Sunday, September 25, 2022

Mass Offered on September 25, 2022 for all the Members of the Children's Rosary

A Mass was offered on September 25, 2022 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 we wanted to extend thanksgiving to all of you we knew of no better way to express gratitude. May Our Lord's love be poured down on all of you through the powerful sacrifice of the Holy Mass. 

The above picture was sent today from the group leader of the Children's Rosary at St. John the Baptist Church, Kinsale, Co. Cork. The picture was taken at their most recent meeting. 

Friday, September 23, 2022

Join Us for the Connecticut Catholic Men's Conference September 24, 2022


We will have a Children's Rosary booth at this year's Connecticut Catholic Men's Conference. The Children's Rosary Christmas Card collection will be available at the conference. We will be unveiling our new Children's Rosary Christmas Card for 2022 which was inspired by traditional Ukrainian paintings of the Nativity. For more information about the conference click HERE

New Release of the Child Consecration book in Dutch!

We are excited to announce that the Child Consecration book is now available to order in Dutch through the Catholic Dutch publisher: stichting De Boog. Thank you to Caspar de Quay and his wonderful team for the great care and effort they put into the translation and release of this book. 

The book can be ordered HERE.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

New Children's Rosary to Meet October 18, 2022 at the Parish of St. Gallus Scheidegg, Germany

We are very happy to see the Children's Rosary continue to spread in German speaking countries. The newest group to register is from 
Pfarreiengemeinschaft, the Catholic Parish Community of St. Gallus Scheidegg. This is in the Bavaria region of Germany. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday October 18, 2022. The children will gather outside in their grotto (Lourdeskapelle) to lead the Rosary. The grotto is shown below.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

German Children's Rosary Meeting September 22, 2022


Please consider joining us for an informational meeting about the Children's Rosary for those living in German speaking countries. The Zoom meeting will be held on September 22 at 8:30 pm local time in Germany. 

Information will be provided in English and German at the meeting. 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 879 8433 8043
Passcode: 219457

The picture above was taken during a meeting of the Children's Rosary in Hamburg Germany.

 Thank you to all who are helping to spread the Children's Rosary. 

For those who would like to purchase a copy of our new Children's Rosary book in German please click HERE for one copy and click HERE for the 10 pack of books for a value price. 

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Join Us for a Nine Day Fast from September 29 through October 7, 2022

"Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified." (1 Cor 9:23-27)

This month, I heard the above reading during daily Mass. It was read on the Feast of St. Peter Claver, September 9. As I attend a Church for daily Mass that is named after St. Peter Claver, they also had a vigil September 8 celebration to which I attended, so I heard the reading in the evening and the following day at Mass. The words that kept returning to me were, "Run so as to win." Returning to re-read the passage the other words that resonated with me were, "exercise discipline." 

I remember during our monthlong trip to East Africa, I continually felt as though I was within a long fast. The days were long, and we had to travel great distances by car with little sleep. There was an opportunity to see more children at different locations at the expense of taking time to eat; the former always seemed the most appealing thing to do. The burden felt light since it was not foreign to me to say "no" to my body when I felt hungry or tired. This I learned through fasting. Indeed, we need spiritual training and discipline to accomplish all Our Lord needs from us. I have also heard it said that one can more completely give oneself in a Consecration when one has a practice of fasting. This is because one has a greater control over the body in which to fully give oneself to God. Whether or not one feels this to be true, it surely is a holy endeavor to learn discipline in order to more fully serve and glorify God. 

It has been a yearly tradition within the Children’s Rosary to do nine days of prayer and fasting in the fall. This year it will begin on September 29 and end on October 7. We hope many will want to join us. Bread and water fasting is very effective as a means of sacrifice. Some may not be able to fast on bread and this is okay. Prayerfully discern what is the best fasting for you. In the past, we have had adults and children join this fast. We do ask that you prayerfully consider what is safe and reasonable for you and your family. Some may be able to do a traditional bread and water fast. This is unlimited bread and water. Others may find another thing in their life that would be a great sacrifice to give up for that period. One of the most important things when one begins a fast is the disposition.  One must approach fasting as an act of love to God. 

