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Fall 2018 Volume 25 Number 3

Family Link News for the friends of Holy Cross Family Ministries

New Family Rosary Office Opens in Canada See page 3

The Family That Prays Together Stays Together

Family Link The Family Link newsletter is published by Holy Cross Family Ministries for friends and donors of our ministry. Thank you for being a part of our family.

Our Mission

A family of Catholic ministries that inspires, promotes and fosters the prayer life and spiritual well-being of families throughout the world.

Our Vision

Holy Cross Family Ministries strives to be a respected and reliable catalyst for inspiration, support and dynamic content on family life through a focus on spirituality and prayer, especially the Rosary.

Ways to Give

Online Please visit By Mail Please use the enclosed envelope and make your check payable to “Holy Cross Family Ministries” By Phone Please call 508.238.4095,x2023 Gifts of Stock or IRAs Please call 508.930.7882

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Planned Giving Please call 508.930.7882

Letter from the President A message from Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C., President, Holy Cross Family Ministries.

Your 2018 charitable gift will have double the impact! Like our beloved founder, Venerable Patrick Peyton, we believe family prayer, especially the Rosary, to be the glue that holds the family together in good times and in bad, in joy and in sorrow. In the Rosary, all the faculties of mind, will, imagination, Father Willy memory, and deRaymond, C.S.C. sire are directed to the Divine. In the Rosary, we discover that we can do all things with God’s help! Whether it’s in Easton, Massachusetts at the Father Peyton Center, the new Family Rosary office in Canada, or in any of the other fifteen countries where we help families pray and grow in the faith, we always look to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through the eyes of Mary his Blessed Mother. With your help and God’s grace, we join Pope Francis and the whole Church in looking for ways to build up

518 Washington St. North Easton, MA 02356-1200 800-299-PRAY (7729) Cover Photo: Family praying the Rosary at the Venerable Patrick Peyton Celebration for Families on June 19, 2018.

the family. You have already joined us in that most important work, to pray along with us for all families. Now I invite you to participate in an opportunity to double your impact on families. From now until December 31, your donation will have double the impact! Four generous Father Peyton Guild members will match any contribution you make to Holy Cross Family Ministries–up to $65,000. That means for the next few weeks, your gift to Holy Cross Family Ministries will help us serve twice as many families. If you have ever wanted to help more families, now is the time. Please prayerfully consider what your gift will mean to a family who is looking for a way to improve their prayer life—depending on you for Rosaries, retreats, and more. Thank you, and please send your gift in the enclosed envelope today. May our Blessed Mother Mary keep you and your loved ones close to her Divine Son Jesus.

Please prayerfully consider what your gift will mean to a family who is looking for a way to improve their prayer life— depending on you for Rosaries, retreats, and more.

Family Rosary Canada Catholic Youth Event on June 3, 2018.

Families United in Prayer In 1948, Venerable Patrick Peyton organized the first Rosary Rally in London, Ontario. Now 70 years later, Holy Cross Family Ministries

Family Rosary Canada

The Archdiocese of Toronto is the hub of many Catholic immigrant families, and with the cooperation of the members of St. Ann Parish, we will promote and encourage family prayer and foster unity and mutual support among the faithful. Our vision and motto for this

So far in Canada we have held three Rosary Rallies, 5 family retreats, and invited everyone to join in our mission activities by distributing more than 8,500 newsletters and 5,000 Try Prayer cards. None of this would be possible without supporters like you. To officially celebrate the 70th anniversary of Father Peyton’s first Rosary Rally, a day of Family Retreat and Rosary Procession will be held at St. Mary’s Church in London, Ontario on December 1, 2018. We ask for your prayers as we venture into this vital ministry for all Christian families in Canada. For more information on Family Rosary Canada please check our website,

Family Rosary enlightens and strengthens to further the spiritual lives of the people. – Junar Ogaya, Recipient of Family Rosary’s Services

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is proud to announce that we have opened a Family Rosary office in Toronto, Canada. With Canada being such a multicultural rich country, we are blessed to begin the ministry at St. Ann Parish in Toronto.

new Family Rosary office will be “Families United in Prayer.”

