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

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
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.”

Not to ADVANCE is to RETREAT!

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.

Fr. IVAN KOLODIY
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,

PATTI MELVIN, Director – ULRA

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:

ARDENT FAITH, PERFECT CHARITY and ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE IN GOD!

< Gladys Chin – BAMENDA, CAMEROON >

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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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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:

THE LIVING ROSARY, P.O. BOX 1303, DICKINSON, TX 77539, USA.

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

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

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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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:
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.

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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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday February 4, 2015

Monday, February 9th, 2015
Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,We give thanks today for the beautiful Season of Christmastide. The three Kings have come, Christ is baptized in the River Jordan and the Marriage Feast at Cana all take place as a public manifestation of the God-head of Christ. What does it really mean to be a Christian? It is not simply to abstain from murdering or plundering our neighbor; it is not simply to be a good father, husband, son, workman or mother. To escape being a villain and to be an honest man is not to be a good Christian. To attend Holy Mass, judge fairly, be mortified and go to Confession are excellent, but they do not make us a true Christian. A Christian is a baptized soul, who believes with his whole heart all that is taught in the name of Jesus Christ by the Church, which has been entrusted by the Savior to spread the Christian religion throughout the world. A man who observes, as far as humanly possible, all the Commandments of God and the Laws of the Church, and earnestly strives to the best of his power to imitate Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior, is not necessarily a Good Christian.

A Christian is a man who loves God above all things and who would suffer anything rather than offend God. He detests sin. He is a man who battles constantly and perseveringly with his evil passions to remain pure and humble, patient and merciful, indulgent to the faults of others; a man who is resigned and patient in misfortune. A Christian is a man who is constant in prayer. He pardons his enemies and goes about doing good. He loves all men. In poverty and suffering, he is calm and full of hope, remembering that the suffering of Calvary leads to the joy of the Resurrection.

Make haste to be good Christians: Pray, frequent the Sacraments, seek in the confessional a remedy for the past and, in frequent Communion, strength for the future. Life passes quickly. Let us work while it is still day. At Bethlehem, the gold of the Magi expressed the divinity of the Babe; at the River Jordan, the Descent of the Holy Ghost and the Voice of the Eternal Father proclaimed Jesus to be the Son of God; at Cana, Jesus Himself acts to change the water into wine. He raised up our human nature making us partakers of the divine nature; He gave us the power to love Him, to be united with Him, to form that One Body of which He is the Head, that Church of which He is the Spouse. From all Eternity and with such tender Love, He came down from Heaven to celebrate His nuptials with us. We must strive to love God with all our hearts and wills, and to draw others to Him through our example and prayers. As we journey toward the Pascal Mystery, let us remain mortified, generous and open to the veritable flood gates of God’s Mercy.

During the New Year, all of you will be remembered at the Holy Altar: your families, your suffering loved ones and the departed members of your family.

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

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

With the prayers and respect,


Fr. IVAN KOLODIY
Byzantine Rite, Greek-Catholic Church, UKRAINE

 


ST. PHILOMENA – WONDER WORKER (continued)

In 1816, Don Carlos won back the throne of Naples and Sicily. This United Kingdom once more had a Catholic ruler. But revolutionary ideas cannot be cast out as easily as the man who permitted them to flourish. It was not a job for the King, but for the Princess of Mugnano. Philomena needed to get the attention of those who had ceased to be mindful of the supernatural. I would like you to notice how simple and perfect was her method. She did something which those who called themselves rationalists could not explain – something that caught the eye, which made the faithless observer perplexed and uneasy, and which worked miracles; something that stumped the unbelievers because they saw it and couldn’t explain it, and could not deny it or imitate its effect.

Shortly after her arrival in Mugnano, the Archbishop of Naples donated a beautiful wood-carved statue. Around the neck of this statue hung a ribbon adorned with her relic. Annually, the statue is carried in procession on the Feast of her Translation.

