March 26, 2014
by Janis
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Rosary Project Part II

A BIG THANK YOU to those of you who have donated so generously to this Rosary Project (see Rosary Project Part I). We are still short $5,000.00,  so please say a prayer and pass the post below on to anyone the Holy Spirit puts on your heart as a possible donor! Next week I will have new demos available from the Montreal studio. Right now I an finishing up all last minute preparations for the final stretch of recording/mixing the songs/chants, and “coreographing” the Rosary CDs.

I will be winding up this project as we approach and celebrate the canonization of John Paul II on April 27th,  which is so appropriate considering the critical role that his papacy and devotion to Our Lady have played in my life and the production of this Rosary CD set/song CD.

I believe this Rosary CD set/song CD has the potential to serve as a catalyst for Rosary revival, particularly in the West where it is needed so badly. Thank you so much for your continued support and prayers!

Totus Tuus!

 

December 21, 2013
by Janis
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Rosary Project: One of a Kind for These Times

After years of producing and distributing tens of thousands of Rosary CDs, I am creating a one-of-a-kind, unique-for-these-times musical Rosary CD set and song CD to reach a wider audience for an urgently needed Rosary revival. Gaze with Mary on Jesus is the fruit of a lifetime of preparation,beginning with my first “Ave” sung from the crib at 13 months!

Production is well under way, but I need financial assistance for its completion. I am setting up this blog with audio samples, regular updates and a simple, direct way to contribute . The donation button is located at the top right hand corner of this blog and the mailing address for checks is located below. My goal is to reach $10,000 in donations by the end of January. The release date for the CDs is set for the month of May.

Why a rosary CD set and accompanying song CD? 1. To get the message of the Gospel out to as many people as possible through the scriptural rosary, a prayer that focuses completely on the Word of God for a life-changing encounter with Christ in the mysteries of His life. 2. To fortify the Rosary CDs with an album of songs that reinforce its message, and incorporate elements of John Paul II’s theology and spirituality.

What makes these CDs one of a kind?1. The Rosary CDs bring the Word of God alive through dramatic narration of the scriptures by Fr. Peter Ryan, SJ, with original musical accompaniments by Janis Clarke and first-class arrangements by Emmanuel Pitois. The song CD, comprising original songs by Janis Clarke with beautiful arrangements by Pitois expand the musical themes in the Rosary CDs and make the Gospel message accessible, leading to deeper intimacy with God.

Unique for these times? What distinguishes Christianity from every other religion is the good news that God entered our world and became one of us to save us. These days, this message is often watered down or compromised. It is sometimes communicated in a way that does not capture the imagination or reach the heart. This Rosary album and song CD do just that: 1. The beauty of the music draws the heart to prayer. 2. The scriptures and song lyrics feed the mind with the saving message of the Gospel and help equip Christians to share their faith as they grow in deeper intimacy with Jesus through His Word.

Why a Rosary CD set and Song CD? The two go together and complement each other. The song CD is easier to listen to and will attract many people who would not initially be drawn to the Rosary CDs. It is like a bridge to the Rosary CDs and a great tool for evangelization. The songs are imbued with the scriptures and point to Christ for a life-changing encounter with Him. They also incorporate JP II’s theology and spirituality to foster a culture of life, through Mary.  The songs are catchy, easy to learn and sing along with. The Gospel message sinks deep into the heart as the songs play in one’s memory throughout the day. The Rosary CD set comprises a beautiful dramatization of the basic Gospel message for an encounter with the living God, which makes the heart want to sing for joy, a perfect bridge to the song CD!

Why $10,000? The cost of a good quality CD normally begins at $25,000. We are doing our best to produce three CDs (the Rosary set of two and the song CD) for under $30,000.

Considering making a donation? 1. Go to www.rosarymission.org for more information on the scope of this Rosary Mission. 2. Please pray a rosary for the success of this project and then decide how much to donate. 3. Please send me your email address so that I can send you updates. (send your email address to janismaria@yahoo.com until there is a direct button for this on the blog) For Canadian donations, please send a check to the address below.

