Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of June 23, 2008
Mary calls young children to Wainwright rosary club
Founder inspired on feast of Our Lady of Fatima
By ALLISON BENNETT
"Our Lady, when she is welcomed into a home, she leads us to Jesus."
- Fr. Ray Guimond
For some of the children it has been their first experience of praying the rosary while others come from families where it is prayed daily. For the leaders it has been a beautiful thing to witness the hunger and the desire of the children to learn more about Jesus and Mary.
Timothy Artymko, the second oldest of five children, asked the leaders one night, "Could we pray more than one decade next time?"
The older children have been a vital part of the club's success because they have assisted the younger ones in learning how to hold the rosary and follow the beads. On Mother's Day the club sang two songs for the parish in honour of Our Blessed Mother Mary and all mothers.
In his homily on June 1, Father Guimond expressed his happiness with the club as he explained to families the importance of prayer and the role of Mary in leading our families to Jesus.
"Our Lady, when she is welcomed into a home, she leads us to Jesus," he said. "That's why I'm very pleased with the little club that is started, the little rosary club, because if these children pray with Our Lady they will learn about Jesus."
He continued, "In families we help the children to know Jesus, read some of the word of God especially the Gospels with them, have images in the home that remind us of Jesus, to ensure that there is prayer in our homes.
"And I would say the rosary because sometimes we think that Mary is over here and Jesus is over here, if we pray to Mary we are ignoring Jesus. Well, that is a heresy. Our Lady is not interested in herself. If we turn to her, she will lead us to Christ."
Guimond's words touched the heart of a community that has seen the joy of children learning to pray and grow in their faith.
To wrap up the first session of the club each child received a t-shirt and rosary. Janet Klasson, one of the club leaders, is producing a unique DVD recording of the children praying. This will be available for purchase at a later date.
The club has been such a success that it will run again in the fall. When asked what her favourite thing about the club is six-year-old Brooklyn Kohle said, "Praying the rosary."
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