Tuesday, December 7, 2021

(260) Navy Lt. Fr. Aloysius Schmitt: First American Hero of World War II at Pearl Harbor



Navy Chaplain Lt. Fr. Aloysius Schmitt.  The shell was chosen as one of Father Al's symbols rather than the Navy's anchor because it represents the Sacrament of Baptism.  The Navy presented a specially made 24 inch crucifix; the cross is of teakwood from the deck and the corpus of Christ is from the metal of his ship, the USS Oklahoma.  Also shown is the Purple Heart medal given to those who were wounded in action.

      It was a beautiful and quiet Sunday morning in Honolulu, Hawaii close to 80 years ago…..December 7, 1941.  Much of the United States Pacific Fleet was anchored there like sitting ducks.  However, a number of ships were out on maneuvers.  It was supposed to be a restful day for the sailors.  World War II had begun on September 1, 1939.  The German Army had conquered France along with most of Western Europe and was advancing in Russia. 

    Americans in general wanted no part of that war and the United States managed to stay out of it for over two years despite pressure by the British and others to fight on the allied side.  However, America did send supplies and pressured the Japanese with sanctions and demands to stop their advance in China, Korea, East Asia, and the Pacific.  Although negotiations between the United States and Japan made little or no progress, the country did not expect a war with the Japanese.    

      Radar detected planes approaching Hawaii, but the officer in charge assumed that they were American bombers.  In reality it was the first wave of 183 Japanese planes launched from six aircraft carriers.  A second wave followed with 171 planes.  The Japanese planned to drop bombs, launch torpedoes, and strafe ships in the port and surrounding military installations.  Assuming that war with the United States was inevitable, Japan made a preemptive strike on the Pacific fleet to acquire an initial advantage.  

     This surprise attack aroused a sleeping giant and unified the country as never before.  An all-out mobilization followed and the entire economy was geared to supporting the war effort.  I remember as a kid that even Superman and Bat Man were mobilized to fight in the comic books.  The 1970 movie, “Tora, Tora, Tora” gives a good glimpse of the attack.

      Lt. j.g. Aloysius H. Schmitt, a Catholic priest, was getting ready to say Mass on the battle ship, the USS Oklahoma for the 1,300 sailors on board.  The Church aspires to meet the spiritual needs of its people wherever they may be in the world.  They include the tens of thousands of American Catholic military on bases and in the rear of combat operations.  The Church serves the needs of our soldiers, sailors, and airmen through its Archdiocese for the Military Services currently under Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D.  The Archdiocese is in great need for young priests to undergo military training and serve the troops as well as their families.

        A simple farm boy born in St. Lucas, Iowa in 1909, Fr. Aloysius graduated from the Catholic Loras College (www.loras.edu) in Dubuque, Iowa.  He then continued his studies for the priesthood in Rome and was ordained on December 8, 1935.  Father Schmitt was assigned to parishes in Dubuque and one in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  After four years, he received permission to become a military chaplain, and joined the United States Navy.

Just after Mass at 7:55 am on the Oklahoma, all hell broke loose as 354 Japanese planes flew over in two waves, armed with bombs and torpedoes.  The 583 foot (almost two football fields) battleship was hit by at least nine torpedoes and quickly listed and rolled over in 50 feet of water, trapping hundreds of men below the decks.  The USS Oklahoma capsized at 8:08 A.M., approximately 12 minutes after the first torpedo hit.

A scene of the attack from the movie, “Tora, Tora, Tora”

    The men of the USS Oklahoma found themselves in a bizarre world turned upside down, in pitch-black darkness, as compartments filled with water. Death came to 429 officers, sailors and Marines on the Oklahoma, marking the second greatest loss of life at Pearl Harbor.  In the USS Arizona it was even worse; 1,100 men died.  Among all the ships hit 2,403 Americans were killed, and 1,143 were wounded
Torpedoed and bombed by the Japanese, the battleship USS West Virginia (center) begins to sink after suffering heavy damage, while the USS Maryland, left, stayed afloat in Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii, December 7, 1941 during World War II. The capsized USS Oklahoma is on the right.

