The 34th annual Rosary Crusade for World Peace will take place at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine at 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.
The Niagara Council of Catholic Women of the Diocese of Buffalo sponsors the event. This year's theme is, "Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary intercedes for all humanity."
Monsignor David LiPuma, pastor of St. Peter's Parish in Lewiston, will serve as homilist. Monsignor J. Thomas Moran, pastor of St. Bernard's Church in Youngstown, will serve as moderator. Dolores Laurrie of Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish in Niagara Falls, is the chairperson.
Students from Niagara County will recite the rosary. Knights of Columbus Council 14622 and members of Niagara University's ROTC will also take part in the Rosary Crusade. The Connolly Family from St. Bernard's will crown the statue of Mary.
The crusade, which is open to the public, will include an outdoor rosary procession, coronation of the statue of Mary, blessing of children and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Pope Francis has bestowed an apostolic blessing upon all participants in this year's event. Complimentary rosaries will be distributed to all in attendance.