Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Mass Offered for Seminarians on May 1, 2024


On May 1, 2024, a Mass was offered for all seminarians so that they will grow in holiness and lead us in love. As our future shepherds, the seminarians need our prayers, and what a beautiful way for the children throughout the world to support these men called by God. Many people throughout the world have been inspired by the vocation stories we are featuring each month, and so we gratefully continue publishing our featured seminarians’ stories. This month, we introduce John Anthony Buono, a seminarian from Arlington, Virginia, USA. 

Hi! My name is John Anthony Buono, a seminarian for the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, in my second year of formation at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. I am 24 years old and originally from Arlington. After I complete my second year of philosophy this year, I will continue at the Mount as I begin the first of four years of theology studies. 

My vocation journey began when I was a senior in high school. During the summer right before my senior year, I attended a service camp in my diocese called WorkCamp. It is a program for high-school boys and girls that offers Daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Praise and Worship, and serving the poor communities in the diocese through small home improvement projects. I thankfully grew up in a very solid, Catholic family, and so these kinds of things were not very new to me. I truly enjoyed the camp because of the combination of prayer, service, and community it provided. During Eucharistic Adoration on one of the nights, I felt a deep sense of peace in my heart, while still feeling like adrenaline was flowing through my body. In that moment I asked the Lord, “What do you want me to do with my life?” That was the first time where I truly felt as though the Lord may be calling me to the priesthood. I went home from that camp on fire and really excited to explore this possibility of priesthood, but I also wanted to start college and study Accounting. I began studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, in Fall of 2018. Throughout my time in college, the Lord kept trying to pull me towards Seminary even if I tried to run away from it. I even switched majors to Sales because at the time I was not particularly interested in Accounting. During the summer going into my senior year at CUA, I had a fantastic Sales internship for a software company called Nutanix. I was eventually offered a full-time position, which I was tempted to take, but after praying deeply about it, I felt at that time that the Lord had better plans for me. I graduated from CUA in Spring 2022 and entered Mount St. Mary’s that Fall. 

As a priest, I want to simply save souls and share the Love of Christ with others. The priest is called to be an “Alter Christus,” another Christ, so that through the Mass and Sacraments, Christ can enter the hearts of everyone the priest encounters. If you are curious about what the Lord is calling you to do in life, do not be afraid, trust in Him and rely on Our Lady to guide you! May God bless you all and know of my prayers! I humbly ask that you continue to pray for me as well. 

We humbly ask that you please keep John Anthony in your prayers!

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Children's Rosary Anniversary Novena of Masses

Dear Friends,

This year the Children's Rosary turns 13 years old on April 10, 2024. It has become a yearly tradition to offer a novena of Masses leading up to the anniversary for the fulfillment of Our Lady's plans for the Children's Rosary. Then from April 10-April 18 we have Masses offered in thanksgiving. This year we have had 90 Masses pledged toward the novena. There is still time to add a Mass. Please contact your local Church and ask if there are any open Masses during our novena. Usually there is a customary donation when requesting a Mass. 

From April 1 through April 9: Masses offered for the fulfillment of Our Lady's plans for the Children's Rosary

From April 10 until April 18: Masses offered in thanksgiving

There are many projects coming to completion for the Children's Rosary which we look forward to sharing with you. This is a witness of the power of the sacrifice of the Holy Mass. Thank you to those who have helped with arranging Masses. Please consider adding to our number of Masses.



Saturday, April 6, 2024

Easter Greetings from Ireland 2024


We would like to share an Easter card that was sent to the Children's Rosary from Ireland. Inside the card it reads:

To all the lovely Boys and Girls who say the rosary every night on EWTN. You are wonderful example to all other children!! Myself and my husband recite the rosary with you!

