Sunday, June 26, 2022

New Friends in Rome


One evening in St. Peter's Square, we met a group of priests. They are originally from India, but one of the priests, Fr. Sheejan Kallarakkal, works as a missionary in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He was very interested in initiating Children's Rosary groups in the thirteen schools his religious order runs in Tanzania. To help these efforts we met him before our departure from Rome and gave him more than four hundred handmade rosaries we had brought with us to Rome. We plan to also coordinate a larger shipment of handmade rosaries in a barrel to Tanzania. 

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Papal Mass for the WMOF Rome 2022

 

Dear Friends,

We just returned from the Papal Mass tonight in St. Peter's Square for the World Meeting of Families. Our whole Children's Rosary delegation attended, which included five of us. 


As we had attended the meeting as delegates, we were allowed to be very close to the Holy Father during the Mass. 


Please know that in a special way I included all of you who are part of the Children's Rosary in my prayers. As the Holy Father was moving through the Square prior to the Mass, tears began to come and I felt a tremendous amount of grace. This being the Feast of the Immaculate Heart, it was a special day to celebrate Mass at the seat of the Church and with priests, religious, and the faithful from around the world. 


The sentiment that kept welling up in my heart was an appreciation for the beauty of our Church. Not the physical structure but the living Church and the beauty of our liturgy, which is a tender gift from Our Lord. At the conclusion of the Mass, it was announced that the next meeting will be in 2028. However, in 2025, a "Jubilee of Families" will take place in Rome. We look forward to returning to this city in three years. It has been a grace filled three weeks. Thank you all who have prayed for us. We look forward to Sunday Mass tomorrow at St. Peter's Square and the Angelus.

God Bless You.

Your Friend in Christ,

Blythe

Children's Rosary Featured in WMOF Digital Expo


The World Meeting of Families created a Digital Expo to allow those unable to attend the meeting in Rome to see some of the featured apostolates that support the family. The Children's Rosary was chosen to be featured. The complete Digital Expo can be seen HERE.

Our Featured video can be seen below:


It can also be viewed by clicking on this LINK.

Friday, June 24, 2022

EWTN Nightly News Interviews the Founder of the Children's Rosary

 

Among the many attending the World Meeting of Families 2022 in Rome, there is one family from Connecticut that we had the opportunity to speak to. Blythe Kaufman is the founder of Children's Rosary, an international prayer group movement for kids. EWTN Vatican Bureau Chief Andreas Thonhuaser had the opportunity to interview Blythe and her son ...

Thursday, June 23, 2022

World Meeting of Families Begins in Rome

 There is tremendous excitement here in Rome as the delegates from around the world have arrived. The World Meeting of Families kicked off with the Festival of Families and the Holy Father, Pope Francis was there (see above). 

Even in the line to get into the event we found blessing as we met some tremendous people. We met Archbishop Pettipas of Canada, shown above. He was very excited to hear about the Children's Rosary. Within the Paul VI Hall we were seated next to two bishops from Mexico and a large Mexican delegation. 

It was a tremendous evening of sharing and meeting new people. We were able to share with Archbishop Eamon Martin (shown below) the wonderful news that at least fifteen new Children's Rosary groups have formed in Ireland since last October. 
The Mass that was held today in St. Peter's Basilica was beautiful and started another full day at the Meeting. We hope to continue to share dispatches as the days continue.



Monday, June 20, 2022

Greetings from Rome


Dear Friends,

On Pentecost June 5, my son, Asher (age 15) and I set out for Rome. We left Newark airport (see photo above) for a 3 week pilgrimage. From the moment we got in line for security check in Newark, we could see the fruits of our prayers asking Our Blessed Mother to be our guide. The person in front of us in the security line was a priest who is in charge of evangelization for the Diocese of Newark, New Jersey. Indeed this trip so far has been peppered with a multitude of providential meetings. 

The travel was difficult, but we arrived on Monday, June 6, in time to make our way to St. Peter's Basilica for their last daily Mass of the day. The sun was streaming through the stained glass window above the altar. It has indeed been a great blessing to spend the Octave of Pentecost in Rome. 