Rescue crews heard banging for help, cut into the hull by blow torch and made their way through a maze of darkened, flooded compartments to reach them, saving 32 men.  Others escaped by swimming underwater to find their way out.  Some trapped sailors tried to stem the rushing water with rags and even the board from a game.  A few managed to escape through portholes. The overturned hull of the USS Oklahoma after the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941

Disregarding his own life, Fr. Schmitt, chose to help his men through one of the small compartment 14 inch portholes.  He died for his men as a Persona Christi (another Christ) which indeed he was as are all priests when offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  He gave up his life so that others may live, as did his master, Jesus Christ for all of us.  It is believed that Fr. Schmitt helped save 12 sailors.  The men he saved swam through the attack to safety on the USS Maryland and saw their ship go down.                              

     For his heroism Chaplain Schmitt was posthumously (2017) awarded the Silver Star, the third highest decoration for valor in combat.  Previously he received the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corps medal.  He was the first chaplain to have died in World War II.  St. Francis Xavier Chapel at Camp Lejeune, the marine training base, was dedicated in his memory in 1942.  A destroyer escort named USS Schmitt was commissioned in 1943 by the Navy in his honor and served the U.S. Navy until 1967, when it was transferred to Taiwan.  City Island in the Mississippi River near Dubuque was renamed Chaplain Schmitt Memorial Island.    

       Christ the King Chapel at Loras College was dedicated in his memory in 1947 and contains some of Fr. Schmitt's personal effects that had been recovered from the Oklahoma — including his chalice and prayer book — and other items that were donated to the school.  Present at the dedication were Cardinal Samuel Stritch of Chicago and Admiral Chester Nimitz, commander of the Pacific Fleet during World War II.                                              

      For years Fr. Schmitt was buried in a military cemetery in Honolulu among many other unidentified bodies.  However, in 2016 experts of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) identified his body, using DNA taken from the skull bone of a relative.  His final resting place is in Christ the King Chapel of Loras College.


Lieutenant Junior Grade Aloysius H. Schmitt, CHC, USN: Silver Star

Official Citation

An undated photo of Lieutenant Junior Grade Aloysius H. Schmitt, who was killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941 (Courtesy of Loras College/Released).

Lieutenant Junior Grade Aloysius Schmitt, a Catholic priest and assistant chaplain onboard USS Oklahoma (BB-37), willingly gave his life during the 7 December 1941 Pearl Harbor attack while assisting shipmates exiting from the overturned and partially submerged hull of the stricken battleship. Although Schmitt's communion chalice and Latin prayer book were salvaged from the Oklahoma soon after the attack, his remains were not definitively identified until September 2016. They were subsequently reinterred at Christ the King Chapel, on the grounds of Loras College, Schmitt's alma mater in Dubuque, Iowa. 

Originally, Chaplain Schmitt was posthumously awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, a non-combat award. In 1945, when the Navy reexamined its award policies, it was determined that he was eligible for the Silver Star. However, his award was not confirmed until 6 October 2017. Schmitt's Silver Star citation reads:


The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the

SILVER STAR MEDAL posthumously to




for service as set forth in the following


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity on 7 December 1941 while serving as Chaplain aboard USS OKLAHOMA during the attack by Japanese forces on the U.S . Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. When OKLAHOMA capsized, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Schmitt, along with other members of the crew, became trapped in a compartment where only a small porthole provided outlet for escape. With unselfish disregard for his own plight, he assisted his shipmates through the aperture. When they in turn were in the process of rescuing him, his body became tightly wedged in the narrow opening. Realizing that other men had come into the compartment seeking a way out, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Schmitt insisted he be pushed back into the ship so the others might escape. Calmly urging them on with a pronouncement of his blessing, he remained behind while his shipmates crawled out to safety.  In so doing, he gallantly gave up his life for his country. Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Schmitt's magnanimous courage and self-sacrifice reflected great credit on him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

For the President,

[R. V. Spencer] 

      Secretary of the Navy 

Original correspondence, including the official citation and award certificate, may be viewed here (1.4 MB PDF).  

