Sunday, January 12, 2020

Celebrating the Last Day of Christmas

Today we celebrate the last day of the Christmas season. Tomorrow, January 13th, we return to Ordinary Time. We are grateful to those who participated in our Children's Rosary Patiently Waiting campaign 2019. This included putting a sign in one's window that read "Patiently Waiting" through Advent. We invited those who participated to replace the Patiently Waiting sign on December 25th with one that read: Christ is born. The sign above is the sign we placed in our home. Our son Asher can be seen in the window. We have kept this sign in our window through the whole Christmas Season. It is a gentle reminder that the time of Christmas begins on December 25th....it does not end on the 25th. It is a celebration of this special time...one that we anticipated in prayer. 

At our monthly Children's Rosary this morning at St. Thomas the Apostle, we had a Nativity present which the children gathered around to pray their Rosary. They took turns placing yellow roses at the crib of Baby Jesus at the end of each decade. During the Rosary, there was a moment when little Peyton, only 3 years old, was walking to the podium to help lead a mystery of the Rosary with an older child. As she passed by the altar, being so tiny, she hit her head on the corner. It clearly was very painful. She gabbed for her head and many tears followed. Her mom rushed to pick her up and cradled her in her arms. Little Peyton closed her eyes and was gently comforted by her mom. We all waited to continue the prayers until her mom gestured to us to continue. In watching Peyton, it was a special moment to think of Our Lord in the arms of His mother Mary. One could imagine Our Lady comforting Baby Jesus. The Nativity scene for those moments came alive in our prayers. In this last day of Christmas, there is still time to ask for those special graces available to us through each liturgical season. 

May Jesus be born in our hearts. Amen.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Mass Offered for all the Members of the Children's Rosary on December 25th 2019

Every month a Mass is said on the 25th of the month for all the members of the Children's Rosary and all who help the Children's Rosary.  In December, it is particularly special that our monthly Mass falls on Christmas.  It is our little gift to all of you who are part of the Children's Rosary.

We wish you and your families a blessed Christmas.

~Blythe

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Patiently Waiting in Pakistan 2019

Some of the members of the Children's Rosary sent pictures of them making "Patiently Waiting" signs for their homes. 
These signs help us to witness where our hearts can be found during Advent. We invite individuals to replace the patiently waiting signs with ones that reach "Christ is Born" on Christmas. 

Learn more about the Children's Rosary Patiently Waiting Campaign

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Children's Rosary Receives Endorsement from Robert Cardinal Sarah

We are excited to share a recent communication we received from Robert Cardinal Sarah:

"The graces that are so evidently springing from the Children's Rosary through the powerful intercession of Our Lady give me great hope not only for Africa, but for the many countries worldwide that you are engaged in and where the Lord wishes you to venture. Please know of my fervent support for your apostolate. And please pray for me and my mission in service to the Church and our Holy Father." ~ Robert Cardinal Sarah

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Join us for the Christmas/Infant of Prague Novena (December 16th-24th 2019)


Christmas Novena
Prayer to the Miraculous Infant of Prague

In anticipation of Christmas December 25th consider saying this 9 day Novena from December 16th-December 24th.  

O Divine Infant Jesus, Who said: "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you." Through the intercession of Mary, Your Most Holy Mother, I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be granted.

(Make your request.)

O Divine Infant Jesus, Who said: "Unless you become like little children, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven." Grant me the simplicity and wonder, the tenderness and gentleness of a child. Fill me with innocence, hope and love. Grant me the grace that I need.

(Make your request.)

O Divine Infant Jesus, help me know how close You are to me and how powerful is Your embrace. Help me to trust that You hold the whole world in Your hand. I place my every need and care in Your hands. I ask that you fulfill my request according to Your holy will.

(Make your request.)

Miraculous Infant of Prague, have mercy on us.
We humbly ask that you join us in praying this novena and include as one of your intentions: for all those who help the Children's Rosary through time, talent or treasure may they receive Christmas peace and joy. 
This is spiritual gift we would like to share with all those who have supported the Children's Rosary this year. In addition, a Mass will be celebrated for all the members of the Children's Rosary and all who help the Children's Rosary on December 25th.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Mass Offered for Seminarians on December 1st 2019


A Mass was offered today for all seminarians that they will grow in holiness and lead us all in love. Every month we have a Mass offered for this intention. 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. 