The Children's Rosary airs daily on EWTN in Ireland. We are grateful for such Easter greetings. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

National Catholic Educators Association Conference in Pittsburgh 2024


We are happy to report that have met some wonderful educators at the NCEA Conference. The conference began today and will conclude Thursday. We have been giving away samples of our Children's Rosary materials and our Child Consecration book. If you are at the conference, please visit us at booth number 205.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Mass Offered for Seminarians on April 1, 2024

On April 1, 2024 a Mass was offered for all seminarians, that they will grow in holiness and lead us in love. As our seminarians will be the future shepherds and our children are their future flock, our monthly intention for these men called by God is a beautiful way for the children throughout the world to help with their prayers. As we mentioned last month, we will feature a different seminarian on the first day of the month throughout 2024. This month we introduce Andrew Mullaney, a seminarian from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.

My name is Andrew Mullaney, and I am twenty-four years old. I am a seminarian studying for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I am in my first year of Theology at Saint Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. I attended four years of college seminary after high school in Winona, Minnesota. I am the middle of five siblings. When I have down time, I enjoy ice fishing and throwing a baseball or football around.

I grew up as a cradle Catholic receiving all the timely sacraments. As a young boy, my sisters and I would play Mass, and I would act as the priest. It wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I started to look at what I wanted to do with my life. I thought about playing football or being a teacher until I went on a retreat where I participated in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Eucharist in a renewed way. Upon receiving these sacraments, I came to a deep belief that my sins had been forgiven by Jesus’ death on the cross. My relationship with God was rekindled by daily prayer, and I sensed and heard Him call me to Himself as His priest for His people. Following this prompting, I visited the seminary and the same peace and conviction that I had received prior in the sacraments was present again. The reality of God calling me to be a priest was the answer to what God wanted for my life. I believe He created me to ultimately be in a loving relationship with Him and serve Him as a priest.

I hope the priesthood God has called me to live is marked by faithfulness, mercy, and inspiration. I want everybody to know that they are never too far from God’s love and mercy. May all who I encounter also receive a renewal in the sacraments they receive and come to know Jesus as friend, savior, and Lord. St. Faustina…pray for us! Fr. Damien the Leper…pray for us!

We humbly ask that you please keep Andrew Mullaney in your prayers.

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Children's Rosary in Hamburg, Germany Led the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday 2024

We received some lovely pictures taken on Good Friday where members of the Children's Rosary led 65 people in the Stations of the Cross. 

Friday, March 29, 2024

Children's Rosary Leads Palm Sunday Procession in Pakistan 2024


We received some beautiful pictures from the Children's Rosary in Pakistan. Last Sunday the Children's Rosary led a Palm Sunday procession. 

The children carried rose petals and palms.

Friday, March 15, 2024

The Children's Rosary in Hamburg, Germany Celebrates their Second Anniversary!

The Children's Rosary in Hamburg, Germany will celebrate their second anniversary on March 16, 2024. Special candles were made with the Children's Rosary logo in German to celebrate the special day!
The Children's Rosary group leader shared some of the flyers she has made for the event. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Children's Rosary at the 33rd Divine Mercy Conference in Dublin

The picture above was taken at the 33rd Divine Mercy Conference held at the RDS in Dublin, Ireland. Children's Rosary group leaders Ruth Byrne (shown above to the left) and Catherine McGowan (shown above to the right) are pictured at the Children's Rosary Booth.

Catherine McGowan shares, "The Children's Rosary Ireland leaders were delighted to host a stand at the 33rd Divine Mercy Conference in Dublin on the 24th & 25th February 2024. The conference was attended by thousands of people from all over Ireland. We met lots of wonderful people, and other Irish leaders whom we had only previously met online. It's so touching to see how many new people are now considering starting new groups in their parishes and schools. Over 500 Children's Rosary information flyers were distributed. We pray that Our Lady will inspire and move the hearts of many to bring more children to her in prayer of the Rosary."

