This past Sunday our parish had our first of four enrichment sessions.  These sessions are for all the students who attended our Summer School of Religi0n Program and those who are doing home study for the year.  A student and one of their parents is asked to attend.  October, being the Month of the Rosary, was our topic with a present day twist…silly bandz.  After a brief introduction of the Rosary we split half the group and sent them to another room where they heard about the various mysteries of the Rosary and how the 4 sets of Mysteries cover the whole of Christ’s life and is a summary of the Gospel.  The other half of the group listened to a presentation on the blessings and promises of praying the Rosary.  Then the groups switched.  At the end all gathered in the church where they were given silly bandz – 10 of them and we prayed a decade of the Rosary and encouraged kids to allow these religious silly bands to be a reminder that they can pray the mysteries of the Rosary throughout the day.  We also encouraged families to pray the Rosary.

It turned out to be a great way to remind everyone of the value of the Rosary and a practical way for kids to pray the mysteries of the Rosary during the day.

Pope John Paul II said many great things about the Rosary in his 2002 Apostolic Letter.  I’ll leave you with the following thought:

“To pray the Rosary for children, and even more, with children, training them from their earliest years to experience this daily “pause for prayer” with the family, is admittedly not the solution to every problem, but it is a spiritual aid which should not be underestimated. It could be objected that the Rosary seems hardly suited to the taste of children and young people of today. But perhaps the objection is directed to an impoverished method of praying it. Furthermore, without prejudice to the Rosary’s basic structure, there is nothing to stop children and young people from praying it – either within the family or in groups – with appropriate symbolic and practical aids to understanding and appreciation. Why not try it?”