Tuesday, August 30, 2016

We Smiled and We Believe Fr. Augustine Smiles At Us

We received more news today from the Children's Rosary group in Bien Hoa City, Vietnam.  The children wanted to write and ask for more prayers from all of us, for their group during this difficult time. Their Pastor Fr. Augustine had a heart attack on Sunday and passed away.  He had spent a great deal of time helping the children begin their Children's Rosary group.  The children decided to have a meeting last night to pray for Fr. Augustine.  

Father Augustine had appointed Tran a 16 year old boy to help lead the Children's Rosary in his parish. Father Augustine had shared before his death that Tran does not speak English yet several notes have come in English from Tran since Father's passing. Tran has written that he is committed to keeping the children meeting and continuing the work Father had begun with the children.  It seems despite the language barrier when there is a wish to reach out the Lord helps in showing us how to do this.

Tran closed his note with these words which I paraphrased above:
"We smiled and father Augustine believes would smile at us."

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Sad News: The Passing of Fr. Augustine

Today we received some very sad news from our Children's Rosary group in Bien Hoa City, Vietnam.  Fr. Augustine the Pastor of their parish passed away yesterday, August 28th 2016. Fr. Augustine brought the Children's Rosary to his parish.  It was June 2016 when we received his first letter,

"Dear Friend!,
I'm a priest Augustine Ngoc Hue, 57, of Long Dien Parish, my parish has 5,000 parishioners.  My parishioners loved the prayer of the Rosary. So I want to develop this prayer for the children. I want to establish [a] Children's Rosary in my parish." 

Father went on to share that he wished to have a statue for the children of Our Lady and also Rosaries which were sent to his group.  He so generously offered in thanksgiving prayers for the Children's Rosary and a Mass.  His hope was to have the first meeting of the Children's Rosary in his parish on the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.  Father Augustine's prayer became a reality and on June 24th 2016, the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, the first Children's Rosary prayer group was held in his parish and also our first Children's Rosary group in Vietnam. Father Augustine appointed a 16 year old boy to help organize the meetings under his guidance.  The children who met at the first meeting had the extra grace of praying before a first class relic of Mother Teresa.  They also made love letters to give to Our Lady.  

This past week Father Augustine gave the Children's Rosary another beautiful gift.  On the birthday of Bl. Teresa of Calcutta he sent a letter sharing how he had prayed for all the members of the Children's Rosary before a first class relic of Mother Teresa.  He also sent several pictures.  

Just two days before his death he wrote inquiring if the Children's Rosary groups had been told of his prayers and the offer of more prayers. It seemed that it was very important to him that his heart felt prayers be shared with the groups around the world.  A note was quickly sent off sharing the posting on our site of his letter and some of the pictures he shared. 

The news today of his passing was a shock.  Yet in prayer there was a wonderful consolation.  Yesterday was the Feast of St. Augustine a saint that shared Fr. Augustine's name. Our Lord had called home Fr. Augustine on the Feast day of Saint Augustine.  

It was also very important to Fr. Augustine that the first meeting of the Children's Rosary group in his parish be held on the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.  The news of his passing came today on the Feast of the Passion of St. John the Baptist.

Indeed so much symbolism in each detail of his passing. 

May I humbly ask for prayers for the soul of this dear priest who prayed in such a special way for all the members of the Children's Rosary.  May we also pray for his parish, the new pastor and the children who are part of his Children's Rosary prayer group.  May they be supported and strengthened in faith and love during this time of loss.  In honor of Fr. Augustine may the Lord please bless this Children's Rosary group and help the Children's Rosary to spread beautifully throughout Vietnam. Amen.

Thank you all.

Your Friend in Christ,
Blythe

Friday, August 26, 2016

Children's Rosary Receives Special Blessing on the Birthday of Mother Teresa

We are very excited to share a note we received today from Fr. Augustine in Vietnam.  He has a Children's Rosary prayer group in his parish.  As today is the birthday of Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, he sent news of special prayers he said for all the members of the Children's Rosary while venerating a first class relic of Mother Teresa.  

Father shares:

My name is Augustine now living in Vietnam. Today is August 26th the birthday of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  I would like to pray before the relic of Mother Teresa of Calcutta for the Children's Rosary groups around the world.  I would put all the prayers of all the children to Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  I send blessings from Mother Teresa of Calcutta to all Children's Rosary groups in the world!

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!

Mother Teresa of Calcutta please prayer for us before God! Amen! 
Fr. Augustine

Father also went on to send pictures of him touching the relic of Mother Teresa to many pictures he has of our Children's Rosary groups.  He also has a copy of the many intentions we have received to the Children's Rosary.  

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Mass Offered on August 25th 2016 for Members of the Children's Rosary

A Mass was offered today, through the Capuchin Missions, for all the members of the Children's Rosary and all 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 that when I wanted to extend thanksgiving to all of you I knew of no better way to express my gratitude.  May Our Lord's love be poured down on all of you through the powerful sacrifice of the Holy Mass. 
The Children's Rosary pictured above is one of our groups in Queensland, Australia.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Under the Care of Our Blessed Mother

Last Saturday I had the joy of being able to attend the profession of perpetual vows of three seminarians at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy.  They were: Br. Alexander Chung MIC, Br. Timothy Childers MIC, and Br. Christopher Reyes Orante MIC. One of the seminarians, Br. Alexander Chung, we have featured on our blog in the past.

One of the things we have done through the Children's Rosary is to offer a monthly Mass for seminarians: that they will grow in holiness and lead us in love.  The children also pray for the seminarians when they meet in their prayer groups. There is something beautiful about children praying for their future shepherds as the children will be the future flock.  What child or family would not love to see a holy Priest leading their parish or helping in the missions throughout the world.  It seems a wonderful connection to foster between the children and the young men saying, "yes" to a life of service of Our Lord.

