Thursday, October 23, 2014

Spiritually Uplifting


This past Sunday, October 19th, a new Children's Rosary at St. Mary the Immaculate Conception Parish in Derby, Connecticut met for the first time at 11AM.  The group leader sent along a note and this picture.  Nine children attended and four adults were also present.  In looking at the picture I was able to readily count 8 children and then peeking between two little girl I could see the last child.  I am so grateful to all the Children's Rosary group leaders who continue to send pictures of their groups.  It is so spiritually uplifting to see children gathering together in prayer.  

Today we have several Children's Rosary groups meeting.  Please consider joining the children in prayer.  The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them.

Thursday October 23rd
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate, Lagos Nigeria 1PM ET
The Children's Rosary at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Brentwood, California will meet at 6:30 PM ET in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
The Children's Rosary at St. Martin Church in Kingsville, Texas will meet at 6:30 PM

Other Posts You May Enjoy:
How to Start a Children's Rosary

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Saint for Young People: St. John Paul II

Picture of John Paul II distributed at His Canonization
in Rome and given to the Children's Rosary
The Church honors St. John Paul II tomorrow: October 22nd.  This being the first time we will celebrate his Feast as a Saint within the Church it is a particularly special day.  St. John Paul II spent a good deal of his life reaching out to young people.  He began World Youth Day during his Pontificate. His invitation to young people was a personal one for me as I grew up during the years he was Pope. For my own part I was one of the hundreds of thousands of young people who gathered in Denver to welcome the Pope to World Youth Day in 1992.  I remember clearly, as the Pope landed in Mile High Stadium by helicopter, the rain stopped and a rainbow stretched across the sky. 

His love of young people would span his whole lifetime.  The Pope's last audible words, on hearing tens of thousands of young people singing in St. Peter's Square as he lay in his deathbed, Friday, April 1, 2005: "I sought you out and now you come to me. Thank you."

There has been a feeling throughout the formation and growth of the Children's Rosary that Pope John Paul II has been close to this project and in a special way interceding for us.  The Children's Rosary book was written in large part on his Feast October 22nd 2012.  Both the book and then the subsequent CDs were dedicated to the Holy Trinity, Our Blessed Mother and in gratitude for the Intercession of Pope John Paul II.  Throughout these projects there have been wonderful little signal graces reassuring us that Pope John Paul indeed is close to us and helping us in our work to bring little children to the Rosary and Our Blessed Mother.  Two devotions that were particularly dear to him.
Tomorrow on the Feast of St. John Paul II there is beautiful news.  A new Children's Rosary group is meeting for the first time in a school in Queensland, Australia.  The name of the school is St. Kieran's School.  This was one of the first schools in Australia begun by the Italian order of Conossian nuns.  The school is located in Brighton.  The children will be meeting before school to hold their first Children's Rosary.  As with all new Children's Rosary groups the group will be Consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary.  In this way the group is under the protection of Christ and His Mother.  

Other Posts you may enjoy:
Favorite Quotes by John Paul II
How to Start a Children's Rosary

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New Children's Rosary at St. Mary the Immaculate Conception Church

Wonderful news came last night.  An email from a mom and her eleven year old daughter that they would be beginning a Children's Rosary at St. Mary the Immaculate Conception Parish today.  Their first meeting at 11 AM ET time this morning.  They will begin by Consecrating their group to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary.  In this way the group is under the protection and guidance of Christ and His Mother. If you are able to join the children in prayer they will be praying in a special way for all those unifying prayers with them.

Thank you so much to all who help to spread the Children's Rosary.  These prayers both from the children and adults are so needed.  Whether you are actively telling people about the Children's Rosary or attending a Children's Rosary you are creating a ripple of love and peace.  Joining Our Lord in prayer is an act of love and the fruits of this will spill out.  When someone loves someone they make time for them so by making time for prayer we are showing Our Lord that we love Him above all the many earthly things that struggle to distract us.