Our daily uniform has been the Children's Rosary T-shirts. Asher and I wear these each day. It is amazing to see the smiles we get from total strangers as we wear the image of Our Blessed Mother of the Children's Rosary across our shirt. We also carry the Children's Rosary book with us as we want always to be prepared
to share these as gifts. We see these little books as seeds that we share during our travels. We put our hope and trust in God that they can bring fruit.

Please know that our time in Rome has also been one of prayer. We have brought you here with us to St. Peter's Basilica where we attend Mass most days and also have the opportunity for Adoration. When we have not attended Mass on a particular day at St. Peter's Basilica it is because we attended Mass at another location, such as the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the Basilica St. John Lateran, or at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi in the village of Assisi.  We usually end our evenings with a walk when it is cooler in St. Peter's Square, which makes a lovely place to pray the Rosary. We had a providential meeting with the Archbishop of Lahore Pakistan (see photo below) in St. Peter's Square. It was a great blessing to meet Archbishop Shaw since we have many Children's Rosary groups in his Archdiocese. 

We were able to visit the Church with the original Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, which appears on the back of our Children's Rosary book. See below the original icon is over the altar.


We will cap our trip to Rome by attending the World Meeting of Families at the Vatican beginning on June 22. From Rome, we will travel to Austria to stay at the Cistercian monastery, Heiligenkreuz, until July 1. We will then complete our pilgrimage by visiting Scotland for a special prayer event with Bishop John Keenan of Paisley, Scotland. 

We hope to continue with dispatches from the journey. 

United in prayer.

Your Friend in Christ,

Blythe

Sunday, June 12, 2022

"Our End of May Devotion"

 Fr. Paul Miapkwap from Shendam Diocese in Nigeria sent us pictures entitled, "Our End of May Devotion." 


Fr. Paul went on to describe:

"I am happy to inform you that the Children's Rosary group of the Sacred Heart Cathedral Shendam lead the Rosary procession at the Catechetical Training Institute together with the student Catechists to mark the end of May Devotion. It was a spirit filled spiritual journey as we move round the school praying the Rosary and ended in the church." 




Sunday, May 29, 2022

Join Us for a Monthly Children's Rosary on Radio Maria

 


May Crowning at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Ireland

 Members of the Children's Rosary from St. Patrick's Parish in Castledawson, Ireland met on May 22 for a May Crowning and Children's Rosary at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Ireland. The children processed to the grotto and led the Rosary. They crowned Our Lady and also placed roses and flowers at the foot of her statue at the end of each decade. 

The Children's Rosary group leader explained that on the way to the Shrine it was pouring rain and there was concern for the weather. Even as preparations began it was raining heavily but the sky beautifully cleared just in time for the procession, crowning and Children's Rosary. 

It is inspiring to see the mentorship that happens between the children. In the above picture a six year old boy, shown with the multicolor shirt, was being helped by one of the other members of the Children's Rosary. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Children's Rosary Informational Meeting for Ireland May 24, 2022

 We will be holding our monthly Zoom meeting for the Children's Rosary in Ireland today, May 24 at 8:00 p.m. local time in Ireland. We will not be having a meeting in June. I  hope to see you there. The link is below:


Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85333757971?pwd=nJ-vUfIeeClZ7RsVXRNNSVAMh1YUXq.1

Meeting ID: 853 3375 7971
Passcode: 700913

Your Friend in Christ,
Blythe

Children United in Prayer May 2022


The Children's Rosary at Sacred Heart School in Boone, Iowa USA and the Children's Rosary at the Cathedral of Shendam, Nigeria have again united in prayer. They recently met May 3rd and will be meeting again today. They sent us some pictures from their May 3rd  united Children's Rosary.
The pictures above are of the children united in prayer from Boone, Iowa. The pictures below are from the Cathedral in Shendam, Nigeria. 

We thank all those who helped in organizing this Children's Rosary which has united children from two different continents. 

