The 48th Anniversary honoring Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers on Saturday, June 23, and
Sunday, June 24, was a resounding success. Over 230
pilgrims attended the Anniversary Vigil
and 125 attended the
at the LaGuardia Plaza
Hotel, a new and
upscale venue for the big pilgrimage
Devotees from the four corners of the
assembled, including from Africa, Asia,
Europe, Central America, Canada and, of
course, the United States of America.
It was impressive and uplifting to see so
many of different color, race and tongue raising
their hearts in prayer to the Good Father,
especially through the Holy Rosary, that God's
and peace may rain down upon this
and troubled world that is teetering upon
Four priests heard confessions for two and
half hours as scores of pilgrims cleansed their
souls through the Sacrament of Penance.
The theme for this year's Anniversary was:
"Moving the needle. . . towards a full-scale,
transparent investigation of the apparitions of
Bayside. It has never happened. Period."
Michael Mangan delivered a powerful
and encouraging talk at the Anniversary Banquet on his and fellow brother,
Darryl's, successful Mission in Rome.
Truly this glorious event made
Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers
proud of Her friends, whose prayer and sacrifice
in making this pilgrimage will be remembered