Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday September 2, 2015

Glory be to Jesus Christ!

Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

The war in Ukraine continues to wage and our spiritual courage is challenged. If we are to be faithful, it is necessary for us to enter into ourselves. A monthly Retreat is necessary in order for us to persevere: if we are lukewarm, it will re-animate our initial fervor; if we are lax, it will help us to enter again upon our faithfulness to duty. We are pilgrims, journeying on toward our Heavenly Home. Love should spur us to walk the steep, narrow and rugged road that leads to Eternal Life, the happy Home of the Saints. The monthly day of retreat pondering exclusively the end of man, will be a powerful aid to perseverance and the earnest renewal of our Baptismal Vows.

Death will reduce our body to ashes and detach us from all earthly goods, longings and desires. We will be stripped naked. Death will come to all of us! Who is promised one more day? We procrastinate the thought of death, waiting until we can find more time, reduced demands on our resources, and a quiet space for meditation. Who can count on another year or another day? We must be ready NOW! What if, this very hour, we are called to give an account of our lives? At our judgement, we shall not be asked what sins we have committed, but whether we have done the Will of God. Why not do now, what one day we will wish we had done, but it will be too late? The measure of our fidelity upon earth will be the measure of God’s Love for us, and our love for Him, during all Eternity.

Death is certain. Be ready for it. At an hour you do not expect, it will come like a thief in the night. “My children we have but one soul and if that is lost, all is lost; and once lost, it is lost for all Eternity!” St. Teresa

“Behold me, O my God, ready to embrace the death which Thou hast destined for me. From this moment, I accept it and sacrifice to Thee my life in honor of Thy Divine Majesty, in penance for my sins, and to please Thee. I unite the pains and the agony which I must then suffer to the pains and agony which Thou, my Savior, did suffer in Thy Death for me. I accept the death, the time, and the manner, whether suddenly without warning or after a prolonged illness. In everything, I resign myself to Thy Holy Will. Give me strength to suffer all with patience. Thy Death gives me hope! By Thy Most Precious Blood, pardon me all my sins before death comes, and wash away the stains of my guilt.”


Am I ready to die? Have I made the heroic effort necessary to acquire the virtues essential to perfection in this life? Christ commanded me to be perfect as His Heavenly Father is perfect. Do I offer the labors and fatigues of my state in life, all my mortifications and pains of body and soul, in union with the sufferings of my Crucified Savior? In all my anxieties, fears and afflictions, do I seek comfort and consolation at the Foot of the Altar? Is the Sacred Heart of Jesus the object of my most tender love? Do I take time to make reparation for all the outrages suffered by Him in the Adorable Sacrament of the most Holy Altar? Have I a warm, affectionate devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary? Have I unlimited confidence in her, and do I have recourse to her in all my difficulties and spiritual needs? Have I a great love and esteem for the Ten Commandments? Do I fail in them through human respect? Is charity my favorite virtue as it was my Divine Master’s? Do I speak of the faults of others or make rash judgments? Do I blame? Do I murmur? Do I complain? Do I receive humiliations with submission and meekness? Do I cling to my own esteem, prudence and personal views? Do I obey promptly, without delay, discussion or argument? Do I submit equally in that which pleases me and in that which does not? Do I submit myself to all creatures for the love of God? Do I hold my body in esteem as the temple of the Holy Ghost? Do I hold it in honor and refuse to mutilate it, violate its purity, or cremate it? Do I consider myself happy to be called to a life of utter poverty? Am I truly happy to feel its effects in lodging, food, clothing and sickness? Do I trust in God and have no fear of poverty? Do I waste time which is so very precious?

Death is a complete separation of the soul from the body. We will be judged in the room where we die. In that instant of fate, our Eternity is sealed. We can be saints in the daily routine of our lives through Fidelity! In great occasions and in small, let us be faithful. We must die; let us be always prepared! Eternity is long neglected and often forgotten. After millions and millions of years, Eternity remains. Think of Death which is the gate to Eternity! Repent, watch, pray, suffer patiently all evils of this life, and strive courageously for a Happy Eternity.

WE MUST Consider our Rights:

We have a right to humiliations, to be reprimanded, to be disposed of according to God’s Holy Will, to suffer the effects of poverty, to fraternal correction, to be despised and to serve, to the last place, to be looked upon as useless, and to be crucified as was our Savior Jesus Christ!

