Thursday, May 5, 2016

"Turn Then Most Gracious Advocate, Thine Eyes of Mercy Towards Us"

Several years ago Sean, a member of the Children's Rosary, made a comment at the end of the Rosary.  He said, "I wonder what it would be like for Our Lady to turn her gaze and look right at us?"  
Sean, I must share is one of our older members of the Children's Rosary, he is in his seventies and is also blind.  He grew up in Ireland and has prayed the Rosary daily since he was a tiny child. He enjoys coming to the Children's Rosary to pray for his grandchildren who do not live close to him.

Sean's question was a beautiful thought to contemplate. Many times Sean's comment has come to mind while saying the Hail Holy Queen: "Turn, then, Most Gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us."

Recently one of the children who is part of the Children's Rosary, took this picture of Our Blessed Mother in a garden outside of Church.  The sun seemed to fall on the statue in such a way to obscure much of the detail of the statue and reflect a beautiful light.  In looking at the statue of Our Lady with the flowers at her feet, Sean's question came to mind. I thought it a beautiful question to share with the children as they meet this May. 

With the little voices of children rising up to heaven with prayers of the Rosary, what grace must come when Our Blessed Mother upon hearing these prayers turns her head towards them? 

Over the next few days there will be many Children's Rosary groups meeting.  Consider joining the children in prayer. They always pray for those unifying prayers with them.

Friday May 6th (First Friday)
Children's Rosary at St. Joseph Church in Butanpura Pakistan 6AM local time

Children's Rosary at St. Mary's School in Orange TX 7:05 AM CT
Children's Rosary at St. Mary's School in Pontiac, IL 9AM CT
Children's Rosary at St. Mary's Church in Pine Bluff Wisconsin10 AM CT
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate Lagos, Nigeria 1PM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Peter Church in Musa Dughal Pakistan 2PM local time
Children's Rosary at Immaculate Conception Church in Fairbanks Alaska 3:30 PM ET 
Children's Rosary at St. Joseph Parish in Adrain, Michigan 5PM

Children's Rosary at St. Stephen the Martyr Church in Lilburn Georgia 5PM CT Children's Rosary at St. Joseph Church in Butanpura Pakistan 9PM local 
Children's Rosary at St. Joseph Church in Ashraf Town Pakistan 6PM local time
Children's Rosary at St. John De Cross Pastoral Area Shimankar Nigeria 6PM local time.
Children's Rosary at St. Luke's Parish in Ogallala, Nebraska
Saturday May 7th (First Saturday)
Children's Rosary in Cebu Philippines meets each Saturday.

Children's Rosary at St. Joseph Church in Butanpura Pakistan 6AM local time
Children's Rosary at St. Mary's Church in Corvallis, Oregon 9AM PT

Children's Rosary at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Harare, Zimbabwe 9AM local time
Children's Rosary at St. Agnes Church in Naples FL 9:30 AM ET
Children's Rosary at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Sharon, MA 9:30 AM ET
Children's Rosary at Our Lady of LaSalette Parish in Sulphur, Louisiana 9:30 AM CT
Children's Rosary at S. Michael the Archangel Parish held in the Kibera Slum in Langatta Nairobi, Kenya to meet at 10 AM local time
Children's Rosary at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Rushden, Northants England 10 AM ET
Children's Rosary at Holy Family Parish in Syracuse, NY to meet at 10 AM ET at the Daughters of St. Mary Chapel
Children's Rosary at St. Bridget Church in Cheshire, CT 12:30 PM ET

Children's Rosary at St. Peter Church in Musa Dughal, Pakistan 2PM local time
Children's Rosary at Sacred Heart Church in Middleboro, MA 2PM ET
Children's Rosary at the Daughter's of Charity Convent Bridgeport CT 2PM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Gregory the Great Parish in Bristol, CT 2:15 PM ET 
Children's Rosary at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Tacloban City Philippines 3PM local time
Children's Rosary at St. Thomas Becket Church in Cheshire, CT 3PM ET
Children's Rosary at Lake Sherwood Village in Baton Rouge Louisiana 3:PM CT 
Children's Rosary at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, CT 4:00 PM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Peter's Church in Higganum, CT 4PM ET 
Children's Rosary at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Natchitoches, Louisiana 4:30 ET 
Children's Rosary at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Shrub Oak, NY 4:45 PM ET
Children's Rosary at our Lady of Fatima Parish in Hartford, CT 5PM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Edward the Confessor Church in Richmond, Virginia 4PM

Children's Rosary at Immaculate Conception Church in North Delta British Columbia Canada at 4PM PTChildren's Rosary at Mary Queen of the Universe Parish Comstock, TX 5:15 CT
Children's Rosary at St. Joseph Church in Ashraf town Pakistan meets 6PM local time


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New Children's Rosary to Meet on Ascension Thursday

The first meeting of the Children's Rosary at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Maple Shade, New Jersey USA will be held tomorrow (May 5th) at 9AM ET.  This new group is being led by two wonderful women: Barbara and Clare.  There is someone else lending his help to this new Children's Rosary group: Quincy.

