Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Working Together to Help Our Families

The Month of May is often called Mary's Month.  In anticipation of May the Children's Rosary is teaming up with Holy Cross Family Ministries to reach out to families in parishes where Children's Rosary prayer groups exist.  Many Children's Rosary groups will be handing out Rosaries at the end of Masses during the Month of May.  

Servant of God
Fr. Patrick Peyton
Holy Cross Family Ministries has generously offered to donate those rosaries that the children will be handing out.  The goal of Holy Cross Family Ministries is to strengthen families around the world.  This goal is shared by the Children's Rosary and thus our collaboration on this effort is both natural and seamless.  Servant of God, Fr. Patrick Peyton, founded Holy Cross Family Ministries in the 1940s.  His timeless words "the Family that Prays together Stays Together" is as important today as the first time he uttered the phrase.

It is not too late to order Rosaries through Holy Cross Family Ministries for May.  To order Rosaries please click HERE. Rosaries are free although they do ask for shipping costs.  As part of this collaboration, between the Children's Rosary and Holy Cross Family Ministries, we ask that all those placing orders also send an email to Susan Wallace letting her know you are part of the Children's Rosary. Her email is swallace@hcfm.org

Through the Rosary our families will be strengthened in virtue and holiness. Pope Francis recommends the Rosary as  "Spiritual Medicine" which is "good for the heart".  

In a special way we turn to Our Mother in the prayer she taught us, the Holy Rosary,  and ask her motherly guidance and help in our families.

Monday, April 14, 2014

¿Cómo hacer una cruz de palma?

Déjenme empezar diciendo que no tomo ningún crédito por lo presentado a continuación. Este método de hacer cruces con palmas fue creado completamente por mi hijo de 9 años en la misa de hoy. Mi primera mirada a esta maravillosa artesanía hecha por sus manos fue cuando estaba haciendo mi lectura desde el altar para el saludo de la paz, y él desde su silla estaba sacudiendo una cruz hecha con las palmas. Sus habilidades fueron respaldadas además por los miembros del Rosario de Niños quienes pidieron una de sus cruces al final del Rosario de Niños. Esta tarde Kostin bajó de su habitación con una enorme sonrisa en su rostro y con un montón de cruces. Colocó una junto a la estatua de la Virgen en nuestra sala de sol en donde decimos la oración familiar. La otra amablemente me la dio a mi, y las otras decoraron su habitación. Kostin también mencionó cuando estaba repartiendo sus tesoros que había guardado varias palmas para los dos niños de 7 y 9 años que viven al lado, y quienes también eran capaces de hacer cruces. Al ver tantas cruces surgió la idea de que tal vez otros querrían hacer una cruz. Bueno, suficiente con la historia y ahora vamos a hacer la cruz.


MATERIALES
2 palmas
Tijeras

PASOS
1. Tome la palma y rompa una franja delgada longitudinalmente de uno de los lados. Haga este paso nuevamente con la otra palma. Ahora ya tiene las "cuerdas", las cuales serán usadas mas adelante para atar la cruz.
2. Tome cada una de sus dos cruces y doblelas en forma de V.
3. Una vez las haya doblado, tome una palma y deslicela a través de la V de la otra palma. Ahora debe verse como una cruz.
4. Ahora tome la "cuerda" que hizo con la palma y pásela debajo de la cruz y haga un nudo simple en el centro.
5. Voltee la cruz y ate de nuevo con la misma cuerda.
6. Ahora puede hacer un doble nudo. Por favor aplique fuerza mientras hace el nudo y sosténgalo por un minuto. De esta manera la palma mantendrá la "memoria" de la posición deseada.
7. Corte las puntas dejando sólo media pulgada en la cola así ésta no se deslizará.


La variación opcional no fue fotografiada. Si el extremo del brazo de la cruz es demasiado largo o tiene un aspecto tosco, se puede doblar el brazo y meterlo en el lado donde se hizo el nudo. Esto da un aspecto más refinado.

Kostin sugirió que las piezas extras de palma fueran dadas a la iglesia y así fueran quemadas el próximo año durante miércoles de ceniza. A menudo se recogen en canastas el fin de semana anterior al Domingo de Ramos. (Kostin también mencionó que le gustaría quemar algunos de sus materiales adicionales para su cumpleaños en nuestra chimenea. Lo cual es aceptable puesto que son elementos benditos los cuales deben enterrarse o quemarse para salir de ellos).