Thank You!! Thank you for your prayers, and for whatever financial contribution the Lord inspires you to make. A Paypal button is available above (right) for online contributions. If you would like to send a check, please make it out to Janis Clarke and send it to Janis Clarke/20501 Goshen Road/Gaithersburg, MD, 20879.

 

More About the Rosary Album and Song CD:

The album cover was painted by my dear friend Diane Levy. In the icon Our Lady of Tenderness is gazing on Jesus. This theme is at the very heart of the Rosary CDs, inspired by John Paul II’s apostolic letter on the Rosary. John Paul II describes Mary gazing tenderly on the face of her Son at his birth, with adoration and wonder… a gaze that would never leave him. John Paul II invites us to gaze with Mary on Jesus in the mysteries of the rosary, for a life-changing encounter with Him and an ongoing, intimate relationship. Gazing with Mary on Jesus Rosary has been created to help facilitate this encounter with Christ through Mary, the mystical matchmaker.

The audio sample from the song “Gaze With Mary on Jesus” is composed in an upbeat and popular style to appeal to youth. Several of the choristers joining me in this song with Fr. Jean-Pierre Couturier sang with us at the 2008 International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City. “Gaze With Mary on Jesus” will be included on the new song CD together with nine other songs ranging in style and mood, but united in the one purpose of drawing hearts to Jesus Christ.

Come and visit this blog for regular updates! Become a part of the team, and please pray for all those who, by God’s grace, are helped to encounter Christ in the mysteries of His life through this humble project!

April 16, 2013
by Janis
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America The Beautiful!!

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL!!!
Running errands today: Costco Store: Hugs and exchanges of “You’re beautiful!” with big hearted African American employee at entrance. She is always telling people they are beautiful; she smothered me in a bear hug when I beat her to it and said she was not only beautiful on the outside but on the inside too! Radiant smile as I promise Moslem employee at cash that I will pray she feels better. Big hugs with African American employee at exit when we discover he is a pastor and I am a missionary: “Brother! Sister!” Beautiful exchange with Moslem woman in parking lot after I tell her how beautiful she is and that God loves her. Great conversation with Caucasian man at cash as I tell him about the Holy Spirit gift of healing and faith. He catches up with me in parking lot to thank me. Staples Store: Wonderful experience praying over Hispanic employee for deeper release of the Spirit after a really neat exchange..people are so open and hungry for God. And finally, beautiful prayer with a young Hispanic mother (with her children) and the Lord takes away her pain from surgery!
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!!! Jesus is Alive!!!

 

April 5, 2013
by Janis
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Tiny Hats for Tiny Heads

Fr. Couturier Helps Make Tiny Hats

Please check out this beautiful post by Mary Prillo who leads the monthly gatherings of Eucharist for Life, a family mission I founded in 2007.  http://eucharistforlife.org/tiny-hats-for-tiny-heads/

I am so proud of these families who have persevered in praying for priests and the unborn, faithfully, since 2007. Much fruit has been born of their humble, hidden prayers.

Over the past 6 years I have seen deeply encouraging developments in Montreal, and Quebec, for priests and the unborn.

Why not consider beginning a group like this in your community?

 

March 22, 2013
by Janis
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Pope Francis: “GO”SPEL

On Pope Francis’ Installation Day, inspired by his exhortation to “Go out..go out and share..share with the poor..” Randa, Mary and I went out to share.What touched me most was meeting the young man in the wheel chair. He said, “I am only 25 and paralyzed for life. I was shot twice in the chest. The bullets missed my heart but damaged my spinal cord.” We prayed with him. Young people began to gather ’round. It felt like Our Lord’s Kingdom was moving in on us; it literally transforms the environment. We are praying for his complete healing. Some people experienced release from long-term chronic pain. Everyone we prayed with was so open, so grateful. The harvest is great. “Let’s Go!” — at Detroit, MI.  See Video: http://youtu.be/G2EV5Nxxne0

March 2, 2013
by Janis
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“Would You Like a Rosary to Pray for Peace?”