Some may want to do this fast but have not fasted before and wonder if they could complete the nine days. What I have found is that the first two days are the hardest. There is this portion of each of us which I will call, “self,” that will complain and nag that you should give up. Do not pay attention to this. In many ways the fast becomes easier as you go along and the last four days I have found to be the most sweet when one feels that with little effort one can enter into deep prayer.

Please accept this humble invitation to join these 9 days of fasting. It is an invitation to help to rid yourself of all the things holding you back spiritually. I will be praying for you. ~Blythe 

The Fast will begin on September 29, the Feast of the Archangels and conclude on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7. 

1) Pray one Rosary each day, meditating on the life of Christ

2) Fast for nine days

*Lord, please purify our souls from the attachments of the world. Jesus, we surrender all we have; please take control of our lives and our families. May Jesus be born in our hearts and may He renew us. May the Holy Spirit guide our thoughts and actions. May our hands be the extended hands of Mary and Jesus in this world. May the members of the Children’s Rosary also be the extended hands of Mary and Jesus in this world and gather a great many souls, especially young people, for Our Lord.

*Personal Intentions (      )

*May all that Our Lady wishes to accomplish through us and the Children’s Rosary be accomplished all for the glory of God.

*May the bookChild Consecration: To Jesus through Mary—Following in the Spirit of St. Thérèse, the Little Flower, be an instrument to bring a great many souls to Jesus through His Mother.

*For a special Children’s Rosary intention.

*In thanksgiving

Popes Have Spoken Beautifully About the Value of Fasting 

Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the value of fasting in his message for Lent on Feb 25th 2009:

The faithful practice of fasting contributes, moreover, to conferring unity to the whole person, body and soul, helping to avoid sin and grow in intimacy with the Lord.
Fasting certainly bring benefits to physical well-being, but for believers, it is, in the first place, a “therapy” to heal all that prevents them from conformity to the will of God.
By freely embracing an act of self-denial for the sake of another, we make a statement that our brother or sister in need is not a stranger. 

Pope John Paul II spoke about fasting on Sunday Angelus March 10th 1996:

Fasting is to reaffirm to oneself what Jesus answered Satan when he tempted him at the end of his 40 days of fasting in the wilderness: “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God" (Mt 4:4) 

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Members of the Children's Rosary and Bishop Visit Quadruplets

Last Monday, Bishop Philip Davou Dung of the Shendam Diocese of Nigeria visited Mrs. Anesthesia Sati and her quadruplet babies in Divine Mercy Catholic Hospital. The children who are members of the Children's Rosary accompanied the Bishop to the hospital and led a rosary around the babies. They assured the family of their continued prayers. This family who has made their living through farming had recently moved to the Shendam diocese from Wase after they were forced to relocate when bandits chased them out. Husband Sati Mairiga shared, "We came here, see what God has given us, we are happy but we don't have much." 

It is beautiful to see the children encircling the babies in prayer. They also gave the family rosaries. 

Endorsement of the Children's Rosary by Raymond Cardinal Burke

We are grateful to the strong support of the Children's Rosary by Raymond Cardinal Burke. During our visit to Rome Cardinal Burke recorded a short endorsement. To watch click HERE or view below:

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

New Children's Rosary to Meet on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, September 8, 2022


A new Children's Rosary group will meet at St. Patrick's Primary School in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 8, 2022. This will be their first meeting. We had the providential opportunity to meet the group leader in Paisley, Scotland, during our visit this summer.

photo credit: wiki commons

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Endorsement of the Children's Rosary by Bishop John Keenan of Scotland


During our visit to Scotland this summer Bishop John Keenan of Paisley, Scotland was able to share some lovely words of support for the Children's Rosary prayer group movement. Please see the new video HERE and also below: 

Bishop Keenan shared in the video how it has been hard to re-engage families in the Church since the pandemic but when on to share "Children's Rosary is proving to the most effective way of finding a space for families to belong to the Church and finding a space for children to belong to the Church."