A Ukrainian Catholic congregation in Bayonne will gather tonight to pray the rosary after Russian Federation forces invade Ukraine at the direction of Vladimir Putin. Bayonne is home to a sizeable Ukrainian population.
Parishioners of Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church at 32 East 25th Street will gather at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 24.
“The prayers are being offered for the intention of depressed conditions in America and the heinous actions of Putin with the invasion of Ukraine,” said Marianne Savron-Cohen, president of Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Rosary Society.
The rosary will be said to “Intercede to Blessed Mother for Her Protection for Ukraine,” and corresponds with plans at other churches nationwide. The church will hold its weekly Sunday mass at 9:20 a.m. on Feb. 26, where its congregation will again pray for Ukraine, its citizens, and others in need.
Bayonne Mayor James Davis has condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“The City of Bayonne joins with freedom-loving people around the world in condemning Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine,” Davis said. “The people of Ukraine have a sovereign nation with a democratically elected government. Ukraine should be allowed to determine its own destiny without Russian interference. We stand by the Ukrainian people at this time of crisis.”
And in March, parishioners of the church and members of the rosary societies in Bayonne will meet again to honor “the Lady of the Rosary” during mass, continuing their prayers for Ukraine.
The mass and subsequent luncheon was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19, however, the rosarians were still able to meet with Our Lady of Mount Carmel Rosary Society to recite the rosary on October 24, during the month of “the Holy Rosary.”
The event is on again this year, with mask restrictions lifted due to a downturn in the pandemic.
The 38th Annual Group Prayer Day is Sunday, March 27 with mass at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Immediately following, the luncheon will be held at the Chandelier Restaurant at 1081 Broadway. Ticket donation is $45 and will be available through the Parish Rosary President or Parish Rectory Office.
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