Saturday, December 28, 2013

Feast of the Holy Family

Feast of the Holy Family Dec 29th
During the Octave of Christmas the Feast days come one after the other.  It is such a blessed time of the year one might become overwhelmed.  However, the Feast of the Holy Family is something that deserves particular attention.  Something that I became aware of at least a year after the Children's Rosary formed was that the chapel where the first meeting of the Children's Rosary was held is named after the Holy Family.  In our parish we rarely call it by its formal name the Holy Family Chapel but rather call it simply our chapel and so its true name was not known to me until over a year ago.  In reflection it seemed a perfect home for the Children's Rosary.  For children are the heart of the family and the family is the lungs of the Church.  If our families are strong then our church will be strong.  And so I could see the wisdom of Our Lord in bringing the children to prayer in a space dedicated to the Holy Family.  Through these little innocent prayers the coals in our families of love and peace would be stoked and a renewed commitment to family prayer would begin. 

Tomorrow we are blessed to have three Children's Rosary groups meeting:
The Children's Rosary at Our Lady and St. Patrick's Church in Nottingham, England will meet at 8:45 AM local time.
The Children's Rosary at St. Margaret of Scotland in Waterbury, Connecticut will meet at 10 AM EST.
The Children's Rosary at St. Thomas Church in Thomaston, Connecticut will meet at 11AM EST.

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

Today's Prayer:
In a special way Lord, we pray for all of our families.  Lord, we struggle to follow your example and ask that you help us that all of our families may mirror the Holy Family.  We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.  

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