Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"If you are what you should be you will set the whole world on fire"

St. Catherine of Siena
These are the words of St. Catherine of Siena: virgin, mystic, contemplative and Doctor of the Church. Today we celebrate her memorial.

We may not always know where the Lord will lead us such as we heard in the Gospel both today and yesterday at Mass. "The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit." (John 3:8)  Yet, there is peace that comes from knowing that when we come to the Lord in prayer He will guide us as a loving Father. 

The Children's Rosary at Holy Redeemer Parish in Menominee, Michigan will be meeting today at 5PM Central Time. Please consider joining the children in prayer.  The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

"Have you strayed from the path leading to heaven? Then call on Mary"


“Have you strayed from the path leading to heaven? Then call on Mary, for her name means "Star of the Sea, the North Star which guides the ships of our souls during the voyage of this life," and she will guide you to the harbor of eternal salvation.” -St. Louis de Montfort, The Secret of the Rosary

Please consider joining the children in prayer of the Rosary.  The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them. Monday we have at least three Children's Rosary groups meeting.

April 28th (St. Louis de Montfort Optional Memorial)
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.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

"I sought you out and now you come to me"


These were the last audible words of Pope John Paul II on hearing tens of thousands of young people singing in St. Peter's Square as he lay in his deathbed.  It was Friday April 1 2005, the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday when he uttered, "I sought you out and now you come to me. Thank you."  Indeed he did seek out children and young people throughout his Papacy.  As one of the young people who traveled to Denver for World Youth Day in 1993, I can attest to this.  His beautiful faith and trust in the Blessed Virgin Mary also was a beautiful pillar of his Papacy as well.  Tomorrow as we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday and also his Canonization we have many Children's Rosary groups meeting.  I hope this will be a joy to him to see children gathering on a Feast he helped to establish praying the Rosary which was so dear to Him.  

The powerful intercession of Pope John Paul II has been ever present within the Children's Rosary. The Children’s Rosary book was written in large part on the Feast of Pope John Paul II and the book is dedicated to the Holy Trinity, Our Blessed Mother and in gratitude for the intercession of Pope John Paul II. 

Pope John Paul II in a special way we thank you and we ask for your prayers and blessing for all the members of the Children's Rosary and the prayer movement itself that we may bring a great many souls especially young people to Our Lord. Amen.

Children's Rosary groups Meeting on Divine Mercy Sunday:
Children's Rosary at Our Lady and St. Patrick Parish Nottingham England 9 AM local time.
St. Margaret Church in Waterbury Connecticut 10 AM ET.
Children's Rosary at St. James Church in Lilburn Georgia 10:30 AM ET.
Children's Rosary at St. Thomas Church in Thomaston Connecticut 11 AM ET
Children's Rosary at St. Patrick's Church in Tacoma, Washington 2:30 ET
Children's Rosary at St. Thomas the Apostle Church West Hartford CT 2:30 PM ET in front of the Blessed Sacrament
Children's Rosary at St. Anthony Church in Lorain Ohio 3:00PM ET in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
Children's Rosary at St. Joseph Church in Hanover Pennsylvania 4:00PM ET

Members of the Children Rosary at St. Joseph Church in Timor Leste
using the Children's Rosary book dedicated to Pope John Paul II

Divine Mercy Sunday Event

Dear Friends,

Divine Mercy Sunday is tomorrow.  There will be a Divine Mercy Event at St. Thomas the Apostle in West Hartford, Connecticut USA from 2-4PM ET.  The Children's Rosary has been invited to lead a Rosary at the Event.  There will be a procession led by one of the priests attending with the Image of Divine Mercy.  Members of the Knights of Columbus will follow and then members of the Children's Rosary will also be invited to participate in the procession.  The image of Divine Mercy will be blessed.  The Blessed Sacrament will then be exposed for Adoration during the event.  There will be a short reflection for approximately 10 minutes to be given by one of the priests on the topic of Divine Mercy.  The children will then be invited to lead the Rosary followed by the children joining in the song "Rosary Children" composed for the Children's Rosary prayer group movement.  Jeff Batter who recorded the instrumentals for the song and the male vocals will be there to help lead the children. 

Divine Mercy Sunday 2011
Following the Rosary there will be various prayers and also the Divine Mercy Chaplet sung by Cheryl and Jeff Batter who are members of the Children's Rosary.  At the conclusion of the prayer event individuals can be blessed by a priest with a first Class relic of St. Faustina.  Confessions will also be available with three priests beginning shortly after 2 and extending until 4PM.  