Gracias por unirse a nosotros y que Dios los bendiga abundantemente. Amén.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

How to Make a Cross out of Palms

Folding each palm in half
Let me begin by saying, I take no credit for anything presented here below.  This method of making a Palm into a cross was developed entirely by my 9 year old son during Mass today.  My first introduction to his handiwork was looking out from the altar where I had been lectoring during the sign of peace and from his seat he was waiving a Cross made of Palms.  His abilities were further endorsed by members of the Children's Rosary who asked for one of his crosses at the end of his Children's Rosary today.  This afternoon Kostin came down from his bedroom with a huge smile on his face and with an armful of Crosses. One he placed by a statue of Our Lady in our sun room where we say family prayer.  One he kindly gave to me and others were decorated around his room. Kostin also mentioned as he was doling out his treasures that he had spared several palms for the two boys who live next door ages 7 and 9 who were also able to make crosses. Seeing so many crosses the idea came that maybe others might want to make a cross, as the means to do so did not seem obvious to me.
Well enough about the back story lets get to making a cross.
slipping the V of one palm through the other palm

Materials needed:
Two Palms
A scissor

Steps
1. Take your palm and peal off a thin strip longitudinally from one of its sides.  Do this step again for the other palm.  Now you have the material "string" which will be used to tie the cross later in the process.
2. Take each of your two crosses and fold them in half forming a V shape
3. Once folded take one palm and slip the V of the palm through the V of the other palm.  Now it should look like a Cross. 
4. Now take the palm "string" you made and pass it under the cross and make a single tie at the center.
5. Flip the cross over and tie again with the same string. 
6. Now make a double knot . Please use force making the knot and hold it for a minute so the palm keeps the "memory" of the desired position. 
7. Cut off the ends leaving about a half of an inch tale so it does not slip out.  

Optional variation not photographed.  If the free arm end of the cross is too long or rough looking one can bend that arm in and tuck it into the side where one made the knot.  This gives a more refined look.

Extra pieces of palms Kostin suggests giving to your Church next year to be burnt for the Ashes used on Ash Wednesday. They often collect them in baskets the weekend before Palm Sunday. (Kostin also mentioned he would like to burn some of his extra materials on his birthday in our fire pit. This seemed acceptable as blessed items should be either buried or burned if one would like to get rid of them). 

Thank you all for joining us and may Our Lord bless you abundantly. Amen.

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Mass Offered for Members of the Children's Rosary Today

Children's Rosary held today
One of the members of the Children's Rosary several weeks ago shared that she had requested a Mass be celebrated for all the members of the Children's Rosary and their families to be celebrated on the 13th of every Month.  The Masses would begin April 13th and would be celebrated at her parish of Our Lady of Fatima in Hartford, Connecticut USA. As today is the first of these Masses, I wanted to share this beautiful gift that all might be aware of the wonderful graces being given to our members today. 


A special Thank You for such a wonderful gift.  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Consoling Our Lord As We Enter Holy Week

This weekend is the last weekend before Easter.  As we enter Holy Week it seems particularly special that our children will be in prayer with Our Lord.  Please consider joining the children in prayer from your home.  The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them. 
April 11th (St. Stanislaus)
Children's Rosary at St. Mary's School in Orange, Texas 7:05 AM CT
April 12th
Children's Rosary at St. Michael's Church in Garden City, South Carolina 10:30 AM ET(FIRST MEETING)
Children's Rosary at St. Mary's Church in Corvallis, Oregon 9AM PT
Children's Rosary at Holy Trinity Church in Nairobi, Kenya 3PM local time
Children's Rosary at St. Peter Claver Church in West Hartford, CT 3:45 PM ET
April 13th (Palm Sunday)
Children's Rosary at Our Lady and St. Patrick's Parish in Nottingham, England 9AM local time (4AM ET)
Children's Rosary at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in South Windsor, CT 8:45 AM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford, CT 9:45 AM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New Britain, CT 11AM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Patrick's Church in Tacoma, WA 11:30 AM PT
Children's Rosary at St. Anthony church in Lorain, Ohio 3PM ET in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
Children's Rosary at St. Joseph Church in Hanover, PA 4PM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Paul Church in Fenton, Missouri at 6PM Central Time.
April 14th
Children's Rosary at Holy Trinity Academy in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania 12:20 PM ET
Children's Rosary at Holy Family Church in Gladstone, Michigan 4:30 PM ET.
Children's Rosary at St. John the Evangelist Church in Mahopac, New York 4:30 PM held in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

Children's Rosary Turns Three

Children's Rosary at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in
Brentwood, California
Today is the third Anniversary of the Children's Rosary.  Three years ago today a group of children met in a chapel in West Hartford, Connecticut USA.  The chapel was named after the Holy Family.  The children led the Rosary together as a prayer group.  Three short years later by the grace of God Children's Rosary prayer groups exist on 5 continents and within 21 States within the US.  In total there are close to 60 Children's Rosary groups all Consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Some groups meet monthly while others meet weekly.  Some have chosen to meet during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  Today two groups will meet.