I love to imagine that each time we bring a bouquet of prayers to Our Lady from one meeting of a Children's Rosary prayer group Our Blessed Mother is able to beautifully present it to her Son.  Through these gifts of prayers Our Lady is able to ask for new Children's Rosary prayer groups.  Each one hand picked by her.  The effect of more and more groups meeting is an exponential growth in groups forming.  Just as prayer seemed to exponentially disappear amongst our young people over the last 50 years we are pushing back and creating an exponential growth of prayer in the other direction.  The more time we spend in prayer the more hope wells.  Prayer is transformative both within our hearts and families and then beautifully on a larger scale.  Children represent our future and when we couple them and prayer we have much to be hopeful for looking forward.

Friday, October 17, 2014

"Even the Hairs on Your Head Are All Numbered" (Luke 12:7)

Children's Rosary at St. Marguerite Parish
Brookfield CT
Our Lord is often referred to as the Good Shepherd and indeed a shepherd counts his flock.  But Our Lord goes further than to count us one by one he is caring for us so tenderly and so completely that each hair on our head is numbered.  It is a reality hard to fathom since for my own part so many details seem to slip past me on a daily basis.  There is a realization that we were not intended to be able to keep track of things to that level of detail.  Indeed our calling is one of trust and dependence on a Father who cares for us so completely that through complete dependence and trust in Him we have nothing to fear.  Trusting in Our Lord does not mean we will be free of suffering for Our Lord often draws a soul deep within His heart through suffering, purifying it further. Although suffering in this life may even take the form of injustice which at times is a hard reality to accept we are promised that "nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known." (Luke 12:2) For Our Lord lead us on the way of humility and meekness.  

Once I ask one of the children why he thought the Children's Rosary was important and he said, because it shows God we trust in Him.  Indeed to come before Our Lord in prayer is to show Our Lord such time is important to us and that we believe He hears our prayers.  To turn to Our Lord in prayer is to accept humbly we cannot do this alone we need Our Father in Heaven to take care of us.  We are all weak and in need of a tender hand to guide and care for us.  Whether we are truly little children by age or have been a member of this world many years we are all children before Our Lord.  There is a feeling the more we affiliate ourselves with children in prayer the more we begin to see ourselves as not much different from a small child running to a parent for love and protection.  

Please consider joining the children in prayer.  The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them.

Friday October 17th
Children's Rosary at St. Mary's Church in Orange Texas 7:05 AM CT
Children's Rosary at St. Mary's Church in Pontiac, IL 9:00AM CT
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate Lagos, Nigeria 1PM ET

Children's Rosary at St. Marguerite Parish in Brookfield CT 4PM ET
Saturday October 18th
Children's Rosary of St. Michael the Archangel Parish and held in the Kibera slum in Langatta Nairobi Kenya 10AM local time.

Children's Rosary at St. Mary's Parish in Corvallis Oregon 12 PM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate Lagos Nigeria 1PM ET

Children's Rosary at the Daughters of Charity Convent in Bridgeport, CT 2:30 PM ET 

Sunday October 19th
Children's Rosary at Our Lady and St. Patrick's Parish in Nottingham, England 9AM local time (4AM ET)
Children's Rosary at Assumption Church in Umoja, Kenya 7AM ET

Children's Rosary at St. Mary's Church in Derby CT 11AM ET (FIRST MEETING)
Children's Rosary at St. Thomas Church in Thomaston CT 11AM ET

Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate Lagos, Nigeria 1PM ET

Children's Rosary at the Daughters of Charity Convent in Bridgeport ,CT 2:30 PM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Anthony Church in Lorain, Ohio 3PM ET in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

Children's Rosary at Annuciation Church in Hanover PA 4PM ET in front of the Blessed Sacrament
Monday October 20th
Children's Rosary at Our Lady of Grace Home for Children in Meru, Kenya at 10 AM ET

Children's Rosary at Holy Trinity Academy in Shenandoah, PA 12:20 PM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate Lagos Nigeria 1PM ET
Children's Rosary at Holy Family Church in Gladstone Michigan 4:30PM  ET
Children's Rosary at St. John the Evangelist Church in Mahopac, New York 4:30 PM ET held in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

