Tuesday, June 30, 2015

EWTN to Premiere Children's Rosary

We are very excited to share that EWTN will be premiering our new Children's Rosary videos July 6th 2015 at 4:30 PM ET. The first of the series of four will air on Monday July 6th on EWTN in the United States and Canada.  We are very excited that EWTN has added the Children's Rosary to its monthly programming schedule.

Upcoming dates have been released through September:

July 6th Children's Rosary Joyful Mysteries 4:30 PM ET
August 18th Children's Rosary Sorrowful Mysteries at 4:30 PM ET
September 3rd Children's Rosary Luminous Mysteries at 4:30 PM ET
(We anticipate the Glorious Mysteries to be shown in October)

Many have helped to make these videos a reality.  Children and members from around the world have prayed for the completion and release of these videos as they represent a window into a Children's Rosary prayer group.  Few adults can remember growing up as a child in a prayer group.  Yet children have a large capacity for prayer and have a need for their prayer life to be supported.  We hope that these new videos show the beauty and deep faith that exists in the hearts of children and the simplicity and love they bring to prayer.  We hope many hearts will be touched by the innocence of these little ones.

A special thank you to Jim Morlino of Navis Pictures for filming our Children's Rosary video series.

We hope in the coming several months to release a Children's Rosary DVD which will contain all four mysteries shown on EWTN plus an additional bonus instructional video of how to begin a Children's Rosary prayer group and how to organize your first meeting with answers to frequently asked questions. Please continue to keep the completion of the DVD in your prayers.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Behind the Scenes

The Children's Rosary has been abustle with packages going out, new groups registering and pictures coming in from groups around the world.  

The children and I are keeping our heads down and working very hard while still protecting our special time in prayer.  It is hard to call it working though as it is difficult to imagine doing anything else and such time serving Our Lord and Our Lady brings a great amount of joy. Each person that contacts us or group that writes with news is a little gift that brightens our day.  We try to share these blessings here on the Children's Rosary website that all may see the graces being poured down.  These are very exciting and blessed times.  Some may wonder if I am reading the same news but to see every day more and more children around the world gathering together as prayer groups seems to send a river of hope to one's soul.  

As you can see from the picture above almost all the materials that go out to our groups pass through the hands of children.  As I have a joint disability I cannot pack boxes.  The children put the packages together and carry them either by hand or red wagon to the post office.  As one can see the red flyer wagon has seen better days.  One side is completely missing of the wood and two more are barely holding one.  We lost one screw today so we will see how the old wagon fairs with her other sides.  Yet the wear on the old wagon is a welcome sight as it speaks to the many trips it has made carrying boxes to groups around the world.  The children all know the post office staff by name and they all look for the children each day coming with more Rosaries, prayer books or CDs headed somewhere in the world.  

It felt important to share the behind the scenes of the Children's Rosary.  Sometimes we are unable to update the weekly meeting times of the groups with the schedule changing day by day.  Please know we are working on improving this system of sharing the weekly meeting times.  We are praying very hard and seeking help in creating a registration portal so group leaders will be able to manage their meeting schedule and these times will display so others can unify prayers with the children. 

We would like to thank the many members of the Children's Rosary that are working in the vineyard.  We have our group leaders who sacrifice so much of themselves and pray with the children, we have members traveling around the world in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and throughout the Unites States and Canada sharing Children's Rosary materials and helping to sow new seeds.  We have radio stations helping to bring the voices of the children to the airwaves that they may touch hearts. We have members working on new music for the Children's Rosary.  Yet other members giving of their talent to work on translations of our Children's Rosary book in many languages.  There are others who are making Rosaries and donating them to the Children's Rosary that we may make them available to new groups.

It is humbling to see how many people have come forward to help.  

My simple appeal to you all tonight is don't give up.  There are many times of discouragement and questioning if it is worth holding a Children's Rosary prayer group meeting.  Maybe you wonder if any good is coming from it.  Please be assured that each prayer and each meeting is the wind that is blowing these seeds to far places and deep into the hearts of our little ones.  These children have pure fertile soil. The fruits of these prayer groups will yield for years to come.  Grandparents can know that their grandchildren are forming memories and experiences of prayer that will last their whole lives.  This is the most precious insurance policy a parent can give their child.  Each child will need to rely on that policy sometime in their lives.  

Please stay close to the Children's Rosary website tomorrow as there is a beautiful announcement coming.  It is the fruit of many prayers.

Thank you all and God Bless.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

More Good News from Pakistan

More good news from Pakistan.  Our group leader from St. Joseph Church shared that the children are now holding their Children's Rosary daily both in the morning and evening during their summer holidays.  He went on to share,  "our group is increasing day by day".  
How absolutely beautiful to see so many children coming together to support each other in prayer.  On summer holiday the children are choosing to come to meet and kneel in prayer of the Rosary with other children in a prayer group.  They begin their day together and end their day together in prayer.  It is also a beautiful thing to imagine both the prayers of these children for all the members of the Children's Rosary and also the prayers of the children meeting around the world covering these children in Pakistan with prayers.  

