Sunday, September 14, 2014

Missionaries of Charity hold a Children's Rosary

Children's Rosary at the Missionaries of Charity Convent
in Bridgeport CT USA
On the Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Mary, Friday September 12th 2014,  approximately 30 children gathered at the Convent of the Missionaries of Charity in Bridgeport, Connecticut for a Children's Rosary.  Prayers began with a Consecration of the new group to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary thus the group will be under the protection and guidance of Christ and His Mother.  

The sisters hold an after school program each day for the children in the area.  Most of the children speak both Spanish and English.  With so many beautiful children coming to the convent daily it seemed a wonderful place to begin a new group.  The children took turns leading the decades and placing roses at the foot of Our Lady at the conclusion of each decade.  The children finished prayers by singing our new Children's Rosary theme song: "Rosary Children".

I felt extremely blessed to be able to attend this Children's Rosary.  The sisters have such a simplicity, holiness and joy.  Praying in this little chapel with the tabernacle before us and a first class relic of Bl Mother Teresa hanging on the wall there was a feeling the Lord was with us and happy to see so many children in prayer.  Some of the children from the Children's Rosary in Waterbury, Connecticut also attended the Children's Rosary with the Missionaries of Charity.  It was lovely to see the children falling into a kneeling position before the statue of Our Lady and helping to guide these children who had never been a part of a Children's Rosary.  I could not help but think that these little ones would remember this day when they were older with children of their own.  Might they want their own children to have such an experience of praying with their friends and their heavenly Mother watching over them.  Yes, it is these experiences that will help to nourish the faith of these little ones, keep it strong and help such faith to be passed on through the generations.  I pray many of you will help to give more children the opportunity to come together in prayer as a Children's Rosary prayer group. Consider beginning a Children's Rosary prayer group in your Parish.  Share one of our Children's Rosary books or new Children's Rosary CDs with a grandchild or young family and join us in prayer.  We are all praying that more children will be led to Our Heavenly Mother in prayer and through her to the loving embrace of her Son.

As we began the Children's Rosary with the Missionaries of Charity, in a special way, we prayed for all the members of the Children's Rosary.  We thank you all and please know we are praying for you.

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How to Start a Children's Rosary
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

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

Members of the Children's Rosary
at Our Lady of Fatima Parish
The Children's Rosary group leader at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Hartford gave the Children's Rosary a beautiful gift.  On the 13th of every month she has requested a Mass be said at her Parish for the members of the Children's Rosary.  It is such a beautiful present to look forward to each month.  A source of grace for each of us to continue the race as St. Paul describes.  One of our Children's Rosary groups also chose the 13th of the month as their monthly meeting time.  As this is a little more challenging to arrange, it is indeed a beautiful sacrifice they have chosen as a way to remember the visits Our Lady of Fatima made to the little children of Fatima.

I Thirst

Image taken at the chapel of the Missionaries of Charity
where we held a Children's Rosary with the sisters and many children yesterday
Tomorrow we celebrate the Exultation of the Holy Cross.  In a special way we would like to bring Our Lord more souls in prayer to satiate the thirst He has for souls. May we humbly ask you to help us quench Our Lord's thirst for souls and help spread the Children's Rosary in your parish.  We have been praying that more children would be brought to Him in prayer.  While the steps to begin a Children's Rosary are not easy, they are simple.  Yet we have many children already praying that your efforts will be fruitful.  Sometimes we measure how fruitful our efforts are by earthly standards.  No matter how many children come your efforts to bring Our Lord souls is such a gift.  To enter into the thirst Our Lord has for souls is to come very deep into His all loving heart. 

Right now the Children's Rosary is trying to reach many children all over the world.  We are doing it very simply and with very little but still there are costs of materials and the expense to reach people all over the world.  If you can spare even a small amount for a donation this would greatly help our efforts.  Please know the children pray for all who help the Children's Rosary each time they meet. To donate click on the side button on the right top margin of the screen called donate or mail a donation made out to Children's Rosary Inc. and mail to: 
PO Box 271743
West Hartford CT USA.  

Thank you all so much!!!

The following Children's Rosary groups will be meeting over the next few days please consider unifying prayers with them from your home. The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them.

Saturday September 13th
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 St. Paul's Church in Fenton Missouri 7PM 

Sunday September 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 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 September 15th
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 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 ET held in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

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

Materials to help begin a Children's Rosary group:
Children's Rosary book
Children's Rosary CDs which help one to hear how to run a Children's Rosary and have our new Children's Rosary theme song, "Rosary Children"
To hear our new Children's Rosary theme song "Rosary Children" click here.

