Sunday, September 19, 2021

A Rose that Has Grown Heavenward


We are excited to share a beautiful rose that was grown by a family who participates in the Children's Rosary. At our last meeting of the Children's Rosary at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in West Hartford, Connecticut one of the mom's showed us some pictures of a special rose they had grown.

This is a brief history of their very special rose. A lollipop rose bush was planted in their front yard several years ago. This spring there was a tall stock emerging from the rose bush. It first grew to 8 feet. It was then that the rose bush really got their attention. They started staking the tall shoot. It reminded them of a rose they had growing in their back yard some years back. It had grown to 13 feet. This was the same year they had released a book, Season of the Rose, honoring how our Lady helps lead us to Jesus. With this new rose growing with great speed Heavenward they began to once again think about the book. They looked up the record for the tallest rose. According to the Guinness world record, the tallest rose is 18 feet and eight inches. Their rose has shot past the world record and keeps growing. Currently it is 20 feet and 7 and a half inches. Outside their home they have put a table with their released book. They hope it will draw some attention to Our Lady.

This story is one that captures the imagination. Our Lord and Our Lady find the most interesting ways of helping us reach souls. This incredibly tall rose is one that gets the neighbors talking for sure. Nature in so many ways gives great Glory to God. 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

One Day Workshop in Shendam Diocese, Nigeria

 

Fr. Paul Miapkwap wrote to us yesterday with this news:

I am organizing a one day workshop for all Catechism Teachers in the Diocese and that will give the opportunity to talk about the Children Rosary.

We pray that this effort bears much fruit.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Good News From Paraguay!

Today we received a note from, Santiago Gabriagueza, a seminarian from Paraguay who has helped begin a number of new Children's Rosary (Rosario de Niños) groups. This was a portion of his note translated into English (his original note in Spanish is below):

Greetings from Paraguay!
Here we already started with some groups, in our Parish community, there are 9 communities and in each one a Rosario de Niños group was started, the communities of the Virgen de Fátima Parish Center, San Aníbal María, San Francisco, San Isidro, Virgen Reina de La Paz, Our Lady of the Assumption, are those who have already been able to start their weekly meetings.
We still have 3 communities which we are organizing and starting slowly.
The leaders of each group feel very happy and grateful to be part of this beautiful movement and they already share with me so many beautiful testimonies of their experiences.
Our Parish Priest and the other priests are also happy for this organization.

¡Saludos desde Paraguay!
Aquí iniciamos ya con algunos grupos, en nuestra comunidad Parroquial, son 9 comunidades y en cada uno se inició un grupo de Rosario de Niños, las comunidades del Centro Parroquial Virgen de Fátima, San Aníbal María, San Francisco, San Isidro, Virgen Reina de la Paz, Ntra. Sra. de la Asunción, son las que ya han podido iniciar sus encuentros semanales..
Nos faltan aún 3 comunidades los cuales estamos organizando e iniciando de apoco.
Los líderes de cada grupo se sienten muy felices y agradecidos por formar parte de este hermoso movimiento y ya me comparten tantos lindos testimonios de sus experiencias. 
Nuestro Párroco y los demás sacerdotes también están contentos por dicha organización.












Thursday, September 9, 2021

New Children's Rosary in Cork City, Ireland!


We are excited to share that a new Children's Rosary met for the first time on the eve of the Feast of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary. Thirty children gathered together for the launch of the Children's Rosary at Ascension Church in Gurranabraher, Cork City, Ireland. The children took turns coming to the altar to lead the Rosary. Roses were also placed at the foot of Our Lady at the end of each decade by different children.

The children celebrated Our Lady's birthday with a cake! 
We welcome this new group to the Children's Rosary.




For those interested in starting a Children's Rosary at your parish click here for the steps to begin a group.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Consecration Led by Shepherds of the Archdiocese of Hartford Starts September 4, 2021


Join Archbishop Blair and the Shepherds of the Archdiocese of Hartford for a Consecration to Jesus through Mary using the book Child Consecration: To Jesus through Mary—Following in the Spirit of St. Thérèse, the Little Flower. This Consecration journey is ideal for adults, priests, families and children. 

Parishes, schools, faith formation programs and the clergy of the Archdiocese of Hartford are joining in this Consecration journey from September 4th through October 7th: the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. There are several ways to participate:

  1. Pray the Consecration with the book.  

  2. Visit childconsecration.com where the entire Consecration Journey with day-by-day readings and prayers is present on this site. Click on the link, “Online Consecration Journey” to view all the readings and prayers.

  3. Watch a Shepherd lead the day's prayers and readings on the Fiat Ministry Network YouTube Channel by clicking HERE. Each day of the Consecration (September 4-October 7), a different Shepherd of the Archdiocese of Hartford will lead the Archdiocesan Consecration at 8 pm. After the premiere of each day’s video, the videos will remain available to view. 