Published: Wed Mar 14 15:02:47 EDT 2018


http://www.catholictradition.org/father-schmitt.htm - Fr. Aloysius H. Schmitt: For God and Country

www.washingtonpost.com/local/seventy-six-years-after-he-died-at-pearl-harbor-a-chaplain-will-get-a-combat-medal/2017/12/06/2bb8b15a-daa6-11e7-a841-2066faf731ef_story.html  - “Seventy-six years after he died at Pearl Harbor, a chaplain will get a combat medal”

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2016/12/02/aloysius-schmitt-god-and-country-navy-chaplain-lived-and-died-serving-others/92052910/ -  ‘For God and Country’: Navy chaplain lived and died serving others

https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Aloysius_Schmitt - Aloysius Schmitt

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloysius_Schmitt - Aloysius Schmitt

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_Pearl_Harbor - Attack on Pearl Harbor 

https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/heritage/awards/decorations/silver-star/silver-star-ltjg-schmitt.html - Official Citation Lieutenant Junior Grade Aloysius H. Schmitt, CHC, USN: Silver Star

https://www.crisismagazine.com/1992/catholic-chaplains-under-fire-pearl-harbor-a-half-century-later - Catholic Chaplains Under Fire: Pearl Harbor, a Half-century Later


Thursday, November 18, 2021

(259) A Veteran Speaks Out on Patriotism and Wokism......... By Deacon John V. Sebastian Sr. in His Veterans Day Homily

Deacon John V. Sebastian Sr., a retired investment banker, with his Wife Kathleen in Rome in 2012.

The following is the text of the homily of Deacon John V. Sebastian at St. in St. John the Evangelist Church in Naples, Florida on Veterans Day, November 11.  Deacon John, a veteran himself, honors his fellow veterans and relates their patriotism to Wokism which is attempting to rewrite American history.

To view Deacon Sebastian’s acclaimed and extensively forwarded Veteran’s Day Homily go to https://vimeo.com/644775850. To skip the entrance procession of the Knights of Columbus, music, the colors, and the beginning of Mass, go directly to the 42 minute mark for his reading of the Psalm and the Gospel.  His 8 minute homily begins at the 46 minute mark.  

One comment: “Again, I want to thank you for the absolutely outstanding homily this morning at our Veterans Day Mass.  These words were so perfectly on point and needed to be said and heard.  I will be sharing the link to this Mass video with many of my friends and they will doubtless move it forward.”  

        We give special recognition to the military on two occasions every year, Veterans Day and Memorial Day.  Memorial Day is the more solemn occasion because we honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, their lives.  Veteran’s Day used to be called Armistice Day; it was first celebrated exactly 100 years ago on November 11, 1921.  Armistice Day was declared to commemorate the ending of the “war to end all wars,” that is, World War I and the millions of lives lost in that war. 

        Since then, of course, tragically, World War II was even worse; sadly, that was followed by the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and most recently Panama, Beirut, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and other conflicts.  Armistice Day, then, was changed to Veteran’s Day.

         On Veterans Day we celebrate everyone who served in the military.  Incidentally, today the church celebrates St. Martin of Tours.  St. Martin served in the military of Rome, then spent the rest of his life in service to the poor as a priest and bishop of Tours in France.  He is the patron saint of France.

     I served in the military during the Vietnam War.  But I have to admit that I did not consider myself especially patriotic when I signed up for ROTC as a freshman in college.  In those days, signing up via the Selective Service was compulsory, so I just figured I’d be better off as an officer than an enlisted man.  It was not until I spent time in a number of Soviet-controlled countries during my service, that I realized how much I appreciated my country. 

         In particular, I remember being in East Berlin, seeing the Berlin wall, the oppression on their side of the wall and true freedom on our side that my affection for my country grew.  Noting the years of my military service, I am always moved by a visit to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, and the 59,000 names inscribed in the wall.

        As I grow older I have become more patriotic.  I love our country, especially the principles espoused by the declaration of independence: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  I achieve each of these with my own priorities in life: God, Family, Country.  

         Over the last few years, it saddens me to see how so-called “woke” or “progressive” politics and the cancel culture have attempted to wreck our country.  They are judging our founding fathers, not for the good they’ve done, but their failure, in our 21st century eyes, to be perfect.  Statues to Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, civil war generals, and many others have been removed from their pedestals.  

     Even Abraham Lincoln, in my view, our greatest president, has been castigated by the cancel culture.  Although Lincoln was a strong abolitionist and authored the Emancipation Proclamation, it seems his great sin was to prioritize the preservation of the union over the immediate emancipation of the slaves.  The wokes have demanded removal of statues and his name on schools, streets, etc.

