Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday August 26, 2015

Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
We are eternally grateful for your generous donation which is a huge help for our missionary efforts in the world today. So many are suffering, dying and giving up the fight, feeling they are outnumbered and surrounded. God help us! Our poor efforts, placed in the Heart of Mary, will obtain miraculous results! May God reward you eternally! We remember you each day in our prayers!
Our lives must be filled to overflowing with the spirit of Mary. We must aspire after Her fathomless humility, complete obedience, seraphic sweetness, ceaseless prayer, perfect patience, celestial wisdom, dauntless love of God, and Her faith. Many try to make Catholic doctrine more acceptable to those outside the Church by keeping Mary in the background. We might as well preach Christianity without Christ, as Redemption without Mary. It has been the Will of God that no coming or giving or manifestation of Christ should be without Her. In the spirit of the first days of creation, the voice of God addresses the Serpent in Eden: “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed; She shall crush thy head and thou shalt lie in wait for Her heel.”
Mary alone is set apart as the co-worker of Salvation. Prophet after Prophet foretold of “The Virgin and Child,” the Queen seated at the right Hand of the King. God thought so much of Mary that He willed to make the Redemption of men dependent upon Her free consent to the Angel Gabriel. And the Word was made Flesh! Mary visits her cousin, Elizabeth, and John the Baptist is sanctified in his mother’s womb. Mary exercises for the first time Her unique prerogative as the administrator of the Treasury of Heaven. She is the dispenser of all graces.
The Public Life of Jesus begins at the Wedding Feast at Cana in obedience to the command of Mary to the stewards: “Do what He tells you.” Water is turned into wine. Christ’s Public Life begins. Jesus’ Public Life ends with Mary at the foot of the Cross. “Behold, thy Mother!” For the Sacrifice of Calvary, Mary provided Victim, Priest, Blood and Altar. The work of Redemption began with Mary and was consummated dependently on Mary. Nothing whatever of the magnificent Treasury of Grace which Christ won for us is imparted, except through Her. Mary is the infallible means of winning the world back to Christ!
O Holy Ghost, I offer Thee the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus,
His Most Precious Blood; the sorrowful, humble, pure, obedient and Immaculate Heart of Mary, to repair for all my offenses and negligences. I consecrate myself unreservedly to Thee. I place all my trust in Thee. Amen.
One with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
PATTI MELVIN, Director – ULRA
Let us pray for one another.
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August 24, 2015
Dear Members and Friends,
We would like to draw your attention to a beautiful work being done by Mrs. Connie Schneider and her team. They have been working for many long years to develop the Children of The Eucharist, Young Missionaries of The Immaculate Heart of Mary associated with the International World Apostolate of Fatima. Their goal is to lead our youth to have a greater understanding, adoration and love for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, and to ever increase their love and trust in the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is a program of hope!
www.childrenoftheeucharist.org
Annually, the children are asked to gather before the Most Blessed Sacrament and make a Holy Hour of Reparation and Adoration on October 2. Families are in peril and the prayer of children is powerful before the throne of God. Teachers, encourage your students to take part. Parents, go with your children and make the Holy Hour together with them. All who take part will become sensitive to sin and grow in virtue, grace and holiness.
Father Angelo Beda Ison, OFM of Jerusalem will be offering the Sacred Mass in the Holy Land for all who take part in the annual Holy Hour of Reparation and for all who donate in support of this heroic effort to sanctify families and repair for the outrages and blasphemies against the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
May an avalanche of Sanctifying Grace pour out over the face of the whole earth! God bless each and every one who will take an active part in this glorious effort to hasten the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
One with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
PATTI MELVIN, Director – ULRA
Let us pray for one another.