Quincy is Clare's guide dog.  Clare is blind and for a long time had a desire to work with children and the Rosary but had not yet found an opportunity.  Providentially, Barbara was praying for help in starting a Children's Rosary and heard about Clare.  The rest as they say is history. Tomorrow Barbara, Clare and Quincy will be present at the first Children's Rosary at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Maple Shade, New Jersey.  Barbara shared that everything is ready for tomorrow including white flowers that the children will place before Our Lady at the end of each decade. They will begin by Consecrating the new 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. 

Clare will be bringing her guitar and plans to accompany the children in song at the end of the Children's Rosary.  Indeed it seems Our Lord had supplied for everything.

The banner which Quincy is wearing was hand embroidered by Barbara's sister. In this way Quincy can help, too.  Children love dogs and with his new embroidered banner, Quincy is hoping to get the word out and bring more children to the Children's Rosary.
Other Posts You May Enjoy:
How to Start a Children's Rosary
"If We Pray We Will Believe, If We Believe We Will love"
What is the Rosary?


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mass Offered for Seminarians

Today a Mass was offered for all seminarians that they will grow in holiness and lead us all in love.  his is something the Children's Rosary does on the first of each month. 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. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Getting Ready for May


May: A Time of Abundant Gifts

In the Encyclical of Pope Paul VI (Mense Maio) on prayers during May he so beautifully describes how the month of May is a time “long dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God. Our heart rejoices at the thought of the moving tribute of faith and love which will soon be paid to the Queen of Heaven in every corner of the earth. For this is the month during which Christians, in their churches and their homes, offer the Virgin Mother more fervent and loving acts of homage and veneration; and it is the month in which a greater abundance of God's merciful gifts comes down to us from our Mother's throne."

Yet, in this month in which we are told of the abundance of gifts available to us there is also an urge to return such mercy with gifts of our own offered up to a Mother who loves us.  We should not worry about this special focus on Mary.  Pope Paul VI explains,  "Since Mary is rightly to be regarded as the way by which we are led to Christ, the person who encounters Mary cannot help but encounter Christ likewise. For what other reason do we continually turn to Mary except to seek the Christ in her arms, to seek our Savior in her, through her, and with her?" (Mense Maio)
Here are some ideas to help make May extra special:
1) Hold a May Crowning before a Children's Rosary in May.  
Step by Step instructions are available HERE on how to plan it!
2) Invite the children to make Mother's Day cards for Our Blessed Mother to bring to their Children's Rosary in May.  As you see above in the picture, the children placed handmade cards before Our Lady as they prayed the Rosary.
3) Ask permission from your Pastor to have the children give out Rosaries after weekend Masses one weekend in May.  Free Rosaries can be obtained from Holy Cross Family Ministries (payment for postage is required). 

As we enter into May, I humbly ask for special prayers for all those who have been preparing to hold their first Children's Rosary group during this special month dedicated to Our Blessed Mother.  I also ask for prayers for all the existing groups that Our Lord will bless them and assist them in their efforts to bring children together in prayer of the Rosary. 

Other Posts You May Enjoy:
How to Start a Children's Rosary 
EWTN Interview about the Children's Rosary
"With These Beads We are Building a World of Peace and Love"

Thursday, April 28, 2016

12 Rosaries "Left Over"

Last night I received a note from one of our Children's Rosary members from Ohio, USA.  I am including a portion of the note below.


"I had a thought while reading your posts tonight.  When reading the one about the 5 barley loaves and 2 fish with "12" baskets left over it seemed to apply to the "12" rosaries left over for your shipment!  I am still smiling as I write this and of course I just had to share!  Reread what you wrote and see if you agree." 


After reading her note, I went back to both posts that she references.  First the one entitled: The Children's Rosary Turns Five and then the second one: On the Shoulders of the Good Shepherd. The connection was remarkable.  I invite others to read them and see what you think!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Mass Will be Offered Tomorrow for the Members of the Children's Rosary

A Mass will be offered tomorrow, 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 picture above is our new Children's Rosary in Thata Bsau, Pakistan.  The picture was taken at their first meeting on March second 2016.  

Other Posts You May Enjoy:
How to Start a Children's Rosary

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Keeping Those in Ecuador in Our Prayers


We recently received word from our Children's Rosary group leader in Quito, Ecuador following the earthquake there:
"We are doing fine but our brothers and sisters from the west coast are very bad".  

As rescuers race to continue the search for survivors of Saturday nights earthquake may we humbly ask that those reading this post take a moment to say a Hail Mary for all those suffering in Ecuador.

The picture above is our Children's Rosary group in Quito, Ecuador. The picture was taken before Christmas.  They hold a sign which reads "Esperando Pacientemente" which means Patiently Waiting.  Indeed many in Ecuador are patiently waiting to hear about loved ones or waiting for help in this time of tragedy.  May we keep our brothers and sisters in prayer these days.

Thank you all!