     Most recently has been the condemnation of Father, now Saint, Junipero Serra, in California. He is being vilified for his evangelization efforts because the cancel culture is projecting their perfect standards of woke behavior in 2021 400 years onto the past.  He wasn’t perfect but he was still a good man who fought for indigenous peoples’ rights. 

         Fr. Serra lived in a very cruel time but he treated the indigenous peoples with dignity.  He initiated 21 missions in California that spread Christianity and education to the masses.  In one of those missions, Los Angeles, the cancel culture has succeeded in removing his presence from the park system.  That is ridiculous.  Do you know that when he was 60 and ailing, Father Serra marched 2000 miles to the Territory Governor in Mexico City to demand a bill of rights for indigenous people?  Later, 20 American Indians had been sentenced to death for their attack on Mission San Diego.  Father Serra intervened saying that these people were deprived of their rights.  Eventually, they were all freed.  The saint was ahead of his time. 

       I long for my fellow citizens to reject the views of the far left and of the far right.  I long for a return to civility in political discourse.  I may disagree with what you say, but I respect your right to be heard, and do not hate you for the views that you have.  

      Let the love we share for our country help enact laws which respect our freedoms and our belief in the sanctity of life.  Sanctity of life, to me, includes opposition to abortion and euthanasia and the death penalty, but also love for our fellow human beings, especially the poor and vulnerable.  Remember Our Lord’s commandment to his disciples at the Last Supper: “Love one another as I have loved you.”   We all need to act like we believe that Jesus’ words are true and binding.

      You can help to change things.  First of all, be proud to be Catholic.  Be proud to be patriotic.  Did you know that because you are a veteran you are entitled to salute the flag in civilian clothes?  So, do it.  Display the flag.  VoteEncourage and educate your children and grandchildren and your friends in our history.  Teach them the horrors of fascism, socialism, and communism.  Show them your patriotism.  Encourage theirs.  Lead by example.

         Father Tom and our priests and staff here at St. John’s are pleased to honor our Veterans and their loved ones today.  Thanks for being here.  Thank you for your service.  I especially ask you to support and pray for our many veterans who are afflicted physically, mentally, and spiritually.  May God bless them.  And may God bless you.  God bless the United States of America. 


Friday, October 1, 2021

(258) Dad, Lead Your Family in the Rosary Often, Daily If You Can.........The Family Rosary Can Renew the Church and Change the World


A young family praying the rosary together.  The family may be big or small…….babies, little kids, or big kids!  “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).  Our Lord is there and Mary too during the Family Rosary.  It will solidify your family if done frequently.  


      The first motivation of Blessed Fr. Michael McGivney in founding the fraternal organization, the Knights of Columbus was the spiritual and material welfare of the members’ families especially in cases where they would lose their fathers to a fatal accident on the job and the state would take over the care of indigent children.  Their life insurance program has been a great help over the years.

Today the Knights of Columbus still promotes strong families and thus is encouraging its members to make their homes domestic churches where Christ is the center of the family.  There’s no set formula, but there are basic principles.  Each family is unique; yet there are different ways to make your home a domestic church…….each family in its own way.  

Carl Anderson, the previous Supreme Knight stated: “OUR MISSION IS TO BUILD THE DOMESTIC CHURCH AND STRENGTHEN PARISH LIFE (see http://www.kofc.org/en/columbia/supreme_knight/fromthesk_20150112.html and https://www.kofc.org/en/who-we-are/our-faith/domestic-church.html.  Their “Building the Domestic Church” kiosk with a variety of booklets can be very helpful to build your domestic church.  It’s in the vestibule of many churches.  See https://www.kofc.org/en/what-we-do/faith-in-action-programs/faith/building-domestic-church-kiosk.html.   

     One tremendous help toward making your home a domestic church is gathering your family together to pray the rosary as often as possible, ideally on a daily basis, perhaps right after supper or at bedtime.  

