Saturday, July 14, 2018

Feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Today, July 14th, is the Feast of St. Kateri "Lily of the Mohawks". Last summer our family was able to visit the National Shrine of St. Kateri. We visited her village and also went to the stream where she was baptized. We have a small container of the water from this same stream. We prayed a Rosary during our visit at the National Shrine including in our intentions all the members of the Children's Rosary and all who help the Children's Rosary.

It is interesting how the saints can become our friends. The more we learn about them and ask for the help the more it seems we are reminded of them through other people. Recently, we became friends with a priest who has started a hermitage named after St. Tekakwitha. 

We consider St. Kateri a dear friend of the Children's Rosary and continue to ask for her help and intercession. Today we brought a little third class relic of St. Kateri to our Children's Rosary at St. Peter Claver in West Hartford, Connecticut. We put the little relic before the children as they prayed. We prayed in a special way for all the members of the Children's Rosary and all who help the Children's Rosary.

For those who do not know this humble saint who died at the young age of 24 a brief biography is provided below. We hope to introduce her to others, especially children as she is a beautiful witness of love and faith despite extremely difficult situations. The miracle that helped her progress in the path to sainthood involved a child who had a flesh eating infection of his face. As Saint Kateri had terrible scars on her face from small pox she would have understood in a deeply personal way the affliction of a disease affecting the skin of one's face.

Background
Kateri was born in 1656 in a town near Auriesville New York.  She was the daughter of a Mohawk warrior and a Christian Algonquin mother.  Both of her parents died when she was 4. Her life in many ways reflects that of St. Teresa the Little Flower who also lost her mother at the age of 4 and like Kateri died at the age of 24.  Kateri’s parents both died of small pox. Kateri also contracted the disease but survived but her face was left disfigured. She was often seen with a blanket over her head to hide her face.

Kateri was baptized as a teenager and was rejected by her tribe.  She courageously left her home and moved to a region near Montreal, Canada. Kateri remained devoted to both the Eucharist and Christ Crucified.  She would wait outside the chapel at 4 in the morning despite bitter cold and stayed until after the last Mass.  She was committed to the care of the sick and aged.  She also took a vow of virginity at the age of 23 an unprecedented act for an Indian women.  
Kateri was the first Native American to be Beatified.  Pope John Paul II Beatified her in 1980 and on Oct 21st 2012 she was canonized by Pope Benedict the XVI.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Mass Offered on July 7th 2018 for Renewal of Family Prayer

A Mass was offered on Saturday July 7th for Renewal of Family Prayer. This is something we do on the first Saturday of every month. The children also pray for renewal of family prayer in their prayer groups. In addition, over 800 individual 9 day novenas have been said by members oft the Children's Rosary to different saints also asking for renewal of family prayer.  Why so much attention and prayer for this topic?  The Children's Rosary is not an intercessory prayer group, meaning its purpose is not to pray for intentions, rather it is a prayer group for children which helps support their prayer lives. Yet, one cannot ignore the importance of prayer in the family.  Saints throughout history have championed prayer in the family.  The famous saying coined by Venerable Fr. Patrick Peyton summaries it so beautifully, "The family that prays together stays together". And so to keep and strengthen our families we pray for them. We hope that the prayer the children experience in their prayer groups will blossom into a richer prayer life in their homes.  Many members of the Children's Rosary have shared how this is happening in their families.
The pictures above and below were recently taken during a Children's Rosary meeting in a Church in Ugu Chak, Pakistan.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Happy Feast of St. Maria Goretti!

Recently, we received this picture of one of the children who is part of the Children's Rosary. She is three years old. The Children's Rosary group she belongs to meets three times a week in Texas. Her mother who is the group leader shared this picture of her three year old daughter praying in a Church they were visiting named after St. Maria Goretti. Her little daughter, only three years old, was praying for her older brother in the picture. Her older brother is 22 years old and like anyone his age, surely could use prayers, especially from his sister.  