Sunday, May 22, 2022

May 2022 Crowning of Mary

Many Children's Rosary group have been holding May Crownings of Mary. Here are a few pictures of the one we held at the Children's Rosary at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in West Harford, Connecticut, USA on May 8th 2022. 
The children processed to the front of the Church singing, "Hail Holy Queen." We played the song from the Glorious Mysteries Children's Rosary CD to help support their soft voices. One of the youngest children attending was the one to place the crown of fresh roses on Mary's head. The children took turns placing tulips at the feet of Our Lady at the end of each decade. We had a new member who was just 2 years old who made her way to Our Lady's Statue to place a flower.

We caught several moments when Peyton and Ingrid were seen stroking Our Lady tenderly during the prayers. Both are just five years old and looked at Our Lady with love and wonder (see image below). 


Saturday, May 21, 2022

Over 50,000 Rosaries Leave for Uganda!

 


Dear Friends,

On April 23, 2022 6 barrels were sent to Uganda. The total number of rosaries included in the 6 barrels came to 51,621 rosaries. Almost all of these rosaries were handmade. In total 300 Children's Rosary books were sent along with 150 Child Consecration books. We are grateful to those who support our mission through financial donations and the hundreds who make handmade rosaries and send them to us from the US and Canada. We try to send only handmade rosaries as we know these are a double gift of both a rosary and a tremendous amount of love. 


We are still in need for several more sponsors to cover all the shipping costs associated with the barrels. With prices rising, each barrel now costs approximately 500 dollars to send. 

Donations can be made electronically HERE.
Donations can also be mailed to: 
Children's Rosary
PO Box 271743
West Hartford, CT 06127 USA

May 2022 Children's Rosary Newsletter

 

Please enjoy our most recent Newsletter

We pair this newsletter with some recent pictures of Lilies of Valley blooming in our yard. Their tiny flowers smell heavenly but these bloom for such a short time...usually just a week. We have been trying to enjoy their fragrance as it comes just one time per year. Seeing the passage of the flowers does give one pause to appreciate how fast time is going by especially when we see our young ones growing up. Let us make good use of our time. 


Sunday, May 15, 2022

Feast of St. Isidore the Farmer 2022

 

The Feast of St. Isidore the Farmer marks the progression of spring, and, as it happens, is the point in the growing season when gardeners can begin to plant their tender vegetables in Connecticut, USA. We do not anticipate another frost, although such cold snaps cannot be ruled out completely. We continue to chronical our gardening experiences through Our Lady's Victory Garden website and You Tube Channel. As J.R.R. Tolkien said very well, "All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady." In the same spirit we dedicated this Victory Garden to Our Lady where we do enjoy the beauty of God's creation and embrace a simplicity of life that Our Lady modeled.  

This gardening journey on our 1/4 acre is our way of life and we want to humbly share it with others. Prayer has brought us to seek simplicity of life. Simplicity of life is not unattainably difficult; indeed, we have found a form of it just steps outside our back door in the garden. We have felt great graces flowing and great joy during these days as all of nature bursts forth with color and heavenly smells. One experiences great joy when a dinner is brought to the table with food that has come from the garden.

ourladysvictorygarden.com


One of our latest treasures has been the preparation of dandelions from our yard. These have contributed to at least three healthy meals. Most see these greens with the yellow flowers as a nuisance in their yards, but they can be prepared very easily and are delicious. We provide the recipe on our site, www.ourladysvictorygarden.com.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Five Years Ago Today on May 1st 2017


On May 1st 2017 the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker and the first day of Our Lady's month of May, the Children's Rosary received a gift. EWTN featured the Children's Rosary on two shows. Nuestra Fe en Vivo aired a program on the Children's Rosary in Spanish. Host Pepe Alonso interviewed, Asher Kaufman age 10, a member of the Children's Rosary. If you have not had a chance to see this interview it is very special. The link is HERE.

At Home with Jim and Joy also featured a program that highlighted the Children's Rosary.

