Rosary Makers

Holy Infant of Prague Rosary Makers Guild

Contact: Gene Hodge - (205) 699-5282

This ministry makes rosaries for missions around the world and for priests who request them for parishes in impoverished areas. They also provide pamphlets teaching how to pray the rosary. The group meets every third Monday at 9:30am. There is a small monthly dues to help pay for the supplies needed. Anyone of any age is welcome to join.

Our Lady's Rosary Makers, formerly Our Lady of Fatima Rosary Making Club is a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Kentucky. It operated through a board of ten lay people (directors) who were elected yearly from the guilds of the Louisville Archdiocese, with spiritual guidance of a priest Chaplain appointed by the Archdiocese of Louisville.

In May 1949, Its founder, Brother Sylvain Mattingly C.F.X., started teaching a group of children to make rosaries for the mission. The idea developed into a club, then into an international movement. Individuals and units of Rosary Makers are in all 50 states and in at least 15 foreign countries.

MembersOur group first met in April, 2003. In May we elected officers and already had 100 Rosaries to mail. We call our group "Holy Infant of Prague Rosary Makers Guild." We began with 12 members, but have fewer now. They come and go. Each member pays $2.00 a year to the international center and $5.00 a month to our treasury for supplies and for mailing costs. We also make chain rosaries to sell to help in the cost. The Knights of Columbus and The Ladies Sodality help too.

Pope John Paul II in his apostolic letter, Rosarium Virginia Mariae (The Rosary of the Virgin Mary) states, "The rosary is among the finest and most praiseworthy traditions of Christian Contemplation". He also quotes John Paul VI when he clearly pointed out "Without contemplation-the Rosary is a body without a soul and its recitation runs the risk of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas, in violation of the admonition of Christ." In Matthew 6: 7-8, in the Sermon on the Mount, Christ says, "In praying do not babble like the Pagans, who think they will be heard by their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him." Edward Sri states in his book, "The New Rosary in Scripture," Jesus Himself repeats His prayers. In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus spoke the same prayer three times, "leaving them again, He went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words." The book of Revelations describes how the four living creatures repeat the same prayer for all eternity. Gathering around God's throne, day and night they never cease to sing "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, who is, and who is to come. Thus the very worship of God in Heaven involves words of holy praise that are repeated without end. In sum although the pagan approach of trying to manipulate God by vain repetition is always wrong, proper repetitions prayer is very biblical and pleasing to God." By its nature the recitation of the Rosary calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace, helping the individual to meditate more deeply on the mysteries of our Lord's life, death, and his Glorious Resurrection. In this way we bring our self closer to Jesus through Mary.

So the Rosary is a powerful prayer. With a true understanding and the intelligent use of it can bring about the power of meditation and the change of heart which our age desperately needs. The Rosary is capable of leading people to profitable mediation of the truth of redemption. The Rosary remains a powerful tool in the hands of the 200,000 missionaries dedicated to spreading the word of God throughout the world. Our hope is to get more Rosaries into the hands of more people to pray the Rosary.