In looking at this picture, there was something incredibly special about seeing a little child praying for her older brother. As our children enter the world and leave the home they need a great deal of prayer. Who better to cover them in prayers then their younger siblings. This little one isn't even tall enough to see over the kneeler and yet who is before her but the Child Jesus. She is in a Church named after a Saint who was martyred to preserve the virtue of purity. Indeed Saint Maria Goretti is a fitting saint to celebrate the innocent and the value of their prayers.

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The Children's Rosary Turns Two in Vietnam

June 24th 2018 was the two year anniversary of the first meeting of the Children's Rosary in Vietnam. There has been a beautiful unfolding of new groups in the country over the past two years. Leading the spread of the new groups has been a group of dynamic and very prayerful young people including Tran who helped to begin the first group at the age of 16.  On June 28th 2018 a special Mass in honor of the Children's Rosary was celebrated by Father Dominic Khang at St. Martin's Sanctuary. Individuals who have helped the Children's Rosary in Vietnam were there. One person even flew in for the Mass. In a special way during the Mass, they remembered Sister Dang who ran a Children's Rosary at Bui Chu orphanage prior to her passing. The children continue to meet at Bui Chu orphanage.

In honor of the anniversary a rosary made out of small cakes. This can be seen on a table in the two pictures above.  We thank all those in Vietnam who have helped with the Children's Rosary. 
May God bless you all.

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A Journey to bring Baby Jesus to the Children
Little Acts of Kindness: Remembering the Sick at Christmas
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Come on a Journey with the Children in Vietnam Day 1
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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Why are so many rosaries being sent out?

This is a time for Our Lady. This is a time for the young saints of this generation to take a Rosary in hand and pray. We are in blessed times where graces abound. Many hearts are opening especially in the young to pray. There is a thirst and it is not easily satiated except by the love of God. The more souls get a taste for prayer and come to understand the love of God and the love of their Heavenly Mother the more they want to share it with other souls. And so the requests continue. They come from distant corners of the globe and also from right here in the United States.  Some of the requests we receive are from places where mail does not even deliver and yet they request. To receive a package in these remote regions often means traveling great distances to cities to obtain packages. In certain countries such as Kenya high fees awaits them when they come to claim a package. So many road blocks exist and yet the requests continue. Sometimes a box is delayed or worse yet never arrives such as one box that was sent to Tanzania this spring. Our response is to send a replacement. When we know children are waiting for rosaries and materials to begin Children's Rosary groups there can be no waiting. We have to do all we can to keep sending the materials out.  With so many boxes going out especially to foreign countries where a typical box can cost close to $100, the need for donations to continue this work is great. We trust that there are souls who hear this call to reach souls in their hearts too and they want to help. This is an invitation to give Glory to God. 

Please know that by aiding these efforts you are covered in the prayers of the children who are asked to pray for those who help the Children's Rosary.


The Children's Rosary is a non profit and donations made within the US are tax deductible. Donations can be made online HERE.
Donations can also be mailed to:
Children's Rosary
PO Box 271743
West Hartford. CT 06127 USA

Checks can be made out to Children's Rosary.
God bless you all for your generosity!

The picture above was a package sent out to a nun in the Republic of Congo who wanted to start a Children's Rosary with children who were orphans.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Rosaries to Peru!

This week we were happy to send 309 handmade rosaries to Peru. These were hand carried by a family hoping to spread the Children's Rosary in Peru.  We also were able to send Children's Rosary books in Spanish. Each one is a seed for a new group. 

We would like to also wish a blessed Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle to all the members of the Children's Rosary.  This morning there was an opportunity to pray for all the members of the Children's Rosary and all who help the Children's Rosary touching a first class relic of St. Thomas. As the Parish where the Children's Rosary began is named after St. Thomas, we have always felt that he was a strong intercessor for the prayer group movement and its members.


God Bless you all!



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For more information about the Children's Rosary visit our website: www.childrensrosary.org
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Monday, July 2, 2018

Mass Offered on July 1 2018 For Seminarians

A Mass was offered on July 1st 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. 

We have been periodically featuring different seminarians at the beginning of the month. We invite them to share something of themselves - a beautiful sharing of faith and love of Our Lord. Today we will be featuring Sean Yates. 



