Thursday, October 30, 2014

Put on the Whole Armor of God

Children placing roses at the foot of Our Lady
 during a Children's Rosary at St. Paul's School
"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil" (Ephesians 6:11)

This was part of the first reading at Mass today and invokes the wonderful imagery of a battle.  Indeed we know that good and evil exists and to protect ourselves and our children it is good to cover ourselves in prayer. Little sacrifices each day given to Our Lord coupled with prayer of the heart help to protect us from the deceiver.  In a special way the prayers of the children are extremely potent as they come from a humble heart.  We are very blessed that on Halloween October 31st, a day when many celebrate evil or evil imagery, we have Children's Rosary groups meeting sprinkled across the globe.  Little prayers joined together from simple little souls wanting only to please Our Lord and show Him love.  Such tender prayers surely send a decisive blow to forces moving to create confusion and division especially in families.  Instead these prayers of the children bound together in little prayer groups around the world are the safety nets being thrown out to help the many who unknowingly have been drawn away.

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

Friday October 31st
Children's Rosary at St. Mary's School in Orange Texas 7:05 AM CT
Children's Rosary St. Paul School in Odell IL 8:35 CT
Children's Rosary at St. Mary's Church in Pontiac, IL 9:00AM CT
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate Lagos, Nigeria 1PM ET

Holy Eve

Many people have forgotten the religious significance of Halloween which means holy eve.  It is from the Old English all hallow E'en. The Feast day which it precedes is all Saints Day celebrated on November 1st.  This is directly followed by All Souls Day on November 2nd.  For the past few years the children have dressed up as Saints or important religious figures in the Bible.  This has been lots of fun.

One beautiful surprise came two years ago when my daughter
 was invited to go to a pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin for carving.  When she came home she was so excited to show us what she had carved.  It was a large cross.  She told me she tried to carve Our Blessed Mother but it was too difficult.  She then had a wonderful idea: a Cross.  She mentioned that there was some discussion at her friend's house about her choice.  It made me smile to hear how Alina had suggested a holy theme for the carving.  She shared with them that it was important to pick a religious theme as the meaning of the holiday is really about the Feast the next day.  To hear these words coming out of my daughter made me so grateful to Our Lady.  I take no credit for my daughters inward desire to show her love of her faith.  This is a gift from Our Lord and a fruit  of prayer of the Holy Rosary.  More and more I see that Our Lady guides our children and protects them when we call upon her through the Rosary.  She keeps them simple and pure.  She keeps them children when the world is calling them to grow up too fast.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Advent Journey with Mary and with Your Family

Holy Cross Family Ministries and the Children's Rosary are joining together for a special family event. 

Date: Saturday December 6th
Time: 2-4PM
Place: Father Peyton Center -518 Washington Street North Easton, Massachusetts

Afternoon Activites
  • Family Advent Wreath Prayer
  • Movie on the life of Servant of God Patrick Peyton
  • Why do we ask Saints to help us in life?
  • Reflection on what Mary teachers us about the birth of her Son, Jesus.
  • Children's Rosary
  • Refreshments
Fr. Patrick Peyton made famous the phrase: the family that prays together stays together.  May this beautiful afternoon be a wonderful way to focus the attention on Our Lord and His coming.   All are welcome!

The Children's Rosary group leader from Middleboro, Massachusetts is coordinating this event with Holy Cross Family Ministries.  For more information contact Mary at amamaral@verizon.net

Prayers of Children in Nigeria Going Up Each Day

Reports two days ago that 30 school children were abducted in Nigeria.  Such heart breaking news, especially for the families and parents of these children. Yet in the city of Lagos, Nigeria children can be found each night coming together in prayer.  A Children's Rosary composed of approximately 50 neighborhood children from the parish of St. Augustine come together in prayer of the Rosary each night at 6PM local time.  This is 1PM ET.  While many of our Children's Rosary groups meet either monthly or weekly, this currently is our only group meeting daily.  It is a beautiful thought to imagine these little children gathering each evening in prayer.  Such prayers are so needed and with the continued violence against children their prayers are a wonderful witness of love.

