St Peter's Church


Queen of the May


To celebrate Marys Month,

The Rosary

will be

recited each day at 11:00am


The month of May is the “month which the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady,” and it is the occasion for a “moving tribute of faith and love which Catholics in every part of the world [pay] to the Queen of Heaven. During this month Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration. In this month, too, the benefits of God’s mercy come down to us from her throne in greater abundance” (Paul VI: Encyclical on the Month of May, no. 1).

Pope Francis

As we begin the Month of May, Pope Francis has made a special plea to the faithful to recite the prayer of the Rosary during this month traditionally dedicated to Mary.

Pope Francis writes:

Dear Brothers and Sisters, the month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view.

He goes on to say:

For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May. This can be done either as a group or individually; you can decide according to your own situations, making the most of both opportunities. The key to doing this is always simplicity, and it is easy also on the internet to find good models of prayers to follow.

While most of us remained confined to our homes, it might also be a nice idea to create a May altar with some flowers and an image or stature of Our Lady.