All are invited to attend the whole or a portion of the planned afternoon(there is no fee associated with the event).  Mass will not be part of the prayer event but there is a Mass at 5PM at St. Thomas for anyone interested in staying to attend.  For those of you living a distance away please consider unifying prayers with the children.  The estimated time to begin the Rosary is 2:30PM ET.  We will be praying for you all.  Scott Scaria who helped plan this event is leading a pilgrimage to Rome for Divine Mercy Sunday and has brought our intention list which includes all the members of the Children's Rosary and all who help the Children's Rosary.  Scott has been a wonderful member of the Children's Rosary.  It is such a grace that he will be attending the Canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII and has offered to remember us in his prayers there as well.  He has humbly asked for all of our prayers as he leads two buses of pilgrims amongst 5 million other visitors.

Those children able to attend tomorrow's Divine Mercy Event at St. Thomas should arrive at 1:30 PM ET to go over the details and run through the song.  

One last beautiful blessing.  The Children's Rosary group leader from St. Bernard's Parish in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania has requested a Mass be offered for the Children's Rosary and all their families on Divine Mercy Sunday. 

Thank you and may you all have a Blessed Divine Mercy Sunday.

Your Friend in Christ,
Blythe

Friday, April 25, 2014

Mass Offered Today for Members of the Children's Rosary

Pope John Paul II during his visit to Louisiana in 1987
A Mass was offered today for all members of the Children's Rosary and all who help the Children's Rosary in any way.  On the 25th of every month a Mass is offered for this intention.

It is a little way of saying thank you to our members and those who help the Children's Rosary.

"Earthly Angels"

Children's Rosary at St. Marguerite Parish
Jesus asked that a novena to His Divine Mercy begin on Good Friday and continue for 9 days.  He asked that a specific intention be prayed for each day.  On the 6th day of the novena His intention is for the meek and humble souls and the souls of children:


Today bring to me the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who would keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the humble soul is able to receive My grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence. (Diary of St. Faustina 1220)


It is clear from this intention how precious are the souls of little children and those with a humble heart, for Our Lord calls them His earthly Angels.  It is a consoling thought to know that these little ones provided strength during Our Lord's bitter agony.  Today we are blessed to have at least three Children's Rosary groups meeting.  

Please consider joining the Children in prayer.  They always pray for those unifying prayers with them.  It is a beautiful thought to imagine the prayers of these little ones are ushering up our prayers as well to the very Throne of God.
April 25th
The Children's Rosary at St. Mary's School in Orange, Texas will meet at 7:05AM CT
The Children's Rosary at St. Mary's School in Pontiac, Illinois will meet at 9:00AM CT
The Children's Rosary at St. Marguerite Parish in Brookfield, Connecticut will meet at 3PM ET.
April 26th
Children's Rosary at St. Mary's Church in Corvallis, Oregon 9AM PT

Other posts you may enjoy:
How to Start a Children's Rosary
Novena of Divine Mercy
Why Does the Lord Test Us?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

"I Want You To Be Open and Simple as a Child"

Children's Rosary in Brentwood, California
As we approach Divine Mercy Sunday this weekend it seems a wonderful opportunity to continue to reflect on some portions of the diary of St. Faustina.  The diary is truly such a treasure.  One portion, Jesus speaks of the importance of being open and simple as a child. 


"When I entered the chapel, I heard these words in my soul: I want you to be open and simple as a child with My representative just as you are with Me; otherwise I will leave you and will not commune with you" (Diary #494).


Today we are blessed to have at least two Children's Rosary groups meeting.  Two groups are meeting at the exact same time despite being in different time zones and many miles a part. Please consider joining the Children in prayer from your home.  The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them.

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.

Thank you all and may you have a blessed Easter Thursday.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Trust

Several months ago I asked one of my children why the Children's Rosary is important.  He responded, "because it shows God we trust in Him".  This was an answer I had not expected but upon reflection indeed it was true.  To spend time in prayer is a way of showing Our Lord we trust in Him and believe He is listening to our prayers.  As we approach Divine Mercy Sunday, it seemed a perfect time to refect on a little portion of the Diary of St. Faustina in which Our Lord explains to St. Faustina how pleasing is a soul who trusts in Him.


"I seek and desire souls like yours, but they are few. Your great trust in Me forces Me to continuously grant you graces. You have great and incomprehensible rights over My Heart, for you are a daughter of complete trust. You would not have been able to bear the magnitude of the love which I have for you if I had revealed it to you fully here on earth. I often give you a glimpse of it, but know that this is only an exceptional grace from Me. My love and mercy knows no bounds." (Diary of St. Faustina #718)


The Children's Rosary at Holy Redeemer Parish in Menominee, Michigan will be meeting today at 5PM Central Time. Please consider joining the children in prayer.  The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them.

