GORHAM---What began with enthusiasm and a wild idea has turned to fulfillment and pride for Ellen and Daniel Kasprzyk when their thoughts drift to what they and fellow volunteers have created in Gorham.
“As I look back on the last four years, I am frequently amazed at the wonderful journey Dan and I have embarked upon,” said Ellen. “We could not have foreseen all the wonderful people who have crossed our paths.”
In 2017, the Kasprzyks learned about a movement entitled “America Needs Fatima” that encourages individuals and families to come together to pray the rosary. During that year, thousands of individuals around the country gathered once a month to publicly pray the rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Mary to three young visionaries in the town of Fatima, Portugal.
“We knew we wanted to bring this experience to Gorham,” said Dan. “We obtained permission from St. Anne Parish and worked with other parishioners and the Knights of Columbus to organize outdoor rosary rallies with tents, music, banners, information booths, free rosaries, and special guests.”
Six outdoor rallies have been held annually since (including drive-in/parking lot rallies in 2020) under the title of “Maine Needs Fatima.” Hundreds gathered for each event in Gorham, some including processions. The passion and spirit of parishioners at St. Anne continues to grow as the rosary rally movement started by the Kasprzyks returns in May.
All are encouraged to gather at St. Anne Church, located on 299 Main Street in Gorham, on Saturday, May 15, for an outdoor Mass and public rosary rally. At 10 a.m., confessions will be offered to all who are interested, followed by an outdoor Mass at 11 a.m., and the public rosary rally at noon. Everyone is welcome, including people who have never prayed the rosary. Rosaries and guidance will be available for anyone interested. The event will also be livestreamed at www.maineneedsfatima.org.
“We hope people will invite their family, friends, and anyone else too!” said Ellen.
In addition, outdoor rosary events are scheduled on May 15 at St. Bartholomew Church (8 Two Lights Road in Cape Elizabeth) at noon and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (307 Congress Street in Portland) at noon. All are welcome at either of those events as well.