Sunday, February 19, 2017

First Meeting of the Children's Rosary at St. Francis Shelter

Today a new Children's Rosary prayer group formed at St. Francis Shelter in Bien Hoa, Vietnam. This Shelter is home to 80 severely disabled children. A small number of the children are ambulatory and these children came together to hold the first meeting of the Children's Rosary today.  The meeting began with Consecrating the group to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Much care was taken to set up a prayer area where the children could gather. 

The children chose to have a large picture of Divine Mercy before them.  The area was further decorated with prayer cards of saints hung before the image of Divine Mercy. Before the children was the baby Jesus. A gift we had sent to the children in Bien Hoa orphanage. They in turn gave this statue to the children at St. Francis Shelter. An incredibly generous gift from their hearts to other children in many ways more needy then they.

The children at St. Francis Shelter were very excited to receive the gift of the baby Jesus statue.  They also had an opportunity to give a gift of their own. Roses were present and each child was able to place a rose before the baby Jesus.  The children led a Rosary and also sang Marian hymns.  It was a very special first meeting.  The children look forward to their next meeting of the Children's Rosary.  We welcome these dear little ones to the Children's Rosary and extend our love and prayers to them.  



We received word that there was cleaning going on in the rooms of many of the children confined to their beds.  They were not able to be visited today for that reason.  In the future when the children hold their meetings every effort will be made to visit the children and involve them as much as possible.

Thank you all for those who were able to unify prayers with the children.  This means a great deal to them. 

It is a very special day to see the beauty of the children coming before Our Lord to offer their love and prayers.  We thank you God for such a gift. 

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

New Children's Rosary at St. Francis Shelter

We are excited to share that St. Francis Shelter in Bien Hoa Vietnam will now have a Children's Rosary prayer group. This Shelter is home to 80 children most of whom have severe disabilities.  Over a month ago a Children's Rosary was held at the Shelter.  There was interest to form a Children's Rosary prayer group at the Shelter where the children could pray on a regular basis. The first meeting will be Sunday February 19th at 9:30 AM local time.  This will be 9:30 PM ET on Saturday here in the Northeast part of the United States. I hope you will join the children in prayer. The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them. You will find a list of upcoming meetings in your local time zone, including this meeting in Vietnam, on our website: www.childrensrosary.org
While the children are meeting in prayer they can be seen as a blue flashing light on our View from Heaven map.  If you click "join in prayer" you can add a gold flashing light to the map.

The children will begin the meeting in a few hours by Consecrating 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. We hope to have pictures from the first meeting to share with you soon. The picture above of Our Lady of Fatima was taken at the end of the Children's Rosary that was held last month at St. Francis Shelter.  She had been carried to many bedsides of the children and now was set down for some final prayers before she left the Shelter. 

Thank you all and may Our Lord bless you. 

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Saint Bernadette Champion of the Rosary



Today is the Feast of St. Bernadette.  The picture above my daughter drew of St Bernadette with the Rosary surrounding her. Indeed the Rosary was something that she carried with her always.  

Today we received a note from Tran (age 16) who lives in Vietnam.  He has a first class relic of St. Bernadette and offered to pray for all the members of the Children's Rosary before the relic.  With the Feast of St. Bernadette today and the Feast of Jacinta and Fancisco of Fatima on Monday February 20th, it is beautiful to contemplate how Our Lady chooses to speak to the world through children.  Their role is crucial it would seem in bringing hearts back to God.  With rosaries in hand they will lead.  We continue to see this unfolding throughout the world with the Children's Rosary.  Regions where prayer has weakened or fallen away the children are bringing it back.  Through their tender voices and innocent hearts they are re-kindling it.

The children wanted to share someone else in our home that is a Champion of the Rosary. His name is Baby and he is our 14 year old cat.  While he is seen below taking a particular interest in a statue of St. Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes he also makes a routine of joining the children for their prayers.  It may be that the prayer room where we say our prayers is also where his bed is located but still we feel his presence during prayers is special.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Top 10 Favorite Posts from 2016

This past year was full of blessings for the Children's Rosary.  As many may just be discovering the Children's Rosary we would like to share some of the journey this past year. We have seen new Children's Rosary groups forming in different parts of the United States and also other countries such as Belgium, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda, Uruguay, and Vietnam.

We also had our official release of our new Children's Rosary website: www.childrensrosary.org also available in Spanish (www.rosariodeninos.org) and French (www.rosairedesenfants.org).  The site is full of newly developed resources such as instructional videos on How to Start a Children's Rosary and also How to Run Your First Meeting. One of the most exciting features of the new site is that View From Heaven map that allows one to see prayer groups meeting as blue flashing lights on the map and allows visitors to join in prayer and become a gold flashing light on the map. Prayer group meetings are also listed on the home page in one's local time zone so many can join the children in prayer from their home.  

This past December we released the French version of the Children's Rosary book. Many people helped with this translation project and we are very grateful to each one of them.  