The Children's Rosary at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Brentwood, California will meet at 6:30 PM ET in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
The Children's Rosary at St. Martin Church in Kingsville, Texas will meet at 6:30 PM ET.

It is beautiful that on the Anniversary of the Children's Rosary two groups would be meeting at the exact same time in such distant places with others unifying prayers from other parts of the world.  It seems fitting for such a connection to be taking place as truly we are all God's children and such little ones help to show us this most beautifully.

To all those reading this posting, please consider unifying prayers with the children.  The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them.

Thank you all and God Bless!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mercy

Dear Friends,

Saturday Asher, our seven your old, and I traveled to the Bronx in New York for a Divine Mercy Conference. As so many Children’s Rosary groups were meeting that day and we are in the middle of our 18 days of Masses, I had hopes of reaching out to different people to help spread the Children's Rosary. So with bright hopes Asher and I set off pre-dawn.  Things began to look questionable when Asher got sick on the bus on the way there.  He was so good though and we felt confident once we arrived things would be better (he suffers chronically from motion sickness).  However,  he continued to feel sick once we got there.  He rallied a bit for a few hours but then it hit him hard.  We were walking amongst the crowds and poor thing he would just drop to the ground on all fours and throw up.  What was beautiful was that the seminarians in particular one named Br. Alex came right to our aid.  Br. Alex took his backpack as I could not (with my joint disability) and watched over us.  We spent a good deal of the afternoon in a back room with Asher on a folded up cardboard box wrapped in a plastic tablecloth with a discarded display bowl with him.  Asher was such a trooper never complaining but clearly so frightened about the bus trip home that awaited us.  

The afternoon was definitely much different then I expected but the Lord was working in His way.  Seeing the seminarians and their mercy for Asher was so heart warming.  These particular seminarians, from the Shrine of Divine Mercy, the children have been praying for by name this year.  The children praying that they would grow in holiness and lead us in love.  To see this in action was such a wonderful confirmation of the Gospel which was read on Sunday where Jesus says: Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. I knew that thou hearest me always”. (John 11:41-42). Truly Our Father hears all our prayers and Saturday was a witness of this.  

On Saturday to see Br. Alex, with little fuss or attention to himself, check on Asher who lay curled up on the floor and upon seeing that there was a cold draft move us to a warmer room was mercy in action.  In this transfer from one room to another we by chance passed Cardinal Dolan on his way down a hallway to celebrate the Mass, someone the children have also been praying for by name on our intention sheet.  Cardinal Dolan in his humility stopped briefly to see how Asher was doing.  Such was the kindness shown to us on Saturday as so many Children’s Rosary groups were meeting around the world.  Such was the witness we were to experience.  As a year ago tomorrow we began a prayer intention that our seminarians may grow in holiness and lead us in love: offering Masses, prayers and Rosaries for this intention.  Our Lord in his generosity chose to allow those graces to beautifully unveil themselves.  

In a special way tonight I would like to thank all the members of the Children’s Rosary for all your prayers and sacrifices.  These prayers are transformative for the lives of not only these seminarians who expressed such gratitude for the prayers and Masses but for helping Our Blessed Mother and Her Son to further Their plans.  Such is our humble hope we have each day.  Tomorrow will be the third anniversary of the Children’s Rosary.  For the past two years we have named a new prayer intention to focus on each year.  The first being renewal of family prayer and the second praying for our seminarians.  As we truly have only just begun to develop our seminarian prayer initiative to its full extent, the upcoming year will again focus on our seminarians and renewal of family prayer.  There will, however, be a new prayer intention added this year to our intention sheet: for the young of the world and the parents of the world, may our parents be inspired to educate their children and lead their children with good advice.

Thank you all for joining together in our Anniversary Novena of prayers which ends tonight and also for contributing to our Novena of Masses and those who have been so generous with your gifts.  We have a complete 18 days with 2 Masses being said daily.  The first 9 days were for the fulfillment of Our Lady’s plans for the Children’s Rosary and the last 9 days are in Thanksgiving.  The last Mass will be celebrated April 16th.  Thank you to the multitude of children that gather in prayer of the Rosary and for the many who unify prayers with them.  It truly is a wonderful thing to have ones prayers ushered to heaven by these little ones. Thank you to our Group leaders who pray for these little ones to come and when they do come, help gather them together in prayer.

Again Thank you all and may this year be a Blessed one. Amen.