Friday, March 1, 2024

Mass Offered for Seminarians on March 1, 2024

A Mass will be offered this evening in Rome by Fr. Denis Ssenkasi for all seminarians so that they will grow in holiness and lead us all in love. Every month, we have a Mass offered for this intention. As our seminarians will be the future shepherds and our children are their future flock, it is a beautiful way for the children to help. As we mentioned last month, it is our goal in 2024 to feature a different seminarian on the first of the month every month by inviting him to share his vocation story and give all our readers the opportunity to pray for him. This month, we are featuring Brendan Finnegan, a seminarian from South Windsor, Connecticut, USA. 

My name is Brendan Finnegan, and I am twenty-five years old and in my third year of priestly formation for the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut. I grew up in South Windsor, Connecticut, in a loving family. I entered seminary formation for the Hartford Archdiocese in August of 2021 and completed my philosophy studies at the Saint Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. I am currently enrolled at the Pontifical North American College and the Pontifical Gregorian University, both in Rome. 

My journey to the priestly formation started around the time of my Confirmation when I was 15 years old. I had been enrolled in religious education since I was a young boy, and as Confirmation approached, my soul yearned to understand exactly what I was being confirmed into. The grace deeded to me during my Confirmation brought the idea of diocesan priesthood to mind for the first time. Though a hunger to learn more about our faith remained during my high-school years, the Lord’s call to priesthood started to get clouded out by other desires and aspirations that I possessed. During my undergraduate years at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, my focus was on laying the groundwork for a successful business career and enjoying a “normal college life." However, through semi-frequent participation in daily Mass and getting to spend time with many holy, zealous, and joyful priests of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, the sense that God was calling me to emulate those priests, whom I so admired, would not go away, even while I was dating in the long-term pursuit of matrimony.  Reflecting, my “yes” to the priesthood started a few years into college when I was at a conference with a consortium of international college students being mentored by high-level leaders. During that weekend, what kept coming to mind was that the only way to “build the future” like we were discussing was through Jesus and his Church. The Lord made it clear to me that the fruit I would bear would not be of this world but instead be directed toward the salvation of souls by offering the Sacraments of the Church. A year later, the Covid-19 pandemic gave me the space and silence to better ask the question, “What should I do with my life, Lord?”  His answer was clear, “Come follow me, and I will make you a fisher of men” (Mt 4:19). From there, it was a quick process of accepting the Lord’s will for my life and starting priestly formation for the Archdiocese of Hartford.  

I am greatly looking forward to preaching God’s word to the future flocks with whom I am entrusted. St. John reminds us that the “Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14). As a future preacher, I hope to unpack the divine Word into human language that makes the hearers of my preaching become emboldened to accept that the coming of God in the flesh is the crux of human history and the core of their own being. Please continue to pray for me as I continue my formation, and continually ask our Blessed Mother to send us a new generation of priests modeled unto her own Immaculate Heart. 

We humbly ask that you please keep Brendan Finnegan in your prayers.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Children’s Rosary Group from St. Gallus, Scheidegg Parish, Germany visits Radio Horeb

The group leader Enrico Pintus wrote, "I would like to share the happy news that a small delegation of our Children's Rosary group from Scheidegg (Germany) followed the invitation we received from the Christian radio station "Horeb" from Germany based in Balderschwang last Sunday, January 13, 2024, and locally we were able to pray the Glorious Rosary for Fatima Day LIVE in the radio station's recording studio on behalf of many!"

"It was a very nice experience, and the 5 children (girls) and I really enjoyed this trip to Radio Horeb and the associated prayer service!"

"The action once again showed our group how praying the rosary brings a piece of the world church together and connects us Christians with each other, together with Mary and Jesus, through prayer with God. Yes, today the Holy Mother of God really takes her children by the hand by praying the Rosary, shows them her Son, and thus leads us humans on the right path of peace to God, who is our Father. We can always trust the Mother of God with our concerns and need not fear as she is our strong advocate with our Lord in heaven."

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Mass Offered for Seminarians on February 1, 2024

A Mass was offered on February 1, 2024 for all seminarians that they will grow in holiness and lead us all in love. Every month, we have a Mass offered for this intention. As our seminarians will be the future shepherds and our children are their future flock, it seemed a beautiful way for the children to help.  It is our goal in 2024 to feature a different seminarian on the first of the month every month by inviting him to share something of himself and giving all our readers the opportunity to pray for him. This month, we are featuring Gregory Meyer, a seminarian from Southbury, Connecticut, USA. 

My name is Gregory Meyer, a native of Southbury, Connecticut, and a seminarian in the priestly formation program for the Archdiocese of Hartford in Connecticut. I am twenty-seven years old and in my third year of formation at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minneapolis, with three other men from the Hartford Archdiocese.

I grew up in a Catholic family and my life of faith started at a young age. In college, I came to know the Lord in a much deeper way through being encouraged by a friend to confront some sins in my life and turn to God for His help and mercy. I also learned so much more about our faith through reading the Bible and through Bishop Barron opening me up to the rich intellectual tradition of the Church. Throughout this time, I was encouraged by a priest to consider the priesthood. I noticed a sense of adventure when I thought about the mission of the priesthood in being able to serve the faithful in this unique way as an ordained minister. I also noticed God had given me different gifts that could be used for Christ's Church. Also, celibacy seemed like a sacrifice I was able to make for the sake of the kingdom of Heaven, and as our Lord said concerning this, "Let the one who is able to receive this receive it" (Mt 19:12). In 2020 after working for two years, I was accepted as a seminarian for my Archdiocese. And it has been quite the journey ever since!

As a priest, I hope to bring to the faithful a strong sense of Catholic identity that is nourished by God's grace through the sacraments and beautiful liturgical worship. I hope to reach the people who have drifted away from God or who have never known Him and bring to them the saving message of Christ. Please continue praying for priests and seminarians, and may Our Lady of the Rosary always intercede for us! 

We humbly ask that you please keep Gregory Meyer in your prayers.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Members of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut Make Personal Consecration Journey

Members of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, began a personal Consecration journey, January 9, 2024, using the book, Child Consecration: To Jesus through Mary—Following in the Spirit of St. Thérèse, the Little Flower
. This Consecration journey will conclude on February 11, 2024: the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.  Over 20,000 families are currently receiving daily emails with links to the prayers and daily videos guiding the Consecration Journey. To sign up for the daily emails leading the Consecration and to see Bishop Frank Caggiano's invitation, click below:


Monday, January 22, 2024

Prayers for Christian Unity January 18-25, 2024


Prayer for Christian Unity through the Intercession of Bl. Maria Gabriella  

God please hear our supplication through the intercession of Bl. Maria Gabriella for Christian unity. May each of us and the Children's Rosary be an instrument in Your hands to knit all that has been pulled apart into one tapestry of prayer, love and peace doing all according to Your holy Will. 

Remembering the words from Scripture when Our Lord prayed, "May all be one; even as You Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me". (John 17:21) Amen.

Please also say 3 Glory Be prayers to accompany the above prayer.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity began on January 18th 2024. It has been a tradition for the Children's Rosary to pray in a special way for Christian Unity during this week.  As Bl. Gabriella dedicated her life for the intention of Christian Unity it seemed particularly special to pray through her intercession. 

Bl. Gabriella was born in 1914 and died at the age of 25 in 1939.  She was beatified on January 25th by Pope John Paul II 1983.