By Kevin Kelly
Catholic Key Associate Editor
KANSAS CITY — Those who were among the thousands at Kauffman Stadium on the Feast of Corpus Christi four years ago will never forget it.
And the same people who brought the Global Living Rosary to Kansas City that day will bring a special celebration to the city on the 95th anniversary of the apparition of Mary to three children in Fatima, Portugal.
On Oct. 13, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and the worldwide Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade will sponsor a Candelight Rosary Procession that could attract as many as 3,000 people.
The procession will begin 7 p.m. at Divine Mercy Park, 3800 N. Davidson Rd. in Kansas City, north, and proceed eight-tenths of a mile north to St. Patrick Parish, 1357 NE 42nd Terr.
But because of limited parking, those planning to attend should plan on gathering for special prayer and fellowship at the park beginning at 6:15 p.m., and make use of the parking lots at both the parish and at nearby St. Pius X High School, said Franciscan Sister Andrea Kantner, a member of the planning team.
Sister Andrea said special promotional flyers have been given to all parishes in the diocese to be inserted into bulletins during Masses the weekend of Sept. 22-23.
Sister Andrea said the event has several purposes.
First, it will foster the goal of the Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade and it’s leading light, Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Father Jim Keleher, to encourage families to pray the rosary together.
Second, she said, it will foster the promise of Mary at Fatima that conditions in the world will change for the better when people turn back to prayer.
And third, it will also open the diocesan celebration of the Year of Faith, proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI.
“We’re hoping for maybe two to three thousand people,” Sister Andrea said. “But if we only have 1,000, that will be 1,000 more prayers.”
The event will officially begin at 6:45 p.m. with the singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet at the park, where the giant stainless steel Divine Mercy statue of Jesus that greeted the faithful at Kauffman Stadium four years ago has now found its permanent home.
At 7 p.m., the faithful will begin reciting the rosary as they process to St. Patrick Parish. When they arrive at the church, the faithful will then celebrate Benediction with special prayers.