This year, the crowds couldn’t help but notice that the bearers found the statue very heavy. They were heard to declare that, in the 18 years they had carried it, never before had it felt so heavy. There must have been people present who recalled the arrival of the relics when the shrine became heavy on the road to Cimitile. At last, it was evident they really could not support the statue. Strong villagers came to the rescue, but even with their help, though the statue could be supported, it seemed almost impossible to get it back to the church. The crowd began to point out to each other the rosy color in the face of the statue which had not been there earlier. It looked as though Philomena was getting warm struggling against the powers of evil on behalf of her Mugnano!

Three of the visitors found they could not get to the shrine because the sacristans were busy taking down yesterday’s decorations. They knelt before the statue. After awhile, one of the visitors pointed out a drop, like purest dew, hanging from the chin, sparkling in the light of the brilliant August morning. With affectionate faith, he thought he would put his finger in it as though it were holy water, and bless himself and his companions with it. Drawing near, he beckoned the others to see how the lower part of the face was running with this liquid which flowed down the neck in two little streams meeting on the breast. The face of the statue was still rosily flushed as it had been yesterday, but now the eyes shone with a heavenly brilliance. The whole expression suggested that the statue was alive.

It did not take long for the news to spread that something strange was happening in the church. Don Francesco had the statue lifted down from its place above the altar, to be more closely examined. He had it guarded so that it would not be touched. The liquid was found to be a kind of crystalline manna. The broad red ribbon which held the relic around the statue’s neck was soaked with the manna.

Don Francesco and a companion watched the statue all night to see when the miraculous sweat would cease. It continued to exude all that night, all the next day and nearly all the following night. Then, it ceased. The liquid on the statue remained moist for four days. But, when the manna was taken off the statue, it dried on the finger or on the linen in a few minutes. Another remarkable point was that the manna exuded only from the right side of the face. The statue was not damp and had been carried in procession under a blazing sun on the previous day. Other statues in the church were examined and were found to be perfectly dry.

A public attestation of this happening was carefully drawn up by Don Francesco, who liked everything to look legal. This statement was witnessed, sealed and placed in safekeeping. The same phenomena had occurred many times with Saint Philomena paraphernalia.

Philomena was made patroness of a home for poor girls at Ancona. A novena was made to her. At the end of it, when all who had taken part were leaving the chapel, the Saint called them back by a most beautiful melody which issued forth from her picture. It filled their hearts with love and thanksgiving.

The vial containing the blood of Saint Philomena rests at her feet in a crystal reliquary. Even today, it is seen to take on the appearance of rubies, emeralds, diamonds and other precious colored stones.

Now, really, this is too much! We have heard of instances of a statue becoming heavier, of its changing color, shedding manna, of music being heard as though coming from a picture of the Saint, and of blood taking on the appearance of jewels. This is a good deal to believe. Many of the instances are fully documented. We have, in fact, as much evidence for these instances as we have for half the instances in history. Is not the whole thing much more like a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale than the writing of a saint’s life? A Princess in a glass coffin who blushes, smiles and moves! And now her blood turns into jewels! Excuse me, if I smile. Dear Neapolitans, we are so glad you have your story of the Sleeping Beauty to console you in these years of trouble and hardship! She is a darling. We do believe in her.

Cardinal Ruffo Scilla made this statement: “We have seen her blood changed into several brilliant little precious stones or various colors, also into gold and silver.”

Fr. Paul O’Sullivan who spent nine days at Mugnano in 1909 said: “The blood is not in a liquid state, but quite dry and in appearance resembles ashes. It is preserved in a small crystal vase which allows the visitor to see it as perfectly as though it lay on the palm of one’s hand. I had the happiness of examining this priceless treasure as many as thirty or forty times. Each time, without fail, I saw the blood change most marvelously. The transformation was so clear and distinct as not to allow room for the smallest doubt or misconception. Precious stones, rubies and emeralds, pieces of gold and particles of silver appeared mingled with the blood. One might shake the reliquary, again the precious stones appeared, not always in the same way, but still clearly and distinctly. At times, too, small black particles appear which are supposed to indicate some cross or affliction or foretell impending evils. These particles were very noticeable when the great Pontiff, Pius IX, venerated the blood of the Saint and were supposed to be prophetical of the sorrows in store for the Holy Father. These extraordinary transformations are witnessed daily by the crowds who flock to the Sanctuary and have been verified and declared authentic by the highest ecclesiastical authorities.”

