Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I Am Thankful For....

"I am thankful for my mom and dad because my mom and dad help me do things.  I am also thankful for the Earth because if we did not have the Earth we would have to live on Mars which is not a very good planet and Mercury and Venus are awfully hot.  I am also thankful for God because without Him we would not be here right now because God made every single one of us.  I am thankful for a lot of things."
He is right Venus is really hot.
 This is a letter written by a seven year old member of the Children's Rosary. It gave me a chuckle to see how the mind of a little one sees things.  Yet it was a comfort to see that God was not forgotten.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mass Offered Today for Members of the Children's Rosary

John Paul II New Orleans, LA 1987
A Mass was offered today by the Capuchin Friars for all the members of the Children's Rosary and all those who help the Children's Rosary.  We continue to have a Mass said for the this intention on the 25th of each month. The Eucharist is such a powerful gift from Our Lord and that when I wanted to extend thanksgiving to you all I knew of no better way to express my gratitude.  May Our Lord's love be poured down on all of you this day through the powerful sacrifice of the Holy Mass. 

Thank you all and God Bless you!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Relevant Radio Interview About the Children's Rosary

Tomorrow morning tune in to hear about the Children's Rosary on the Morning Air show. The show will air live at 8:15 AM CT.
One can listen to the show online at this LINK.
We are very grateful for all those at Relevant Radio for helping to spread the Children's Rosary.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Celebrating Music on the Feast of St. Cecilia

Children singing "Rosary Children" at the end of a Children's Rosary
 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church
Today is the Feast of St. Cecilia the patron Saint of music.  Last year on the Feast of St. Cecilia we were so blessed to be able to share a beautiful song written for the Children's Rosary on our website.  The song is called "Rosary Children".  It is a beautifully simple song with a melody that winds its way into your heart and does not leave.  The words of the song are full of love and hope.

This past summer we released 2 CDs which contain this song.   Children's Rosary groups around the world have begun singing this song as they finish their Rosary.  There is a wonderful appreciation for the role of music in our relationship with Our Lord.  Through saints and mystics we are told that  wonderful singing and music exist in heaven and there are times song seems to raise our hearts to a heavenly place where we meet God.  

There is also an appreciation that children love music.  Our theme song was a unexpected gift but one which we have seen touch many hearts.  One sweet story which was relayed to me by our Children's Rosary group leader in Hanover, Pennsylvania speaks of a 70 year old women who has been attending the Children's Rosary each month.  The women so loved praying with the children as they lead the Rosary.  The group meets the third Sunday of the month in front of the Blessed Sacrament. When word came to the group that there was a new theme song which the children could sing at the end of the Rosary this lovely older women jumped in that she wanted to play the guitar for the children.  This women had recently decided to learn the guitar and was taking a course.  In her class she was told to pick one piece which she would spend the semester learning how to play.  Her selection: Rosary Children.  Hearing this story I was so touched.  No matter what our age Our Lord finds the most beautiful way to work through us.  I can imagine the time and effort this women would need to spend to learn a new instrument and a complete song.  Yet Our Lord helps us and smiles upon us when we want to do something difficult to praise and honor him.

Currently we are working on three more songs that have been written for the Children's Rosary.  Right now several musicians are working on the instrument portions of the songs and we hope to also include both adults and children singing as well. We hope to include more of this original music on our upcoming Joyful and luminous CDs.

In a special way we thank Our Lord for granting us so many gifts of music for our prayer group movement.  We continue to pray through the intercession of St. Cecilia that all may be as Our Lord and his Mother envisioned... all for the Glory of God. Amen.

Helpful Links:
Sheet music for the song Rosary Children click HERE.
Listen to the song Rosary Children
Recording of the song Rosary Children

"We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures. We are the sum of our Father's love for us." John Paul II

A beautiful reminder of Our Father's love for us is just behind the children leading the Rosary.

The children will be gathering to pray over the next several days.  Please consider joining them in prayer.  The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them.
Saturday November 22nd
Children's Rosary of St. Michael the Archangel Parish and held in the Kibera slum in Langatta Nairobi Kenya 10 local time
Children's Rosary at St. Michael's Church in Garden City South CArolina 10:30 AM

Children's Rosary at St. Mary's Church in Corvallis Orgon 12 PM PT
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 November 23rd
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. Thomas Church in Thomaston CT 11AM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Patrick's Church in Tacoma, WA 11:30 AM PSTChildren'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

Monday November 24th
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

Tuesday November 25th
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 EST
Wednesday November 26th
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate Lagos, Nigeria 1PM ET
Thursday November 27th
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

