Saturday, December 10, 2016

Flowers for Our Lady of Guadalupe

We had a wonderful surprise today. While the children and I were at Mass this morning my husband went to the store to pick up some flowers for the Children's Rosary this afternoon at St. Peter Claver.  When he picked us up from Mass he had a big smile. He was surprised to find at our local Stop and Shop grocery store a bouquet with a wrapping that said Our Lady of Guadalupe. There was also a sign in the flowers with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. With the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Monday and the Feast of Juan Diego yesterday the special flowers seemed perfect for the children to bring for the Children's Rosary this afternoon. The surprises would continue.  

We had a new child, Juan Pablo (John Paul), join us today for the Children's Rosary.  He is very young but he goes to daily Mass with his parents and my children had invited him. It was amazing to see how my own children lit up to have John Paul there.  As his parents are from Colombia and speak Spanish we had the idea that maybe we could pray most of the Rosary in Spanish today. Three mysteries were prayed in Spanish and two in English. We happened to have both our Children's Rosary books in English and Spanish with us so it worked out perfectly.  As it appeared that Juan Pablo was most accustomed to Spanish being spoken, he seemed much more comfortable when the children were praying in Spanish. 

You may be wondering how it is that we were able to pray the Rosary in Spanish.  This has been something that has taken some time. Several years ago we began to learn the prayers in Spanish. Our hope was that if we were to meet people that were Spanish speaking we could pray with them.  All the months of praying the Rosary in Spanish brought fruit today as we could finally have an opportunity to pray with those whose native language is Spanish.

Here is a picture of Juan Pablo (pictured right). He was able to place a rose at the foot of our Lady at the end of the fifth decade. He is too young to say the prayers but his presence was cherished by all of us. 

We have seen children as young as Juan Pablo grow watching the older children and slowly through imitation they begin to become more and more comfortable kneeling, placing the roses and then very soon saying the prayers.  Even today as this was Juan Pablo's first time at the Children's Rosary he was watching everything very closely. In these tender hearts early seeds are being sown of devotion and faith. Juan Pablo's mother and father said they would be bringing him to our next meeting in January.  

For those interested in starting a Children's Rosary in Spanish speaking communities or in Spanish speaking countries we have many resources available to help you begin a group. Please visit our Spanish Children's Rosary website:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

French Version of the Children's Rosary Book Arrives on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

After over two years of work on the French translation of the Children's Rosary book, we were overjoyed to receive the books today! 

The books arrived today around 3:40 PM ET on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. We immediately went to the room where we have a statue of Our Blessed Mother, a crucifix and the Divine Mercy image. The kids knelt and we prayed the Magnificat. We thanked God and Our Lady for the gift of the books and also asked for blessings on all those who helped with the French translation of the book.

Just after dark, which now happens around 4PM ET, the kids and I walked to the post office to send out a package to one of the Children's Rosary groups. As we left the post office there was some light snow for just a minute.  It hit my face and I looked to the lights of the cars and saw it was flakes falling.  Just as quickly as I noticed it... the snow stopped. It made me think of Our Lady. 

We also had other things to ponder. Today is the 5 year anniversary of when my daughter, Alina, gave Our Lady a picture she had drawn of Her. There is a little story behind the picture and why it was initially drawn. But the beautiful thing was that the picture which in prayer was given to Our Lady, appears in the back inside cover of the Children's Rosary book. To receive the completed book, after years of work, on this day seems a special gift from Our Lady. To think and ponder Our Lady and her love, it is no wonder she would choose a date that had so much meaning for so many different reasons. 

We are very excited to have the book completed as one of our Children's Rosary groups has been patiently waiting for the French version. They are our Children's Rosary group at the Shrine of Banneux in Belgium (pictured above).  They pray in French and have long hoped to have a French version of the Children's Rosary book. 

In the coming weeks, we will be providing information as to where the book will be carried. In the meantime, if there are individuals interested in obtaining a copy of the French version of the Children's Rosary book please contact us directly at:

For more information about the Children's Rosary in French please visit our French website:

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Children Experience Joy in Giving

Happy Feast of St. Nicholas! 

Yesterday I received a note from Vietnam about the Children's Rosary at Bac Hoa orphanage in Vietnam.  These children meet each day at 7PM local time to hold a Children's Rosary prayer group and pray the Rosary. This group feels particularly close to Mother Teresa and have tried to follow her example.  