If you and I were sitting at a sidewalk cafe in Mugnano on a warm spring evening after Mass, talking about Philomena, we would be forced to conclude that her fairy-tricks contain a message. Isn’t she trying to tell us that we cannot find security in our good health, our nice little savings, our respectability, our professional skill and our well-balanced judgment? These are only temporary realities, to be used until death. Philomena teaches us the value of purity, pure following of God’s Will, and of sufferings. She teaches us to lean on Divine Providence and to value eternal realities. If we carefully arrange our lives to win the maximum of material security and prosperity, we shall lose our LIFE. But, if we give it away to God, we shall keep it unto life eternal. How great are virginity and martyrdom when Philomena shows them to us as set against our bank book and our pleasures! If we love being alive, wouldn’t we like to live so intensely that there is vitality in our dust and bones, and our very picture could smile and heal the sick! “Enjoy yourself, for you will be dead a long time!” says the pagan. The Christian laughs like a boy who is going home for the holidays, “I shall be alive a mighty long time!” he says.


Dear PattiGreetings! We had a great celebration on Saturday in honor of Saint Philomena, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, in Seaside, California. Our pastor, Fr. Michael Volk, celebrated a High Mass in her honor! We were so pleased! Then, we had a gathering in the parish hall to honor her. People could hardly believe that all the religious articles and brochures were for free. It was such a blessing! Thank you again. I am attaching some pictures from the celebration.

I am sending a check out for one box to Tanzania and one box which you sent me this month. I have also included $15 for one box, and would appreciate if you send me another box. When you ship boxes to Tanzania, please let me know so that I can tell the recipients to look out for them. Thanks again and may God continue to bless your ministry.

< Sister Benedicta Wasonga, IHSA – CA, USA >


Subject: My Pastoral Work in the Parish Mission

I come from the eastern region of Kenya where the pastoral work is difficult due to the climate of the area. The region surely is ever hot and dry. I am in the second year in the seminary and in the first year of philosophy studies. I have about ten more years to go in the seminary. My language is known as MWAKI, which means Fire. Each village has its Saint name, and the village name. They do meet once a week. Men, women, youth and children pray the Rosary, sing hymns and do the Liturgical reading for the coming Sunday. They pray the evening prayers and end with a hymn. There are different villages meeting on different days. They visit different homes, especially where there are the sick and the aged people. Here, there are many old people who are very poor; many Christians in my native region are poor which means they cannot do much for their poor aged old people. The best gift they do offer is prayers.

How do I relate or help the priests in the Apostolate? In my mission, Kangangukuzi, I am the only youth from the eastern region in the seminary. Our village is NOT near the mission church. It is about three to four hours walk to the mission. In the parish, there are only two priests. One is now 56 years and many times he is sick. There is only one car in the whole parish, which covers a big vast area. So, we do walk from the mission to the villages to meet our Christians. The centers are at a good distance from each other, the roads are very bad and, in some places, there are NO roads. At times, the priest leaves the car and walks because there are no roads.

When I am on vacation, I do help the Christians in the small communities and we pray together. I help them to understand the Holy Bible, teach them about the Saints, the Sacraments, the Holy Mass, and about the Catholic Church Catechism. I do hold meetings with the youth and the small children in the village. Here, the Christians DO NOT have the Holy Mass every Sunday. The priest CANNOT cover such vast areas on one Sunday as there is no car. So, some do stay for two and half months without the Holy Mass. I serve two centers every Sunday. From one center to the next, it is a long distance. During the vacations, I do a lot of work even painting in the mission so that I can get my transport back to the seminary. I do many other duties in the mission.

