Tuesday, October 29, 2019

"I will be 80 in January and feel lost without rosary beads to work with"

We received a large box of rosaries. Inside was a note. The women explained, "I've been making them (rosaries) since '07. I've had some help through the years, but I'm alone at it again the last 5 years. I have a real devotion to Our Blessed Mother. I will be 80 in January and feel lost without rosary beads to work with. Another order will go out in the next days. I'll send more if you want them."

We were amazed at how many rosaries were made by one women. The box included 467 rosaries. My daughter who makes rosaries was astonished at the number. When we were Africa this summer we saw the importance each rosary had on the child that received it. The trajectory of their life was changed for the good. To look at these rosaries was to see 467 children. This kind women may never meet the children who will hold and pray with these rosaries but she faithfully keeps the beads moving through her fingers in love for Our Blessed Mother. The gift she gives is two-fold: it is a rosary but it is also the gift of love. 

We are so grateful to all those who so generously send us handmade rosaries and also send funds to help us ship the rosaries to children who are waiting for them.
To learn more how you can help click HERE.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

A Mass was Offered for all the Members of the Children's Rosary on October 25th 2019

A Mass was offered yesterday for all the members of the Children's Rosary and all who help the Children's Rosary.  We continue to have a Mass said for this intention on the 25th of each month. The Eucharist is such a powerful gift from Our Lord that when I wanted to extend thanksgiving to all of you I knew of no better way to express my gratitude.  May Our Lord's love be poured down on all of you through the powerful sacrifice of the Holy Mass. 

The photo above is of a new Children's Rosary at the Convent of the Sisters of Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. They held their first meeting on October 1st 2019. They are in St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Parish in the Minas Diocese of Uruguay. The new group meets each Tuesday evening at 5:30 PM. We are so grateful for the support of Bishop Fuentes of Minas for encouraging the spread of the Children's Rosary. We also would like to thank Henry Bukenya who is helping the Children's Rosary groups in Minas. He will be starting seminary studies in Minas in the New Year. Henry is from Uganda and accompanied us during our travels in Uganda this summer. He is continuing his seminary studies in Uruguay through the invitation of Bishop Fuentes of Minas.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

A Second Harvest

This summer we visited East Africa. It was a time to witness the harvest that was coming in from many seeds that had been sown over the years. These seeds were invitations to begin Children's Rosary groups. When possible we also sent rosaries for the children over the last 6 years and also carried rosaries with us in June to give to groups. 

We visited many Children's Rosary groups this summer during our time in Africa. We also visited new areas and met with priests, teachers, parents and children. Praise God that new groups have formed through those seeds that were sown. But we are also seeing something beautiful. We are seeing now a harvest in areas where we did not sow seeds. Rather these are priests that are hearing about the Children's Rosary from fellow priests that have Children's Rosary prayer groups at their parishes and schools. It is a second harvest....an unexpected one.

Yet we should not be surprised by such a harvest as Our Lord shares His expectations: "So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?" (Matthew 25:26) Our Lord looks for such a harvest and as we know from Scripture and the third servant who only buried his seed or talent and did not share it, he was punished. So we thank God for the grace that these seeds have spread and are bearing fruit. We also thank the children that through their prayers they are witness to the good that comes through prayer, especially prayer of the Rosary said together as a prayer group. We thank the priests and adults who help the children and provide the invitation to prayer through Children's Rosary prayer groups. Each person that says, "Yes" and helps these children to come to prayer is tending in the Vineyard of Our Lord. These tender souls need only planting to be done. They have pure hearts that are fertile.

The pictures included in this post are from St. John the Baptist Parish in Makondo. This is within the Masaka Diocese of Uganda.  Fr. Gonzaga Kiyimba heard about the Children's Rosary from a fellow priest who has groups in his parish and schools. This new group held their first meeting on September 29th 2019. They meet each Sunday at 3PM at Mother Mary's Grotto in the Parish compound.

We welcome these new children to the Children's Rosary. 

The children in this new group are praying without rosaries. Please help us by sending handmade rosaries and also making a donations that help us cover the shipping expense. This allows us to continue to keep sending rosaries to help the children. We humbly ask those who might consider buying rosaries to send us a donation to cover the shipping expense. This is usually the limiting factor in getting rosaries to the children. International shipping is expensive but the value of putting a rosary in the hand of a child is priceless.

Donations can be made HERE or sent to 
Children's Rosary
PO Box 271743
West Hartford CT 06127 USA

Checks can be made out to Children's Rosary. Donations made within the US are tax deductible.

Don't forget to unify prayers with the children during their meetings. A schedule of meetings is present on our website. By clicking "Join in Prayer" you can add your gold flashing light to our View from Heaven map.

