If you have lit a candle at anyone of the three votive candle stations we have and said a prayer, you have the Mystical Rose Guild to thank for being able to do it.
Lighting votive candles to accompanying pray to a saint or the Mother of God to intercede for us is a long standing Catholic tradition. In the Roman Catholic Church, candles are placed before a statue of Jesus or of the Blessed Virgin Mary or a saint. Often, in older or traditional churches, this will be before a bye-altar. A votive candle signifies literally that the lighting is done in fulfillment of a vow (Latin, votum), although in most cases the intention is merely to give honor and to manifest devotion to the saint before whose images the candle is lighted. Candles used may vary from long, taper-type candles to tealight candles. Tealight candles are either placed in holders or just on a platform in front of the statue. Ours are before Mary, St. Joseph and the Infant of Prague.
The Mystical Rose Guild, a dedicated group of ladies, are continually assisting the Pastor with various of his projects. Fr. Mark always wanted votive candles and it was the suggestion of the Guild to pay for these devotional pieces. In the photograph, to the right, are the members of the guild headed by the Captain, Bobbie Westdal and the Treasurer Ellie McGlynn, presenting a check for $8500 to our Pastor to pay for the candle stands. The Guild raise funds each year through their Christmas bazaar and other fund raising events here in our parish.