Our region is full of the natural predicaments. The pastoral work here is a very difficult one. But, I am very much happy to do it with a lot of determination and help from Divine Providence. I received my secondary school Education through the help of the Late Rev. Fr. Paul Steel, who was from Vienna, Austria. Though he died, I will not forget him. We did a lot with him while setting up the mission. Without his help, I could not have gone to the Seminary. I taught him our native language.

Since then, I think you are now the second person to write from such far place. Fr. Paul Steel was buried in the mission. Here, we pay for sending and receiving E-Mails and walk about 30 min. to the stall shops. Please keep me in your prayers. Pass my greetings to all your friends and tell them about the Catholic Church in Africa, mostly in Kenya. I feel that my mission is just beginning. My mission is to make Christ known and loved as I love the Church.

Thank you so much for your reply to my E-Mail.

I remain yours in Christ,

< Daniel – Eastern Kenya – East Africa >


Dearest Patti Melvin,By the merits of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple, may you be blessed specially! May Mary, the Mother of God and Our Mother, present your needs to Jesus!

With heartfelt gratitude, I acknowledge the long awaited parcel which arrived on January 30, 2015. Thank you immensely for the wonderful enriching spiritual materials such as Rosaries, Miraculous Medals, Scapulars, St. Philomena cord and oil, and wrist cords, Agnus Dei, Calendars, various prayers cards and pamphlets, Novena to the Holy Spirit, Wonder Worker and Newsletters carrying news from around the world, even from Cameroon, To Jesus Through Mary booklets. Thank you so much for including us and for all that you do for us. I am praying for you and all our benefactors. May God bless and reward each one of you!

Attached is a picture of St. Philomena’s Youth for Purity in Repaccol Nkar, Cameroon with promoter Sr. Theodosia, taken during their consecration. They are all touched by the life of St. Philomena and have decided to commit themselves to imitate her in their own state.

St. Philomena, we thank you! St. Philomena, pray for us!

Happy feast of the Presentation! God bless you!

< Sister Mary Florence Angwe, St. Joseph’s Convent Shisong, Cameroon – West Africa >


Dearest Patti,Warm greetings from Butete Parish, Ruhengeri Diocese and Happy New Year 2015. It is a pleasure for me to find this opportunity to give you the latest update of the Living Rosary in Rwanda.

I am sending you a list of 450 people who joined the Living Rosary. We are explaining the Living Rosary to the Christians of Butete parish, especially children so that they may grow spiritually and physically. Many are interested. This means that we will need the cords of Saint Philomena, medals, oil, Rosaries, and Kinyarwanda booklets in this new land so that they may know more about the life of Saint Philomena. We have enough Decade cards with us. Saint Philomena, Pray for us. May the Almighty God bless your work!

< Fr. Longin, Butete Parish, Ruhengeri Diocese – RWANDA >


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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.

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

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Thank you for your generous donation to help with the labors of the Living Rosary in the world today. Through your kindness, many souls are reached with Our Blessed Mother’s Sacramentals, prayer cards and leaflets. She has crushed the head of the serpent and we need Her greatly in the battle at hand. We are keeping you and your family each day in our prayers. God bless you!

Because there are real demons at work in this world, every human being is at risk! The devil is the Father of Lies. He entices us to sin and tempts us through deception. The evil spirits suggest to us thoughts of pride, hate, anger, revenge, jealousy, lust and rebellion. The enemy is evil beyond anything we can imagine! Jesus Christ has conquered hell and death, and He calls us to do battle alongside Him against this enemy, so that we may have a share in His Triumph and Eternal Glory!

We must use the weapons that are most effective in this spiritual warfare. Prayer and supplication, at all times, have great power before the throne of God. St. Jean Marie Vianney said:

“If we are not praying, we are losing the battle.”

