. Catherine's Chapel and Baptismal Font. The Rosary is prayed at St. Bonaventure’s on weekdays, immediately following the 8:00 AM Mass, Monday - Friday, and all intentions listed in the book are prayed for during the recitation of the Rosary.
How To Pray The Rosary
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried, He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
The Our Father
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
The Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
(this prayer is optional and may be said after all Glory Be to the Fathers.....) O my Jesus, have mercy on us. Forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of hell. Take all souls into heaven, especially, those most in need of thy mercy. Amen.
Hail Holy Queen (The Salve Regina)
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!