Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mass Offered Today for Members of the Children's Rosary

Children's Rosary at St. Patrick's Church
 in Tacoma, WA 

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!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

"Make Friends with Angels.." St. Francis de Sales

“Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you. Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs.”- St. Francis de Sales

This is one of my favorite quotes of St. Francis de Sales.  This may be as a result of my fondness for the angels. 
I began a deeper friendship with the angels several years ago on my daily walk to Mass.  It became a routine to pray the Chaplet of St. Michael during this quiet walk to Mass.  My prayer always included asking them to protect my family and also the Children's Rosary.  Recently I have also asked them to attend all our Children's Rosary meetings around the world.  If there is ever space present in a chapel or Church that is not taken I humbly have asked that the space be filled with angels.

Over the next week please consider joining the children in prayer of the Rosary.  The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them.

Friday January 23rd
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


Saturday January 24th (Memorial of St. Francis de Sales)
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 ETChildren'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



Sunday January 25th
Children's Rosary Group at Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Nairobi, Kenya (First Meeting)
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. James Church in Madison, GA 10:30 AM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Thomas Church in Thomaston, CT 11AM ET
Children's Rosary at St. John the Evangelist Hopkinton MA 11:15 AM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Patrick's Church in Tacoma, WA 11:30 AM PST
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

Monday January 26th
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 

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

Tuesday January 27th
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 January 28th
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate Lagos, Nigeria 1PM ET 
Thursday January 29th
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, January 16, 2015

Little Ones Helping Others From Around the World

Recently an email came from a mom and her 7 year old son.  They were interested in helping the Children's Rosary by making rosaries.  The timing was perfect as we had just sent out several boxes of rosaries to our Children's Rosary groups in Kenya at Christmas time and our supplies were low. In writing back to this lovely mom and her son, I asked where they were located and the response came as a surprise.  She wrote we are from Southeast Asia-Singapore to be specific.  

Even though we have groups sprinkled around the globe reaching all the way to Australia I am always taken aback when I receive a note from someone so far away from where we live in Connecticut USA.  Indeed Our Lady and Our Lord have a way of making the world feel very small.  

Today an email comes with pictures of the rosaries that have been made and the little man behind much of the work.  The rosaries were sent out today to the Children's Rosary. It is a beautiful thought to contemplate a child somewhere in the world meeting in a Children's Rosary prayer group holding a Rosary that was made on the other side of the world. What connects these children is a love of Our Lord and a desire to be the moving hands of Our Lady and her Son.  Whether making rosaries or using them to pray we are helping to further the Kingdom of God right here, right now.

If you would like to help the Children's Rosary by making a donation to help our work this can be done online or donations can be mailed to us.  These donations help to cover the expense of shipping materials and providing materials to Children's Rosary groups that cannot afford them around the world.  Donations can be made out to Children's Rosary Inc. and mailed to: 

Children's Rosary  
PO Box 271743 
West Hartford, CT 06127
Donations can also be made online Here.


  

Donations of used or new rosaries are always welcome and can be sent to the address above.  We recommend one uses packaging that cushions the Rosaries when they are mailed to avoid damage.
Thank you all so much.  As a special thank you please know that all our Children's Rosary groups pray for those who help the Children's Rosary in any way.  We also have a monthly Mass offered for members of the Children's Rosary and those that help the Children's Rosary on the 25th of the month..  Thank you all and God Bless!

How Can We Increase Our Trust in God?

Children's Rosary at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
 in Brentwood, CA
The Rosary is an incredible source of blessings and assistance for us.  Each of the mysteries of the Rosary has a beautiful fruit attached to it.  The fruit of praying the third Luminous Mystery (the Proclamation of the Kingdom of God) is Repentence and Trust in God.  In St. John Paul's Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, one of the Scripture passages he references in relation to the third Luminous Mystery is Mark 2:3-13.  This passage was read in the Gospel today at daily Mass. 

In this passage there is a paralytic man seeking to approach Jesus.  The crowd gathered in the house where Jesus was present filled the space.  The faith of those carrying the paralytic man was so great that they climbed onto the roof and made a hole lowering the man on a mat before Jesus.  Because of this great act of faith, Jesus is moved to proclaim that the man's sins are forgiven and subsequently heals the man of all infirmity and the man rises and walks out carrying his mat.  Indeed a great trust and confidence in God unlocks a great many graces.  In the Diary of St. Faustina it is written: "The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive. Souls that trust boundlessly are a great comfort to Me, because I pour all the treatsures of My graces into them" (Diary of St. Faustina 1578)

Therefore it is indeed a wonderful gift to know that while we are praying the Rosary and contemplating the third Luminous Mystery of the Rosary our own trust in Our Lord is being strengthened.  To look at little children still so young and tender and think of their own innocent trust being strengthened and directed to their Heavenly Father is great indeed.