Friday, March 1, 2024

Mass Offered for Seminarians on March 1, 2024

A Mass will be offered this evening in Rome by Fr. Denis Ssenkasi for all seminarians so 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 their future flock, it is a beautiful way for the children to help. As we mentioned last month, it is our goal in 2024 to feature a different seminarian on the first of the month every month by inviting him to share his vocation story and give all our readers the opportunity to pray for him. This month, we are featuring Brendan Finnegan, a seminarian from South Windsor, Connecticut, USA. 

My name is Brendan Finnegan, and I am twenty-five years old and in my third year of priestly formation for the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut. I grew up in South Windsor, Connecticut, in a loving family. I entered seminary formation for the Hartford Archdiocese in August of 2021 and completed my philosophy studies at the Saint Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. I am currently enrolled at the Pontifical North American College and the Pontifical Gregorian University, both in Rome. 

My journey to the priestly formation started around the time of my Confirmation when I was 15 years old. I had been enrolled in religious education since I was a young boy, and as Confirmation approached, my soul yearned to understand exactly what I was being confirmed into. The grace deeded to me during my Confirmation brought the idea of diocesan priesthood to mind for the first time. Though a hunger to learn more about our faith remained during my high-school years, the Lord’s call to priesthood started to get clouded out by other desires and aspirations that I possessed. During my undergraduate years at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, my focus was on laying the groundwork for a successful business career and enjoying a “normal college life." However, through semi-frequent participation in daily Mass and getting to spend time with many holy, zealous, and joyful priests of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, the sense that God was calling me to emulate those priests, whom I so admired, would not go away, even while I was dating in the long-term pursuit of matrimony.  Reflecting, my “yes” to the priesthood started a few years into college when I was at a conference with a consortium of international college students being mentored by high-level leaders. During that weekend, what kept coming to mind was that the only way to “build the future” like we were discussing was through Jesus and his Church. The Lord made it clear to me that the fruit I would bear would not be of this world but instead be directed toward the salvation of souls by offering the Sacraments of the Church. A year later, the Covid-19 pandemic gave me the space and silence to better ask the question, “What should I do with my life, Lord?”  His answer was clear, “Come follow me, and I will make you a fisher of men” (Mt 4:19). From there, it was a quick process of accepting the Lord’s will for my life and starting priestly formation for the Archdiocese of Hartford.  

I am greatly looking forward to preaching God’s word to the future flocks with whom I am entrusted. St. John reminds us that the “Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14). As a future preacher, I hope to unpack the divine Word into human language that makes the hearers of my preaching become emboldened to accept that the coming of God in the flesh is the crux of human history and the core of their own being. Please continue to pray for me as I continue my formation, and continually ask our Blessed Mother to send us a new generation of priests modeled unto her own Immaculate Heart. 

We humbly ask that you please keep Brendan Finnegan in your prayers.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Children’s Rosary Group from St. Gallus, Scheidegg Parish, Germany visits Radio Horeb

The group leader Enrico Pintus wrote, "I would like to share the happy news that a small delegation of our Children's Rosary group from Scheidegg (Germany) followed the invitation we received from the Christian radio station "Horeb" from Germany based in Balderschwang last Sunday, January 13, 2024, and locally we were able to pray the Glorious Rosary for Fatima Day LIVE in the radio station's recording studio on behalf of many!"

"It was a very nice experience, and the 5 children (girls) and I really enjoyed this trip to Radio Horeb and the associated prayer service!"

"The action once again showed our group how praying the rosary brings a piece of the world church together and connects us Christians with each other, together with Mary and Jesus, through prayer with God. Yes, today the Holy Mother of God really takes her children by the hand by praying the Rosary, shows them her Son, and thus leads us humans on the right path of peace to God, who is our Father. We can always trust the Mother of God with our concerns and need not fear as she is our strong advocate with our Lord in heaven."

