Thursday, December 18, 2014

May We Be a Joy for God?

The birth of Our Lord is truly Our Christmas Joy.  For even the Rosary highlights Christ's birth as the third joyful mystery.  This morning on the walk to Mass a little thought entered my mind, Our Lord is our joy but wouldn't it be wonderful if we could be a joy for Him.  There must be so many things that pain His heart.  Things we ourselves have done to offend Him during our life.  Yet there was a hope that we the Children's Rosary might be a joy to Him.  As He looks down might he see little children kneeling before a manger, praying and waiting with His Mother for His birth.  Children praying a prayer, the Holy Rosary, given to them by His own Mother.  This includes the Our Father prayer He himself taught to the apostles.  Indeed it is a wonderful thought to ponder.  Could we be a joy for Our Lord.  Oh yes, this is a prayer I have for all of us.  May we be a joy for you God.  
The children place roses before the manger at the end of each decade
of the Rosary. Our Lord is not there yet but they wait patiently
in prayer.
Over the next week there will be many children kneeling in prayer, waiting for a tiny baby to be born to a humble women named Mary and her husband Joseph.  A crib stands empty but those children that meet on Christmas and after will find a surprise.  The crib will be full and there will be much celebrating for such a gift will be remembered for all time.

Thursday December 18th
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate, Lagos Nigeria 1PM ET

Children's Rosary at Resurrection Parish in Rye NY 5PM ETThe 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
Friday December 19
Children's Rosary at St. Mary's School in Orange TX 7:05 AM CT

Children's Rosary at St. Paul's Parish in Odell, IL 8:35 AM CTChildren'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

Saturday December 20th
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. Mary's Church in Corvallis Oregon 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

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Advent Event

On December 6th Holy Cross Family Ministries and the Children's Rosary joined together to hold a special event: Advent Journey with Mary and with Your Family. Members from our three Children's Rosary groups in Massachusetts were welcomed to the Fr. Peyton Center in Easton, MA.  Holy Cross Family Ministries beautifully hosted all the children and families.  It was a full afternoon with many activities:
Family Advent wreath prayer and lighting of the Advent wreath
Movie on the life of Servant of God Patrick Peyton
Why do we ask saints to help us in life?
Reflection on what Mary teaches us about the birth of her son, Jesus
















Members of Holy Cross Family ministries helped teach the children and parents how to make Rosaries.
The children also joined together to create handmade cards for our Children's Rosary groups in Kenya.
The children concluded the afternoon by gathering together in the chapel for a Children's Rosary. 
It was a special day of making friends from different Children's Rosary groups, joining together in prayer and sharing experiences.  The children also were able to learn about Servant of God Fr. Patrick Peyton who had a deep love of the Rosary and made famous the saying: the family that prays together stays together. 

Many thanks to Mary Amaral our Children's Rosary group leader from Sacred Heart Church in Middleboro MA who helped plan this event and all those at Holy Cross Family Ministries.

A special thank you as well to all who traveled distances to attend the Advent Event!

For those who have not visited the Fr. Patrick Peyton Center there is much to explore:
Fr. Patrick Peyton, Servant of God Grave site:  located just a few minutes drive from the Fr. Patrick Peyton Center
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto:  Located 300 feet on the left beyond the cemetery.
Outdoor Rosary Walk: Located next to the Fr. Peyton Center.  
Gift Shop:  There is a small gift shop located in the center.
Chapel:  There is a beautiful little Chapel in the Center. Hand carved wall pictures of each mystery of the rosary surrounds the inner walls of the chapel.
Museum:  There is a small enclosed room depicting Fr. Patrick Peyton's office with many of his belongings.

Other Posts you may enjoy:
How to start a Children's Rosary

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Honoring Mary's Immaculate Conception

Our Children's Rosary group at Immaculate Conception Church in British Columbia, Canada met on the eve of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception last week.  The children had a special evening planned to honor Our Lady.  They dressed in white and processed into their church named after Our Blessed Mother's Immaculate Conception. Each child held a white rose and carnation which were placed at the foot of a Statue of Our Lady.  All around the statue Our Lady was beautifully decorated with flowers. The children then gathered to lead a Children's Rosary.  At the conclusion of the Rosary the choir sang Salve Regina in Latin.  
Process of members of the
Children's Rosary
It is truly a beautiful thing to see children surrounding Our Lady and so tenderly showing their love for her.  With gentle prayers and song these little ones must bring a smile to Our Mother and her Son.  For as St. Maximilian Kolbe was fond of saying, "Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did."

We are extremely grateful to the group leader of this Children's Rosary group. Inez spent her summer helping to spread the Children's Rosary in Kenya during a summer trip there with her husband, daughter and niece.  She now reports, "My mission for 2015, is to spread the movement in other parishes here in Vancouver. I’m organizing an advertising group of children who will join me in presenting the idea at all Sunday Masses in other parishes. We will offer to help them organize and be present at their first rosary, then they can continue from then onward."

The children all dressed in white with their sweet smiles... such a picture brings
joy and hope to the heart.  
Other posts you may enjoy:
How to Start a Children's Rosary group
How can one draw himself away from love of this world?
Pure joy comes from the Lord.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Bazaar

On December 6th, the Feast of St. Nicholas the Children's Rosary was able to have a booth at the annual St. Thomas the Apostle School Christmas Bazaar.  St. Thomas the Apostle School has children attending from age 3 through 5th grade which is usually around age 11.