Friday January 16th
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 at St. Marguerite's Parish in Brookfield, CT 4PM ET
Saturday January 17th
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

Sunday January 18th  
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 PST
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
Monday January 19th

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. This group meets in front of the Blessed Sacrament
Tuesday January 20th
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
Wednesday January 21st
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate, Lagos Nigeria 1PM ET
Thursday January 22nd
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

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Crown for the Child Jesus

Recently a beautiful statue of the Infant of Prague was sent to the Children's Rosary.  He arrived on Three Kings Day much to the surprise of His sender who expected Him to arrive the prior day. It would seem He was on His own schedule.  A note preceded his arrival which mentioned the unfortunate loss of His crown and the hope the children could make Him a new one.  Yet when the children pulled open the box they found not only the Child Jesus but also His precious crown wrapped beside Him.  A happy surprise to all of us including Beverly who sent the package.  Seeing our earlier post of the children opening the box and then the crown being placed on His head she wrote that she was "speechless".  While it would seem we all had a surprise as we had been the ones sending packages out to Kenya two weeks earlier hoping they would arrive by January 6th. Yet the children sending packages would be the ones opening the packages on the Day of the Three Kings.  Within the pictures we took of the children holding the Infant of Prague was dear St. Therese of the Child Jesus whose picture had been saved by our ten year old son, Kostin. We had found her by the side of the road put out for the dump pick up. 

One can see the red of the crown wrapped up and attached
 to the packaging surrounding the baby Jesus
Beverly would later share her continued surprise as she saw St. Therese's picture sitting beside our fireplace next to the Baby Jesus.  For she that same night of January 6th had just come home from a little birthday party for the Baby Jesus at her parish in Michigan.  The party had been postponed several times with the final date occurring on January 6th.  After much celebration she came to her door to find a box.  Yes, Three Kings Day seems to be one of many gifts.  The box a gift from a dear friend who had passed away and left some precious things for her.  Inside she would find a most precious present, a first class relic of St. Therese.  Thus in seeing our photo of the children opening her present and St. Therese looking on it seemed a wonderful rain of signal graces.

The finding of the Infant's crown in many ways felt like the parable of the lost coin,  where one gathers round to celebrate the finding of that which was lost. In doing a bit of reading about the Infant of Prague we would discover that today, January 14th,  is actually the anniversary when the Infant received the gift of His crown from Bernard Ignatius.  The gold crown was set with precious stone and jewels.  On January 14th 1651 the crown was presented and the statue was processed from Our Lady of Victory Church to other churches throughout Prague. The Infant of Prague currently resides today in The Lady of Victory Church.  Those that help operate the Church have a wonderful offer that each Thursday they place intentions emailed to them before the Infant of Prague during Adoration for 1 hour.  Tonight a message goes to Prague to ask for blessings of each member of the Children's Rosary.  In addition a prayer for peace is requested of our Prince of Peace.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Savoring the Last Day of the Christmas Season

Today is the last day of the Christmas Season.  These pictures were taken by Alina age 14 who is a member of the Children's Rosary just before we held a Children's Rosary yesterday at St. Peter Claver Church in West Hartford Connecticut USA.  In a special way we prayed for you all.  Although we are moving out of the season of Christmas and into ordinary time there is much to be joyful about.  Our Lord granted us many gifts this year.  Indeed when it was our turn to bring Him gifts in turn He gave us a great deal more.  One of the beautiful things He gave the Children's Rosary this year is an invitation to learn more about His infancy.  Many saints such as St. Therese of the Child Jesus, St. Francis of Assisi, St Anthony of Padua and St. Theresa Avila had devotions to the Divine Child.  In a special way in the coming weeks please look forward to an exploration of Jesus the Child.  This aspect of Our Lord is particularly special for the Children's Rosary which is composed of children both big and small. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Listen Up, Jesus is On the Air

Host John Palmer at WGBB station
This morning radio hosts Anthony Ciuffo and John Palmer will be discussing the Children's Rosary on their show Listen Up Jesus is On the Air.  The radio show will air at 10AM ET on WGBB 1240 AM broadcast from Long Island New York USA.  The show is LIVE and can also be heard streaming online and later in their archive section.  

Host Anthony Ciuffo
They hope to air our theme song "Rosary Children" with the children singing.

We are very grateful to Anthony Ciuffo and John Palmer as they have worked tirelessly to spread the Children's Rosary both on previous shows and in their home parishes and region.  Please know we are so grateful and pray for you.