The Children's Rosary also participated in several events which have become a yearly tradition. The Children's Rosary was invited this past year to participate in the Global Rosary Relay for Priests on  the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Many children unified prayers with Shrines across the globe praying for our priests.  

The Children's Rosary was also invited for the second year to join the Catholic Grandparents Association at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA for Grandparents Day.  The children led all present in a Children's Rosary at their outdoor Shrine.  


Children's Rosary groups in Pakistan organized several events during this past year in which children from many Children's Rosary groups in the region were able to meet. In June the children had a day were they came together to celebrate Mary Mother of Mercy. Other events included meeting at a Holy Door to pass through in honor of the Year of Mercy and also leading a Palm Sunday Procession.

One of the most precious gifts this year were all the groups who celebrated their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th and 5th year anniversaries.  With many new groups forming, it is easy to focus on the "new" groups but one must never forget the faithfulness in prayer that so many children and group leaders carry in their hearts.  The world may question why such sacrifices are needed.  When obstacles present themselves and hard times come there are a thousand reasons to give up.  Yet despite all this, groups continue to meet.  This faithfulness creates the grace that allows this prayer group movement to continue to spread... to reach deeper and further.  It is for this reason that postings continue.  For it is in sharing the blessings that are coming that we see the fruits of so much sacrifice.  These graces we are not owed, yet Our Lord in His goodness showers them down upon us.  We must not hide our light but share it and so the posts continue.

The list below of posts are my favorites. In some cases they represent events, or blessings and others struggles we have passed through.  I humbly thank you all for joining us on this journey. Thank you for your prayers, Masses offered, sacrifices made with the goal of bringing our little ones to prayer and in doing so help to strengthen not only the faith of our children but also our families and parishes. 

Here are the top 10 posts of 2016:

Important Announcement!
Sacrificing for Our Lord
A Journey to Bring the Baby Jesus to the Children
A Christmas Wish
The Children Reach Out to a Leper Community
Come on a Journey With Us
A Window to the World Through Prayer
We Conclude Our Fast at the Foot of the Cross
French Version of the Children's Rosary Book Arrives
When the Impossible Become Possible
Remembering Our Lady

It is so hard to limit the posts as there have been so many blessings.  These are honorable mentions:
Marian Procession in Pakistan
Under the Care of Our Bless Mother
"It is More Blessed to Give Than To Receive"
"12 Rosaries Left Over"
Surprises For the Children
"Many Things Can Wait but Children Cannot, for Them We Cannot Answer Tomorrow"
Confession is the Soul's Bath
Have You Ever Seen a Nativity in Pakistan? 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Lots of Snow!

The past 5 days the Northeast of the United States has been getting LOTS OF SNOW!  This has been a delight for our kids who have spent the time making snow forts and of course a snowman.  This one has a Daniel Boone hat and a love of the Rosary.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Our Lady and the Baby Jesus Arrive in Kenya!

The Holy Family Children Rosary Group in Entarara, Kenya had a surprise.  The statue of Our Blessed Mother holding the baby Jesus that we sent in December finally arrived.  The children usually meet on a Sunday but they came together to receive the statue on a Tuesday. Br. Cleophus brought the statue to them.  The statue of Our Lady can be seen next to the teepee structure protecting some recent trees they planted from animals.  The trees were planted several weeks ago at a celebration they had. The group plans to make an outdoor structure next to their little Church to house Our Lady and the baby Jesus.  They were very excited to receive the statue.  

The group has been suffering a great deal with a severe drought.  The children have been working hard to find water and carry it to the animals. Br. Cleophus reported that the children have been faithful to watering the new trees they planted. They have not died despite the lack of rain. One of the reasons the children have asked for a statue of Our Lady is that they would like to bring their intentions and those of their families to Our Lady and Jesus.

We thank Br. Cleophus (pictured to the right) who traveled a day and night to pick up the statue at the post office and then bringing the statue to the children.  Thank you also for those who have helped in donating funds and statues which allow this work to continue.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Flowers for Our Lady of Lourdes

Today the children held a Children's Rosary at St. Peter Claver Church.  We brought yellow roses to place before Our Lady at the end of each decade.  One of the children took this picture of the flowers we brought to give Our Lady at the end of the Rosary. These roses like our prayers we give with love to our Heavenly Mother. It brings us joy to imagine her gaze falling upon us as we pray a prayer she herself gave us: the Holy Rosary.  Many Children's Rosary groups met today across the globe.  Over 13 Children's Rosary groups were scheduled to meet on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Two of those meetings have yet to occur.  You still have time to join the children in prayer. A schedule of the meetings in your local time zone can be found at  www.childrensrosary.org
You can click the join in prayer button and see your gold light added to the light of the children meeting in prayer on our View from Heaven map.

Today also has some additional significance for the Children's Rosary.  It is the two year anniversary since we released our theme song video "Rosary Children".  We thought you might like to see a video we received of a new Children's Rosary group singing the theme song in the Philippines. See the video HERE.

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