Tran shares this quote from Mother Teresa:
"The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved." (Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

The children have tried to share their love with those less fortunate then themselves including a leper community that Tran visits. Yesterday, I found out that the children shared the rosaries we sent them with the people living in St. Francis Shelter. There is great suffering in this place as many of those adults and children living there have severe disabilities. Yet on the day when Tran brought the rosaries from the orphans, there were many smiles. The staff at the shelter sent the Children's Rosary a thank you note for the donated Rosaries.  

Some may have seen in an earlier post this week, that the children of Bac Hoa orphanage have made one humble request for themselves. They asked for a Child Jesus statue for Christmas.  

I asked Tran, "If you get more than one statue of Baby Jesus what would you do with it?"

He responded,
"We did unite together as Mother Teresa said:
I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things. And None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful."
It was then that Tran showed me the pictures of St. Francis Shelter which I have included above. He said if the children receive an extra statue they would want to share it with those children and adults living in St. Francis Shelter. It was so clear they have experienced the joy that comes from giving, not only things but most importantly love. They think very little of themselves and always seem to have their hearts turned to those less fortunate then themselves.
If anyone would like to contribute to this effort in sending statues of the Child Jesus to Vietnam or our efforts to fulfill the Christmas wishes of many Children's Rosary groups around the world this can be done our Children's Rosary donation page.
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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Children's Rosary Group in Pennsylvania Celebrates Three Year Anniversary!

The Children's Rosary at St. Bernard Parish in Mount Lebanon Pennsylvania USA will be celebrating their three year anniversary today.  The picture above was taken during their first meeting in 2013. I always loved this picture as you can see the advent candles in front of them and also a statue of Our Lady and the Tabernacle. They have continued meeting monthly for three years. The group leader shared that she has requested a Mass to be said on December 8th for the Children's Rosary groups and another on December 12th in Thanksgiving for our groups.

Please consider joining the children in prayer. They will be meeting at 12PM ET today.The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them.  You can see them when they are meeting on our View from Heaven Map as a blue flashing light. Click the button "Join in Prayer" and become a gold light on the night sky map.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Mass Offered on December 3, 2016 for Renewal of Family Prayer

A Mass was offered for Renewal of Family Prayer on Saturday on December 3rd. In a special way the Children's Rosary has been praying for renewal of family prayer.  We have said over 850 Novenas to different Saints asking for their intercession and help renewing family prayer in our families.  We also have a Mass offered on the first Saturday of the month for the same intention.  One of the members of the Children's Rosary was so kind to sponsor a Mass each month for this intention for one year.  As more and more children come together in prayer of the Rosary in their Children's Rosary prayer groups we pray that prayer also blossoms in their homes as well and throughout the world.  Pope John Paul II was fond of saying, "As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live."

The picture above is our Children's Rosary at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Hartford, Connecticut USA.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

A Christmas Wish

Dear Friends,
Just over a week ago I received a note from our contact Tran in Vietnam. He relayed a request from one of the Children's Rosary groups. They asked for a statue of the Child Jesus. Tran shares, "The children are looking forward to it, the children have asked you that."  A few days later two pictures came showing the little faces of the children behind the request. These children hold a sign which states:

We are Children's Rosary at Bac Hoa orphanage. For Christmas we would like a statue of the Child Jesus. Can you help us?

The children that are part of this Children's Rosary live in an orphanage for disabled children. One can see the bunk beds where they sleep behind them. They meet each evening from 7PM-8PM to pray the Rosary in the chapel that is part of the orphanage. They pray for all the members of the Children's Rosary and those that help the Children's Rosary as one of their intentions. To think of this, these sweet angels are praying for all of us.  Seeing their humble request I knew I could not wait in writing.  As shipping takes approximately 10 days to get to Vietnam, it is still possible to have a Child Jesus statue there for Christmas.  Shipping to Vietnam is expensive especially for a statue so we hope some will feel moved to help with a donation.

Some may remember Tran and the sacrifice the children made from this orphanage to share the Rosaries we sent them plus their own food of noodles and biscuits with a leper community Tran was visiting on their behalf. With such generous hearts full of prayer it is no surprise that their only request for Christmas is Jesus.  For my own part I am almost in tears thinking of them. 

I am including both pictures I received from the group as the second picture has a few more children visible in it then the top picture.  Each little one is so precious.
If you would like to help, here is a Link to the Children's Rosary Donation Page.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mass Offered for Seminarians on December 1, 2016

A Mass will be offered tomorrow 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 the future flock it seemed a beautiful way for the children to help. 

In reading the life of St. Vianney to my children this year we came to the portion about his vocation.  He would confide his true motivation of this vocation to his mother.  "If I were a priest I should gain many souls to God."  St. Vianney, patron saint of priests, is a beautiful example of the fruits that can come through a holy vocation.  

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