Monday, August 18, 2014

Praying with Our Children

Please consider joining our children in prayer.  The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them. Here is a list of some of the Children's Rosary groups which will be meeting over the next few days.

Monday August 18th
Children's Rosary at Holy Trinity Academy in Shenandoah, PA 12:20 PM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate Lago 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 ETheld in front of the Blessed Sacrament.



Tuesday August 19th
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate, Lago Nigeria 1PM ET
Children's Rosary at Holy Redeemer Parish in Menominee, Michigan 6PM ET

Wednesday August 20th
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate, Lago Nigeria 1PM ET

Thursday August 21st
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate, Lago 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 ET.

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Celebration of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Children's Rosary at Assumption Parish in Umoja Kenya
At Assumption Parish in Umoja, Kenya the Children's Rosary will be hosting some wonderful guests this weekend.  Cardinal Njue will be visiting the Parish and celebrating Mass.  The children will be welcoming him.  Members of many of the satellite parishes in more rural areas are also scheduled to attend.  Our Children's Rosary group leader from British Columbia, Canada has also made arrangements to be there as well.  She has spent the past few weeks in Kenya helping to spread the Children's Rosary prayer group movement to more parishes and in the poorest areas of Nairobi.  

We pray in a special way for all these efforts that through them many more children will be brought together in prayer of the Rosary.  In a special way we present these little children and their prayers to Our Lady.  For we love Our Mother and want to bring a smile to her face on this blessed Solemnity of her Assumption.

Loving Our Lady

On this beautiful Solemnity of the Assumption there is a feeling of love.  Our Mother is so good to us.  She loves her children.  Recently, one of the mom's sent me this picture from our monthly Children's Rosary group meeting.  After finishing the Rosary one of the precious little girls picked up the statue of Our Lady and hugged her. At first I thought maybe she was putting the statue of Our Lady away but on further reflection I could see she actually was just holding. Seeing the smile on this little girls face one can see there is a love and a joy in what she is doing. During such time spent in prayer a love develops, indeed such love from a child must be such a gift to Our Most Loving of Mothers.

Yesterday another wonderful moment.  Sitting on the city bus on the way home from work an older Polish women got on.  I recognized her from daily Mass.  She had just gone to the grocery store and had a bunch of flowers in her arms.  A little boy asked her about the flowers but she responded that she doesn't speak English. Yet no words were needed, there was a feeling in the heart that these flowers were for Our Lady as a gift on her Feast today.  Such acts of love are not new for this older women who often leaves Church by first stopping to touch Our Lady's foot or kiss her on the head. 

To see such love for Our Lady brings joy to the heart.  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mass Offered For Members of the Children's Rosary

A Mass was offered yesterday for all members of the Children's Rosary.  One of the Children's Rosary gorup leaders decided to have a Mass offered for the Children's Rosary on the 13th of every month.  We are very grateful for this act of generosity.  Such graces are so welcome and needed.

Children's Rosary Advisory Board


Meet the Members of Our Advisory Board.

Father Andrew Apostoli, CFR, is a member and co-founder of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in 1967. Currently, he is serving as a Vice-Postulator for the Cause of Canonization for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Father Apostoli currently hosts the show Sunday Night Prime on EWTN. 

Fr. Apostoli has been a wonderful part of the Children's Rosary.  His love of Our Blessed Mother, The Rosary, and his simplicity resonate with the children.

Immaculée Ilibagiza is a survivor of the genocide in Rwanda.  She survived by hiding with 7 other women in a tiny bathroom for 91 days.  She credits the Rosary with helping her find peace and also forgiveness for those who killed her friends and family.  During her time in hiding she recalls praying 27 Rosaries per day.  Immaculée is a wonderful example of love and forgiveness for our children.


Alan Napleton is current president of Catholic Marketing Network.  He is the past Executive Director at Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation.  Past President at Radio Guadalupe.  Alan Napleton has a strong Devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Rosary.  Inspired by Our Lady of Guadalupe's ability to bring so many together he has tried to follow a similar vocation.  Through the Catholic Marketing Network he has spent over 30 years connecting people for the good.  Alan also has one son and he is named after Pope John Paul II.  Alan has played such a wonderful role connecting so many wonderful people with the Children's Rosary.  

Catherine Wiley is the Founder of the Catholic Grandparents Assoication.  Grandparents play a vital role in the family.  We are working with Catherine Wiley on increasing awareness among grandparents that the Children's Rosary may be a wonderful resource for them.  

We also hope to reach out to many grandparents requesting their help in reaching these little ones by either bringing them to an existing Children's Rosary prayer group or starting new Children's Rosary prayer group in their parish.

We are extremely blessed to have guidance from these wonderful individuals.  Each individual brings a wonderful element to the movement.  One common link they all share is a love of the Rosary and a desire to bring more souls to Our Lord.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?


During a Children's Rosary one of the little ones places a rose before Our Lady
and before walking away reaches up to loveingly touch Her.
This was the beautiful Gospel read today: 
The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever becomes humble like this child
is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me”.(Matthew 18:1-3)

Please consider helping to bring more children to prayer.  If there isn't a Children's Rosary group in your parish consider starting one.  Many of our groups are small and one should never worry about the numbers.  Our Lord offers such graces to those who help to bring children to Him in prayer.  We also invite you to join the children in prayer from your homes.  The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them. A schedule is listed below of some of the meetings over the next few days.
After the Rosary one can see joy on the faces of
these tiny ones 
Tuesday August 12th
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate, Lago Nigeria 1PM ET
Children's Rosary at Holy Redeemer Parish in Menominee, Michigan 6PM ET

Wednesday August 13th
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate, Lago Nigeria 1PM ET

Thursday August 14th
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate, Lago 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 ET.

Posts you may enjoy:
How to Start a Children's Rosary group

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Faith as Small as a Mustard Seed

Children's Rosary in Corvallis, Oregon
Today we heard the beautiful Gospel of Matthew: "Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible."(Matthew 17:20)

These words are such a consolation especially when one is working so hard for Our Lord and yet nothing seems to be going right.  There is a moment when one thinks all is lost.  But todays words are suave for an aching heart.  With our tiny speck of faith we can do so much.  These little children also bring so much hope.  For they in their humility and innocence often trust so much more than we adults can do on our own.  If we follow their example and continue to trust Our Lord can do anything through us, if we give him our yes, than so much beauty can unfold.

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

Saturday August 9th
Children's Rosary at Holy Trinity Church in Nairobi, Kenya 8AM ET

Children's Rosary at St. Michael's Church in Garden City South Carolina 10:30 AM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Mary's Parish in Corvallis Oregon 12 PM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate Lago Nigeria 1PM ET

Children's Rosary at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Hartofrd Connecticut 5PM ET
Sunday August 10th
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 Holy Trinity Church in Nairobi, Kenya 8 AM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in South Windsor, CT 8:45 AM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford, CT 9:45 AM ET

Children's Rosary at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New Britain, CT 11AM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Thomas Church in Thomaston CT 11AM ET

Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate Logo, Nigeria 1PM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Anthony Church in Lorain, Ohio 3PM ET in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

Monday August 11th
Children's Rosary at Holy Trinity Academy in Shenandoah, PA 12:20 PM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate Lago 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 ETheld in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

Children's Rosary at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother in Avondale Pennsylvania at 6PM ET