Saturday, August 23, 2014

"O Lord, you Have Probed Me and You Know Me"

As we walk with Our Lord there are certainly times of trial.  It is at such times, that prayer and the knowledge of so many praying with us which can be a source of strength.  The encouragement of knowing we are not alone in our trials and others are there to support us is such a consolation.  May we all be that love that helps each of us walk through these trials and thus give more Glory to God. Amen.

Please consider joining the children in prayer.  The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them.

Saturday August 23rd
Children's Rosary at St. Mary's Parish in Corvallis Oregon 12 PM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate Lago Nigeria 1PM ET

Sunday August 24th
Children's Rosary at Our Lady and St. Patrick's Parish in Nottingham, England 9AM local time (4AM ET)
Children's Rosary at Assumption Church in Umoja, Kenya 7AM ET

Children's Rosary at St. Thomas Church in Thomaston CT 11AM ET

Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate Logo, Nigeria 1PM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Anthony Church in Lorain, Ohio 3PM ET in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

Children's Rosary at Assumption Church in Hanover PA at 3PM ET.
Monday August 25th
Children's Rosary at Holy Trinity Academy in Shenandoah, PA 12:20 PM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate Lago Nigeria 1PM ET
Children's Rosary at Holy Family Church in Gladstone Michigan 4:30PM  ET
Children's Rosary at St. John the Evangelist Church in Mahopac, New York 4:30 PM ETheld in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Meeting Our Lady in Prayer

Children's Rosary at St. Marguerite Parish in Brookfield, CT
Today the members of the Children's Rosary at St. Marguerite Parish in Brookfield CT have a wonderful surprise.  One of the Children's Rosary group leaders from the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury CT has arranged to bring the missionary image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the Rosary today.  It is life size and has been blessed by the local Bishop in Mexico prior to being brought to the United States.  It is wonderful on the Feast of the Queenship of Mary that the children will see their mother before them as they pray.  Our Blessed Mother loves her children and to have them present with her in prayer is also a wonderful gift to her as well.  

We invite those of you unable to attend the Children's Rosary in person to join the children in prayer from your homes.  We have two groups meeting today.

Friday August 22th 
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate Lago Nigeria 1PM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Marguerite Parish in Brookfield CT 4PM ET

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Praying for the Intercession of the Saints

Children's Rosary at St. Pius X
Today the Church honors St. Pius X. The 100th anniversary of his death was also August 20th.  In prayer today, my mind went to the little Children's Rosary we have at St. Pius X in Wolcott, Connecticut USA.  In thinking of these little children meeting in a Church named after this Saint, I was moved to ask for his special intercession for not only the group which meets in a Church named after him but for all the members of the Children's Rosary.  In a special way each new Children's Rosary group that meets in a Church named after a different Saint is like a little gift.  As people contact the Children's Rosary there is always an excitement to hear the name of where a new group will be forming.  Our wonderful Saints are such a source of help for all of us.  In so many small ways their assistance is felt throughout the movement.  We thank them this evening for all they have done to spread the Children's Rosary.  One can see a list of many of the Saints members of the Children's Rosary have prayed to in a nine day novena by clicking here.  

One of the beautiful blessings that we have seen in the children who are members of the Children's Rosary is an increased interest in learning about the Saints and through them following their beautiful example of faith.

22nd International Week of Prayer and Fasting

Mark your calendars!  You are invited to join the 22nd International Week of Prayer and Fasting. This week of prayer and fasting for Peace, the Protection of life and the Conversion of Nations was supported by Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa of Calcutta during their lives.  Pope John Paul II conveyed an Apostolic blessing going forward to all who participate in the week of prayer and fasting.  

Last year members of the Children's Rosary traveled by bus from Connecticut to Washington DC to attend the kick off vigil at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  The children participated in the procession of Nations and then led a Children's Rosary.  The trip was a wonderful experience for the children and through this many wonderful graces and blessings were felt.  

This year the Children's Rosary would like to participate by inviting members to pray and fast during the week of September 20th for the intentions of this initiative.  This prayer and fasting effort for peace is surely timely given all of the world events.

Other posts you may enjoy:
Reflections from the International Prayer and Fasting Vigil 2013
Our Lady has arrived

Monday, August 18, 2014

Praying with Our Children

Please consider joining our children in prayer.  The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them. Here is a list of some of the Children's Rosary groups which will be meeting over the next few days.

Monday August 18th
Children's Rosary at Holy Trinity Academy in Shenandoah, PA 12:20 PM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate Lago Nigeria 1PM ET
Children's Rosary at Holy Family Church in Gladstone Michigan 4:30PM  ET
Children's Rosary at St. John the Evangelist Church in Mahopac, New York 4:30 PM ETheld in front of the Blessed Sacrament.



Tuesday August 19th
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate, Lago Nigeria 1PM ET
Children's Rosary at Holy Redeemer Parish in Menominee, Michigan 6PM ET

Wednesday August 20th
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate, Lago Nigeria 1PM ET

Thursday August 21st
Children's Rosary at St. Augustine Church in Iba Estate, Lago Nigeria 1PM ET
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.

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Celebration of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Children's Rosary at Assumption Parish in Umoja Kenya
At Assumption Parish in Umoja, Kenya the Children's Rosary will be hosting some wonderful guests this weekend.  Cardinal Njue will be visiting the Parish and celebrating Mass.  The children will be welcoming him.  Members of many of the satellite parishes in more rural areas are also scheduled to attend.  Our Children's Rosary group leader from British Columbia, Canada has also made arrangements to be there as well.  She has spent the past few weeks in Kenya helping to spread the Children's Rosary prayer group movement to more parishes and in the poorest areas of Nairobi.  

We pray in a special way for all these efforts that through them many more children will be brought together in prayer of the Rosary.  In a special way we present these little children and their prayers to Our Lady.  For we love Our Mother and want to bring a smile to her face on this blessed Solemnity of her Assumption.

Loving Our Lady

On this beautiful Solemnity of the Assumption there is a feeling of love.  Our Mother is so good to us.  She loves her children.  Recently, one of the mom's sent me this picture from our monthly Children's Rosary group meeting.  After finishing the Rosary one of the precious little girls picked up the statue of Our Lady and hugged her. At first I thought maybe she was putting the statue of Our Lady away but on further reflection I could see she actually was just holding. Seeing the smile on this little girls face one can see there is a love and a joy in what she is doing. During such time spent in prayer a love develops, indeed such love from a child must be such a gift to Our Most Loving of Mothers.

Yesterday another wonderful moment.  Sitting on the city bus on the way home from work an older Polish women got on.  I recognized her from daily Mass.  She had just gone to the grocery store and had a bunch of flowers in her arms.  A little boy asked her about the flowers but she responded that she doesn't speak English. Yet no words were needed, there was a feeling in the heart that these flowers were for Our Lady as a gift on her Feast today.  Such acts of love are not new for this older women who often leaves Church by first stopping to touch Our Lady's foot or kiss her on the head. 

To see such love for Our Lady brings joy to the heart.