 

Friends have been wondering if I am standing on street corners in DC with a bullhorn shouting “Repent and believe the Gospel!” In actual fact, I simply approaching people and ask them if they would like a Rosary to pray for “peace in the streets of DC and an end to violence”. The words alone bring a smile to people’s faces, and if they want more, we share the Good News of the Gospel. If they want more, we pray with them. We are very gentle and respectful. My streetwise friend, “Brian from the Bronx” suggested the Rosary approach. And it’s amazing how the Blessed Mother opens the door and makes it easy to evangelize. So many people are lonely, frightened, sad or just totally stressed out. The Church is called to reach out to everyone. And, we are the Church!  I cannot express in words the joy this ministry brings to my heart. The city turns from black and white to technicolor when walking the streets singing and sharing the Good News of the Gospel! Here is a photo of Brian with Abbot Eden, a wise and holy priest who prays for us. Brian will share his amazing conversion story this Sunday at 5pm EST, 4pm CT on http://radiomaria.us/givegodpermision/

February 28, 2013
by Janis
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Our Lady Makes it Easy to Evangelize in DC

 

http://youtu.be/Pcr053hfY-k

As Darkness Closes in..
All Hands on Deck for the New Evangelization
Be Creative! Be Brave! Give God Permission to Use You!
We went back to DC today to share the Good News in the streets. At first it was really difficult. And no one wanted a rosary. The place felt cold and unfriendly. I wanted to run away. Then something amazing happened. As we approached a homeless man in Dupont Circle, my friend Brian said, “This guy will respond…., he is one of God’s little ones.” The man greeted us with a big, beautiful smile and welcomed us. “Of course I’ll take a rosary!” As we talked with him, I felt a heaviness lift as joy filled my heart. Then I noticed the song blasting from his CD player: “People Get Ready!” After that, everything turned around. People responded with warmth, and many were eager to receive rosaries.
God has something incredibly beautiful for each one of us to contribute to the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization! He waits for our tiny “yes”, our humble efforts, and our few loaves and fishes. Then He moves in and does something fantastic and mysterious through us that blesses the whole world. So beautiful!
Watch Youtube Video and Share: http://youtu.be/Pcr053hfY-k

January 30, 2013
by Janis
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Helping the “Little Ones”

A friend of mine posted a photo and description of an abortion procedure on Facebook that I couldn’t finish reading. We all know there is something terribly wrong going on but many of us don’t know where to begin; how can we help? And we don’t want to be labeled. But the thing is, each one of us has unique, unrepeatable gifts, opportunities, talents and relationships that position us to save precious little lives. My mother chose to adopt after giving birth to 7. My mom and my dad are my heroes. And this little guy transformed my life. His mother was 15, and he had serious, serious health problems. To this day I cannot look at his picture without welling up with tears…he really transformed my life. What a terrible, terrible loss if he had not been allowed to be born. So I am asking the Lord, “what are the unique, unrepeatable gifts, etc. that you have given me to help these little ones?” Only the Lord can answer that for each one of us and He will if we ask Him.

January 26, 2013
by Janis
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Dr. Mark on “When Life Begins”

Nancy and I met Mark on the metro and we invited him to the March for Life in Washington yesterday. Little did we know that we had invited an angel to accompany us. What a wonderful person.

Each one of us has a critical, unique and unrepeatable role to play in protecting and upholding the sacredness of human life from conception to natural death. We just need to ask the Lord what that is and give Him permission to use us in whatever way He wants.

We are praying for you and your important work, Mark. Keep in touch!

January 26, 2013
by Janis
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DC March for Life 2013

 I marched for life today in Washington, DC. I found myself surrounded by a sea of beautiful young people, hundreds of thousands of them. I felt carried by what I can only describe as waves of love. I know this was due in part to the purity of heart and profound faith of the youth, but there was something mysterious and otherworldly that I believe had to do with the presence of fifty-five million little ones marching with us.