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Children Using Their Talents to Praise the Lord

This is a very sweet picture of the first meeting of the Children's Rosary group at St. Marguerite Parish in Brookfield, Connecticut.  I particularly love the little girl in the left corner presumably holding her little brother.  Indeed children are so beautiful about stepping up when a need arrises.  Last fall a wonderful gift was given to the Children's Rosary.  Fr. Lawrence Tucker in prayer felt inspired to write a song for the Children's Rosary which he called: Rosary Children.  From the moment we heard him sing the song we knew it was a special song.  It has now become our theme song for the Children's Rosary prayer group movement.  The next question was who could help to record such a wonderful song.  A group of children stepped forward. Several of the children are in the picture above.  A few of the children had sung before but for some this would be their first time.  Little Marianne in the red sweater bottom right was just 4 years old yet she would learn the song and help in its recording.  Indeed each child was eager to help Our Lady in any way that they could.  Last year on the Feast of St. Cecilia we released the song on our website so groups could listen to it.  Later we would release two CDs which included the song.  

This evening on the eve of the Feast of St. Cecilia the patron saint of musicians many of the children that recorded the song "Rosary Children" will meet for a Children's Rosary in Brookfield, CT.  A wonderful way to remember the gift Our Lord gave us with the song and also their ongoing desire to give their love and prayers to their loving Father.

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.

Friday November 21st
Children's Rosary at St. Mary's School in Orange TX 7:05 AM CT
Children's Rosary at St. Mary's School in Pontiac IL at 9AM CT 
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate Lagos, Nigeria 1PM ET

Children's Rosary group at St. Marguerite Parish in Brookfield CT 4PM ET

Other posts you may enjoy about the recording of our song "Rosary Children":
Pure Joy Comes from the Lord

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Presentation of Mary

Caleb pictured in green is one of our younger members of the
Children's Rosary
Today after Mass a familiar face came into the back corner of the chapel: a sweet grandfather and his little granddaughter.  Every day they arrive just after Mass and spend at least an hour in the chapel.

Several of us usually stay to pray the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy after Mass. Today I was enjoying very much watching this little girl no older than a year old toddling around beneath a first class relic of St. Faustina and a large Divine Mercy picture.  The little girl would make her way sometimes crawling sometimes walking with the help of her grandfather over to the kneeler and look up to Jesus and a beautiful statue of Our Blessed Mother.  There were several vases of flowers beneath the pictures and she would look at those as well.  All the while we were praying in the background.  The wonderful soft sounds of the Rosary a backdrop for her exploration.  

I was reminded of a little boy (pictured above in green) who from a tender age of several months old used to come to Mass with his mother.  As he grew she would push his carriage back and forth as we prayed the Rosary after Mass.  As he grew he began coming to the Children's Rosary.  He would watch the older children praying and kneel with them.  Often he would place a rose before Our Lady at the end of the decade taking turns with the other children.  I began to marvel at what a wonderful thing it is to grow up spending time in Our Lord's home.  So often you enter a chapel and it is empty during the day.  For an hour each morning during the week there is a grandfather and a little tiny child learning to walk keeping Our Lord company.  I can imagine Our Blessed Mother smiling to see such a sweet soul and a grandfather who lovingly brings his little granddaughter to Church.  As I was praying today in Church I began to wonder when is the moment when a child has their first lasting memory.  Would't it be wonderful if one of the first memories a child has is looking into the eyes of Our Lord and hearing the prayers of the Rosary echoing in the background.  Such experiences must create a wonderful garden for virtue to grow and flourish in a soul.  

Recently more and more I have been thinking about our Children's Rosary CDs which have little ones praying the Rosary with soft instrumental music behind.  In many ways the prayers are like a lullaby one might play for a child.  I began to wonder if such prayers gently prayed in the background would be wonderfully soothing for a a baby or young child.  So often our children our exploring in their own room or laying down trying to fall asleep.  It might be a wonderful thing to put the Children's Rosary CD on so they might be bathed in the sound of prayers.

Tomorrow as we celebrate the Presentation of Mary I am reminded of the wonderful role St. Anne and St. Joachim played in raising a pure soul which would bring Our Lord into this world.  To contemplate bringing children to Our Lord's home to spend time and just be with Our Lord is something beautiful to reflect on.  Many may not be able to come to the Church each day but you might consider a monthly or weekly Children's Rosary.

We are blessed to have a first class relic of St. Anne visiting our home.  Tonight in a special way I would like to pray for all members of the Children's Rosary and in a special way all parents and grandparents that we may be given the grace and assistance to help guide our own children and grandchildren in holiness. Amen.