I pray that you will be successful in thoroughly conquering yourselves in the small daily contradictions which come to you each day. Be faithful in little things, bear your crosses with patience, and you will surely meet with a blessed Eternity. Every day, I remember you and your family at the Sacred Altar. Your intentions, needs and sufferings are given over to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of His Holy Mother. With Mary, you will become capable of a marvelous degree of sanctity and possess unbelievable power over the souls of those you hope to bring to God.

“O most merciful Jesus, Lover of souls, I pray Thee, by the agony of Thy Most Sacred Heart and by the sorrows of Thy Immaculate Mother, cleanse in Thine own Blood the sinners of the whole world who are now in their agony and are to die this day. Amen.”

Heart of Jesus, once in agony, have pity upon the dying!

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

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

Byzantine Rite, Greek-Catholic Church, UKRAINE

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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,


Let us pray for one another.

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Dear Mrs. Patti Melvin,I greet you very warmly and lovingly, and apologize for my silence, but you know we continue to be active with the Living Rosary propagation, thanks be to God and to His Holy Mother. On July 30, I received your box of Sacramentals and leaflets in Spanish that you sent to me.

From the picture attached, you will see our members with the St. Philomena statue which is 1 meter tall.

My heart is overflowing with joy at having our Patroness occupy a special place in our church and I had longed for it for many years. We have the privilege of being the first ones in Nicaragua to belong to the Living Rosary Association – our first 7 Rosary groups started in 1996 and we have maintained them.

The Living Rosary is recognized by our Bishop, as a lay group. Fifteen members have gone to their eternal reward and others have left their Catholic religion for different beliefs, and all of them have been replaced by new members. On the third Sunday of each month, a Holy Mass is offered for the intentions of the Living Rosary members and their families.

St. Philomena’s feast is approaching and we always give out to those who attend the festivities something related to her. Last year, you sent us St. Philomena Medals and brochures about her life. The members are very grateful to you for it.

We apologize for asking you to send us the Sacramentals, prayer cards and leaflets without giving a donation but, even if we wanted, we don’t know how to do it and not sure whether it would reach you safely. We would make the donation with much love, even if it is a small amount. We use to ask for 10 Córdobas (Nicaragua’s currency), which is $0.50, but we know that, in the vineyard of the Lord, not all have jobs to give a donation.

We keep you and all who collaborate in the Association, in our prayers. May God and Mamma María protect you and St. Philomena help you! Thank you, Patti, for the attention you pay to our needs. May Our Lord bless you! I will write to you again soon to share about the feast. I am extremely happy because my husband has fallen in love with St. Philomena. Every night, he prays the novena from the leaflet you sent which has her litany composed by the Curé of Ars. Please excuse my letter for not being so neat, I am an elderly person.

Alicia Urcuyo – NICARAGUA

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Dear Patti Melvin,Sub: TESTIMONY

One Wednesday morning, I was given some money by a lady to prepare food for her friends who were to visit her. The amount was ten thousand Central African Francs (10,000 CFA). I had bought only one item for 1350 Francs and the remaining money was missing. My purse (wallet) fell at a place what the whole town considers being a big venue for all the thieves. I felt so frustrated. I did not have any money anywhere to replace the amount I lost. I decided to stand at a quiet corner of the market and prayed, asking the intercession St. Philomena. It was about 20 minutes later, a boy told me that he saw some boys with an ID card and they said they removed it from a purse they had picked up.

As this boy was explaining to me, another boy just appeared from nowhere and he happened to be one of the boys who had picked up the purse. I asked for the ID card; he removed it from his trouser pocket and gave it to me. He then told me that they had shared the money among themselves. All they could give me was three thousand six hundred and fifty Francs (3,650 CFA). The boy then took me to the place where they had thrown the purse. It was in a big dirt garbage heap. I picked it out and, to my great surprise, I saw the remaining 5,000 Francs notes under the picture of St. Philomena which I always carried in my purse. The boys told me they had emptied the wallet and got only 3,650 Francs. All of us were so amazed that the boys could not see the 5,000 Francs which were under the St. Philomena picture. They all wanted to know who the Saint was and they wanted to have her card. I then had the opportunity to talk to them about Saint Philomena. Thank you very much, St. Philomena!

Saint Philomena, Protectress of the Living Rosary has come to give us:


< Gladys Chin – BAMENDA, CAMEROON >

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Sub: The Living Rosary Conferences held in Madurai, India

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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!

Make your payment online through PAYPAL / CREDIT CARD at: WWW.PHILOMENA.ORG

If payment by Check / Money Order / Cash, please mail it directly to the address below:


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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.

This is the box we send out to the foreign Missions $77.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragements for our Promoters.

This is the box we send out to the foreign Missions $77.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragement for our Promoters.

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