Family procession commencing at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, Massachusetts.

Family Prayer Center The Father Peyton Center in North Easton, Massachusetts, welcomes over 25,000 visitors annually to experience a variety of spiritually enriching Family Rosary opportunities that

Under Construction in North Easton

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strengthen families and our communities. Visitors spend time in Rosary prayer, attend Mass in Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Chapel, partake in sacramental retreats, and family-focused programs. In June 2018, Holy Cross Family Ministries started a project that will transform the Father Peyton Center and family prayer experience. The new Center, set to open in Spring 2019, will feature a museum dedicated to sharing Father Peyton’s life and mission, and newly designed spaces for interactive family prayer and spiritual growth programs. The project will also revitalize some of the aging facilities like the kitchen, cafeteria, and Confessional. We are excited for what’s ahead as this project will enable us to welcome many more families to learn, experience and strengthen their faith through prayer and the inspiration of Father Peyton! Lastly, we have aspirations to

renovate our Chapel and Rosary Walk and create a space where pilgrims can honor Father Peyton, who we pray will one day be the “Saint for Family Prayer.” The Father Peyton Center Project is a historic opportunity to honor the life of Father Peyton and promote muchneeded family prayer and spirituality!

“The museum provides an opportunity and a venue that would bring people together to explore the story of Father Peyton and the wonderful work he did bringing families together through prayer,” said Larissa Hansen Hallgren, Principal at Experience Design, who is partnering with HCFM on this transformative project.

One Family’s Tribute to Father Peyton

The 50th Annual Irish Gala took place on Sunday, September 30, 2018, in Albany, New York. An incredible

My father was on a construction job [he suffered a terrible fall], had broken all the bones in his back and quite a few others. The doctors had given up on him. My mother Celia called Father Peyton and…he spent the whole night praying over my father, and he got better! He had three more children after the fall, and I’m one of them! Father Peyton means quite a bit to our family. – Cecilia Leonard, daughter of Celia and Denis Leonard

crowd of supporters showed up for this Family Rosary fundraiser hosted by the Leonard family. The first Irish Gala was organized in 1968 by the matriarch of the family, Celia Leonard, to honor

her husband Denis and Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C. The highlights of the afternoon included the music of the Andy Cooney Irish Show Band, the young Irish step dancers from the Michael Farrell School of Dance, and a performance by the Monrue Brother Pipers. Participants joined in dance and song. Many wore their dancing shoes for the various Irish dances such as the Siege of Ennis. Prizes were awarded, Irish jokes exchanged, and all had a great time. We are especially honored and proud that Father Peyton began his prayer ministry 76 years ago in Albany. Many

who came to the event knew and spoke of their knowledge and experience of Father Peyton. At many tables, one could find a former volunteer or two who assisted the Family Rosary Crusade in the very early days. Family Rosary remains ever grateful to the Leonard family for coordinating the Irish Gala. This year’s gala was a beautiful tribute to their late mother Celia and a celebration of Venerable Patrick Peyton’s path to sainthood. Thanks and appreciation goes to the family and the Albany volunteers and supporters, who once again organized this annual event.

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50th Annual Irish Gala

Photos of Father Peyton and Leonard family at event.

In the United States, we currently have 433 Guild members from 36 states. As we strive to increase membership in the Father Peyton Guild, one goal is to have members in every state.

Update on the Cause Currently the Congregation for the Causes of Saints is studying a potential medical miracle attributed to Father Peyton’s intercession. If approved this would allow Father Peyton to be declared Blessed. One important way that you can assist in Father Peyton’s Cause and ongoing mission is to join the Father Peyton Guild. As a Guild member you will be part of a worldwide community united in prayer for a Father David spiritual cause. S. Marcham

Guild members across the world commit to pray for: • The canonization of Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., a future “Saint for Family Prayer” • The continuation of his mission through Holy Cross Family Ministries • Their family and all families around the world Are these prayer intentions important to you?