The devil fears those who pray!!! He does everything possible to keep us from praying. We must use the weapon of prayer on behalf of others. Prayer is not just a private matter between God and us. We must pray with and for others. Our power of association in the Living Rosary is truly a bulwark of protection in this time of war.

The devil has laid his traps upon the earth. How can we pass through them without being wounded? Like soldiers crawling under barbed wire fence, we can crawl right under the enemies’ snares by lowering ourselves through humility. St. Paul admonishes us: “Put on a heart of mercy, kindness, humility, meekness and patience, bearing with one another. Above all things have charity, which is the bond of perfection.”

One with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.


Dearest Patti,Please receive my warmest greetings for a joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance.

It is indeed great to inform you that we had a lovely visit to Pipie Catholic Church in the Obuasi Diocese on Sunday, December 21, to get in touch with the people about the Living Rosary Association. I was accompanied by four of our Preaching Team Members and we were warmly welcomed by the good people over there. The town is on the bank of Lake Bosomtwe which is surrounded by great mountains. Some of the towns and villages along the banks of the lake have no church buildings but we had the privilege to get in touch with people of four good Towns over there as we divided ourselves for that purpose. Therefore, we could only capture pictures of what happened at Pipie Catholic Church. Despite the hardship here, we do try to make trips on the weekends for the spreading of the devotion. In fact, your support and prayers are always in great demand. Kindly keep up! May Jesus, Mary and St. Philomena continue to bless you in your wonderful Apostolate which is so greatly needed in this our poor world!

Rest assured of our poor prayers. Yours in Jesus and Mary,
< Anthony – GHANA >


OUR SAVIOR’S LAST APPEAL

The tragic hour the aged Simeon had foreseen in his terrible prophecy came to pass. The Cross stands out against a cloud-filled sky. A dreadful silence resounds through that city liable for the murder of its God. Jesus is expiring. At the foot of the gibbet whereon the great Victim is nailed stands Mary, motionless, silent, engulfed in untold grief, gazing upon her dying God. What created mind could fully understand her suffering? We are familiar with trials: loss of material goods is not fatal and bodily ills make our flesh tremble, yet our minds can remain at peace. Doubts, discouragement and despondency cast shadows on our lives and may make it unbearable, but the greatest suffering springs from the heart when love is wounded.

Mary suffered through the love she bore her Son. Hers was a martyrdom which surpasses that of the martyrdom of blood. To comprehend the intensity of her pain, we would have to comprehend the depth of her love. She gave herself unreservedly to her Son, for original sin had not tarnished her Immaculate Heart. Now, her beloved Son, endures before her very eyes the most cruel, the most unjust, the most ignominious of tortures. Step by step, She follows the somber procession wending its way up Calvary. She witnesses the horrible scene of crucifixion, hears the heavy hammer drive the sharp nails into the adorable hands and feet of her Child, tearing His Flesh as His Precious Blood spills onto the ground. The soldiers jeer and the high priests mock His goodness, His holiness and His very divinity. Not for a moment does She abandon Him, nor does She miss a single moment of His suffering. When Jesus dies, She is at His Feet. There is a phenomenon the medieval philosophers called ecstasy. Love takes the heart, so to speak, of the one who loves and exchanges it with the heart of the beloved. All of Jesus’ sufferings resonated in Mary’s Heart. When the soldier’s lance pierced His Heart, it simultaneously pierced the Virgin Mother’s Soul.

When a heavy cross is laid upon our shoulders, we accuse God of unfairness and uncaring cruelty, and we abandon our faith. “How could a good God do this to us!” Did the Father not love His only Son? Did God not love the purest Virgin whom He had made the Mother of His Son? Yet, God found no more precious gift for His Son and His Mother than suffering! Through suffering, the great work of Redemption is accomplished. God sends suffering to purify us and to save us. When suffering comes, we must trust God, lovingly receive the cross and know that the victory of Easter awaits us. With Mary, let us take courage. We will climb the steep hill of Calvary so that, one day, we may savor the joys of eternal Beatitude.