Our Lord and His Mother are drawing these children very close to their Hearts and it is an inspiring thing to see. On this Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help it is a wonderful thing to celebrate and thank our most loving of Mothers who continues to help and care for all her children.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

First Children's Rosary in Pakistan

Members of the Children's Rosary
at St. Joseph Church in Pakistan
On the beautiful Feast of St. John the Baptist we have wonderful news to share. There is a new Children's Rosary group in Pakistan.  Last night the group leader shared pictures from this new group.  While the group has been meeting since March 3rd 2015 up until now they have had no Rosaries.  As shipping internationally is extremely expensive and our funding is through donations we had to wait to send such a package.  A lovely member of the Children's Rosary handmade 40 Rosaries for this group and sent them to us.  
The children each receive a Rosary
Last week one of the children from the Children's Rosary here in Connecticut USA packaged everything together including several of our Children's Rosary books, our Children's Rosary CD which has our theme song Rosary Children.  The sheet music for the song. We included the Consecration prayers to Consecrate their group to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate heart of Mary and also a collage of pictures of our other groups around the world.  We hoped the children would like to see other children from around the world that are praying for them and meeting just like they are in a Children's Rosary prayer group.  
Children kneeling before a Children's Rosary

We did not expect the package to arrive so quickly to Pakistan. Yet last night an email came with many pictures.  The package had arrived!  As Pakistan is 8 hours ahead of us here in Connecticut USA it was already June 24th: the Feast of John the Baptist.  What a wonderful gift to see the children holding Rosaries and praying in their Children's Rosary.

Each child shows his or her own Rosary
This new group meets weekly.  Their parish is named after St. Joseph.  The group leader explained that next weekend the priest from their parish will Consecrate the group to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary.  In this way the group is under the protection and guidance of Christ and His Mother.

In a special way we thank Our Lord for the gift of this beautiful Children's Rosary in Pakistan.  These 40 children can meet together as a prayer group and find beautiful support in their prayer life.  Times are extremely difficult these days and to have friends praying for you and with you is such a blessing to be sure.  
In a special way we pray for all the members of the Children's Rosary.  Thank you all for your prayers and support.  

If you would like to make a donation to the Children's Rosary to help meet the growing needs of new groups forming around the world, this can be done electronically through the donate button on the right margin.  Donations can also be mailed to: 

Children's Rosary 
PO Box 271743
West Hartford CT,  06127 USA

(Please make checks out to Children's Rosary Inc)

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"The Road that Leads to Life"

"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many.  How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few." (MT 7:12-14)

This was a portion of the Gospel reading from Mass today.  In reflection I began to think of of the mothers I have seen in crowded places with their children.  I have seen mom's tie something around their children with a string to make sure they do not stray or get lost. These type of cords are now sold and seem to be most frequently used for very little children who can walk but would not know their way without their mother or father.

I then began to think of Our Blessed Mother.  She is the most loving of mothers and of course would be concerned for her children.  She would not want even one to be lost. Would she not have thought of something similar?  Indeed as I began to reflect after Mass I thought of the Rosary.  It is in many ways like a lasso.  The end of the lasso is the Cross. Indeed it would seem if Our Blessed Mother can get the Rosary around her children the other end leads to her Son.  One of the members of the Children's Rosary, age 8,  did this little drawing of a child with a Rosary around him and bead by bead it leads to Heaven. While we do not actually where a Rosary the act of praying it serves as a spiritual lasso.

There are many beautiful promises attached to prayer of the Rosary which have an Imprimatur. A few are listed below:

The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.
It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
All who recite the Rosary are My sons, and brothers of My only son Jesus Christ.
Devotion to My Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
Imprimatur: Patrick J. Hayes D. D Archbishop of New York

It is our hope that through the spread of the Children's Rosary more and more children will have this lasso of protection that guides them along the narrow path.  It is so hard these days to see the path through so much noise.  Parents and grandparents worry for their little ones.  We hope the Children's Rosary will be a source of help for our children in these difficult times.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

First Children's Rosary at St. Peter's Church in Higganum, Connecticut USA

First Children's Rosary at St. Peter Church in Higganum CT
Recently I received pictures from the first meeting of the Children's Rosary at St. Peter's Church in Higganum, Connecticut USA.  This new group met on Saturday June 6th 2015. They began their meeting by Consecrating their group to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary.  In this way the group is under the protection and guidance of Christ and His Mother.

They had three children attend and met outside before a beautiful statue of Our Lady.  At the end of the Rosary the children took the flowers they had placed at the foot of Our Lady in between each decade and collected them.  
Lucy and Eve carefully placed all the roses in a vase before Our Lady and Baby Jesus inside the Church to remain all week. Lucy pictured below in blue also holds their intention box which was placed before them as they met.  One of the intentions present in the box was for all the members of the Children's Rosary as well as the intentions of Our Blessed Mother.  It is beautiful to think of more and more little groups all over the world.  Their prayers twinkling as if tiny stars gleaming up toward heaven.  

