Hello, my name is Kathryn.

 

My friends call me Kathy so you can too. Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here. First I thought I would tell you a little bit about myself. I am 11 years old and I am in the 6th grade. My favorite color is periwinkle blue and my favorite treat to make is banana whip with fresh strawberries. My favorite movie is “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” Have you ever seen it? It’s really old.

I like old movies, especially musicals.

 

I’m also a musician. You probably figured that out when you saw my picture. The school I go to is called Allegro Music Academy. I study regular school subjects but I also have a lot of musical instruction. Every morning when I’m getting ready for school I pray, "Thank You, Jesus! Thank You that I have another day to use my gift of music for Your glory!”

 

My mom always reminds me that all my gifts and talents come from God and that I should always strive to use them for His glory. On our piano at home we have a little sign that says: AMDG - Ad maiorem Dei gloriam. That's Latin and means “For the greater glory of God.” 

 

The instruments I play are the piano, the violin and the cello.

Now I would like to tell you about my very favorite way to pray and how I do it. I’m hoping my Catholic Kids 101 page will help it become one of your favorite ways too!

 

My favorite way of praying is the prayer of the Rosary. In more recent times, did you know that Jesus has sent Mother Mary from Heaven to help us understand that we need to pray the Rosary? It’s true! I’ve thought a lot about it and I decided since Jesus has done that, He must think that praying the Rosary is really important!

 

I'll tell you about one of those times. In the year 1858, Jesus sent Our Lady to a place called Lourdes, France. She came from Heaven to talk with a fourteen year old girl named Bernadette Soubirous. Our Lady had a beautiful Rosary! Bernadette said it was made with a gold chain and it had white beads. I have often wondered if Our Blessed Mother made the beautiful Rosary herself. 

 

Here is how Bernadette described what happened when she saw Our Lady for the very first time. She said: "Without thinking of what I was doing, I took my Rosary in my hands and went on my knees. The Lady made with her head a sign of approval and herself took into her hands a Rosary which hung on her right arm...it was only after the Lady had signed herself that I could do the same. The Lady left me to pray all alone; she passed the beads of her Rosary between her fingers but she said nothing; only at the end of each decade did she say the 'Glory be' with me."

When I was little, my mom and I would pray one decade of the Rosary together before I went to bed. When I got older we started to pray 5 decades every night together right after dinner. Now on every first Saturday of the month we pray all 20 decades together. It takes a while but it's great!

 

When I pray my decades, I think of the 'Our Father,' the 'Hail Mary' and the 'Glory Be' as beautiful music. Those prayers keep the pace or rhythm as we go along. When I'm saying those prayers,

I'm not so much thinking about the actual words of what I’m saying. My fingers are moving the beads and my voice is speaking but my mind and my heart are really somewhere else...they are trying to stay focused on the mystery. We call it a mystery because when we think about the events in the lives of Jesus and Mary there will always be things to learn and discover! I thought for my CK101 Page I would share with you some meditations that I wrote for the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. I'm hoping these will help you when you pray your Rosary decades. 

 

I also have beautiful drawings for you to look at by a talented artist named Anna May McCallum. She is letting me show her prayer card illustrations to all my Catholic Kids 101 friends! I love how she drew kids as part of the Rosary mysteries. It helps me imagine myself right there watching, learning and being a part of all that is going on in the lives of Jesus and Mary! Thanks Anna May!

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary 

Illustrations and Meditations for Kids

My Mother, I am all yours, and all I do belongs to you to give to Jesus.

Good Saint Joseph, pray for us!

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Apostles Creed, Our Father, 3x Hail Mary, Glory Be

THE FIRST JOYFUL MYSTERY

THE ANNUNCIATION

 

-Mary is in her little house in Nazareth. She is praying. She is thinking about God and loving Him with all her heart. She is praying that the promised Savior of the world will soon be born.

 

-The Archangel Gabriel has been sent from God to announce the most wonderful news ever in the history of the world. He announces that God wants Mary to be the Mother of His only Son. God’s Son is Jesus!

 

-Mary is the most holy person that God ever created. She loves God with all her heart. She only wants to obey God and do whatever God wants. She says that she will be the Mother of God.

 

-At that very moment, Jesus becomes a tiny Baby in Mary’s womb by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was a tiny Baby in His Mother’s womb exactly like how you were a baby in your mother’s womb not that long ago. God loves babies in the womb very, very much.

 

Dear King Jesus, we thank You and love You with all our hearts!

We now pray for every single person in our family. We pray for all the families of the world.

We also pray for the grace to always be obedient to what you want.

 

Our Father, 10x Hail Mary, Glory Be, O My Jesus

THE SECOND JOYFUL MYSTERY

THE VISITATION

-Before the Archangel Gabriel went back to Heaven, he told Mary that Elizabeth, her cousin, was going to have a baby.