“The highest veneration, after God, is due to Mary because there is no other being in Heaven or on earth arrayed in so sublime a dignity and so near to God as is Mary, the Mother of the Most High, the Spouse of the Holy Ghost. When Mary was on earth, She was exalted to the pre-eminent dignity of having the Son of God subject to her and, now in her full glorification, shall She behold her dignity lowered and the love of her Divine Spouse and Son, lessened? NO! On the contrary, She shall receive, as a reward for the love She bore her Divine Son on earth, the greatest participation in His Eternal Glory. She shall sit as His beloved Mother on the right Hand side of her Son, upon the throne of glory and majesty so that the whole heavenly court may offer to their Queen the eternal homage due her as the promised Victress over Hell by reason of the Fruit of her virginal body.”

Taken from the SERVITE MANUAL
Nihil Obstat: Rt. Rev. A. Hillebrand, V.G. Prot. Apost., a.i.p.
Censor Librorum, Portland, Oregan – February 2, 1925

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Make haste to enroll your family and friends in the forty days of Holy Masses which prepare our hearts for Good Friday only to open them to the Joys of Easter Sunday!

THE HOLY MASS IS YOUR LIFE!

The rational man needs the Mass to pay Almighty God the debt of homage and adoration he owes Him. The grateful man needs the Mass to pay his debt of thanksgiving. The sinful man, and who among us is without sin, needs the Mass to propitiate God’s Justice and to pay his debt of satisfaction. The needy man needs the Mass, that praying with Jesus Christ and through Him, he may offer a prayer that is worthy of being heard and, thus, discharge his duty and debt of petition.

At the hour of death, the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon. At every Mass, you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins. Assisting devoutly at Mass, you render the Sacred Humanity of Jesus, the greatest homage. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions. He forgives you all the venial sins you are determined to avoid. He forgives you all the unknown sins you have never confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.

By hearing Mass, you afford the Souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief. One Mass heard by you, during life, will be of more benefit to you than many offered for you after death. Holy Mass preserves you from many dangers and misfortunes that would otherwise befall you. You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass and win for yourself a higher degree of glory in Heaven. At Mass, you kneel amidst the multitude of Angels who are present at the adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe. You receive the priest’s blessing which Our Lord Himself ratifies in Heaven. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

Nihil Obstat: P. L. Biermann, Censor Librorum.
Imprimatur: + George Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago

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St. Philomena, Wonder-Worker (continued)CHAPTER V

DEVOTION DWINDLES, BUT WONDERS MULTIPLY

The kingdom of Naples, at that period, was held by the French from 1806 till 1815. With them came irreligion, disbelief, quarrels, sedition and bloodshed. To avoid the despotic rule of the invader, many fled to the security of the mountains and infested the country as brigands. They spread desolation everywhere. The peaceable peasants trembled in their homes and dared not go abroad. For these reasons, the daily concourse to the shrine of Saint Philomena dwindled considerably, though it never entirely ceased. The upper classes continued to frequent it although the poor could not on account of the times; the inhabitants of Mugnano were unable to build the grand chapel to St. Philomena which they intended to do.

Devotion was still spreading by means of little prints, prayer books and pictures. Miracles had been worked through them. A mother prayed to St. Philomena for her delicate baby. In spite of her prayers, it died. She would not take ‘NO’ for an answer, but took the Saint’s picture from the wall and, with tears, put it on the child’s body. Instantly, the child not only moved but jumped up! When one of these prints was taken to the Franciscan Convent at Nola, while the nuns were admiring it, one who was blind said to Philomena, “Shall I alone lose the grace and joy of seeing you, O holy Martyr!” At once, she saw. After that, nothing would satisfy the nuns but that they must all be taken in a carriage to visit Mugnano. A Canon was cured of consumption that he might continue to use his gift for eloquent preaching. A young woman found herself quite alone when her baby was about to be born. Suddenly, she found a beautiful girl beside her, who asked what she could do to help her. At the sound of her voice, the baby was born.