There are families in our small parish (St. Louis Church Gallipolis, Ohio) who do……..Tim & Chrissy Stapleton, DJ & Kara Stapleton, Scott & Bernadette Lewis, and perhaps others.  Noteworthy is that these three families are the grandchildren of James and Harriet Davison who prayed the Rosary with their twelve children……what a beautiful legacy they left for all of us to follow!  See www.familyrosary.org.  In addition our parish family prays the Rosary before all the Masses on the first Saturday and first Sunday of each month as well as before the four times a year Fifth Sunday Knights of Columbus Mass in regalia.  

The family rosary with six kids and Grandma too.  Notice in the background the image of Our Lady of Fatima appearing to the three shepherd children,  asking for repentance, offering our crosses for the conversion of sinners, and praying the rosary daily for peace.

      October is the Month of the Holy Rosary; October 7 is the Feast of “Our  Lady of the Rosary” and this coming October 13 is the anniversary of the great “Miracle of the Sun” at Fatima in 1917.  Let us use this month to at least give the family rosary a try.  Although it’s easier to start when the kids are very small, any family can do it.  Once the kids are accustomed to the daily Rosary, it becomes a daily routine and disruptions will be minimal.  Every knight should have the Knights of Columbus rosary which is given to every newly inducted knight upon receiving the First Degree.  Any knight may obtain a replacement by going to


       Praying the Rosary is simple; yet deep and Biblical……enhancing virtue, a source of grace and strength.  It’s not simply repetitive prayer.  That’s really like rhythmic background music for the essence of the Rosary…….meditation on key events in the life of Christ and His mother who had such an intimate part in His mission of salvation for us all if we only follow the Lord.  See Deacon Keith Fournier explain it at


In the first photo above, each child is holding a rosary, which is shown here to keep track of the prayers.   If you don’t have one, ask your pastor or obtain a free rosary at  www.maryqueenusa.org, which also explains how to say the rosary with the prayers spelled out.  The crucifix symbolizes the “Apostles Creed”.  It is followed by an “Our Father” prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father, three Hail Mary prayers for the increase of faith, hope, & Charity, and a “Glory Be” prayer. 

 That is followed by five groups of one “Our Father”, ten Hail Marys, and a “Glory Be”.  During each group, we meditate on a mystery of the Rosary.   One may choose one of four sets of five mysteries each: either the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, or Glorious Mysteries, 20 in all.  See www.rosarycenter.org with the prayers spelled out in multiple languages & www.catholic.org

 At the end of each decade or mystery, we say the prayer that Mary taught us at Fatima:  “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.”

The Joyful Mysteries (Usually Monday & Saturday): 1. The Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38);  2. The Visitation (Luke 1:39-56);  3. The Nativity (Luke 2:1-20);  4. The Presentation of the Christ Child in the Temple (Luke 2:21-40);  5. The Finding of the Christ Child in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52).

    The Luminous Mysteries (Usually Thursday) : 1. The Baptism of Christ By John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-17);  2. The Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11);  3. The Proclamation of  the Kingdom (Mark 1:14-15);  4. The Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13);  5. The Institution of the Eucharist (Luke 22:14-20).

    The Sorrowful Mysteries (Usually Tuesday & Friday): 1. The Agony in the Garden (Luke 22:39-53);  2. The Scourging at the Pilar (Mark 15:1-15);  3. The Crowning of Thorns (Mark 15:16-20);  4. The Carrying of the Cross (Luke 23:26-28);  5. The Crucifixion (John 17-42).

    The Glorious Mysteries (Usually Sunday & Wednesday): 1. The Resurrection (John 19:38-21:25);  2. The Ascension (Matthew 28:16-20);  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5; 2:1-41); 4. The Assumption of Mary into Heaven (Revelation 11:19; 12:1);  5. The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth (Revelation 12:1).

Meditating on the Mysteries. The parents can tell the story of each mystery at story time or simply read them the relevant selection from a children’s Bible.  During the recitation of the Rosary the father can introduce each mystery with a brief story, meditation, or lesson to be learned.  Once the children know the Bible stories and are older, they can meditate on their own.  

Tell the kids to play back in their minds the story behind each mystery and to try to think about its meaning as to why it is important.  Ask the children to imagine that they are there when each event or mystery occurred.