Children's Rosary at Rose of Mystica House in Edmeston, NY 4:30 PM ET

Children's Rosary at St. St. Patrick's Church in Kennett Square PA 5:45 PM ET (FIRST MEETING)
Tuesday October 21th
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate, Lagos Nigeria 1PM ET
Children's Rosary at Holy Redeemer Parish in Menominee, Michigan 6PM ET

Thursday, October 16, 2014

New Children's Rosary at St. Patrick's Church


There is a new Children's Rosary forming at St. Patrick's Church in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA.  They have chosen to hold their meetings in front of the Blessed Sacrament on the third Monday of the Month at 5:45 PM ET.  Their first meeting will be October 20th 2014.

This new Children's Rosary group forms very close to another group we have at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother in Avondale, PA. Indeed it was this first group in Avondale that helped to inspire the forming of a second group at St. Patrick's Church.  It is beautiful to see how as one seed is planted in a Church it grows and the effects of the prayer ripple out to neighboring churches and communities.  There is a feeling that as the Love of the Lord grows in the hearts of souls and in a special way children it cannot be contained but rather spills out and brings beautiful fruits in those it meets.

Through this month of October we have seen a number of new Children's Rosary groups form.  At the first meeting, each group is Consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary.  In that way each group is under the protection and guidance of Christ and His Mother.

For those interested in forming a Children's Rosary group in their parish see our page on how to begin a group.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Holy Spirit Radio Features Song: "Rosary Children"

Members of the Children's Rosary that recorded the song:
"Rosary Children"
The Children's Rosary new theme song "Rosary Children" was featured today on the show: Songs of the Spirit.  The show airs the second Tuesday of the Month at 9:30 AM ET on Holy Spirit Radio. The station broadcasts both in the Philadelphia Pennsylvania area as well as in the Chester County of Pennsylvania USA.  We are very honored to have the Children's Rosary theme song featured on the program today.  We are also very grateful to Kathy Gasson, host of Songs of the Spirit, for her help spreading the Children's Rosary.  

Broadcasts are archived and can be heard on ones computer.  The date of airing is 10-14-2014.  The portion about the Children's Rosary can be heard at time mark 11:55. To listen to the program and hear the song Rosary Children sung by the children click HERE.

If you would like to hear the song Rosary Children on your local radio station please request it.  We are sharing the song with Radio stations around the world.  We also are extending an invitation to radio stations to air the Children's Rosary.  These prayers of the children in a special way touch hearts. Please help us by reaching out to your local radio stations with requests to hear the children leading the Rosary.  Recently a mom shared that on the way to drop her daughter off at College the family listened to the children leading the Rosary 6 times in a row in the car.  The mom remarked that hearing the voices of the children praying never gets old.  Indeed there is something very special about small children praying and it is our hope that many people will find blessings and a deepening of prayer through praying along with the children. Radio stations interested in airing our songs or the Rosary led by the children please see link for contact information HERE.   

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Review of Children's Rosary CDs
How to get a copy of the Children's Rosary CDs 
Reflections from the recording of "Rosary Children"


Monday, October 13, 2014

Mass Offered Today for the Members of the Children's Rosary

Children's Rosary at Our Lady of Fatima Parish
Hartford, CT
One of the Children's Rosary group leaders who runs a Children's Rosary in a parish named after Our Lady of Fatima has given a wonderful gift to the Children's Rosary.  On the 13th of every month she has a Mass said for members of the Children's Rosary.

Ninety seven years ago today Our Lady appeared to the three little children in Fatima, Portugal.  She asked the children, as she had done on her preceding visits, to pray the Rosary daily.  Another one of the requests of Our Lady of Fatima was monthly confession on the first Saturday.  

Our Lady promised the children that on the 13th of October she would show them a sign.  She was true to her promise and the children along with approximately 75,000 saw a magnificent site with the sun "dancing" in the sky.