Monday, April 21, 2014

"The Greater the Sinner, the Greater the Right He Has to My Mercy."

As Divine Mercy Sunday approaches this Sunday it is beautiful to contemplate the words Our Lord shared to St. Faustina about His Mercy:


"I perform works of mercy in every soul. The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My mercy. My mercy is confirmed in every work of My hands. He who trusts in My mercy will not perish, for all his affairs are mine, and his enemies will be shattered at the base of My footstool" (Diary of St. Faustina #723).


These words are such a comfort for us who stumble so often and feel discouraged.  For my own part, when I have found myself offending Our Lord through sin there is a natural tendency to shrink and look away from Him. To draw away and want to put asside prayer.  Yet Our Lord's words to St. Faustina, "the Greater the Sinner, the Greater the Right He Has to My Mercy" well up and then there is a renewed hope and a conviction to not look away but rather begin a new with more resolve.  Yes, at such low moments there is a knowledge that to doubt Our Lord's Mercy would offend Him more and thus to take up ones Rosary and pray looking to Heaven, appealing to Our Lord's Mercy, seems the most pleasing course.

Today we are blessed to have at least three Children's Rosary groups meeting. Please consider joining us today for the Rosary.  The children always pray for those unifying prayers with them.

April 21st
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.




Saturday, April 19, 2014

God's Grace

"God's grace is always greater than the prayer which sought it. The Lord always grants more than what He has been asked," adding, "you ask Him to remember you, and He brings you into his Kingdom!" -Pope Francis (November 24th 2013 homily)


Friday, April 18, 2014

Divine Mercy Novena Begins Today!

Good Friday is the day that Jesus asked Saint Faustina that a 9 day novena to the Divine Mercy be initiatied.  He gave her a different group of souls to pray for each day.  Along with those intentions the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is said as well.  The novena leads up to Divine Mercy Sunday instituted by Pope John Paul II. I am attaching a link to the Divine Mercy Novena and how to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. 

Jesus's Request to Saint Faustina:


"I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fount of My Mercy, that they may draw there from strength and refreshment and whatever graces they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death.
On each day, you will bring to My Heart a different group of souls, and you will immerse them in this ocean of My Mercy, and I will bring all these souls into the house of My Father. You will do this in this life and in the next. I will deny nothing to any soul whom you will bring to the fount of My Mercy. On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My bitter Passion, for graces for these souls." (Diary 1209)

The Diary of St. Faustina is such a treasure of beautiful ways Jesus calls us to come to the fountain of His mercy.  I am including a few of my favorite excerpts:  

"In the Old Covenant I sent prophets wielding thunderbolts to My people. Today I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My merciful Heart. I use punishment when they themselves force Me to do so; My hand is reluctant to take hold of the sword of justice. Before the Day of Justice I am sending the Day of Mercy." (Diary 1588)

"Let souls who are striving for perfection particularly adore My mercy, because the abundance of graces which I grant them flows from My mercy. I desire that these souls distinguish themselves by boundless trust in My mercy. I myself will attend to the sanctification of such souls. I will provide them with everything they will need to attain sanctity." (Diary 1578)

"Have confidence, My child. Do not lose heart in coming for pardon, for I am always ready to forgive you. As often as you beg for it, you glorify My mercy." (Jesus to souls striving for perfection and holiness -Diary 1488)

"I desire that priests proclaim this great mercy of Mine towards souls of sinners. Let the sinner not be afraid to approach Me. The flames of mercy are burning Me - clamoring to be spent; I want to pour them out upon these souls." (Diary 50)

This one seemed especially fitting for today, being Good Friday:
Jesus tells us:
“there is no way to heaven except the way of the cross. I followed it first. You must learn that it is the shortest way.... I am giving you a share in those sufferings because of My special love for you and in view of the high degree of holiness I am intending for you in Heaven. A suffering soul is closer to My heart.” (Words spoken by Jesus to St. Faustina diary 1487)

Leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday, it is my hope to include more reflections and quotes from the Diary of St. Faustina here on this blog.