There was another unexpected gift given that day.  We had another group of children meeting for the first time as a Children's Rosary.  These children were meeting at the Benedictine Monastery of Thien Tam in Kerens, Texas USA.  A member of the Children's Rosary was speaking on behalf of the Children's Rosary at the Eucharistic Conference and had helped organize this Children's Rosary.  As both groups were scheduled to meet at the exact same time I ask them to pray for each other, unifying prayers.  A wonderful note came back from Joan Alix in Texas.  She was deeply touched that the new group meeting at the same time was from Higganum CT as this had been her home for many years before moving to her current home in Florida.  The name of the group leader also was farmiliar to her as she had taught members of that family years ago when she was a teacher in Connecticut.  Indeed there was the beautiful Divine Thread weaving people together thousands of miles apart.  Over and over one marvels at the way Our Lord and His Mother can touch hearts and make us all feel so connected.
Children's Rosary at the Benedictine Monastery of
Thien Tam

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Highlights from the Global Rosary Relay for Priests

Children's Rosary in Lagos, Nigeria
The Children's Rosary was invited to participate in this years Global Rosary Relay for Priests.  This was held on June 12th 2015 which was the World Day of Prayer for Priests and the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Beginning in Siberia every 15 or 30 minutes a Rosary was led at different Shrines for the sanctification of priests. Eighty-four shrines in 46 countries participated. Pope Francis even took a time slot and was praying from the Vatican.  He conveyed an Apostolic blessing to all who participated in the Global Rosary Relay for Priests. 

Beautiful addition of drums to songs
sung by the children after the Rosary
We are very excited to share some of the wonderful pictures and stories from our Children's Rosary groups that participated in this years Relay. In addition to many of our members unifying prayers with the Shrines at home we also had a number of Children's Rosary groups that met formally in their Churches to pray for the sanctification of priests.  

One of our groups in Lagos, Nigeria met at 1PM ET.  The children led a Children's Rosary and then concluded with beautiful songs.  Some of the children even played drums to accompany the music. 

Children's Rosary in Cheshire
Connecticut USA
A Children's Rosary was held at St. Thomas Becket Church in Cheshire Connecticut USA.  Members of the Children's Rosary from St. Bridget Church in Cheshire CT also attended. The Children made a poster of priests that they know and even the Archbishop of there Archdiocese: Archbishop Blair which they placed before them during prayer. Another highlight of the Rosary was the addition of music.  Many of the children in this group are musical and they enjoy playing instruments between decades as they sing Ave Maria.   

The Children's Rosary at St. Bernard's Church in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania USA held a Children's Rosary to participate with the Global Rosary.  They prayed at 1:45 PM ET unifying with a Shrine in Slovakia.  The group leader shared that all of the regular children who participate in the Children's Rosary were able to attend as well as some adults.  A young priest from their parish was able to attend and read the Apostolic Blessing given by Pope Francis to all who participated in the Global Rosary Relay.  

Children's Rosary group in Pontiac, Illinois USA
The Children's Rosary at St. Mary's Church in Pontiac Illinois held a Children's Rosary at 9AM CT.  There were 10 children present and several adults.  At the end of the Children's Rosary they sang the theme song for the Children's Rosary prayer group movement: Rosary Children.

A Children's Rosary was held at St. Paul's Church in Cranston Rhode Island.  The group leader shared the beautiful roses that were brought to the Rosary.  Each child placed them before a statue of Our Blessed Mother as is the custom for our Children's Rosary groups.  The group leader shared that she also had an icon present of both the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary.

We also had a Children's Rosary held at another Parish named after St. Paul.  This group is from Fenton, Missouri USA.  They met at 7:30 PM ET and unified with the Monastery of Our Lady of the Desert.

A Children's Rosary was held at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church in Avondale, Pennsylvania USA.  Members of the Children's Rosary from St. Patrick's Church in Kennett Square also attended.  We have a picture of those gathered before the start of the Children's Rosary.   
Children's Rosary group in
Avondale, Pennsylvania USA

We are very grateful to Marion Mulhall, the founder of Worldpriests, for her invitation to the Children's Rosary to participate this year.  The children were humbled by this invitation.  The response from our members around the world has been so beautiful.  The children very much wanted to come together to pray for our priests on the Feast of the Sacred Heart.  The little ones also found it very special to know Pope Francis was participating and they were so grateful to receive the gift of his Apostolic Blessing.

Marion has invited the Children's Rosary to be a part of the Global Rosary Relay going forward and we very much look forward to continuing this beautiful tradition.  Please mark your calendars next year the Global Rosary Relay for Priests will be held on June 3rd 2016.

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