Our booth was perfectly positioned in the hallway near the front door.  We were happily surprised to see a poster, made by the students of the school, above our table with a picture of the manger and little drawings of nativities by the children arranged around it. 

Many other tables lined this hallway which led children to a large gym with more tables and also snacks.  While we had our Children's Rosary CDs and books available for purchase as perfect stocking stuffers we also gave out free Rosaries.  One of our main purposes was to share information about the Children's Rosary with more families and invite them to our next meeting.   This turned out to be wonderfully fruitful.  Alina and Kostin invited families to also sign up for our free raffle of a Children's Rosary CD.  A little girl who was running a booth with her mom and sister won the CD at the end of Bazaar.  She was a fifth grader and had made the sweetest hair bows that coordinated with the children's school uniforms.  These two sisters attend St. Thomas school but are parishioners at St. Peter Claver Church in our town of West Hartford.  As we have a Children's Rosary at that parish too we are hopeful that maybe Grace and Claire will consider joining that group.  In many ways we never know what seeds we are planting.  As many children ran by often looking for toys or treats they sometimes would stop just for a moment.  Little tiny seeds being sprinkled out.  Sometimes it is years later when such a seed is rediscovered.  Yet in faith we keep trying and praying.

This past Sunday we held our monthly Children's Rosary at St. Thomas.  We had a strong turnout and two new little girls.  Alina and Kostin were so happy to see the group growing. Sometimes Children's Rosary groups are very tiny and we have learned never to judge a groups success by numbers.  Yet we are faithful to it and also keep inviting children. 

Other posts you may enjoy:
How to Start a Children's Rosary

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Mass Offered Today for Members of the Children's Rosary

A Mass was offered today for members of the Children's Rosary.  The Children's Rosary group leader at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Hartford, Connecticut has been requesting a monthly Mass be said for this intention on the 13th of each month all year.  Today is the last of these precious Masses. We are so grateful for such a generous gift.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Praying with Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mosaic painting from the Basilica
of Mary Queen of the Universe
This past year we have been blessed to have the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe visit several of Our Children's Rosary groups when they were meeting this year.  One of our Children's Rosary group leaders was blessed to have this Missionary Image staying with her for 72 days.  She shared that although there was no long term plan for her to keep the image for so long day by day wonderful opportunities kept arising to which she could bring Our Lady.  She felt  very much like a handmaid to Our Lady tenderly caring for her and bringing her to meet many different people often in difficult places in their life.  Some of those she visited were very sick.  Praying with Our Lady was a wonderful consolation to them.  Several times the Missionary image was brought to Children's Rosary group meetings.  One visit was at the Children's Rosary at St. Marguerite Parish in Brookfield Connecticut.  Another time the image was brought to a Children's Rosary at the Missionaries of Charity Convent in Bridgeport CT.  The sisters were so excited to have the Missionary Image with them they asked to keep her for the whole weekend.

Children's Rosary at convent of the Missionaries of
Charity in Bridgeport, CT with Missionary
Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe
We are very blessed to have a number of Children's Rosary groups meeting over the next several days. Please consider unifying prayers with the children.  The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them.

Thursday December 11th
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
Friday December 12th (Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe)
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
Children's Rosary at St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Lilburn GA 5:30 ET (Anniversary of there first meeting) Held in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
Saturday December 13th
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, SC at 10:30 AM ETChildren'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
Children's Rosary at St. Peter Claver Church in West Hartford, CT 3:45 PM ET

Children's Rosary at St. Paul's Parish in Fenton, Missouri 7PM CT
Sunday December 14th
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. 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. Marguerite Parish
Missionary image of Our Lady of Guadalupe
present for Children's Rosary.
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 December 15th
Children's Rosary at Our Lady of Grace Home for Children in Meru, Kenya 10AM 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 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 
Children's Rosary at St. Patrick's Church in Kennett Square, PA 5:45PM ET held in front of the Blessed Sacrament
Tuesday December 16th
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


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

St. Juan Diego Pray For Us

St. Juan Diego
Feast Day December 9th
On December 9th 1531 the humble St. Juan Diego had a special meeting.  On his walk to daily Mass some 15 miles from his house he saw a beautiful women dressed as an Aztec Princess.  She identified herself as the Virgin Mary.  She made a request that a Church be built at the location of their meeting.  St. Juan shared this request of Our Lady with the Bishop but he requested proof.  Our Blessed Mother gave St. Juan such proof.  She instructed his to gather flowers which appeared to be growing on the frozen ground.  St. Juan Diego carried the flowers in his tilma to the Bishop.  When St. Juan Diego opened the tilma for the Bishop the roses fell out.  They were Castilian roses which were not found in Mexico.  The tilma was also miraculous as it had the image of Our Lady on it.  

St. Juan Diego is a beautiful witness of humility and faith.  His love of the Holy Eucharist is also inspiring.  

In a special way we pray to St. Juan Diego to intercede for us and help the Children's Rosary spread in Spanish speaking communities and countries.  

Both photographs of the mosaic paintings were taken at the Basilica of Mary Queen of the Universe in Orlando, Florida