The Holy Mary
Mother of God Prayer Garden is located on the grounds of St Mary's
Parish at 217 East Mesa Ave, Pueblo, CO. The gates are open throughout
the day from sun-up to sundown. Anyone wishing to spend time in prayer,
walking the Way of the Cross, praying the rosary through the Joyful,
Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries depicted in stone, or just
sitting and sharing thoughts with Our Lady is invited to visit this
and prayerful edifice, graced by the statue of Our Lady of Grace, was
made possible by contributions of those who wish to share in the
spiritual ownership through memorial gifts and the thousands of bricks
engraved with the donor's names. Bricks are always available for gift
giving at $100.00 per brick.
Throughout the years the
faithful have knelt on the kneelers facing Our Lady in the Garden,
praying for miracles
Written petitions maybe made and placed in the petition boxes located in
front of the kneelers. If you are unable to come to the Prayer
Garden, they are accepted by mail Send to : The
Mary Mother of God Prayer Garden, Out Lady Petitions, 217 E Mesa,
Pueblo, CO 8l006
The envelop will be placed unopened in the petitions box.
(Please do not include donations)
Should the petition box become
full, the unread petitions will be burned and the ashes spread in
the rose bed that surround Out Lady.
HOW IT ALL
BEGAN...On August 15, 1988, the Feast of the Assumption of the blessed
Mother into Heaven, Father Richard Gielow, C.M., a Vincentian Missioner,
was speaking to the congregation at St. Mary Church. A devoted son of
Mary, Father Dick let the words flow. He realized that the homily he was
delivering was not what he had prepared. He was challenging the people
there to erect a grotto in Our Lady's honor. In the congregation that
day was a prominent businessman, who rarely attended mass there. He
volunteered to see that funds would be available when the project began.
Two coincidences? - Donít think so! The wheels were in motion; the
request lay at the door of the Pueblo Diocesan Finance Board for
THE SEED WAS
PLANTED...With some apparent indecision, the Pastor, Father Alan Schwab, OSB, asked the parish secretary, Bernice Krasovec and Father Gielow to
seek some sign when they went to Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, that the grotto
was meant to be. Caught up in the experience of that spirit-filled
place, the request was almost forgotten until they attended an afternoon
prayer service in Tihaljina. Father Jozo Svatko (the pastor of St. James
Church at the time when the six young people professed to be having
apparitions of the Blessed virgin Mary) said, "Go home and build a
monument or shrine to our Lady, as those coming home from war build
memorials to those who were away." It was an appropriate response.
Another coincidence? The sign?
THE SEED WAS
WATERED...With a basic idea and determination, six parishioners from St.
Mary's, Ron Harsch, Agnes Glavich, Bernice Krasovec, Michael Occhiato,
Paul Palermo, Geri Piserchio and Father Gielow, with his Provincial's
approval, set out to make the project a reality. The original concept
was given to an architectural firm. An employee of that firm, Tom Skul,
who was also a young product of St. Mary Parish, brought fresh ideas
into focus that were overwhelmingly accepted and ultimately purchased.
In order that a
tangible picture of what the project would look like could be shown to
the people, Committee Chairman, Ron Harsch asked Michael Trujillo to
draw an artist's conception of the proposal. The picture included the
layout of the walkway, the central location of our Lady's statue and the
fifteen mysteries of the rosary that would be set into the brick wall
encircling the prayer garden. Since the pictures of the mysteries, being
created by the nationally famous artist, Dan Paulos, were not available
at that time, Michael merely shaded in with the pencil the squares where
the granite "mystery" slabs would be found. In one of these shaded areas
clear and unexplainable appeared the Head of Christ - the perfect image
of "The Crowning with Thorns" A coincidence or Jesus' signature of
THE SEED WAS
ROOTED...With Diocesan approval the plans were then placed in the
capable hands of General Contractor, Joe Wodiuk. Groundbreaking was held
on December 6th, 1992 and excavation and erection of the prayer garden
began on February 23, 1993.
The majority of
the construction was made possible through the major contributions of
Michael and Joan Occhiato, Fred Gorsich and Louis Ursick. In addition
devoted sons and daughters of Mary were given the opportunity to share
in the spiritual ownership through memorial gifts of fifteen African
sable granite slabs that depicted the mysteries of the rosary, fifteen
bronze crosses and plaques denoting the stations of the cross, five
marble meditation benches and over a thousand bricks with family or
donor names engraved thereon. The statue of Our Lady that graces the
center of the prayer garden was donated by the American Slovenian
Catholic Union and its local branch St. Joseph Lodge KSKJ #7.
THE SEED NOW
BLOOMS...On September 8, 1993, 300 faithful people gathered at St.
Mary's to celebrate our Blessed Mother's birthday. Bishop Arthur Tafoya
was principal celebrant at the Mass and once again Father Dick Gielow
was the homilist. At the conclusion of Mass, a procession followed to
the Holy Mary Mother of God Prayer Garden, where Bishop Tafoya formally
blessed and dedicated the Garden.
PRAYER GARDEN UPDATE
- THE YEAR 2003:
Pope John Paul II opened the 25th year of his pontificate in
October of 2002 by announcing the first major changes to the rosary in
centuries. He also urged all Christians to rediscover the "mystic
profundity" the Rosary can offer in prayer and meditation; and
proclaimed October 2002 to October 2003 the Year of the Holy Rosary.
In his Apostolic Letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, the
pope explains that a new set of five mysteries, Mystery of Light, will
focus on Christ's public ministry and "bring out fully the
Christological depth of the Rosary."
The Mysteries of Light, to be added to the three existing sets of
meditations, include Christ's Baptism, His self manifestation by turning
water into wine at the wedding of Cana, His proclamation of the kingdom
of God and call to conversion, His transfiguration, and His institution
of the Eucharist. the new meditations will follow the Joyful Mysteries
recalling Christ's birth and infancy; they will precede the Sorrowful
Mysteries of his suffering and death and the Glorious Mysteries of His
Call the Rosary "a prayer for peace," John Paul says its revival
is timely in response to last years terrorist attacks on the United
States; the wave of violence that has followed; and the ongoing conflict
in the Holy Land.
The pope urges parents to teach the Rosary to children and
encourage families to pray the Rosary to strengthen their relationship.
The Rosary is divided among the days of the week, with Monday and
Thursday dedicated to the Joyful Mysteries; Tuesday and Friday to the
Sorrowful Mysteries; and Wednesday and Saturday and most Sundays to the
Glorious Mysteries. The pope suggests the second day of meditation on
Joyful Mysteries be removed from Thursday to Saturday so that Thursday
can be devoted to the new Mysteries of Light - the Luminous Mysteries.
(condensed from Religious News Service Weekly Report
In keeping with this message from Pope John Paul II; and as a
part of the Diocese of Pueblo, the Historic Southside Catholic Community
and located on St. Mary's Parish grounds at 217 East Mesa Avenue, the
Holy Mary Mother of God Prayer Garden erected a new brick wall to
include these five new Luminous Mysteries.