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Hello Mrs. Patti Melvin,
Sub: The Living Rosary Conferences held in Madurai, India
Greetings in the name of Saint Philomena! My name is Clement Michaelraj, Software Engineer, US Citizen, currently living in my native place, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. When I was in the US, I came to know about Saint Philomena and became a devotee. When I moved to India, I contacted Bro. Joseph Roche, India Animator of the Living Rosary, Chennai, who conducted the Living Rosary conferences for the last 20 years successfully in India and has enrolled thousands and thousands of people into the Living Rosary.
My native place and surrounding villages do not know about Saint Philomena. I invited Brothers Rodriguez and Ruben who are promoters of the Living Rosary in Chennai to hold the conferences in my city. They eagerly agreed and conducted three conferences so far, which were a success. We never heard these messages anywhere before. Their messages include reparation, motivation on family values, Fatima Message, Purgatory, dress code, Saint Philomena’s life history and sculpture, etc. After each conference, I heard the people congratulating these brothers for the messages they delivered.
The Living Rosary Conferences were held on the following days:
On May 31 from 10 am to 5 pm: Fr. Antony Rajan, Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Church welcomed the gathering of 320 parishioners, and we enrolled 100 members.
On July 18 (5 pm to 9 pm) and July 19 (9 am to 2 pm): My cousin brother, Fr. Jai Joseph, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes Church welcomed the gathering of 230 parishioners, and 95 enrolled in the Living Rosary.
On August 9 (9 am to 4 pm): Fr. Edwin Raja, Parish Priest of Saint Joseph Church welcomed the gathering of 300 parishioners, and 120 enrolled in the Living Rosary.
My hearty congratulations to these two brothers! We are blessed to have them in India, conducting spiritual meetings. God will bless them abundantly.
We will certainly conduct many more Living Rosary conferences in my place. Attached are some of the pictures.
We request you to pray for us that we may conduct more conferences in our Tamilnadu State and other States, and enroll many more people into Living Rosary.
Thanks to the ULRA for bringing our Blessed Mother Mary’s Message to the people of India.
Regards,
Clement Michaelraj
Madurai, Tamilnadu – INDIA
Dear Patti,
Thank you so much for sending me St. Filomena’s devotional items! I could not believe that you sent me other items which I never expected (such as the Italian booklet)! I want to share this devotion to my friends and family, and persuade them that this little Saint is powerful with God!
The package that you sent arrived on the 4th of August (Saint Jean Marie Vianney!) but I took the items to my parish on the 7th of August (and we know that Friday is Saint Philomena’s martyrdom!).
Thank you for your personal letter that you sent to me. I appreciated so much your words full of love and hope. Less than a month, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and I heard of this disease the day after I wrote the email to you.
I pray every day my assigned Decade and this little Virgin will help me to stay strong. I bless the day that I discovered this Saint and your hard but beautiful work. I always pray for you, for your intentions and for the URLA. God bless you all!
As promised, here are the photos taken at the Church of St. Philip the Apostle in Syracuse with a painting of Santa Filomena.
Immaculate Heart of Mary will be our refuge!
Jasmine
Siracusa – Sicily (Italy)
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HEART OF JESUS, OUR REFUGE AND SOLACE
The Heavens hide their light for grief, and the world is wrapped in darkness. The Heart of Jesus is opened with a lance that there may be formed His only One, His perfect One, His Virgin Spouse: the Holy Church. Jesus willed that His Heart be opened that we might possess in His Heart a permanent place of refuge and solace, where everything necessary and useful to us would be found. The Wound in His Heart is the Door that remains forever open to us through which those who enter will be saved. It is a refuge for mortals and the Paradise of the Blessed.
Gaze upon the Heart of Jesus whose Love is stronger than death and more vigorous than life. All sweetness is there to arouse our faith, strengthen our hope and enkindle our love. Come and immerse thyself in this Ocean of Love. Hasten to this Fountain of Grace, to this gushing Spring of all consolation. In every peril and difficulty, throw thyself confidently upon the Heart of Jesus!
