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The Mater Dei Rosary Makers group offers free rosary making classes held monthly after all Masses on Sunday, usually the 2nd Sunday each month, in the Parish Hall. Free repairs while you wait for nearly all your broken rosaries! Missing pieces may take longer.
Who is the leader of this group?
My name is Angie Heiter, and I learned rosary making in the fall of 1977. Mater Dei Bookstore is currently offering rosaries which I have hand crafted, including the Mater Dei rosaries. These use blue and gold beads with various style crucifixes and a Miraculous Medal featured on the centerpiece. I began years ago offering string rosaries to parishioners, and have taught rosary making for a very long time.
What does your ministry/group bring to the Mater Dei community?
There are many who do not have a rosary to pray, or do not know how to pray it. For this reason, we give away all the rosaries we make in our classes!
What activities does your group offer to members of the community?
Beginners are welcome in all age groups.Children should be able to count to 10, else a parent or sibling should be there to assist. I also teach advanced rosary making using wire and a rosary tool. Classes are FREE!
Supplies are provided at no cost to make string rosaries and chaplets with plastic crucifix and center medal. Completed rosaries are offered free to parishioners in a basket in the vestibule. Caution is advised in giving rosaries to our youngest family members. There is a choking hazard for ages under 3 years, unless closely supervised.
We also recycle rosaries, whole and pieces. I refurbish those that are repairable, and I use the pieces to repair other rosaries that may have a missing piece or two.
What kind of commitment would be required from a new volunteer?
Beginners will usually be able to complete a string rosary in 30-45 minutes. As skill develops, a string rosary can usually be completed in about 15-20 minutes. Wire rosary lessons usually take 30-45 minutes for the basic steps. Then lots of practice follows, as skill is developed. .Completed wire rosaries take me approximately an hour
Any final thoughts?
Our Blessed Mother Mary has given 15 promises to those who are devoted to her Most Holy Rosary. Promise number 12 to those who propagate the rosary, “I will take care of all their necessities.” What do we need the most? To save our souls! To save other souls for Jesus!
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