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Mass Offered for Seminarians on February 1, 2024

A Mass was offered on February 1, 2024 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 their future flock, it seemed a beautiful way for the children to help.  It is our goal in 2024 to feature a different seminarian on the first of the month every month by inviting him to share something of himself and giving all our readers the opportunity to pray for him. This month, we are featuring Gregory Meyer, a seminarian from Southbury, Connecticut, USA. 

My name is Gregory Meyer, a native of Southbury, Connecticut, and a seminarian in the priestly formation program for the Archdiocese of Hartford in Connecticut. I am twenty-seven years old and in my third year of formation at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minneapolis, with three other men from the Hartford Archdiocese.

I grew up in a Catholic family and my life of faith started at a young age. In college, I came to know the Lord in a much deeper way through being encouraged by a friend to confront some sins in my life and turn to God for His help and mercy. I also learned so much more about our faith through reading the Bible and through Bishop Barron opening me up to the rich intellectual tradition of the Church. Throughout this time, I was encouraged by a priest to consider the priesthood. I noticed a sense of adventure when I thought about the mission of the priesthood in being able to serve the faithful in this unique way as an ordained minister. I also noticed God had given me different gifts that could be used for Christ's Church. Also, celibacy seemed like a sacrifice I was able to make for the sake of the kingdom of Heaven, and as our Lord said concerning this, "Let the one who is able to receive this receive it" (Mt 19:12). In 2020 after working for two years, I was accepted as a seminarian for my Archdiocese. And it has been quite the journey ever since!

As a priest, I hope to bring to the faithful a strong sense of Catholic identity that is nourished by God's grace through the sacraments and beautiful liturgical worship. I hope to reach the people who have drifted away from God or who have never known Him and bring to them the saving message of Christ. Please continue praying for priests and seminarians, and may Our Lady of the Rosary always intercede for us! 

We humbly ask that you please keep Gregory Meyer in your prayers.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Members of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut Make Personal Consecration Journey

Members of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, began a personal Consecration journey, January 9, 2024, using the book, Child Consecration: To Jesus through Mary—Following in the Spirit of St. Thérèse, the Little Flower
. This Consecration journey will conclude on February 11, 2024: the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.  Over 20,000 families are currently receiving daily emails with links to the prayers and daily videos guiding the Consecration Journey. To sign up for the daily emails leading the Consecration and to see Bishop Frank Caggiano's invitation, click below:


Monday, January 22, 2024

Prayers for Christian Unity January 18-25, 2024


Prayer for Christian Unity through the Intercession of Bl. Maria Gabriella  

God please hear our supplication through the intercession of Bl. Maria Gabriella for Christian unity. May each of us and the Children's Rosary be an instrument in Your hands to knit all that has been pulled apart into one tapestry of prayer, love and peace doing all according to Your holy Will. 

Remembering the words from Scripture when Our Lord prayed, "May all be one; even as You Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me". (John 17:21) Amen.

Please also say 3 Glory Be prayers to accompany the above prayer.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity began on January 18th 2024. It has been a tradition for the Children's Rosary to pray in a special way for Christian Unity during this week.  As Bl. Gabriella dedicated her life for the intention of Christian Unity it seemed particularly special to pray through her intercession. 

Bl. Gabriella was born in 1914 and died at the age of 25 in 1939.  She was beatified on January 25th by Pope John Paul II 1983.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Children's Rosary in Pakistan Celebrates Epiphany 2024

We received these lovely pictures on Sunday from several Children's Rosary groups in Pakistan.
 The photo above was taken at the Children's Rosary in Chak Nawa.
Photo directly above was from the Children's Rosary in Malapar Pakistan

Children's Rosary shown directly above is from Kanpur. 

Monday, January 8, 2024

Children's Rosary Group Meets in Fulda, Germany on January 3, 2024


We received pictures from the Children's Rosary in Fulda, Germany. Seven children attended last Wednesday. This group which at the first meeting had no children continues to grow in attendance. 

The children met before a statue of the Child Jesus.