We have been periodically featuring different seminarians on the first of the month by inviting them to share something of themselves - a beautiful sharing of faith and love of Our Lord. This month we will be featuring Christopher Kelley. 


Christopher Kelley

I am currently a seminarian on Pastoral Year and in formation with the Archdiocese of Hartford, CT. Yet my journey so far has been rather unconventional, having grown up in a home where we didn’t go to Church all that often – in large part because my father had passed away when I was young from cancer, and my mother would eventually also pass from breast cancer – and my own practice of the faith disappeared in high school following my mom’s passing. It wasn’t until I was in college, in a philosophy class of all places, that the dying embers of my faith slowly began to be reignited, eventually leading me to return to the faith and become Confirmed at the end of my freshman year of College.
Shortly after returning to the Church, I began to consider the vocation to the priesthood more regularly, recalling the words of invitation a priest had given for me to think about in high school, however, I eventually decided by the end of college to hold off, instead preferring to just simply find a job and work upon graduating. While in Graduate School working toward a Master of Public Administration degree focusing on City Management, I went on a Men’s Retreat my home parish put on, which brought me to a deeper experience of our Lord and the invitation to discern became much stronger, prompting me to become more involved in my parish and discern in earnest. 
In the following months, my devotion to the Rosary and the guidance of the Blessed Mother became crucial to my discernment, my daily praying of the Rosary before Mass began with the small, but faithful, group of parishioners who would show up each morning to pray the Chaplet for the day. The presence of the Blessed Mother in my prayer life eventually led me to a greater insight and appreciation of Christ’s suffering in the Sorrowful Mysteries, and a greater appreciation for His presence in the hardest moments of my life even though I could not always see it. 
A few months after finishing my M.P.A., I was accepted into the formation program for my Archdiocese and began the deeper work of praying, discerning, and ultimately, of being formed into a better Christian Man – and God-Willing, a future priest of Jesus Christ.

We are grateful to Christopher Kelley for sharing his beautiful vocation story. We humbly ask that you say a Hail Mary for Christopher and his vocation now and consider including him in your future prayers. Thank you.
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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Patiently Waiting Campaign 2019


This Advent Place a Patiently Waiting Sign
 in Your Window
Join the Children's Rosary by putting a sign in your window as a beautiful reminder of where our hearts can be found as we prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ. On Christmas replace the sign with one that reads: Christ is Born.

Fifth Anniversary of the Patiently Waiting Campaign

If you have a Children's Rosary in your school we invite you to have the children make signs in class and have them bring them home to put in their windows. The picture above was sent to us from a school in New Jersey. 

We have included a flyer for this year. Consider posting this at your parish or school. The flyer can be saved to your computer by right clicking on the image below and clicking save. This can then be printed. Alternatively, if you would like us to email you the pdf please write to blythe@childrensrosary.org 


Send us a Picture
We invite people to send us a picture of their Patiently Waiting sign in their window. Please include in the email where you live. We hope to feature some of these on our website. Pictures can be sent to: blythe.kaufman@gmail.com 

Invitation to Everyone
We should note that the Patiently Waiting Campaign is an invitation to adults and children. One does not have to be involved with the Children's Rosary to participate. 

The story behind the Patiently Waiting Campaign:
A number of years ago, I was walking past a home and in the window a sign read: Patiently Waiting.  It caught my attention.  Each time I walked past it each day I looked at it and was grateful for it. To see the sign made me happy inside. I wondered who put such a sign in their window.  Later I would find out it was a wonderfully holy priest.  After his passing, many shared how special this little sign was to them. It was so simple but it sent a ripple out into the community, a joyful one that is still moving in my heart years later even after the soul who placed it in his window has passed on.  This made me wonder, what if each of us put a sign in our windows?  What would be the effect...these speckles of love sprinkled all over the world. It was from this thought that the Patiently Waiting Campaign was born. 
                                                                                                             ~Blythe Kaufman