If so, we ask you to consider joining our worldwide community of prayer, The Father Peyton Guild. In the United States, we currently have 433 Guild members from 36 states. As we strive to increase membership in the Father Peyton Guild, one goal is to have members in every state. As you can see from the map, we are well on our way, but we could use your help! We are currently looking for people like yourself to become members of the Father Peyton Guild in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Nebraska, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. If you or anyone you know might be interested in joining the Guild (in any state but especially in the ones that do not yet have Guild members), please check the box on the reply envelope enclosed to receive more information.

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–Father David S. Marcham Vice Postulator/Guild Director

Green states indicate where members of The Father Peyton Guild are present.

Prayers Requested • Please pray that I land a permanent job to help my family… Stephanie, United States

• Please pray for my chest pains and inflammation of my muscles…Malakai, New Zealand

• Please pray for my daughter, Faith, that she be healed by the good Lord…Joseph, Ghana

• Please pray for our Holy Father and our Holy Church… Ann, United States

• Prayers for relief from my depression…Singh, India • Please pray for a successful surgery for my mother…Marian, Canada • Prayers for our family business…Antony, United Arab Emirates

Prayer for the Beatification of Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.

• Prayers for my wife’s pregnancy...Ian, Philippines

• Prayers to remove stress and family issues…Laia, Spain • Please pray for my son who is waiting for a job offer…Henryk, Norway • I am praying for restoration in my family…Inez, United States • Prayers for my son’s healing after heart surgery…Alwin, Singapore


Please include the following special intention through the intercession of Father Peyton in Holy Cross Family Ministries’ daily Rosary and Mass.

Please send a donation to support The Cause of Father Peyton along with your prayer intention. Thank you and God Bless you.

Name Street City/State Email Phone


Complete and return in the enclosed envelope.

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Dear Jesus, Father Peyton devoted his priestly life to strengthening the families of the world by calling them to pray together every day, especially the Rosary. His message is as important for us now as it was during his life on earth. We beg you, therefore, to hasten the day of his beatification so that your faithful people everywhere will remember his message that The Family That Prays Together Stays Together, imitate him in his devotion to your Mother and ours, and be inspired by his holy life to draw ever closer to you with childlike confidence and love. Amen.

• Please pray for my parents’ health in their old age…Lusanda, South Africa

• Prayers for my daughter Essie to give birth to a healthy baby…Angela, Canada

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Did you know?

If you are 70½ or older, you can make an IRA Rollover Gift of up to $100,000 to Holy Cross Family Ministries. You simply direct your plan administrator to make a direct transfer to HCFM.

What are the benefits? • Your gift is transferred to HCFM, and since you did not receive the funds, they are not included in your gross income. • Your gift will count towards your minimum distribution requirement. Venerable Patrick Peyton Celebration for Families Mass on June 10, 2018.

Why We Give “Holy Cross Family Ministries is an important part of our family life. Through HCFM we have learned about the life and devotion of Father Peyton. Father Peyton’s famous words “The Family That Prays Together Stays Together” have inspired and encouraged us in our daily life as spouses, parents, and grandparents. The various facets of HCFM such as the websites, daily homily, books, pamphlets, and videos continue to inspire and encourage our spiritual journey.” -Charles & Susan Reynolds, Father Peyton Guild Members and members of the Partners in Mission Giving Society

• You support the mission programs that are important to you at HCFM. Your IRA Rollover Gift will have double the impact since it will be matched up to $65,000. Please contact Tom McKenney, Executive Director of the HCFM Foundation, with any questions at or 508-930-7882. Don’t miss your chance to have twice the impact! Thank you and have a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas season.