GOOD IDEA: Virtual rosary connects people in praying for Ukraine

Carolyn Bertsch was feeling concerned and helpless about the unfolding situation in Ukraine. She prayed about it and pulled together a few friends who shared similar feelings. Through Facebook Messsenger, she sent a Zoom link (a virtual platform for connecting people through video) to the small group, and they began praying the rosary together on Fridays.

“There is so much power in the rosary,” Carolyn said, “and so much comfort in coming together to try to do something.”

Carolyn Bertsch prays the rosary virtually with friends for Ukraine. (Photo submitted)

On Thursdays, Carolyn, who lives in Sartell, sends a link with the time prayer will begin. The first week, it was just a few folks. This week, she has seen an increase in the devotion.

Carolyn admits that while she has a strong connection to the rosary, she hasn’t had much experience leading it, especially in a virtual setting and would welcome volunteers to take turns.

“We pray the sorrowful mysteries, the Apostles’ Creed and end with Hail Holy Queen. I don’t do anything fancy because I don’t know how. I’m not the most qualified person. I just think it’s a powerful prayer, and when we come together to pray for a cause it’s even more [powerful],” she said.

Carolyn suggests that others could do the same thing in their circles of family and friends. Or, if people want to, they can contact her and become part of this prayer group by texting her at 320-296-2803.

Author: Kristi Anderson

Kristi Anderson is the editor of The Central Minnesota Catholic Magazine for the Diocese of St. Cloud.

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