Our Lady of Guadalupe: Protector of the Unborn
October 9, 2010 marked the 12th Children’s Rosary Rally. It was a very beautiful event that saw children from the different private and public schools, parishes, and our own CFC-KFL (CFC-FFL Kids for Family and Life) children and RV (Restoration Village) B.A.T.A. Center children gathered together before our Blessed Mother.
The 12th Children’s Rosary Rally was held at the Decagon, Silver City, Frontera Verde, Pasig City. Every year, on the 2nd Saturday of October, the Family Rosary Crusade, the Children’s Rosary Movement, the Ortigas and Co., and CFC Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL) through its Education Ministry (CFCEFI) and CFC-KFL join hands to gather almost 500 children to pray the Rosary and celebrate Mass together.
The theme for this year’s celebration was Our Lady of Guadalupe, Protector of the Unborn
The day started at 7:30 AM with the first children’s March for Life with our KFL children, led by the District of Pasig. They marched along the Tiendesitas area with pro-life banners to make a statement in defense of family and life. Some morning joggers even joined the children in the march in support of this cause.
After the march, all the children gathered together at the venue to pray the Rosary and offer flowers to the Tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Cocoi Javier (CFC-KFL International Coordinator) gave a very interactive instruction on our Lady of Guadalupe and the Rosary. The children were all very eager to answer the trivia questions presented. This was followed by the Living Rosary led by our very own KFL children from the CFC-FFL Home Office and the District of Pasig. It was animated by video clips showing the virtues and values emphasized by each decade.
The Eucharistic Celebration immediately followed with Fr. John Phalen, CSC, President, Holy Cross Family Ministries as Mass Presider. The concelebrants included Fr. James Phalan, CSC, Director, Family Rosary International; Fr. Parimal Pereira, CSC, Director, Family Rosary Bangladesh; and Fr. Roque D’Costa, CSC, Executive Director, Family Rosary Philippines. Our very own Music Ministry, headed by Jun Eguico, led the singing during the Mass, with our KFL children as Proclaimers of the Word. Jack Burgoyne served as Mass Commentator.
After the celebration of the Mass and the very inspiring homily of Fr. John Phalen, each delegate was invited to partake of their free snacks and to fellowship with one another.
Each participant was also given his own Rosary kit and a Miraculous Medal pin.
The Children’s Rosary Rally was also simultaneously happening in several parishes all over the country led by our CFC-FFL and CFC-KFL members in the different districts, together with the different church organizations in their respective parishes. The parishes included:
- Parish of the Child Jesus – BF Homes, Paranaque (Diocese of Paranaque)
- St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows – Marikina (Diocese of Antipolo)
- Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Cubao (Diocese of Cubao)
- Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish – Quezon City (Diocese of Novaliches)
- Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Chapel – Mandaluyong (Diocese of Manila)
- Shrine of the Divine Mercy – Sikatuna Village (Diocese of Cubao)
- Mary Magdalene Parish, Pillilia, Rizal
- 4 parishes in Sogod, Leyte
- Tandag, Surigao
Similar children’s rosary rallies were also happening worldwide in Uruguay; Boston, Massachusetts; LeMans, France; Banglore, India; Bangladesh; and Bangkok, Thailand.
Together with our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe: Protector of the Unborn and Empress of the Americas and the Philippines, we continue to consecrate our children, our families, our CFC-FFL community, our country and the world. We are all looking forward to coming together again next year for the 13th Children’s Rosary Rally.
Mimi A. David
Education Ministry, International Coordinator