 

-Elizabeth was an old woman and everybody thought that she was much too old to have a baby. But nothing is impossible with God! Elizabeth was already 6 months pregnant with a baby boy named John. We now call him Saint John the Baptist. 

 

-Mary went in haste, that means quickly, to visit her cousin. Mary wanted to bring Jesus to Elizabeth and baby John. Mary always brings us Jesus! Remember that Jesus was a little baby growing in Mary’s womb. Put your finger on the side of your neck and press down gently until you feel your pulse. Can you feel it? Thump, thump, thump, thump... That is just how Jesus’ little Sacred Heart was beating in His Mother’s womb.

-Now the most wonderful thing happened when Mary greeted Elizabeth. Imagine Jesus is in Mary’s womb and John is in Elizabeth’s womb. As soon as the sound of Mary’s voice reached Elizabeth’s ears, the baby in her womb, John, jumped for joy!

 

-Mary stayed with Elizabeth and helped her get ready for the birth of her son, John. He would prepare the way for Jesus our Savior, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!

 

Dear King Jesus, we thank You and love You with all our hearts!

We now pray for every baby growing in their mother’s womb that they will be born safely. 

We also ask for the grace to never be afraid to bring You to others.

Our Father, 10x Hail Mary, Glory Be, O My Jesus

THE THIRD JOYFUL MYSTERY

THE NATIVITY

 

-The time has come for Jesus to be born.

 

-You remember where Jesus was born, don’t you? Yes, in a stable with animals all around Him. Mary wrapped Jesus in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger. Mary and Joseph were so joyful because now they could see Jesus, the Son of God, face to face!

 

-Now it is time to use your imagination. You can use the picture above to help you. Can you imagine the beautiful face of Mother Mary? Can you see Saint Joseph standing as guardian and protector of the Holy Family? Now imagine that you are right next to the manger with Mother Mary like the girl and the boy in the picture. There is Jesus! How tiny He is. Now Mother Mary is carefully picking Him up. See her kiss His little head. Now she is looking right at you! Her eyes are full of love for you. She trusts you. She is going to let you hold her precious Son. She carefully places Jesus in your arms. Can you feel His Heart beating so close to yours? How does it feel to have Jesus so close to your heart? He loves you so much. God came down from Heaven and became a little Baby so you would never be afraid to come to Him. Is there something you would like to say to Jesus? Whisper it to Him right now.

 

-The very same Jesus is here with us right now, today, at every Mass and in every Catholic Church tabernacle and Adoration Chapel all over the world!

 

Dear King Jesus, we thank You and love You with all our hearts!

We now pray for all the people in the world who do not know You or believe in You.

We ask for the grace to always love the poor and to show kindness to those who are in need.

P.S. Did you find the 3 Kings in the picture?

 

Our Father, 10x Hail Mary, Glory Be, O My Jesus 

THE FOURTH JOYFUL MYSTERY

THE PRESENTATION

 

-The Holy Family was a Jewish family. All Jewish families worship God the Father in a place like our Church but they call it a Synagogue or sometimes God's Temple.

 

-Mother Mary and Good Saint Joseph followed the Jewish law perfectly. They knew that when Jesus was 40 days old they were to bring Him to the Temple to be offered to God the Father. It was the law that God had given Moses.

 

-Now when they came to the Temple 40 days after the birth of Jesus, there was a very old man waiting there named Simeon. He was a very faithful Jewish man. Simeon loved God very much. And God had made a promise to this very holy man. He promised Simeon that he would not die until he had seen the promised Savior of the world. God promised him that he would see Jesus! So perhaps it was day after day, month after month, year after year that Simeon patiently waited for the Savior to come into the Temple. Simeon trusted God. He knew that God would keep His promise.

 

-Simeon looked at all the families coming into the Temple that day. Suddenly, just like little John the Baptist, Simeon found himself in the presence of Jesus! The Holy Spirit spoke to Simeon and he understood that the promise was about to be fulfilled. He was about to see, face to face, the promised Savior of the world!

 

-What tremendous joy filled old Simeon’s heart as he took the Baby in his trembling arms! Tears of joy probably fell from his eyes as he gazed on the sweet face of God and kissed the soft tiny cheek of our Lord Jesus.

 

-Then Simeon prayed these words: “Lord, now You let Your servant go in peace. Your word has been fulfilled. My eyes have seen the salvation which You have prepared in the sight of every people. A light to reveal You to the nations and the glory of Your people Israel.”

 

Dear King Jesus, we thank You and love You with all our hearts!

How faithful and patient Simeon was. We ask for the grace to be more patient.

We now pray for all the elderly, older grandmas and grandpas, who may be suffering. 

We especially pray for those who feel lonely and have nobody to visit with them. 

We pray that You will send them a friend during their last days on earth.

