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School of Faith hosts rosary rally to kick off week of activities

The Holy Family School of Faith is hosting a rosary rally in support of the “Value Them Both” amendment at the Fiorella’s Event Center in Overland Park on June 5. Last year’s event drew a large crowd as it prayed its 1000th rosary. LEAVEN PHOTO BY KATHRYN WHITE

by Marc and Julie Anderson

OVERLAND PARK — On Pentecost, June 5, the Holy Family School of Faith is hosting a rosary rally in support of the “Value Them Both” amendment at Fiorella’s in Overland Park.

Although gates open at 4 p.m., said Chris Hillyer, membership director of the Holy Family School of Faith, the actual event begins days earlier on May 27.

It is then that the School of Faith, through its daily podcast, will start a novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn, asking for “an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to come through Mary to convert the hearts and minds of all of Our Lady’s children throughout the world to reject the culture of death and create a culture of life.”

The next live rosary with Holy Family School of Faith will support the “Value Them Both” amendment. LEAVEN PHOTO BY KATHRYN WHITE

The Fiorella event will serve, however, as the event kickoff to a week’s worth of activities planned around the state, all aimed at encouraging people to pray and mobilize in support of the “Value Them Both” amendment, which will appear on the primary ballot for Kansas voters on Aug. 2.

The evening, according to organizers, will allow people to tailgate, meet former Kansas City Chiefs kicker Dustin Colquitt and his wife Christia, play lawn games, listen to live music and enjoy some fellowship while learning about the amendment.

Most important, though, Hillyer said, the evening will allow everyone to come together in prayer for the passage of the “Value Them Both” amendment. At 6 p.m., Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann and the Holy Family School of Faith will lead everyone in praying the rosary followed by eucharistic adoration.

“It will be powerful,” said Hillyer. “It’s amazing when we have thousands of people gathered around Jesus in the Eucharist praying together as family and friends. It’s a powerful witness, and it’s an encouraging experience.”

The June 5 rosary rally will offer attendees a place for meaningful fellowship, prayer and connection. LEAVEN PHOTO BY KATHRYN WHITE

To learn more about the “Value Them Both” amendment, other events and ways you can get involved, click here or go to the website at:

What to know

Date: Pentecost Sunday, June 5
Time: Gates open at 4 p.m.; program begins at 6 and ends at 8 p.m.
Place: Fiorella’s Event Venue 9000 W. 137th St., Overland Park
Bring: • Food for your family • Lawn chairs • Flowers for Our Lady of Guadalupe

About the author

Marc & Julie Anderson

Freelancers Marc and Julie Anderson are long-time contributors to the Leaven. Married in 1996, for several years the high school sweethearts edited The Crown, the former newspaper of Christ the King Parish in Topeka which Julie has attended since its founding in 1977. In 2000, the Leaven offered the couple their first assignment. Since then, the Andersons’ work has also been featured in a variety of other Catholic and prolife media outlets. The couple has received numerous journalism awards from the Knights of Columbus, National Right to Life and the Catholic Press Association including three for their work on “Think It’s Not Happening Near You? Think Again,” a piece about human trafficking. A lifelong Catholic, Julie graduated from Most Pure Heart of Mary Grade School and Hayden Catholic High School in Topeka. Marc was received into the Catholic Church in 1993 at St. Paul Parish – Newman Center at Wichita State University. The two hold degrees from Washburn University in Topeka. Their only son, William James, was stillborn in 1997.

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