She was particularly impressed when she saw a picture of a banner that read: “As human efforts fail to solve America’s key problems, we turn to God, through His Holy Mother, asking His help!” She wasted no time and called the number at the end of the article. “Those words captivated me,” she said. “I really wanted one of those banners, and I thought that assembling a public rosary rally was really a neat idea.” She immediately agreed to become a Rosary Rally Captain. That was three years ago, and every year since then she has organized her Public Rosary Rally with great success each time at the Harry Allen Park in downtown Honeoye Falls, New York.
However, her fourth Rosary Rally held last October 12th, could have been her last: Kathy has battled stage four breast cancer since March of 2012, and has recently metastasized to her spine. Her doctor told her husband of 29 years, that she had only six months to live. "That was seven months ago," she quipped, "so who but only God knows!”
You see, Kathy strongly believes that her faith in God and the Blessed Virgin Mary is her strongest defense against her disease. “The Rosary has been a powerful weapon” she affirms.
Kathy’s desire to be closer to God started in 2006 when a friend gave her a book that recommended among other things, Eucharistic Adoration. She immediately found a perpetual adoration chapel near her home. There she met Virginia Tondryk, who taught her how to pray the Rosary and since that day, the two ladies have been close friends. They are members of a prayer group that gathers at their parish church, St. Paul of the Cross, to say nightly Rosaries and pray in front of an abortion clinic once a week.
However, something terribly unexpected happened to both of them on the exact same day in March of 2012. Virginia was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia and Kathy with Breast Cancer. Despite the setback in their health, they continue to pray and promote the Rosary: this time, with an added purpose. “It helps us to fight our cancers with faith,” said Kathy. “we would not be able to face any of our trials without our faith” she added. In planning her Public Rosary Rallies, she relies mainly on Our Lady’s inspiration. “She has certainly motivated me and kept me organized in all my efforts to promote the Rosary Rally.” she said. This past October, her rally was attended by over 200 people - even a local chapter of the Knights of Columbus in their gala uniforms and Fr. Michael Upson of St. Paul of the Cross parish, who gave an inspiring talk before the Rosary.
Regardless of what the future holds, Kathy cannot forget the two devotions that changed her life. She proudly declared "Eucharistic Adoration is a powerful place and the Rosary is a powerful weapon."
One more thing, she quickly remembers, “That non-Catholic man I married 29 years ago on the feast of the Immaculate Conception? He was baptized at an Easter Vigil Mass in 2012. You can’t tell me that Mary didn’t have a hand in that!” Kathy plans to continue with her devotion and promotion of the Rosary and was scheduled to go on a pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal in November. Join Kathy and sign up NOW as a 2014 Rosary Rally Captain!
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