EWTN has Rosary with images of each mystery four times a day at 7:30 am, 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, and 9:30 pm Eastern Time.  Available are booklets, pamphlets, and DVDs of the Rosary for each set of mysteries with images (go to afc.org or call 1-800-FORMARY).  At http://paulrsebastianphd.blogspot.com (this site) there is an article on each set of mysteries at Blog Numbers 50, 73, 78, and 84.  The Appendix below has links to written meditations and video recited rosaries with meditations.    

Options. Some families have the kids take turns announcing and leading the prayers of each mystery.  Mischief and boredom can be a problem at times.  Parents should try to make it as interesting as possible with some variety.  The Rosary should not last more than 20 minutes.    

When the weather is good, the family can take a Rosary Walk.  In this way they get some exercise at the same time.  When on an outing, the family can pray the Rosary in the car.  The Rosary can be after supper and if everybody behaves, they can be rewarded with cake and/or ice cream. 

Be careful in using excessive force or letting the Rosary drag out.  Then the kids might resent the Rosary and even hate it.  Brother knight Bruce Davison made it optional for his older kids.  “More often than not, when a kid skips the Rosary and goes to his/her room, s/he feels guilty and joins the family later or the next day.”

The group www.americaneedsfatima.org has put out tips on saying the Family Rosary at https://americaneedsfatima.org/blog/family-tip-praying-the-family-rosary.


In the 1940s, 50s, and 60s the Venerable Fr. Patrick Peyton (1909-1992) (see www.fatherpeyton.org for his life story) promoted the Family Rosary with rallies (Family Crusades) all over the world, including 1.5 million in Rio de Janiero.  Often he would fill up stadiums.  

       Fr. Peyton before 1.5 million people in Rio

The Rosary Priest recruited numerous movie stars of the silver screen to volunteer to act and participate in his Family Theater on 460 radio stations, videos, and special television programs over a period of 22 years.  You can see reruns of Family Theater radio episodes on Sunday evenings at 11:30 pm at https://www.ewtn.com/radio/listen-live and its affiliated diocesan radio stations such as St. Gabriel Radio in Columbus, Ohio at 820 AM and 88.3 FM.  The best writers and musicians also volunteered.  Among the most prominent stars are Bing Crosby, Loretta Young, Jimmy Stewart, Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Don Ameche, Rosalind Russel, Ann Blyth, Ethel Barrymore, Kirk Douglas, Frank Sinatra, James Dean, and Bob Hope.       Fr. Peyton with two big Hollywood stars of the day…….Jack Benny and Lucille Ball.  He even put on a "Fiesta of the Stars" for Family Theater.  Many Hollywood stars came and Fr. Peyton ended the fiesta with a Rosary.  Crash the party at  www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPHUj9F4UFg&ab_channel=FamilyTheaterProductions. 

He constantly repeated the themes, “The Family that prays together stays together”;  “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of”; “A world at prayer is a world at peace”.  You can see more of Fr. Peyton, his life, rallies, homilies, etc. on the internet and www.youtube.com.

One of Fr. Peyton’s Rosary Rallies

·     Pray the enacted Joyful Mysteries with Fr. Peyton at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkE8fuk1rHs&ab_channel=FamilyRosary.


·    Pray the enacted Luminous Mysteries with the Rosary Priest at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgeZdrDu84U&ab_channel=FamilyRosary.


·     Pray the enacted Sorrowful Mysteries with him at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngqZ0Vwn-Eg&ab_channel=FamilyRosary.  


·             Pray the enacted glorious mysteries with the future saint at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2SnQhWhcJc&ab_channel=FamilyRosary

 See the video of one of his rosary rallies at www.hcfm.org, his story and message at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3uC-smrLdA&ab_channel=ShalomWorld, and a conversation with St. Mother Teresa regarding the Rosary on the Family Theater  at



Fr. Peyton and two Hollywood Movie Stars Bobby Driscoll and Rita Johnson on the air waves doing a live Family Theater radio program in the 1940s on the Mutual Radio Network beamed all over the United States.  In the 1960s he expanded into television.

     St. Pope John Paul II (1920-2005) had a Rosary with him at all times and prayed the Rosary every day, taking advantage of car rides or pauses between meetings.  Imagine the depth of his meditations with his extensive and deep knowledge of Theology and Scripture!  Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903) wrote twelve different encyclicals on the Rosary.  St. Pope John Paul II wrote the Apostolic Letter, “ROSARIUM VIRGINIS MARIAE on the Most Holy Rosary” and declared October 2002 to October 2003 as the Year of the Rosary.  You can read it by going to https://rosaryea.org/apostolic-letter-from-pope-john-paul-ii.  St. Padre Pio called the rosary his weapon against evil.


