Tuesday, October 9, 2018

ACN-USA News: On October 18, one million children will pray rosary for peace!





On October 18, one million children will pray rosary for peace!



AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED (ACN) is issuing an open invitation to participate in an extraordinary event taking place on October 18: “One Million Children Praying the Rosary”. We talked about this prayer initiative with Father Martin Barta, the Spiritual Assistant of ACN International.


What is this prayer campaign about and when was it started?

The idea for the campaign came about in 2005 in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. While a number of children were praying the rosary at a wayside shrine, several of the women in attendance strongly felt the presence of the Virgin Mary.

They immediately thought of Saint Padre Pio’s promise: “When one million children pray the rosary, the world will change.” And that is exactly what this is all about: having faith in the power of children’s prayers. After all, Jesus teaches us: “Except ye … become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 18:3).

How can people join in the campaign?

Quite simply: we are inviting teachers, priests, kindergarten teachers and parents to pray the rosary together with children on October 18 for peace and unity in the world. ACN has instructional materials on the prayers of the rosary, posters and a letter of invitation for children and adults.

Why the 18th of October?

October is traditionally the month of the rosary; the 18th is the feast day of Saint Luke the Evangelist. He has handed on to us the story of Jesus’s childhood and, according to tradition, is said to have been close to Our Lady, the Mother of God. Therefore, the date is quite fitting.

Why has AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED gotten involved in this prayer campaign?

We not only see ourselves as a pastoral charity, but also as a prayer community. Our founder, Father Werenfried van Straaten, deeply venerated Our Lady of Fatima. There, the Virgin Mary proclaimed to the visionary children, “Pray the rosary every day, in order to obtain peace for the world.”

The daily project work that carried out by ACN in 149 countries allows the organization to see first-hand just how greatly Christians and the entire world are suffering from the effects of terrorism and war.

Only God can bring peace. We can play a part in this – through our work, but first and foremost through our prayers.

Do you receive reports from the world church on how many children take part?

Our materials for the prayer campaign are available in 25 languages, including, for example, Arabic and the West African Hausa language. Children from around 80 countries and on all continents are taking part. Accounts of the events are frequently sent to ACN, over the past year we received reports from countries such as Argentina, Cuba, Cameroon, India and the Philippines. It is truly a campaign of the world church!

Children and the rosary: this is not an easy connection to make for the churches in our part of the world. How do you get young people excited about these prayers?

I believe that it is actually the other way around: children are far more open to the rosary than a lot of adults. When the rosary is prayed correctly and under proper guidance, it reveals a view of the Virgin Mary, one that grows more intimate the longer you pray the rosary. This intimate view of Our Lady is something that we can learn from the children!


For more information on the prayer campaign, go to: www.millionkidspraying.org/en or write to: rosary@churchinneed.org


—Tobias Lehner


Editor’s Notes:

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Directly under the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.  ACN is a Catholic charity - helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.

Founded in 1947 by Father Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named “An Outstanding Apostle of Charity,” the organization is now at work in over 145 countries throughout the world.

The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, 43 million Aid to the Church in Need Child’s Bibles have been distributed worldwide.

For more information contact Michael Varenne at michael@churchinneed.org or call 718-609-0939 or fax 718-609-0938. Aid to the Church in Need, 725 Leonard Street, PO Box 220384, Brooklyn, NY 11222-0384. www.churchinneed.org

Saturday, September 1, 2018

IN THESE CONFUSING TIMES, WE NEED OUR MOTHER'S HELP

First Saturday

Dear Reader: Now more than ever, we need Our Lady of Fatima's protection, not only of our beloved Church, our precious priests but also for our own souls. If you are not yet a member of the World Apostolate of Fatima, please pray and consider joining today.

 The requirements are simple:

1. Fill out the online form found HERE.


2. Promise to:
- To offer up everyday the sacrifices demanded by my daily duty
- To pray five decades of the Rosary daily while meditating on the mysteries
- To wear the Scapular of Mount Carmel and live the consecration it signifies
- To practice the First Saturday devotion.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pope Francis Grants Plenary Indulgence for Fatima Centennial

From the World Apostolate of Fatima
Jubilee Year of Fatima
Granting of Plenary Indulgence
In order to celebrate with dignity the centennial of the Apparitions of Fatima, by mandate of Pope Francis, a Jubilee Year is granted, with the inherent plenary indulgence, from the 27th of November 2016 till the 26th of November 2017.
The plenary indulgence of the jubilee is granted:
a) To the faithful who visit the Sanctuary of Fatima on pilgrimage and devotedly participate in some celebration or prayer in honor of the Virgin Mary, pray the ‘Our Father’, recite the symbol of the faith (Creed) and invoke Our Lady of Fatima;
b) To the pious faithful who visit with devotion an image of Our Lady of Fatima, solemnly displayed to public veneration in any temple, oratory or adequate place, on the anniversary days of the apparitions (the 13th of each month, from May to October 2017), and who devotedly participate there in some celebration or prayer in honor of the Virgin Mary, pray the ‘Our Father’, recite the symbol of the faith (Creed) and invoke Our Lady of Fatima;
c) To the faithful who, due to their age, illness or another serious cause, are hindered of moving, if repented of all their sins and with the firm intention to carry out, as soon as it will be possible to them, the three conditions indicated below, in front of a small image of Our Lady of Fatima, on the days of the apparitions, joining spiritually the jubilee celebrations, offering with confidence to the merciful God through Mary their prayers and pains, or the sacrifices of their own life.
In order to obtain plenary indulgences, the faithful who are truly repentant and filled with charity must fulfill the following ritual conditions: sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father.
To download a printable copy of this document:  plenary-indulgence-centennial-fatima-apparitions-2017.
Note: This is the English translation, made by the WAF International Secretariat, of the text in Portuguese released by the Sanctuary of Fatima about the Plenary Indulgence to be granted during the Fatima Jubilee Year, in 2017.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Annual Public Rosary



The annual public Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Fatima's last apparition will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016.

TIME:  2:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M.

PLACE:  Ala Moana Beach Park, Picnic Area 1 and 2, directly across from Macy's Department Store at Ala Moana Center

PROGRAM SCHEDULED:  Public procession
Divine Mercy Chaplet
Holy Rosary

Please join us in honoring Our Lady the year before we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fatima.

Please help spread the news.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
(with ecclesiastical permission)

O Mary, 
I consecrate myself to you,
Daughter of the Father,
Spouse of the Holy Spirit,
Mother of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.
I will wear your Scapular always as a sign of this consecration,
and I offer my daily Rosary and the 
fulfillment of the obligations of each day
in reparation for sins,
particularly those against your Immaculate Heart,
and against the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.
I desire to be ever more deeply united to His Heart, 
in the intimacy of your own
Immaculate Heart, with each passing 
moment of my life unto the last.  Amen