Many beautiful fruits came through those airings and we would like to thank God, Our Lady and the people at EWTN for their kindness to help spread the Children's Rosary. For those who may not have seen the programs links to both are provided below:

At Home with Jim and Joy
Nuestra Fe en Vivo

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Preparing for May 2022

The Month of May has long been dedicated to Mary. In the Encyclical, Mese Maio, Pope Paul VI describes the special opportunity we have to offer more prayers during this month to Our Heavenly Mother and the special graces that are available:

For this is the month during which Christians, in their churches and their homes, offer the Virgin Mother more fervent and loving acts of homage and veneration; and it is the month in which a greater abundance of God's merciful gifts comes down to us from our Mother's throne.
We would like to offer some ideas of ways to make this May special:

We begin by sharing a picture of the Child Jesus. In preparation for May, we have dressed Him in blue. Looking at the Child Jesus, in those beautiful Marian colors, one is reminded how the Child Jesus loved his Mother. How He surely must have done special things for his Mother to make her happy and share His love. Following in this simplicity we try to do the same. Our Lord gave Mary to us as Our Mother and likewise it is very good that we too should give her gifts and honor her. Such kindness must please Our Lord very much as any son would like to see his mother respected and cherished. 

1) A Home Marian Procession
Recently one of our Children's Rosary group leaders, shared a tradition she holds in her home. She and her husband along with their children hold a Marian Procession once a month. May will be no exception. She explained that her youngest child carries a candle and leads the procession. A statue of Mary is carried and each of the children carries a picture of Mary. A Marian Hymn is played in the background (which is on repeat). The family has an incensor and that is carried by her husband as the family walks through the home. Once each room has been visited the family comes together and crowns Our Lady. The family then says some short prayers usually ending with a Hail Mary. They hold their monthly procession on a Feast day. This outline can be customized in your home. Many might not have an incesor but one can imagine sprinkling some holy water through the house as a nice addition. The procession could be simplified by carrying a picture of Our Lady through the house. 

2) Crowning of Our Lady at a Church or School
One idea for Children's Rosary groups in May is to hold a Crowning of Mary at their Church or School. This works very nicely right before a Children's Rosary group meeting. Children can be gathered at the back of the Church. They can process in together singing a Marian hymn. We have included Hail Holy Queen sung by children on our Glorious CD which is perfect to be played to accompany the children in song. The children could each carry a flower and place it before Our Lady. The last child, often the youngest, can crown Our Lady. After Our Lady is crowned the children can kneel and begin the Rosary. We have step by step instructions with pictures of how to plan a May Crowning HERE.

3) Offer a daily 9 hour Novena to Our Lady in May
At the top of each hour offer three Hail Marys for Our Lady's intentions. Keep the intention simple - purely for Our Lady's intentions. St. John Vianney was fond of praying a Hail Mary at the top of each hour. Likewise before Easter I too began this little effort for Our Lady. As I have a joint disability, I can't wear a watch and I also do not carry a cell phone so I was a bit worried about not knowing the time. One of my children has been trying to help me to remember. Sometimes I do forget and I find it is 10 minutes past the hour and I say the prayers then. Yet as time is going by I find more and more I remember just before the top of the hour. There is a new awareness of time passing and an excitement to remember Our Lady each hour that passes. My humble suggestion is don't give up if you miss an hour. Recently I have been pretty sick and the novena has been a real blessing since I have been too sick to walk to daily Mass. When you lose a bit of your routine this is a wonderful way to create one in a simple and beautiful way. 

4) Help a Children's Rosary group receive Rosaries
We received a note on Sunday from the Children's Rosary group leader in Pakistan. There are approximately 18 Children's Rosary groups in his diocese and a new group is forming that needs Rosaries. He also let us know, we need more rosaries as you know next month is May. He indicated that all groups will pray daily in church. He concluded with this request, so send us more rosaries as early as possible. A large flat rate package to Pakistan costs $92.00. May is a very busy time for us. There are many individuals who would like to begin groups but need materials. There are also groups that are expanding that need more rosaries. Help us continue to respond to these requests. Give Our Lady the gift of more children meeting together in Children's Rosary prayer groups to pray the Rosary. Donations can be made out to Children's Rosary and mailed to 
PO Box 271743
West Hartford, CT 06127 USA
Donations can be made electronically HERE.