Sean Yates


Hello, my name is Sean Yates and I am a seminarian studying for the Archdiocese of Hartford.  I am entering my second year of pre-theology at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  I am the middle child with an older brother and younger sister; I am also the proud uncle of two cool nephews.  I was born in Stamford, CT and raised in South Windsor, CT, where both my parents currently live.  I would love to share my vocation story (it can take a long time to tell my story, but I will try to keep it short).
I was raised in a Catholic family in a majority, if not Catholic, Christian town and attended Mass weekly at Saint Margaret Mary’s.  Growing up I was active in our youth group and other activities; Boy Scouts and almost every sport that was available.  Even though my non-Catholic activities were very demanding, we would also make Mass the priority.  I cannot remember my first draw to a priestly vocation but I do remember my first public admission of my priestly vocation.  In 1991, while studying for the Pope Pius XII Boy Scout religious award, the priest asked if any of us had any interest in becoming a priest and I said I did.  This acceptance of the vocation call was also the starter’s pistol for me running away from the call.  I still attended mass weekly throughout high school but when I went to college, The Citadel (a military school in Charleston, South Carolina), my mass attendance was not weekly anymore and I would attend mass as a way to get out of formation and not to visit with Jesus.  I was starting to fall away.  After finishing my college education, I returned home to Connecticut and began working on my career and trying to find a woman to start a family with.  While I continued to fall away from church.  I would still attend mass periodically but I was just there, I was checking off the box.  I don’t think the call ever left me and I know God uses many techniques to call His priests.  Sometimes they are gentle nudges and sometimes, for the more stubborn, He will hit you over the head with a sledge hammer.  My sledge hammer came on March 17, 2007, I had an event in my life that made me look at what I was doing.
At this point in my life, I had a good job, a bunch of friends, and a loving family but I was not happy: I felt empty.  I really looked into my life and searched for when I was happy and that was when I was active in church.  I stopped doing some of my activities and went back to church.  I quickly began saying my daily rosary.  I joined the Knights of Columbus, became an Usher/Greeter, started working at Bingo, and joined the Bible study.  I was becoming happy again.  In 2015’s fall Bible study, I was approached by a youth group leader and asked to replace him so he could retire.  I eventually said yes.  I became an active youth group leader and went to Steubenville NYC the following summer with them.
As I stated earlier the priestly call never left me as (at this point) I had been cyber discerning for three years.  I would look at vocation web sites and take on-line tests but did not talk to a vocation director yet.  Honestly, I was scared, I thought I would tell a vocation director that I was interested in a priestly vocation and next thing I knew I would be on a bus to seminary…but that is not how it works…Anyway, on our way to Steubenville NYC, I must explain that I was ready to say yes to God but I was not worthy to say yes to God.  I pictured my soul like a greenhouse that I was throwing rocks at for twenty years.  There was no glass left, just shards of broken glass on the ground and weeds growing all over the place.  Then we got to Saturday night adoration and on my knees while the Blessed Sacrament was brought close to me, I felt all my guilt and all my shame lifted away.  I felt whole again, my greenhouse was intact again, not replaced but the broken shards of glass were put back together.  With tears of joy, I said yes to God.  
Being in seminary is tough, classes are hard and there is a lot of other activities that take some efforts, but with the graces from God, it can be done.  I also have some devotions to saints; I love Mary and still say her rosary daily, St John Vianney, St. Augustine, St Maria Goretti, and Blessed Stanley Rother just to name a few.
Thank you for reading my story, I hope and pray this story is helpful in some way.  I guess one thing that you can take away from my story, if you think you have a call to be a priest, talk to your vocation director early, he is probably a nice guy that wants to help you discern your call and if it is a priestly call…man, there is a lot of joy in that call.
We hope that those of you reading this will keep Sean Yates in your prayers.  If we want holy priests we need to pray for them. They are undertaking a difficult journey for Our Lord and souls.  We thank them for their, "Yes".  

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For more information about the Children's Rosary visit our website: www.childrensrosary.org
Visite nuestro sitio web en español para obtener más información: www.rosariodeninos.org
Pour plus d'informations sur le Rosaire des Enfants, visitez notre site Web:www.rosairedesenfants.org