And Jesus, maybe that friend could even be me.

Our Father, 10x Hail Mary, Glory Be, O My Jesus

THE FIFTH JOYFUL MYSTERY

THE FINDING IN THE TEMPLE

 

-Jesus has grown up quite a bit since our last mystery. He is no longer a baby but a twelve-year-old boy.

 

-The Holy Family is going to the Temple in Jerusalem to worship God the Father. How joyful they are as they travel together on their pilgrimage to the Father’s House!

-Jesus sees all the people worshiping and loving His Father. His Sacred Heart burns with zeal!

 

-Now you may know that in this mystery Mother Mary and Saint Joseph lose Jesus. Mary thought Jesus was with Joseph and Joseph thought Jesus was with Mary. That part is the sorrowful part but this is called a joyful mystery because after three days of looking, they find Him in the Temple.

 

-Remember at the beginning of my CK101 Page when I told you that we call these mysteries because there is always something to discover? Well, think about this. Jesus wanted you and me, over 2000 years after He ascended into Heaven, to be able to always find Him in the Temple. He never wanted anyone to think that they had lost Him. So this is what He did. When He was about 33 years old, on the night before He died on the Cross to save us from our sins, He sat down with His Apostles at the Last Supper on Holy Thursday night. He took some bread in His sacred hands and broke it. He gave it to His Apostles and said, “This is My Body.” Then He took a cup of wine and said, “This is My Blood.” And because Jesus is God and nothing is impossible for Him, the bread and wine became the Body and Blood of Jesus! Jesus made the Apostles His first priests and bishops and gave them the power to change the bread and wine into His Body and Blood. For over 2000 years since the Last Supper the bishops of the Catholic Church have been ordaining priests so they can continue consecrating the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus.

 

-Jesus wanted you and me to always be able to find Him in the Temple! We don't have to be afraid that we lost Him because we can always find Him in every Catholic Church in the world!

Dear King Jesus, we thank You and love You with all our hearts!

We pray now for Your Church. We pray especially for Your bishops and priests.

We ask for the grace for all of us to be Saints!​

Our Father, 10x Hail Mary, Glory Be, O My Jesus, Hail Holy Queen

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Blessed are You, Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth;

You have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.

Matthew 11:25

I would like to end my Catholic Kids 101 page by playing a song for you on the piano. The name of this piano piece is called "Bread of Angels." I’ll write the words or lyrics for you to read so you can think about them as you listen. Thanks for visiting my page. Keep praying your Rosary decades!

 

Love your Catholic Kids 101 friend,

Kathy

BREAD OF ANGELS

 

Bread of Angels comes to me.

Humble. Patient. Purity.

Gentle Jesus, help me see

All the love You have for me,

So I can trust you endlessly.

 

Mother of the Eucharist,

Virgin Mary, ever blest.

Come now, Mother, ever mild,

Prepare my heart for Thy sweet Child,

Clean and pure and undefiled.

 

Bread of Angels comes to me.

Humble. Patient. Purity.

Comes to make my heart His throne.

May He find a welcome home,

Room for Jesus Christ alone.

Surprise Bonus!

Surprise! I thought I would put the 5 Luminous Mysteries pictures that Anna May drew at the end of my CK101 Page. That way you can study and pray with them so you can write your own Rosary meditations. Give it a try. You can do it! Here are the 5 Luminous Mysteries: 

 

 

 

1. The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River

2. The Wedding Feast at Cana

 

3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom

 

4. The Transfiguration

 

5. The Institution of the Holy Eucharist

P.S. Raymond, a good friend of mine, reminded me of something right when I thought I was all done with my CK101 Page. He said not all the kids who visit my page will know all the Rosary prayers. He said he's still memorizing the "Hail Holy Queen." He also told me he feels kind of bad because when he picks up his Rosary and begins to really think about one of the mysteries and how much he loves Jesus, he doesn't always get through all five decades. There are some days he only prays one decade. I said, "Don't feel bad, Raymond. It's great that you are praying that one decade so well!" I went on to explain that one decade prayed really well is way better than praying lots of decades super fast without any thought. Gosh! If every kid prayed just one decade of the Rosary everyday like Raymond, with lots of love and attention, that would literally change the world! I told him that I didn't start out praying five decades a day. I started out praying one decade with my mom every night. I worked up to five decades a day. I encouraged him to keep praying his Rosary no matter how far he gets. That's the most important thing. To keep praying and never give up!

 

So here are the Rosary prayers in case you're still learning them like my good friend, Raymond:

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. 
Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

jmj

 

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. 
Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. 
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

jmj

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

jmj

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of Hell.

Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.

jmj

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy. Hail our life, our sweetness, and our hope.

To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.

To thee do we send up our sighs mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us,

and after this our exile show us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.  

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Click the beautiful prayer card of Jesus to meet Leo!