 

More information about how to obtain a book is available at childconsecration.com.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Bishop Rhoades Begins Consecration to Jesus through Mary September 4, 2021


Bishop Rhoades will be using the book Child Consecration: To Jesus through Mary—Following in the Spirit of St. Thérèse, the Little Flower for his own personal Consecration beginning September 4, 2021. The schools and faith formation programs of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana have been invited to participate in the 33 Day Consecration to Jesus through Mary. The journey concludes on October 7: the Feast of the Holy Rosary. 

For more information about this Consecration journey visit www.childconsecration.com


Saturday, August 7, 2021

Statue of Our Lady Arrives in Pakistan July 2021

We received news in July that the Statue of 
Our Lady we had sent to the Children's Rosary at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Kaka Kolo, Pakistan had reached the children. They were very excited to welcome her to their parish. Our Lady was adorned with a beautiful lace to honor her, and they placed her on a stand.

Thank you to those who donated the statue and those who so kindly have made donations to cover the shipping expense for this statue and the thousands of handmade rosaries we send to Children's Rosary groups around the world. 

Consider supporting our efforts by making a financial donation. It is so true, it is better to give than to receive. 
Donations can be made electronically HERE.
Donations can also be mailed to: 
Children's Rosary
PO Box 271743
West Hartford CT 06127 USA

Monday, August 2, 2021

Eight New Children's Rosary Groups Begin in the Prelature of Batanes, Philippines

 

We are excited to welcome 8 new Children's Rosary groups from the Philippines! Fr. Ronaldo Manabat, Pastor and Rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Prelature of Batanes, has begun eight new Children's Rosary groups. 

He explained that the island where the Cathedral is located is a remote island. 

The Cathedral Parish has 7 communities (villages)  under its jurisdiction. The children gather once a week in the Chapel of their village for the Children's Rosary. Once a month the children from all the villages come together at the Cathedral to hold a Children's Rosary together. Fr. Manabat sent these pictures from a recent meeting when all 8 Children's Rosary groups were praying together. It is wonderful to also see Fr. Manabat, as Shepherd to the Cathedral, kneeling in prayer with the children.

We warmly welcome the children from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to the Children's Rosary. 




Friday, July 30, 2021

CMN Trade Show 2021

This week we traveled to Chicago for the annual Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show. We have attended this Conference every year since 2013 with the exception of 2020 when it was not held in person due to the pandemic. We led the Rosary on Thursday before Mass. We were able to see many old friends and were able to make new ones. We were able to see Nikki Athey who sponsored one of our barrels full of handmade rosaries for Uganda. She is photographed in the orange dress above. She had made the donation in honor of her friend who is pictured with us. We were also able to catch up with Fr. Calloway who is pictured with our Children's Rosary book. He has been a wonderful friend to the Children's Rosary. We were also able to give him a copy of our new Child Consecration book. 
We also made new friends including those at the booth next to us. The Children's Rosary seeks to feed the spiritual needs of children around the world, those at Mary's Meals are helping with their physical hunger. It is beautiful when children are fed both spiritually and physically. 

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Children's Rosary Receives Papal Blessing


We are excited to share that the Children's Rosary has received a Papal blessing from Pope Francis. This was conveyed in honor of our ten year Anniversary. 

Friday, May 21, 2021

Global Rosary Relay 2021

 

Mark your calendars for the Annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests. Each year we invite members of the Children's Rosary to participate. If we want holy priests we need to pray for them. More information can be found HERE.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

A Crown for Our Lady

This week we received this beautiful picture of Scarlett-Maria, age 7, Crowning Our Lady. Scarlett-Maria is from Hale Barns, England, United Kingdom and is interested in starting a Children's Rosary prayer group at her parish. 

We wanted to share this crowning as well as the one we held during our Children's Rosary prayer group last weekend at St. Thomas Church in West Hartford, Connecticut USA. The youngest child attending the Rosary was chosen to crown Our Lady. This was Ingrid. 

Ingrid seemed very pleased with her efforts and looked at Our Lady with her crown of fresh flowers. 
Families continued to be spread out in the chapel during the Rosary but we were very excited to be able to hold a procession and May Crowning. 

For step by step instructions on how to plan a Crowning of Mary click HERE

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Planting on the Feast of St. Isidore the Farmer


Some years ago a priest told me that he always planted his garden on May 15: the Feast of St. Isidore the Farmer. Living in Central Connecticut USA, we can have spring fronts that can kill tender plants. Thus to be safe, many wait until the mid May to plant. While we did some early spring planting of hardy veggies, today we planted our summer crops of winter and summer squash, peppers, cucumbers, basil, and swiss chard. We had started many plants from seed inside such as tomatoes. It was a very exciting day to plant in earnest. Since I have a disability with my joints that has left my hands unable to do gardening our kids help tremendously in the garden. 

