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Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary


What is the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary?

The Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary is an international association of the Catholic faithful established “to praise and honor the Blessed Virgin Mary and to secure her patronage by the recitation of the Rosary for the mutual spiritual benefit of all the members throughout the world.” Each member of the Rosary Confraternity strives to pray the three Rosaries (15 decades) each week (Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries).

What are the Responsibilities of Joining the Confraternity?

As a requirement of membership, each member of the Confraternity strives to pray the three Rosaries (fifteen decades) each week and to include the other members of the Confraternity in their intentions. This is the sole obligation of membership in Rosary Confraternity. It does not bind under pain of sin (which means it is not a sin if you fail to pray your 15 decades as a Member).

  • Meditation on the Mysteries of the Christ is necessary as part of praying the Rosary.

  • The intentions of the other members are to be included in one’s prayers. This can be done by making a “general intention” to always include their intentions and this does not need to be explicitly repeated every time one prays the Rosary.

What are the Spiritual Benefits of Joining the Confraternity?

  • The intercession and special protection of Our Lady, the Queen of Heaven.

  • A share in the prayers and the good works of countless thousands of Rosary Confraternity members throughout the world and in heaven.

  • A share in the good works and prayers of the Order of Preachers (Dominican Order).

  • For members of the Confraternity, a plenary indulgence is granted under the usual conditions on the day of enrollment (the day indicated on the register/certificate) as well as the feast days of Christmas, Easter, the Annunciation, the Assumption of Our Lady, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Immaculate Conception, and Our Lord’s Presentation in the Temple.

  • A plenary indulgence is also granted, under the usual conditions, to all who pray the rosary in a Church or oratory, in a family (family rosary), religious community, or in a pious association of the faithful. Otherwise, the indulgence is partial.

How do I join the Confraternity?

To join the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary, simply fill out this form and submit it to the Holy Family Church. Due to the nature of the spiritual benefits of membership, you should sign up individually, even if you are joining as a couple or family.

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Confraternity FAQs

What happens if I don’t pray my 15 decades of the Rosary?


It is not a sin not to say your weekly Rosaries. You will only miss out on the graces and blessings that would have come through your prayers.

If I already pray 15 decades (or more) of the Rosary each week, do I need to pray more of them?

If you are already praying 15 decades of the Rosary each week, you do not need to pray additional decades to satisfy this requirement of the Confraternity.

Are there meetings or dues required to be a member of the Confraternity?

There are NO meetings or dues required to be a member of the Confraternity. You may receive occasional emails alerting you to news or events for the Confraternity.  We encourage you to join us in the Church when we pray our Family Rosary on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.

The Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes at Holy Family Church

Shortly after Fr. Lyons was made the first resident pastor in 1946, he decided to fulfill a promise made to the Blessed Mother while serving in WWII, which was to build a shrine in her honor. 

Fr. Lyons asked the parishioners of Holy Family Church to bring stones from around the area and drop them off near where the shrine currently sits.  Many families can remember, to this day, going for family drives on Sunday afternoons and looking for quality stones for the shrine.  Little by little, the stones piled up and Fr. Lyons dream of building  shrine was coming into focus.  With enough rocks, the shrine construction began in the late 1940's.  The shrine was to resemble, in some way, the grotto in Lourdes, France.  On September 15, 1952, Bishop Walter Forey, the Bishop of Syracuse dedicated the new Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes.

The shrine is a beautiful place of prayer for the people of Holy Family and for people from all over.  Throughout its history it has been a place for prayer, gathering, Masses, and blessings of all kinds. 

In 2013, under the leadership of Fr. Prior (pastor at the time) the parish undertook the task of renovating the shrine.  A parking lot was added along with the Stations of the Cross.  A new altar and seating area was constructed and a new viewing are for people who could not make it down the steps to the shrine was created.  In May 2015 the newly renovated shrine was rededicated by Fr. Prior.

The Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes at Holy Family Church continues to be a place of pilgrimage for people from all over New York State and beyond.   Many will say that outside of Lourdes, France this grotto is one of the most impressive to behold.

Visitors and groups are welcome to the shrine.  Please call the Holy Family Pastoral Center for more information 315-488-3139.

New Film Promotes the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary – Premieres October 7, 2021!

We’ve all heard of Fatima, Lourdes, Guadalupe and Champion: places where the The Blessed Virgin Mary stepped into time to call people back to Christ.  Bridge of Roses: The Story of Our Lady of the Cape is a faith-affirming documentary which tells the story of Fr. Luc Desilets  and his vow to dedicate his life to the promotion of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary. This vow to Our Lady would set into motion a series of divine interventions that transformed a tiny church in Quebec into a national shrine and a devotion that has spread across Canada and throughout the world.  To learn more about this film or to purchase, visit bridgeofrosesfilm.com.

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