Thank you all and may Our Lord cover you with His Divine Mercy. Amen.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Lord Almighty, you who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind"


Dear Friends,

Yesterday concluded our Novena of Masses.  Two Masses said daily for 9 days for the fulfillment of Our Lady’s plans for the Children’s Rosary and then two Masses said daily for 9 days in thanksgiving.  With so many Masses and prayers going up it is truly a blessed way to enter holy week.  This beautiful novena of Masses and prayers happened through the generosity of many people.  May I humbly say, thank you for making such a gift to Our Lady and her Son possible. 

Reflecting over these 18 days it has been an interesting journey.  In the first few days there were a string of signal graces and pieces of good news.  I remember remarking to one member of the Children’s Rosary that everything seemed to get easier.  Impedances removed and the feeling of wonderful grace flowing.  

Something interesting happened after a few days, periods of intense struggle began.  Those who read of the trip to the Divine Mercy Conference have some sense of one particular struggle with a rather long day of travel including a bus ride with little Asher who had a terrible stomach flu. An illness that lasted almost a full week. For my own part there were times of complete physical exhaustion, spiritual questioning and disappointment.  A feeling that certain branches were being deeply pruned.  Last Friday at Mass there was a reading that seemed to speak to these experiences, "Lord Almighty, you who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind"  (Jeremiah 20:12). Indeed it would seem that the Lord was probing the heart and testing.  With so many Masses going up and our prayers for Our Lady’s Plans to be fulfilled in us there was a green light for Our Lord to set to work and continue to mold us and fashion us according to His Will.  Psalm 23 was a true consolation "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me." Yes, indeed despite such trials there is a sense that we are never left alone.  Our Lady in a special way also supporting us and reassuring us. 

I share these inner feelings as I suspect others may have experienced something similar.  Several have written asking for extra prayers due to family struggles and spiritual struggles in their faith.  Please do not think you are being punished.  Our conversion is life long and we may expect such suffering as we follow Our Lord, for He is the most beautiful example of suffering done with love. 

As you might be thinking right now that such a novena of Masses has brought down a great deal of suffering alone, may I share with you some tender stories that warm the heart and assure us that Our Lord cherishes the prayers of these little ones and the Masses we offered to Him.  For the Sacrifice of the Mass was the gift He gave to us out of Love today.

May I share with you that during this novena of Masses many new people reached out and began Children’s Rosary groups.  Two moms contacted us from Michigan.  Each had been meeting for some time praying the Rosary with children.  They wanted to join our prayer movement.  One group meeting weekly on Tuesday evenings at 5PM and the other meeting weekly on Mondays at 4:30 PM.  We also have an existing Children’s Rosary group which meets on Mondays at 4:30 PM in Mahopac, NY which now means there will be two groups able to unify prayers together.  More beautiful ways that Our Lady is helping us to create a web of children’s prayers unified across the world. New groups also began in South Carolina and word that a new group will be meeting the first weekend in May at the Parish of St. Joachim in Madera, California.  In total we now have reached approximately 60 Children’s Rosary groups...one for each bead of the Rosary!  A wonderful image to contemplate.  

May I share one more blessed gift.  Several months ago I received a note from a women named Bette whose niece was very sick.  She had a clot in her lung and was early in her pregnancy.   Quickly both mom and baby were put on our intention list that went out to our groups for the children to pray over.  Day by day mom pushed through with her little baby.  Then word came that there were severe developmental problems with the baby detected on ultrasound.  The doctors said the following two weeks would be important in the survival of the baby. Such news was a hard blow for the family.  Yet Bette wrote that in prayer she felt called to ask for the prayers of the Children’s Rosary.  After many rosaries lifting up these intentions word recently came:  A MRI did not show the extreme problems the doctors had thought. Such news was a blessing which one cannot begin to measure.  While Bette is quick to say that both mom and baby still are in constant need of prayers things are looking much brighter.  This family has truly embraced the Children’s Rosary and may I share offered many prayers of thanksgiving and sent several beautiful Mass cards.  One indicated that the Children’s Rosary Apostolate would share in the Masses, prayers and good works of the Servants of Mary including a daily Mass celebrated at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.  An other card indicated a Perpetual Mass enrollment in the Golden Heart of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

As we join Our Lord tonight for His sharing of the Holy Eucharist and then accompany Him to the Garden, there is a feeling that such struggle allows us to have that naked, raw heart that allows us to better understand the suffering Our Lord undertook for us.  

Thank you all for being a part of the Children’s Rosary.  Thank you for your prayers and sacrifices.  Despite our flaws there is a feeling that Our Lord and Our Lady are happy with our efforts.

Your Grateful Friend in Christ,
Blythe

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.

Other posts you may enjoy:
How to Start a Children's Rosary



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.