“Who are you!”

“I AM PHILOMENA OF MUGNANO!”

With that, she disappeared. On making inquiries, the happy mother found that a saint of that name had recently come to Mugnano. With some of her relations, she made a pilgrimage there. On seeing the shrine, the mother ran towards it, saying: “Yes, it was she!” Another woman, a cripple, was given a print by her relation who knew nothing about the Saint except that a well-known preacher at Naples, Don Placido, had preached about her. The next time, the pain was severe, the cripple took the print in her hands saying, “Saint of Don Placido, I do not know your name, but do help me!” Instantly, she was cured. She got up, dressed and went round to Don Placido to find out the name of the Saint.

At Monteleone, it was desired to put a picture of her in the church. The priest consulted a young man who was so impressed when he heard about Philomena; he begged to paint her picture. Having no talent, he secretly got some paints and tried his hand. The brush seemed to do the work by itself. The result was so beautiful that everyone was delighted. The young man declared St. Philomena had painted her own portrait. It seems that she had, for as soon as the picture was put in the church for public devotion, miracles abounded. Prints of the Saint are a chief instrument for miracles. They have come to be put up in every house and are carried about in the pockets of the rich and poor. To the sick, they are like medicine.

Let me finish with the story I like best. While being attended, a little boy of seven perished in the arms of his doctor. The child’s mother laid a print of Saint Philomena on his body. Just then, he seemed to wake up from his sleep and cried with hunger! He ate two bowls of soup, had a glass of wine and fell into a gentle sleep which lasted all night He awoke in the morning perfectly well.

In spite of such miracles, Philomena had still only a temporary chapel in 1814. So, she provided one for herself. Don Alessandro Serio, a rich barrister of Naples, came to Mugnano where he had property. His wife, Donna Giovanna, came with him. They arrived on the Feast of St. Philomena. Donna Giovanna prayed most earnestly to Philomena for her husband’s cure. For years, Alessandro suffered from a serious internal ailment. Public prayers were even offered for him, but the last Vespers of the octave came without any sign of a miracle. Worse still, at the moment of Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament after Vespers, Don Alessandro was struck down with a violent colic which endangered his life. By two o’clock next morning, he appeared to be in his last agony. He could hardly breathe. It was impossible for him to make his confession. Poor Donna Giovanna cried out at last, “Is this, then, the grace which we have received – that he should die without being able to make his Confession?”

Taking a picture of the Saint, she put it on her husband’s body, making the vow that, if he had the grace to receive the Sacraments before he died, she would put up a marble altar in the chapel of St. Philomena. At the very touch of the little ha’penny picture, his pain left him and he was completely cured. But, that is not all. He was able to get up, make a good Confession and receive Holy Communion the next morning in the Saint’s chapel! They answered generosity with generosity. That very day, they gave the order for an altar to be made of the richest marble. The best workmen in Naples were employed.

While hewing out the altar cavity which would contain the relic stone, the single beautiful block broke into two pieces. The man was beside himself at the catastrophe. Villagers watching him at work could not believe their eyes when they saw what a disaster Philomena had permitted. Moreover, it was a bad fracture, not a clean one. The man prepared to cement the marble in position. Miraculously, the marble joined itself together, leaving only a slight line to show where the break had been. The marble was once more a solid piece. Philomena had extended her benediction to the new altar.

So impressed were all those who heard and saw this miracle, that contributions were made by many people. By the end of the year, the chapel was complete with marble columns and fine decorations.

Nevertheless, in spite of these signal miracles, the faith and devotion of the people grew cold. Irreligion was protected by the usurping government. Many derided the faith, the priesthood and miracles with boldness and impunity. The holy Martyr herself deigned to appear several times to good and simple souls. She manifested the anger of God at this loss of faith and religion.


