JOURNEY: The Children’s Rosary Pilgrimage
The children anticipated that it was going to be a
prayerful journey, but they did not quite expect that
the activity would be so much fun as well! On February
6, 2010, children from CFC Kids for Family and Life
(CFCKFL), together with students from Libis Elementary
School, trekked on board huge air-conditioned buses
to the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Cathedral
of Antipolo for the Children’s Rosary Pilgrimage.
starting point of the Children’s Rosary Pilgrimage
is the first station of The Way of Mary Shrine, which
is the First Joyful Mystery located at the EDSA Shrine.
They will then move on to the succeeding stations/mysteries,
situated along various points along Ortigas Avenue,
Ortigas Avenue Extension, and up to the Our Lady of
Peace and Good Voyage Cathedral in Antipolo City.
The children will be transported by buses sponsored
by various partners of the Children’s Rosary
Movement/Family Rosary Crusade. On board, the children
will be given the opportunity to reflect on each mystery
and pray the Holy Rosary, facilitated by parish catechists.
Dan Sta. Maria, Parish Priest of Christ the King Parish
who sponsored the pilgrimage transportation expenses
for the month of February, offered that the children
gather in his parish before they are transported to
the EDSA Shrine. After explaining what a pilgrimage
is, he gamely posed for photographs with the pilgrimage
participants. He sent them off by 7:30AM with a prayer.
from the Sister Handmaids of Charity of St. Vincent
de Paul Orphanage explained each mystery to the children,
allowing them to appreciate and reflect on the life
of Jesus and Mary. They arrived at the Antipolo Cathedral
in time for the 9:00 AM mass, celebrated by Msgr.
Rigoberto S. de Guzman and Fr. Roque D’ Costa
of the Family Rosary Crusade. Together with some cathedral
catechists, Msgr. Rigo had fellowship with the children
and their respective CFCKFL Coordinators and teachers,
provided meals for the pilgrims, and take-home “suman”
(sticky rice). They also explained the history of
the Our Lady of Good Voyage. What made the trip extra
special was the privilege given the children to kiss
the mantle of Our Lady!
their way home, the children prayed the Holy Rosary.
It was a very meaningful prayer, especially after
deeply understanding and appreciating each mystery.
On board, they also answered Rosary trivia questions,
won prizes, and took home loot bags, courtesy of the
Ortigas Foundation. The participants were brought
back to Christ the King Parish. The values learned
and the inspiration the children had will not end
in this activity. The monthly CFCKFL gatherings will
serve as a venue for the coordinators to fortify the
activity is another aspiration of our beloved cardinal,
the late Jaime Cardinal Sin. His desire was for the
children who are so close to the hearts of Jesus and
Mary, to go on a Rosary Pilgrimage. This was the second,
the first having been held on January 9, 2010. The
pilgrimage will be conducted every first Saturday
of the month, except for the month of October which
is the Children’s Rosary Rally month.
collaborative undertaking of the Family Rosary Crusade,
the Children’s Rosary Movement, Ortigas Foundation,
and CFC Foundation for Family and Life, this pilgrimage
will gather not only the members of CFCKFL, but also
children from CFCFFL’s Restoration Villages
and Mission Villages, and partner schools (private
and public ) of the CFCFFL Education Ministry and
CFCKFL. A CFCKFL District will be assigned for this
monthly prayer-fun journey, as follows:
Cubao, together with students from Libis Elementary
Novaliches, together with students from Malaya
the King Parish children c/o Msgr. Dan Sta. Maria
(since CFCKFL will be busy preparing for the World
Caloocan and Malolos
CHILDREN’S ROSARY RALLY
CFC-FFL Education Ministry