by MICHAEL OTTO
The weather played its part for the annual Candlelight Rosary Procession at Auckland’s Sacred Heart College on October 4.

Some of the people at the Candlelight Rosary Procession. (Photo: Damien Gillen)
Some of the people at the Candlelight Rosary Procession. (Photo: Damien Gillen)

Organising committee spokesman Colin Pratt said it hadn’t rained for a couple of days before the event, so the procession was able to use the school’s fields.
It was probably only the third or fourth time that was possible in the 17 years the procession has taken place, Mr Pratt said.
Several hundred people, including a good number of priests, attended the event, he added.
The prayer intention was for priestly vocations.
The turnout was slightly down on previous years, but Mr Pratt did not know why that was so.
The event started with people gathering in the school’s chapel, where the Blessed Sacrament was exposed. People then went outside and lit candles.
Bishop Patrick Dunn brought the Blessed Sacrament out of the chapel, and the procession took place.
The Rosary was led by Fr Alan Roberts from Holy Cross Seminary.
Benediction took place after the procession.
Mr Pratt was pleased at how it all went.
“Overall, there was no negative response; it has all been compliments as far as the evening went. People have rung up and said how lovely it was,” he said.
Mr Pratt was grateful for the assistance of the Legion of Mary at the event.

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