Holy Name Society Radio Rosary: ​​75+ – Clarion Herald

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By Peter Finney Jr.
Bugle Herald

In 1946 – in response to the Blessed Mother’s request at Fatima to pray the Rosary for world peace – Archbishop of New Orleans Joseph Rummel asked the local Holy Name Society to start a daily Rosary broadcast on the radio.

For more than 75 years, the oldest radio rosary apostolate in the United States has been filling the airwaves with the mysteries of the rosary, said Anthony Smith, former president of the Archdiocese’s Holy Name Society and member of Christ the Parish. King in Terrytown. .

The local radio rosary ministry has been so resolute that the National Association of the Society of the Holy Name has honored the Archdiocesan Union of Societies of the Holy Name for its longevity. A memorial plaque will be installed at St. Dominic’s Church in the National Shrine of Blessed John of Vercelli, the Dominican Master General who founded the Holy Name Society in 1274.

14 church parishes rotate

Fourteen Holy Name Chapters — 13 in the Archdiocese and one in the Diocese of Baton Rouge — rotate reciting the Rosary every weekday at 6 p.m. on WVOG (600 AM). A pre-recorded rosary recited by local Catholics is used on evenings when a local Holy Name group is unavailable, meaning the rosary is broadcast seven days a week.

And, Smith said, the radio rosary has participants from around the world who access the prayers on the WVOG website (www.600WVOG.com).

“To our knowledge, we’re the only city that’s done this for over 75 years,” Smith said. “We are perhaps the oldest in the world.”

The local radio rosary began in 1946 when members of Holy Name went to a downtown radio station and said the rosary in the studio. WSMB (1350 AM), headquartered in the White House Building on Canal Street, resumed Rosary broadcasts a few years later.

The Rosary moved to WVOG in 1982. The Rosary is now recited nightly in the respective parish, using a loudspeaker.

“My dad used to take me to the radio station (WSMB), and I actually studied to be a priest for four years,” said Bob Rauch, former president of Holy Name and parish member. St. Christopher the Martyr at Metairie. “It affected everything about the Catholic faith for me, and it stayed with me all my life, especially with a special dedication to the Blessed Mother. We used to say the Rosary as a family. For years and years, we we did this every night.

Rauch said the rosary resonates with him through its structure of silence and meditation. “The scriptural rosary tells us about the life of Jesus,” he said.

Father’s Love for the Rosary

Vince Petreikis, the current president of Holy Name, founded the Holy Name Society at Most Holy Trinity Parish in Covington. He was born to a Lithuanian immigrant in Massachusetts and recalled how his father, who worked hard but was never wealthy, was arrested one day by a policeman as he stood at a bus stop waiting to be picked up. to be transported to a construction site.

His father had a hand in his pocket and an outstretched hand, asking for a ride to save the bus fare.

“A cop thought my dad looked suspicious and asked him what he was holding in his pocket,” Petreikis recalled. “He removed his hand, and in it was the rosary on which he was praying. The cop felt bad and continued on his way.

Petreikis’ father always took his son to Holy Name meetings and revival services for Holy Name members.

“I remember kneeling in front of a coffin with the dead person inside, who I didn’t even know, saying a prayer for his soul to rest in peace,” Petreikis said. “I was just a child, but it’s stuck in my head. When I hear my neighbors saying the Rosary on the radio, I feel like I’m part of their life and I know it’s a universal church. I feel a sense of community.

The 13 parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans that recite the Rosary are St. Maria Goretti, St. Katharine Drexel, Our Lady of the Rosary, Blessed Sacrament, and St. Dominic in New Orleans; St Christopher the Martyr, St Benilde and St Clement of Rome at the Métairie; Saint Matthew the Apostle at River Ridge; Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Kenner; Our Lady of Prompt Help at Westwego; Most Holy Trinity in Covington; and Christ the King in Terrytown.

The Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Baton Rouge also prays the rosary. The Holy Name Society, which is now open to female members, hopes to boost its membership.

A spiritual booster shot

“The rosary helps expand your spiritual life,” Smith said. “Actually, the Holy Name Society is what got me involved in church, aside from going to mass on Sundays,” Smith said. “I started to become a more active part of everything. I personally swore to myself that I would do everything in my power to keep it on the radio.

For more information about the Radio Rosary or how to join the Holy Name Society, contact Smith at (504) 481-3407 or Rauch at (504) 831-3488 or go to www.noauhns.org.

pfinney@clarionherald.org

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