5) Purchase a ten pack of Children's Rosary books and give them away. 

Each Children's Rosary book is a seed for a new group. Even if you have no idea who you would give one to...order a 10 pack anyway. They will go. Begin carrying one in your pocket or purse and see how fast it goes. Our Lady has a way of putting you in places with people who could use it. Ask Our Lady and the Holy Spirit to find homes for the books. Though you may not know the fruits of this little gift given to Our Lady here on earth, trust that Our Lady makes use of every opportunity given to her to reach souls...especially children. What great merit will be given to a soul that tries to bring little ones to Our Lady and through her to Jesus. Books can be ordered in the United States HERE. Books can be ordered in Europe HERE. Our full collection of Children's Rosary materials is provided with each link.

6) Join in Prayer
Help to illuminate our View from Heaven map as a gift to Our Lady. Let her see our tired world illuminated in prayer. Pick a time each day and visit our website: www.childrensrosary.org 
Click "join in prayer" and unify prayers with Children's Rosary prayer groups and other individuals praying. Your gold flashing light will twinkle for 30 minutes. Others around the world can see your light and this can be an invitation to others to also join in prayer. Watch our short video to see the View from Heaven with lights from Children's Rosary groups as well as individuals joining in prayer. VIDEO

7) Learn How to Pray the Rosary
Maybe you never learned how to pray the Rosary. This month as a gift to Our Lady learn how to pray the Rosary. We have many resources available for free on our website. Click HERE to learn more.

New Children's Rosary Forms in Louisiana, USA

 

We are excited to announce that a new Children's Rosary is forming at St. Martin of Tours Parish in St. Martinville, Louisiana. In anticipation of their first meeting May 14, 2022 they asked for some handmade rosaries for the children to use. This past week we sent 30 rosaries to them. We thank those who continue to make handmade rosaries for the Children's Rosary.

We welcome the children of this new group. It is a wonderful gift to give Our Blessed Mother during the month of May.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Children's Rosary Meeting April 25, 2022 for UK and Scotland

We will have a meeting today April 25 via Zoom. The meeting will begin at 7pm local time in the UK. We hope you can attend.

Upcoming Meeting for UK and Scotland
Join us for a Children's Rosary Meeting on Zoom for those in Scotland and the UK. This is for existing Children's Rosary group leaders and those interested in starting a group. 
Monday, April 25 at 7:00 PM local time in Scotland.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86173983856?pwd=VDZ4Tkp3dTlESFk3anFTTGJKVmdDQT09

Meeting ID: 861 7398 3856
Passcode: 731303

Thursday, April 21, 2022

8,497 Handmade Rosaries Leave for Tanzania!

 


On the last day of our anniversary novena of Masses, we had a wonderful gift. One large barrel of handmade rosaries left for Tanzania. As it is always better to give then receive, we felt great joy seeing the rosaries that so many individuals had worked to make with love leave for their destination of Moshi, Tanzania. 

The barrel contained not only rosaries but also a large Children's Rosary banner, 5 Children's Rosary t-shirts, 40 Children's Rosary books, and 1 Child Consecration book.

This barrel will be loaded into a shipping container and make a long sea voyage to Africa. 

Once in Dar es Salaam, it will travel over land to the diocese of Moshi.  Fr. William Ruwaichi, who is the Education Director for the Catholic Diocese of Moshi, waits to receive these rosaries. This past week he wrote of new groups he had helped to establish in the neighboring diocese. The following message accompanied the picture below. 

"Some children in Kahama Diocese in Tanzania praying rosary on Sunday evening.  Fr. Ulrick Riziki helped me to form the group. We have about nine groups in Kahama."


The bottom picture is from the Children's Rosary at Fr. Ruwaichi's parish of Holy Mary- Mnazi Mmoja, Moshi Diocese. He also wrote of his hope to continue to spread the Children's Rosary groups in more primary schools. The rosaries and materials included in this barrel will help with his efforts. Thank you to all who helped through prayer, financial donations, and those who made all the rosaries. May God bless you all.