Every morning in the month of October, teachers, staff members, and students of Helias Catholic will be praying a decade of the rosary in front of the Helias Grotto. In that time of prayer, students and staff recite Hail Marys, Our Fathers, and Glory Bes. This religious gathering began on Thursday, October 1st and will go to Friday, October 30th.
This year, Helias Catholic High School gained new faculty members and a new school principal, Ms. Kenya Fuemmeler. Coming into this school year, she has a lot of plans in mind for the student body. This year she, along with the new campus minister Mrs. Maureen Quinn and long time teacher Mrs. Jackie Crider, wanted to pray the rosary every morning in the month of October for those in need of prayer.
“Every morning at 7:45, teachers, staff members and students are all invited to pray the rosary outside by the grotto,” said Ms. Fuemmeler. “There are quite a few teachers there, but I would like to increase the number of students that come out as well.”
“The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin…If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary,” Pope Pius XI once said. “Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.”
Some high school students outside of Helias, who are Catholic, find comfort and solace in praying the rosary.
“The rosary means the world to me,” said Daryl Struemph, a Catholic and a student at Jefferson City High School. “Sometimes when I’m not having the best of days, I take my rosary out and I pray a decade of it to brighten my day up.”