This year we have something new. It is an enclosure to keep out all the critters who traditionally take most of our yield. It is entirely enclosed. 

We have named it "Our Lady's Victory Garden". We wanted to share some pictures of it and also the plants growing inside it and in our other garden beds. Along the center of the enclosure are grow bags full of garlic that have been growing since last fall. Along the back of the enclosure are several trellises. One has sugar snap peas and the other was just planted with cucumbers that will climb. Two of the long raised grow boxes have tomatoes, and peppers. The other two boxes have various other veggies including leeks, beets, snow peas, carrots and radishes. Along the side perimeter of the enclosure we have mounds of dirt where squash seeds were planted today. We also have another exciting addition this year. We have a bee hive within the enclosure. The box to contain the bees was painted last week and we anticipate a delivery of bees in the next two weeks. We are hopeful that the bees will help to pollinate all the flowers and vegetables in the yard. 

Today was not only a planting day but also a harvest day. We picked our first "Easter Egg Radishes". These are named Easter Egg Radishes for the beautiful assortment of pale colors. These were part of our dinner tonight! 


Many blessings on this beautiful feast of St. Isidore the Farmer. 

Friday, May 14, 2021

Need Statue and Rosaries


This was the title of an email we received on May 3rd from a Children's Rosary group leader in Pakistan. Babu Chand informed us that two new Children's Rosary groups had formed; they were in need of rosaries, and one group requested a statue. At first I did not see that fulfilling his request for a statue was feasible. Yet two days later when we went to the Post Office box for the Children's Rosary a large box was waiting. We were surprised to find a large statue inside of Our Blessed Mother.

It seemed this statue was sent even before we received the email requesting one. The donation was beautifully providential. A donation has also been made to help with shipping costs, but we anticipate additional funds will be needed to ship the statue. If anyone is able to help us, please make donations electronically HERE.* Babu Chand sent a picture of the children in one of the new groups below. Since they do not have rosaries, he had them do drawings. 

*Please note that we do not need purchased rosaries. We have many rosary makers that are helping supply us with the rosaries needed to send to groups. For those who want to help our efforts, please help with donations to help us ship materials. Thank you all very much for helping the children!

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Join Us for a Novena to the Holy Spirit Beginning May 14, 2021

Dearest Holy Spirit, confiding in Your deep, personal love for me, I am making this novena for the following request, if it be Your Holy Will to grant it:(mention your request*). 
Teach me, Divine Spirit, to know and seek my last end; grant me the holy fear of God; grant me true contrition and patience. Do not let me fall into sin. Give me an increase of faith, hope and charity, and bring forth in my soul all the virtues proper to my state in life.
Make me a faithful disciple of Jesus and an obedient child of the Church. Give me efficacious grace sufficient to keep the Commandments and to receive the Sacraments worthily. 
Give me the four Cardinal Virtues, Your Seven Gifts, Your Twelve Fruits.
Raise me to perfection in the state of life to which You have called me and lead me through a happy death to everlasting life.
I ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen. 
(novena obtained from EWTN website)
*May the Holy Spirit blow through our hearts, families, parish and the Children's Rosary as in the first Pentecost bringing us a renewed Spirit of prayer and love of God and neighbor. 

The Friday after Ascension Thursday is the day Mary and the Apostles began the very first novena to the Holy Spirit.  May we too begin a novena calling down the Spirit to blow through our hearts, families, and parishes as in the first Pentecost bringing a renewed Spirit of prayer and love of God and neighbor.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Children's Rosary Collection Available to Order in Canada


We are excited to announce that Sunrise Marian Distribution is carrying our Children's Rosary collection. This includes our Children's Rosary book in English and French. The books are being sold individually as well as in a discounted 10 pack. Additionally, they are carrying our Children's Rosary DVD, CDs, T shirts, Christmas Cards and our new Child Consecration book

To view the collection click HERE.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

First Meeting of the Children's Rosary at the Catechetical Training Institute in Shendam, Nigeria


A New Children's Rosary formed today. They held their first meeting in the Chapel of the Catechetical Training Institute in Shendam, Plateau State, Nigeria. Fr. Paul Miapwap the Director of the Institute wrote today with pictures of the first meeting. Fr. Paul is pictured above in white. He joined the children in prayer and said that Bishop Philip Davou plans to also come to some meetings and pray with the children. 

The new group will meet each Tuesday and Thursday at 5PM local time. Recently we sent Fr. Paul over 11,000 rosaries to help in spreading the Children's Rosary in Nigeria. Today some of those rosaries were given to the children. Thank you to all who helped to make this possible.

To learn more about starting a Children's Rosary at your parish or school click HERE.