For more information about the Children's Rosary visit our website: www.childrensrosary.org
Visite nuestro sitio web en español para obtener más información: www.rosariodeninos.org
Pour plus d'informations sur le Rosaire des Enfants, visitez notre site Web:www.rosairedesenfants.org

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Children's Rosary in Seychelles Shares One of the Things They Did in October

The Children's Rosary group leader from Sacred Heart Parish in Seychelles shared these pictures from their group. She explained, "As part of the October activities. The group Rosaires des Enfants paid a visit to the Beauvoir cemetery and prayed for the departed missionaries." 

This is one of our French speaking Children's Rosary groups. We thank the children for their spiritual work of mercy - praying for the deceased. It is beautiful to see how prayer leads the children in different ways. It is a great gift we give the souls that have gone before us when we pray for them. 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

New Children's Rosary Holds First Meeting on October 12th 2019

Meet the new Children's Rosary group in Qlaer, Pakistan. They held their first meeting today! We are so excited to see a picture of the new group. Each Children's Rosary group is Consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary at the first meeting. In this way the groups are under the protection and guidance of Christ and His Mother. Pakistan is one of the areas in the world where we are seeing steady and continued growth of the Children's Rosary especially in the Parish outposts.

Please consider beginning a Children's Rosary at your local parish or school. We have instructional videos that help to explain each step.
Instructional video for a Parish
Instructional video for a School

Monday, October 7, 2019

New Children's Rosary forms in Ontario, Canada!

Happy Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary! We are excited to share that a new Children's Rosary has formed at St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. They held their first meeting on Saturday October 5th. This new group has chosen to hold their meetings monthly on the first Saturday of the month. Their Parish priest Fr. Peter Jurzyk can be seen in the upper picture. He attended the meeting and prayed with the children. Four nuns from the order of Sisters Poor of Jesus Christ also attended the meeting and knelt in prayer. 

The new group leader wrote that a little boy named Michael led the prayers for the first meeting. His Mother knelt beside him to coach him when needed. The model of the Children's Rosary meetings is a Rosary led by the children. Some children want to lead at the first meeting others take a little time until they feel ready to lead. But over time usually all the children become so comfortable with the prayers that they want to lead. This helps to foster leadership in prayer which is so important. Some of these children may help to bring prayer into their families something that is so needed today.

We are grateful to the Knights of Columbus Council in Hamilton, Ontario who have generously offered to sponsor the flowers, rosaries and prayer books for the children to use at each meeting. One of the unique things about the Children's Rosary prayer groups is the use of flowers. This component is optional but is loved by the children. At the end of each decade a child is asked to place a rose at the foot of Our Lady as the group leader asks for the fruit of that mystery. The Knights of Columbus not only have chosen to sponsor the flowers, prayer books and rosaries for the Children's Rosary group meetings but members of the Knights of Columbus Council in Hamilton, Ontario have chosen to support the children by attending the monthly meeting and praying along with them. 

It is wonderful to see all the support that has been given for this new Children's Rosary group. The goal of the Children's Rosary is to support the prayer lives of children. Each child has a vocation to holiness and the Children's Rosary encourages the seeds of faith to set down deep roots.

In a special way we ask Our Lady of the Rosary to pray for our children and our families that we may all progress along the path of holiness.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Mass Offered on October 1st 2019 for Seminarians

A Mass will be 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 William Timmermeyer. Today happens also to be his birthday. We wish him many blessings.

William Timmermeyer
I am currently in my first year of Pre-Theology studies for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. I was born on October 1, 1997 and grew up in West Virginia. I was not raised in the Catholic Faith, so my discernment journey did not begin until I decided to convert to Catholicism in 2015.  The Blessed Virgin Mary played a crucial role in my conversion. During my junior year of high school, when I was at a particularly low point in my life, Our Lady appeared to me in a dream. She did not say anything to me, but she simply embraced me. I felt a profound sense of peace come over me, unlike anything I had ever felt before. This feeling continued when I awoke, and I was motivated to truly take my religious life seriously for the first time ever. I began to do some research and it did not take long for me to come across the Rosary. I began praying the Rosary privately, and I could not ignore the immediate grace that came from this devotion. Our Lady’s Rosary was truly my gateway into the Truth of the Catholic Faith, and I am forever grateful to her for showing me this wonderful devotion. Not only was the Rosary responsible for my conversion, but it was also responsible for the conversion of my father and the reversion of my mother, both of whom could not deny the positive changes that Our Lady brought about in my life.
            I graduated high school in 2016 and subsequently began college at The Ohio State University. During my time in college, I began to seriously consider entering seminary. I maintained a close relationship to the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout college, and I feel that she guided me every step of the way during my college years. I graduated from OSU in May of this year with a B.A. in Philosophy, and I decided to return to my home diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to begin studying for the priesthood. Fittingly, I was sent to Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, which is overflowing with Marian devotion. The state of West Virginia is very much not Catholic, but I hope to one day evangelize and serve my state by introducing people to the love of Our Lord and Our Lady that so radically changed my life.

In Christ and Mary,

We humbly ask that you please keep William and his vocation in your prayers. We thank you.

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