NAGA City, Oct. 11, 2011— In response to the 2nd Global Rosary Relay which Pope Benedict XVI launched on June 23, 2011, the Archdiocese of Caceres held its own Rosary Relay on October 7, 2011, Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary.
The Rosary Relay was offered for the sanctification of priests, for more priestly and religious vocations and for the triumph of faith amidst the recent attacks on the family.
Fr. Philip Francis R. Bersabe, Director of Caceres Catechetical Ministry spearheaded the activity in collaboration with Caceres Commission on Communication, Three Million Rosaries for Ina Crusade, KBP Camarines Sur Chapter and Kabalikat Bicol as VHF Radio support.
The Rosary Relay began at the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary with the message of Most Reverend Leonardo Z. Lagaspi, O.P. D.D., Archbishop of Caceres.
The Rosary was passed on to 25 Marian Parishes of the Archdiocese of Caceres that continued praying the entire mysteries one after the other. Each Marian Parish was allotted 10 minutes for the reading of the Scriptural text of the Mystery and praying one decade of the rosary by the faithful led by their Parish Priest. After each decade, a Marian song was played at the central station, Radio Caritas Mariae DWRV-FM 98.3, Mother’s Touch, the only Catholic radio station in Naga City owned and managed by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate.
Each Marian Parish was also given a media partner to assist the parish priest in transmitting the relay to the central station. The Rosary Relay was concluded with a Eucharistic Celebration presided over by Msgr. Jose Roberto Z. Carpio, PC, Rector of the Holy Rosary Major Seminary.
The anchors of the Rosary Relay at the central station were Fr. Philip Francis R. Bersabe, Rosary Relay Coordinator and Fr. Ryan O. Fenis, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Annunciation Parish and Rosary Relay Assistant Coordinator and Sr. Lou T. Ranara, FSP of the Daughters of St. Paul.
Bicolanos working and living outside Bicol were able to listen to it through the website of the Archdiocese of Caceres and through www.immacolata.ws, the website of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate.
Although some parishes had some difficulties in getting a clear signal, around 97 percent of the parishes relayed the rosary well to the central station.
The activity was launched through the effort, support and creativity of the Parish Priests, their Parochial Vicars, Media partners, the Kabalikat Bicol and those who prayed for its success. (Sr. Lou Ranara, FSP)