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Family Movie Night – PRAY: The Story of Patrick Peyton
Free Family Movie Night returns to St. Andrew the Apostle Parish with the screening of PRAY: The Story of Patrick Peyton. All are welcome to attend. The film is the story of famed “Rosary Priest” Father Patrick Peyton who popularized the phrases “The family that prays together stays together” and “A world at prayer is a world at peace.” Pope Francis declared him as Venerable in 2017 advancing his cause for canonization.
Family Theater Productions produced the movie and offers this introduction to it:
PRAY: THE STORY OF PATRICK PEYTON is an inspiring documentary about a poor, uneducated Irish immigrant who sets sail for America in 1928 with nothing but his faith and dreams of becoming a millionaire. Arriving in Pennsylvania and unable to find work, he accepts the position as a janitor at the cathedral, which rekindles his long lost desire to become a priest and changes the course of his life. Nearing ordination, his life takes a radical turn when he is stricken with tuberculosis. Facing certain death, he sinks into despair. A visit from his mentor, who delivers a simple message to pray, lifts the darkness. Taking his advice to heart, Patrick prays fervently to Mary, the Mother of Christ, for her intercession and he experiences a miraculous recovery. Feeling deep gratitude, he dedicates his life to telling all the world about the power of prayer and encourages families everywhere to bring prayer into their homes. Never taking “No” for an answer, he convinces Hollywood’s biggest stars to help him spread the message, “The family that prays together stays together”, through the power of mass media including radio, television, and film. Father Peyton’s fame spreads around the world and audiences in the millions flock to his public prayer rallies. This is the story of a tireless missionary, an unlikely hero, and one of history’s greatest advocates for family prayer.