About 6,000 people who braved a steady rain hoping for a glimpse of the Virgin Mary in a man's back yard Sunday said they saw no sign of the mother of Christ. But some insisted they felt her presence.
"I know she's here, I can feel that much," said Marie Fabio of Marlboro. Some others said they could smell a strong scent of roses.Joseph Januszkiewicz, who has said the Virgin Mary appears in his back yard on the first Sunday of every month, attended a 90-minute Rosary service in the yard Sunday before walking back inside his house. He didn't disclose if the Virgin Mary had appeared to him.
Januszkiewicz, 54, has said the Virgin Mary began appearing daily in his back yard after he made a religious pilgrimage to Yugoslavia in late 1988. After 18 months, he said she told him she would appear only on the first Sunday of each month, after nightfall.
Last month about 7,000 people visited his home. Police had anticipated a crowd as large as 10,000 before the rain came Sunday.
They had urged people to stay home, worried that traffic and crowd-control problems would overwhelm the city of 28,000.
"Last time I came I saw things. I saw oodles and oodles of angels," said Magalie Jerez of Union City, who visited on Aug. 2.