Friday, September 12, 2014

"Behold Thy Mother"

It is a tender thing to see our children praying and spending time with their heavenly mother in prayer. During each Children's Rosary the children are invited to place a rose at the foot of Our Lady at the end of each decade.  Indeed such a gift is a small way for our children to come before their mother and show her how much they love her. On this beautiful Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Mary we are so blessed to have several Children's Rosary groups meeting today.

The picture above was taken when members of the Children's Rosary traveled by bus approximately 8 hours to hold a Children's Rosary at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC.  The Children's Rosary was held Sept 21st 2013 during the International Eucharistic Prayer Vigil.  This annual vigil and week of prayer and fasting occurs each September. This year the week of prayer begins September 20th.  This annual event began over 20 years ago through the help of Pope John Paul II.  He has granted an Apostolic blessing to all who participate.  It is our hope to join this effort with prayer and fasting for 1 week beginning September 20th. 

Friday Sept 12th (OM ) The Most Holy Name of Mary
Children's Rosary at St. Paul's School in Odell, Illinois 8:30 AM CT
Children's Rosary at St. Mary's School in Pontiac, Illinois 9AM CT
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate Lago, Ngeria 1PM ET


Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Be Merciful Even as Your Father is Merciful"

Children's Rosary at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
in Brentwood, CA
This was part of the Gospel Reading today.  It goes on to say, "give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back." (Luke 6: 38)

Today we have several Children's Rosary groups meeting.  We invite you to join the children as they always pray for those unifying prayers with them. So often it is hard to find forgiveness but as Immaculée Ilibagiza shared she found healing and forgiveness through the Rosary as she was hiding for 90 days during the genocide in Rwanda.  She recounted that during those days in hiding she prayed 27 Rosaries a day and through prayer was given peace and true forgiveness for those that killed her friends and family.  A beautiful witness for all of us.

Thursday September 11th
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.


"For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst"

Children's Rosary
This is a picture taken from a Children's Rosary held at the Chapel of the Daughters of Mary of Providence in Syracuse NY.  Even though this group hasn't had many children come the group leader was extremely happy that Sophia came with her mother.  The young girl shared that she had recently been making Rosaries.  Her brother comes to the Children's Rosary when he can.  He just made his first Holy Communion.  Although by many standards one might see this groups as yielding little since so few come but we are reminded in Scripture that great numbers do not matter.  "If two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 18:19)

I am continually reminded by Scripture that what we see is not what Our Heavenly Father sees.  More and more Children's Rosary group leaders are sharing that the Lord is granting them a peace within their hearts that numbers do not matter.  Our Lord sees our intention to bring many children to Him and in this effort and love much merit is found.  If we look at Our Lord's example when He was on the Cross we see that so much was achieved for the world while a single soul suffered, thirsting that all would be saved.

So we must not give up.  Even if at times we may be alone praying that children will come.  Do not give up.  Many children are far from prayer but through the Children's Rosary they have an invitation to meet Our Lord with other children under the protection and guidance of their Heavenly Mother.  There may be a moment when the thought enters ones heart, I am not successful and others could do it better and it is best to leave it to those more capable or virtuous.  But if not you, then who?  We are all so flawed and in need of Our Lord's Mercy.  In our weakness and inability, we give Our Lord more opportunity show His glory.  If one finds they experience a deeper sense of humility after such an endeavor this is also a great blessing for our souls.  

May I thank you all for your perseverance.  Our Lord is faithful to our prayers. As we are seeing more and more Children's Rosary groups are forming in all corners of the globe and with one soul at a time more children are discovering the Rosary and a deep love for their Father in Heaven who is waiting for them.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Feast of St. Peter Claver

Children's Rosary at St. Peter Claver Church
The Church recognizes St. Peter Claver on September 9th. His story is an inspiring one.  As there is a Church within walking distance from our house named after this saint we have begun to learn more about him.  The Church itself speaks a great deal about the Saint in its architecture.  When inside the Church, there are metal beams that cross back and forth above.  Filtered light comes down from upper windows.  There is a feeling one is in the bottom of an old ship.  Indeed this is where St. Peter Claver could often be found,  ministering to the slaves aboard old ships as they arrived in port in present day Colombia. He was quoted as saying, "We must speak to them with our hands before we speak with our lips."  It is hard to imagine the conditions that he worked in and the suffering he encountered.  Yet his love and humility were so great.  He wished to be a slave of the slaves.

Over these past few years, in a special way, we prayed that a Children's Rosary would begin in a parish named after this beautiful Saint.  This prayer was answered and a group was Consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary at St. Peter Claver Church in West Hartford Connecticut on October 12th 2013.   

Saint Peter Claver died on September 8th 1654 at the age of 74 and was canonized in 1888.  In a special way we thank him for his assistance and once again ask for his powerful intercession for all the members of the Children's Rosary.