Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Dear Mrs. Patti Melvin,

Sub: The Living Rosary – Strengthening the Faith Retreats

The Living Rosary volunteers, Dhanaraj Rodrigues, Ruban, Berchmans, Valan, Victor, Sahayaraj, Arockia Prasad and Antony Raj were invited by the Parish Priests of St. Theresa of Infant Jesus Parish, St. Bernard Church, Sahaya Madha Church, St. Jude Church, St. Patrick Church, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, St. Dominic Savior Higher Secondary School and the Amali Bency Prayer group in the States of Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh.

The Retreats were conducted from 30th August to 11th October, 2015 and 525 new members were enrolled in the Living Rosary. Thank you for your prayers and support. God bless you!

< Dhanaraj and Ruban, SOUTH INDIA >

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Novena to the Holy Ghost


Those who devoutly assist at the public novena in honor of the Holy Ghost immediately preceding the Feast of Pentecost, may gain: (1) An indulgence of 10 years on any day of the novena; (2) A plenary indulgence, if they take part in at least five of the exercises on condition of Confession, Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff.

Those who make a private novena in honor of the Holy Ghost either before Pentecost or at any other time of the year, may gain: (1) An indulgence of seven years once on any day of their novena; (2) A plenary indulgence on condition of Confession, Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff at the close of the novena; but if a public novena is held, this indulgence is available only to those who are lawfully hindered from taking part in it. ((Enchirdion Indulgentiarum No. 284)


Holy Spirit! Lord of Light!
From Thy clear celestial height
Thy pure beaming radiance give!

The Holy Ghost

Only one thing is important – Eternal Salvation! Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared – Sin! Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness and indifference. The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation, we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit, daily, for “The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But, the Spirit Himself asketh for us.”


Almighty and Eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness of all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from Heaven upon us Thy sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

(Prayers below to be offered, daily, after the Novena meditation.)

Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost

On my knees, before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body, to Thee, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of Thy justice and the might of Thy Love. Thou art the strength and light of my soul. In Thee, I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against Thee.

Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Thy light, and listen to Thy voice, and follow Thy gracious inspirations. I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee and ask Thee, by Thy compassion, to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus, and looking at His five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood, and adoring His opened side and stricken Heart, I implore Thee, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against Thee. Give me grace, O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to Thee always and everywhere: “Speak Lord, for Thy servant heareth.” Amen.

A Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

O LORD JESUS CHRIST, Who, before ascending into Heaven, didst promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Thy work in the souls of thy apostles and disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal; the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the Light of Thy Divine Truth; the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining Heaven; the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with Thee and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation; the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints; the Spirit of Piety that i may find the service of God sweet and amiable; the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of thy true disciples and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit! Amen.

(7 Our Father, 7 Hail Mary, 7 Glory Be)


Come, Thou Father of the poor!
Come, with treasures which endure!
Come, Thou light of all that live!


The Gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of Hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from the worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. “They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts and, in His sight, will sanctify their souls.”


Come, O Blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart that I may set Thee, my Lord and God, before my face forever; help me to shun all things that can offend Thee, and make me worthy to appear before the pure Eyes of Thy Divine Majesty in Heaven, where Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God, world without end. Amen.


Thou, of all consolers best,
Visiting the troubled breast,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.

The Gift of Piety

The Gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect, for His sake, persons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He, who is filled with the Gift of Piety, finds the practice of his religion, not a burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no labor.

Come, O Blessed Spirit, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a love for God that I may find satisfaction only in His service and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.


Thou in toil art comfort sweet;
Pleasant coolness in the heart;
Solace in the midst of woe.


By the Gift of Fortitude, the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to undertake, without hesitancy, the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation. “He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved.”


Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in time of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.

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In Memory of Your Departed Loved Ones

When we love, we remember, and this memory – the effect of love – is not a barren thought. It resolves itself into DEEDS for the loved one. They are at peace for they have escaped Hell forever. But, they are sentenced for a time to expiating fire. Behold their plight and helplessness. Listen to their lamentations. In sympathy and charity, hasten to their assistance.

Enroll your Departed Loved Ones in thirty days of Requiem Masses in Ukraine. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy has arranged for these Masses to be offered from 1st to 30th November. The names you send will be placed upon the Altar during this time. A Mass card will be sent out to you for each one you enroll.

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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.

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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