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

Monday, October 27, 2014

Interview Tomorrow on Catholic TV

Fr. Reed Co-Host of This is the Day
Catholic TV will feature the Children's Rosary on their program: This is the Day.  It will air LIve tomorrow October 28th 2014 at 10:30 AM ET.  The link to watch it is HERE. We are so grateful to Fr. Reed and Jay Fadden hosts of This is the Day, as well as the whole staff at Catholic TV, for their help spreading the Children's Rosary.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mass Offered for the Children's Rosary

Children's Rosary at Sacred Heart Church in Middleboro MA
The Children's Rosary group leader from Sacred Heart Church in Middleboro, Massachusetts wrote today to share that she had a Mass said on October 19th for the Children's Rosary.  The Mass was celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church in Rochester.  It is so beautiful to see how many wonderful special blessings are coming out of the many different Children's Rosary groups.  A very special thank you to this group for requesting a Mass for our whole Children's Rosary prayer group movement and a special thank you for all who help to give our children an invitation to join together in prayer.  We certainly need the prayers of these little ones and as Fr. Apostoli once said, if we do not plant seeds now there will be no harvest later.

Thank you all and God Bless.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Children's Rosary Tag Sale

Over the past few months many wonderful doors have opened for the Children's Rosary with groups forming all around the world.  We are also in the midst of creating some wonderful resources for the groups with new Children's Rosary CDs with original music. We are also working hard on a series of Children's Rosary videos so new groups can see how a Children's Rosary prayer group is run and individuals can pray along with them.  The videos will be in English and also Spanish. The financial strain on the group has been incredible but we have trusted with each step that Our Lord would help to provide and show us a way.  One of the beautiful lessons that suffering and a physical disability have shown me is that one should always focus on what you can do and not what you can't.  This week as we were trying to find the funds to meet the financial demands of the Children's Rosary an idea came: a Children's Rosary Tag Sale!  It is wonderful how Our Blessed Mother can help us see that we have much more to give then we thought.

Our first customer was a dad and his little son
A tag sale is simply a time when a person can bring household items out in their yard and offer them for sale.  I had never had a tag sale in the past as I was convinced we did not have anything anyone would want.  Routinely I have heard of individuals who drive around on a Saturday morning looking for tag sales to find a treasure.  I have always felt funny that people would come by our house looking for treasure and well... be disappointed.  However,  this week my desire to gather even a small amount of funds to help the Children's Rosary overcame my hesitation.  I began to get excited as did the kids.  We began by going through clothes, books and toys.  Preparations got pretty intense by Friday night with our 10 year old son raking outside until well after dark to make a nice place to set out the items.  Alina our 14 year old daughter was in charge of wiping everything down.  Our younger son Asher who is 7 was in charge of helping with gathering and piling all children's books.  It was incredible to see how excited the children became.  Before sunrise everyone was up and working.  Asher and Kostin brought out our picnic table to set items out on.  

We were very blessed as the weather was with us.  After several rainy days today although it was pretty cold in the morning the sun came out and by noon it was very pleasant.  Our very first customer was a father and his little son about 2 years old.  Kostin was so excited showing him his old Elmo book.  It was so beautiful to see the children running the sale.  Asher was practicing his counting to create change for folks.  Even my husband who was a little nervous about holding a tag sale felt is was well worth it and a big success.  Our sale was small and often folks would pull over take a quick look at what we had and drive away.  A serious tag sale shopper showed up and looking at what we had said: "is this it?  This is the smallest tag sale I have ever seen."  This actually made me very happy to hear this as I could feel the Little Way of St. Therese in this whole project.  We had very humble aspirations and had no idea if anyone would want anything.  Indeed our sale was small and missing the exciting treasures.  Yet it was Our Lord's work as we were trying to further His Kingdom by helping the Children's Rosary.  We felt silly for sure many times but more and more we felt joy.  
Alina setting out clothes for the sale

I hope many of you might consider such a tag sale.  Many are finding times financially challenging right now so it is hard to give.  Yet through prayer Our Lord shows us how much we have despite such hard times.  If anyone is able to donate we would be so very appreciative.  There is a donate button on the side column of this website.  Donations can also be made out to Children's Rosary Inc and mailed to:
Children's Rosary 
PO Box 271743 
West Hartford CT 06127 USA

Thank you all and God Bless!