8th Annual Worldwide Eucharistic Holy Hour Gathers Children Around the Globe in Prayer For Families

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Thousands of children from Catholic dioceses, parishes and schools around the world will spiritually unite on Friday, October 1, to pray for families before the Blessed Sacrament. The Worldwide Children's Eucharistic Holy Hour honors the requests of Our Lady of Fatima to console Jesus and to make reparation for the sins of the world.

No matter what country you live in, no matter what global time zone, join us in uniting the souls of the children in your care with children worldwide to console Jesus and to pray for families.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond of the Archdiocese of New Orleans will lead more than 4,000 Catholic school children in prayer before the Most Blessed Sacrament during the 8th annual Worldwide Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour, Friday, October 1, 2010, at 10 a.m. (EST) at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The Basilica is the Eucharistic epicenter for the global event, which will be broadcast live on Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) to more than 140 nations, and translated for Spanish-speaking countries.

The goal of the Worldwide Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour, which is co-sponsored by Children of the Eucharist, the children’s program of the World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF) and the Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood Association, is to spiritually unite children around the world before the Blessed Sacrament on the first Friday in October to pray for the intentions of their own families and all the families of the world, and to make reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. School children from Catholic schools in the Archdioceses of Washington D.C. and Baltimore Md., and the Diocese of Arlington, Va., will gather at the Basilica to process and crown a statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to pray the World Mission Rosary and the prayers of reparation taught by the Angel of Peace at Fatima, and close with Benediction. They will be spiritually united in prayer with children around the world who will pray the same prayers before the Blessed Sacrament in their own parishes, dioceses and schools.

“As they pray the World Mission Rosary at this Holy Hour, young people in the basilica and others watching around the world are united as missionaries, to bring the love and the peace of Jesus to a waiting world,” offered Monsignor John Kozar, national director of the Holy Childhood Association, a Pontifical Mission Society.

A growing number of Catholic dioceses on every continent are participating in this annual event, according to Connie Schneider, founder of Children of the Eucharist and international chairwoman.

“No matter what country you live in, no matter what global time zone, join us in uniting the souls of the children in your care with children throughout the world to console Jesus and to pray for families, as entrusted to children by Pope John Paul II," said Schneider.

Any parish, school, diocese or family can participate in the program, which can be downloaded at http://www.childrenoftheeucharist.org. View our video of the Worldwide Children's Holy Hour on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZLRsSZouSM

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