One saint and a future saint.  St. Pope John Paul embraces the Venerable Fr Patrick Peyton in the 1980s.  "How beautiful is the family that recites the Rosary every evening." — Pope John Paul II

           Many other popes have promoted the Rosary:

    "Among all the devotions approved by the Church, none has been so favored by so many miracles as the Rosary devotion." — Pope Pius IX

     "Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world." — Pope Pius IX

   "The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary." — Pope Saint Pius X

     "Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors." — Pope Pius XI

     "If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary." — Pope Pius XI

     "There is no surer means of calling down God's blessings upon the family... than the daily recitation of the Rosary." — Pope Pius XII

     "Dear young people, I invite you to value this traditional Marian prayer which helps us to understand better the central moments of salvation realized by Christ." — Pope Benedict XVI

During this month of the Holy Rosary, give the Family Rosary a try in your home.  The rest of the year you could make it a daily routine or simply keep it to October,  Advent, Lent, and/or May, the month of Mary.  In any event make the Rosary a frequent family activity and the probability of your kids being faithful life-long Catholics will greatly increase as they pass on the faith to the next generation……your grandchildren.


Praying the Rosary (Videos)

Joyful Mysteries (Mondays & Saturdays)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUz0uebgqqQ  - Holy Land Rosary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkE8fuk1rHs – The Joyful Mysteries with Fr. Patrick Peyton.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W8BP5yG0kM&list=PLZgMJFNAj-FRMWbQAuuVgBJq7NYW9c06- Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary with Fr. Groeshel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NLmmwhb9Xg – The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary – Scriptural.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvAtvR9NtQk - “The Flame of Love Rosary”: The Joyful Mysteries

Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesdays  & Fridays)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3Z3Sfp_0bA  –Holy Land Rosary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngqZ0Vwn-Eg – the Sorrowful Mysteries with Fr. Patrick Peyton.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOjruAoZ0ec – the Sorrowful Mysteries with Fr. Groeshel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWvF61yaPwk  -  Our Lady of Fatima Meditative Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary


Luminous Mysteries (in full) (Thursdays)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRuPXtyq-r8 - The Rosary Luminous Mysteries: With Music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6e3fkgLT30c  - Luminous Mysteries - Fr. Kevin Scallon & Dana Rosemary Scallon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KtJ7pEHseY –  LUMINOUS MYSTERIES (Thursday)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXcr7YYL12o – Virtual Luminous Mysteries

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0PV53kLPbc – Holy Land Rosary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgeZdrDu84U – the Luminous Mysteries with Fr. Patrick Peyton.

https://gloria.tv/post/gQ1vjW6N8QcZ1ekAohZEv6rML - The Luminous Mysteries with Fr. Groeshel


Glorious  Mysteries (Sundays & Wednesdays)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75x1ulliptU – Holy Land Rosary 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_doGOMH2RMo– Glorious Mysteries with Fr. Patrick Peyton.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2SnQhWhcJc – Glorious Mysteries with Fr. Patrick Peyton (Newer Version)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwhOXN2KtEg&list=PLWiasCXS3ZntVGKEj_YAulxY5mQ16_d5A   – Glorious Mysteries Fr. Groeshel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OouX72ADvSA – Glorious Mysteries

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l3pSrH_xEs – Glorious Mysteries

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZOnVtpjhds - Mother Teresa Prays the Rosary for life in Knock Shrine - Glorious 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYVdCWoAvEc – The Rosary led by St. Pope John Paul II.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMB1zxZBRnA – Another Rosary led by St. Pope John Paul II.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1ccTslpo0I - 8:16 A Conversation between Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., and Saint Mother Teresa, M.C.

www.familyrosary.org – Fr. Patrick Peyton’s Family Rosary Crusade

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCW36MwGl_c - 21:12 The Miracle Hidden in Your Rosary


Written Rosary Meditations and Articles

Joyful Mysteries




Luminous Mysteries





Sorrowful Mysteries




Glorious Mysteries