A campaign to have people pray 10,000 rosaries for vocations in Singapore is close to achieving its target.
As of press time, the project by the Jesus Youth has garnered pledges from people to pray a total of about 9,400 rosaries.
The initiative is part of the Rosarium Fiesta which the international Catholic youth movement with a Charismatic spirituality celebrates every October.
Last October, Jesus Youth felt a need to encourage Catholics in Singapore to use the “powerful weapon of the rosary” to pray for vocations in Singapore, said Mr Ajith Jacob, coordinator of Jesus Youth Singapore.
“The Church needs more priests and Religious and we need to promote vocations and pray hard that many will accept the call of God,” said Mr Jacob.
The organisation set out to collect pledges to pray the rosary, starting with an outreach at the Church of the Risen Christ last October. The group has also promoted its “10,000 Rosaries for Vocations in Singapore” project at the Church of St Anthony, Church of the Holy Trinity and Church of the Holy Spirit.
Booths were set up during to distribute rosary booklets, free rosaries and bookmarks.
A webpage (http://singapore.jesusyouth.org/news/10000-rosaries-vocations-singapore-0) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/RosariumFiesta) were also set up to promote the initiative.
Jesus Youth has also advised those who make commitments to pray the rosary to set a realistic and achievable target.
The prayers are to continue till the end of the Year of Faith on Nov 24 this year.
Although the target of 10,000 rosaries is about to be met, Mr Jacob says the parish outreach will continue. The sharing of testimonies of those who pray the rosary has also inspired others, and this in turn will help Catholics deepen their faith and courage to proclaim it to others, he said.
By Darren Boon