“Christ’s Heart Is Open That ALL May Enter!” Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
A Bouquet of thirty days of Sacred Masses in Honor, Reparation, Thanksgiving and Petition to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus will be offered by Father Ivan Kolodiy in Ukraine, for you and your families, living and departed, throughout the month of September. A lovely Mass card will be mailed out to you for each person you enroll!
SUGGESTED STIPEND DONATION: $ 5.00 each for Enrollment in the September Bouquet of thirty days of Sacred Liturgies for your Loved Ones: PRINT VERY CLEARLY EACH NAME!
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If payment by Check / Money Order / Cash, please mail it directly to the address below:
THE LIVING ROSARY, P.O. BOX 1303, DICKINSON, TX 77539, USA.
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WHO IS THE PRIEST?
At the very center of the crowd is a person often not recognized, (St. Matt. 3:11 – but He whose sandals I am not worthy to bear – St. John the Baptist to the people of Israel). This reproach of Christians is as valid today as it was in the time of Christ for so many lack the most basic respect for the priesthood. How many people recognize his mission, see his sufferings and respect the dignity of his office? They are unmindful of what Christ has told us: “He who hears you, hears Me, and he who persecutes you persecutes Me.”
The priest is the most essential person and deeply needed by all humanity. Only he can truly echo the words of Our Blessed Lord, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.” (St. John 14:6)
We must work diligently to properly prize this person who is with us from our birth to our death, in our moments of joy and our moments of suffering; all the key moments of our lives, he is there. God has given him the keys of this earth and, most importantly, the keys of Heaven. The priest is a servant of God, a victim soul. He sacrifices himself for the salvation of souls. Every priest is another Christ!
The priesthood was instituted in Jerusalem on Maundy Thursday night, when Christ gave His Apostles the Holy Eucharist which would be offered until the end of time. The priesthood continues through His words at each Holy Mass: “Do this in commemoration of Me.” Through this pronouncement, He confirmed the priesthood on His Apostles and gave them the power to forgive sins. “Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven; whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” (St. John 20:23)
On the Mount of Olives, Jesus had given them the power to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, to forgive sins, to baptize and to preach justice to all humanity. On the day of His Ascension into Heaven, the Apostles awaited the signal from God to begin their mission upon earth.
THE HOLY PRIESTHOOD
The priest has been given the power to continue the work of our Redemption which is confirmed by the Son of God. He has the special charism of teaching, just as Christ was the infallible Teacher of the Truths of our Catholic Faith, which give light to every soul born into this world. He has the charge to direct us to Heaven.
In the power of his office of duty, the priest feeds souls with the sacred nourishment of supernatural Grace given in the Holy Eucharist. The priest, today, continues the mission and office of the first Apostles. The priests and bishops united together form the Hierarchy of the Church. The Holy Father is the Vicar of Christ upon earth. St. Peter was the first Pope appointed by Christ Himself. His power to rule extends over all bishops, priests, lay apostles and members of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Bishops are appointed by the Pope and they, in turn, choose the parish priests in their diocese. The bishop is the administrator of the parishes in his diocese.
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Share Your Gift of Faith
For centuries, our cherished Catholic faith has been passed from person to person, parent to child, etc. Each of us carries in our heart a special memory of how God first graced us with the knowledge of the faith and how Our Blessed Mother, Saint Philomena, Venerable Pauline Jaricot and other saints changed our lives and brought us closer to Christ.
In our work in the Universal Living Rosary Association, we see first hand how millions of souls are currently living without that knowledge of God and are living outside of His grace. We have been given a beautiful opportunity to carry out Christ’s work and pass on our faith and blessings to others who would otherwise never be introduced to Our Lord, the Savior of all mankind. Just as we pray for the souls in Purgatory who have no one to pray for them, we should also make it a part of our life’s mission to pass on our faith to as many souls as possible who have no one else to pass it on to them, who don’t know Our Lord and His promise of salvation.

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