I was struck at the end of the Mass after the men had vowed a life of chastity, poverty, and obedience forever, they did one more thing before they processed out of the Church.  Each man took a rose and placed it at the foot of Our Lady and knelt in prayer before her.  We in the pews do not know what each man said to Our Blessed Mother but we all could see that they came before her with deep reverence.  They were beginning a new phase of their lives and before they met the world as new men professed to God, they sought to give Our Lady a gift. As a Mother, she surely found great joy in seeing the fruits of many prayers and sacrifice.  Young men going out to the vineyard to help bring souls to Christ.
   
In looking at the young men I could not help but think of the children kneeling before Our Lady in their Children's Rosary prayer groups.  At the end of each decade, a child places a rose at the foot of Our Lady. They too ask her for grace and place themselves under her care just as these young men were doing.  

As the children have prayed for these men, I was very touched to hear from Br. Chung that on this very important day when he was giving so much to Our Lord, he said a prayer for the Children's Rosary as he processed into the Church.  We are so grateful for such prayers.

After the reception which followed the evening Mass, the sun set and the sky grew dark.  As we were walking to the car, we could see what looked like an electrical storm.  Lights from different parts of the sky lit up behind the clouds.  It was an incredible thing to see.  There was no rain or thunder only the illumination of different parts of the sky.  During our hour and a half drive home to Connecticut the electrical show continued.  My husband just kept uttering, "incredible". During such an amazing display in the sky our daughter said from the back seat of the car, "it looks like a party in heaven".  Indeed one could imagine that there was great celebration that night both on earth and in heaven.  

Monday, August 15, 2016

August 2016 Schedule of Airings on EWTN

Happy Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary!!  

Today we wanted to thank God and Our Lady for Their blessings.  One of those blessings is the opportunity for the Children's Rosary to air on EWTN Global Catholic Network.  Through this beautiful gift the children's prayers are able to reach people in 120 countries.  We want to thank God for each of these airings and humbly ask that He bless those that join the children in prayer and grant an outpouring of grace for each of them and their families.  On this beautiful Feast of the Assumption we ask Our Lady to also extend her mantle of peace to those who pray with the children. May hearts be opened and filled with grace. Amen.

A special thank you to EWTN Global Catholic Network for their support.  May Our Lady bless them. Amen.

Airings can be viewed LIVE streaming from anywhere in the world. All air times are given in Eastern Time.  A copy of our Children's Rosary video, including all four mysteries of the Rosary and bonus features, is also available to purchase through EWTN HERE.

August 2016
UK/Ireland 8/1/2016 10:30 AM ET (Joyful Mysteries)
USA 8/1/2016 4PM ET (Joyful Mysteries)
Canada 8/1/2016 4PM ET (Joyful Mysteries)
USA 8/3/2016 4PM ET (Glorious Mysteries)
Canada 8/3/2016 4PM ET (Glorious Mysteries)
Pacific Rim 8/4/2016 4:30 AM ET (Glorious Mysteries)
Pacific Rim 8/7/2016 4PM ET (Joyful Mysteries)
UK/Ireland 8/9/2016 10:30 AM ET (Sorrowful Mysteries)
Pacific Rim 8/11/2016 4:30 AM ET (Luminous Mysteries)
USA 8/11/2016 4PM ET (Luminous Mysteries)
Canada 8/11/2016 4PM ET (Luminous Mysteries)
Africa/India 8/14/2016 5AM ET (Glorious Mysteries)
Pacific Rim 8/14/2016 4PM ET (Sorrowful Mysteries)
UK/Ireland 8/17/2016 10:30 AM ET (Glorious Mysteries) 
Pacific Rim 8/18/2016 4:30 AM ET (Glorious Mysteries) 
USA 8/19/2016 4PM ET (Sorrowful Mysteries)
Canada 8/19/2016 4PM ET (Sorrowful Mysteries)
Pacific Rim 8/21/2016 4PM ET (Joyful Mysteries)
Africa/India 8/21/2016 5AM ET (Luminous Mysteries)
USA 8/22/2016 4PM ET (Joyful Mysteries)
Canada 8/22/2016 4PM ET (Joyful Mysteries)
Pacific Rim 8/25/2016 4:30 AM ET (Luminous Mysteries)
UK/Ireland 8/25/2016 10:30 AM ET (Luminous Mysteries)
Africa/India 8/28/2016 5AM ET (Joyful Mysteries)
Pacific Rim 8/28/2016 4:00 PM ET (Sorrowful Mysteries)
UK/Ireland 8/29/2016 10:30 AM ET (Joyful Mysteries)
USA 8/30/2016 4PM ET (Sorrowful Mysteries)
Canada 8/30/2016 4PM ET (Sorrowful Mysteries)

* Please note air times may change unexpectedly.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

First Children's Rosary in Arkansas to Meet Today!

We are excited to share that the first Children's Rosary group in Arkansas USA will meet today at 2:30 PM CT.  As the children very much like to see all the different parts of the US and other countries where Children's Rosary prayer groups exist, we have started including pictures of the local areas where groups are beginning  The picture above is of the White River in Arkansas.  Our new Children's Rosary group is near both the White River and also Buffalo National River and North Folk River. The countryside is indeed beautiful!

Arkansas is in the Southeast part of the United States and agriculture remains an important part of the economy. Rice is the main crop but poultry and grain production are also important parts.

This new Children's Rosary prayer group has chosen to meet weekly on Sundays in front of the Blessed Sacrament. They chose today as their first meeting in honor of St. Maximilian Kolbe whose Feast we celebrate today.  Please consider joining the children in prayer.  The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them.

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