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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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday January 21, 2015

Monday, February 9th, 2015
Dear Mother Patti,I thank you for the two parcels of Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, holy oil and cords of St. Philomena, wrist cords, novena prayer leaflets, booklets and printed materials. I share all that you send me with the enrolled members.A lot of miracles are happening. People come to our House of Prayer and I give them the novena leaflet and St. Philomena Wonder-Worker booklets to them. Many of them have their requests answered and they join the Living Rosary. One woman was possessed with the demon. After dipping her finger in holy oil and putting it in her mouth, we heard her crying in a loud voice. She went outside and vomited. After that she was fine.Some women who had difficulties with pregnancy, come and ask for the holy oil and they all gave birth to lovely, healthy children. Others ask for the holy oil to keep in their homes for use when someone falls sick.

I hurt my right eye when I was putting the flowers in the vases for the Altar. I could not see properly but only saw things as black. I used the holy oil in my eye and the same day my sight was restored.

People with severe back pain were healed after they wore the blessed cord of St. Philomena. Please send me more waist cords and wrist cords as many have experienced the power of God through St. Philomena.

For now, I have a lot of enrollment forms and Rosary numbers. My Mother Superior asked for a chalice. Please send us one.

Yours faithfully,

Sister Marie Fidelis – Monastery of Mary, Queen and Mother of Mercy, Malawi


I thank you very much for the parcel that I received containing the sacred Sacramentals and St. Philomena cord and oil. They are very helpful to my family in spiritual and physical healing. I want some more cord and oil, chaplet and leaflets, one T-shirt of St. Philomena to promote the ULRA in my area. I have great news to share. My wife gave birth to a frail baby boy. I told my family that we have to pray with our baby, so we all prayed together my Decade. After praying, I rubbed the holy oil all over the baby’s body and put a drop on his tongue. He has gained weight. He is one year and five months old. Thanks to Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Philomena. I promise to pray my Decade and be with St. Philomena all through my life, and spread the Living Rosary devotion. I am in financial crisis; I am not dead but still living. Please pray for my family and for me, because I need to care for my children.Nick Maroko – Papua New Guinea

OUR SAVIOR’S LAST APPEAL

The tragic hour the aged Simeon had foreseen in his terrible prophecy came to pass. The Cross stands out against a cloud-filled sky. A dreadful silence resounds through that city liable for the murder of its God. Jesus is expiring. At the foot of the gibbet whereon the great Victim is nailed stands Mary, motionless, silent, engulfed in untold grief, gazing upon her dying God. What created mind could fully understand her suffering? We are familiar with trials: loss of material goods is not fatal and bodily ills make our flesh tremble, yet our minds can remain at peace. Doubts, discouragement and despondency cast shadows on our lives and may make it unbearable, but the greatest suffering springs from the heart when love is wounded.

Mary suffered through the love she bore her Son. Hers was a martyrdom which surpasses that of the martyrdom of blood. To comprehend the intensity of her pain, we would have to comprehend the depth of her love. She gave herself unreservedly to her Son, for original sin had not tarnished her Immaculate Heart. Now, her beloved Son, endures before her very eyes the most cruel, the most unjust, the most ignominious of tortures. Step by step, She follows the somber procession wending its way up Calvary. She witnesses the horrible scene of crucifixion, hears the heavy hammer drive the sharp nails into the adorable hands and feet of her Child, tearing His Flesh as His Precious Blood spills onto the ground. The soldiers jeer and the high priests mock His goodness, His holiness and His very divinity. Not for a moment does She abandon Him, nor does She miss a single moment of His suffering. When Jesus dies, She is at His Feet. There is a phenomenon the medieval philosophers called ecstasy. Love takes the heart, so to speak, of the one who loves and exchanges it with the heart of the beloved. All of Jesus’ sufferings resonated in Mary’s Heart. When the soldier’s lance pierced His Heart, it simultaneously pierced the Virgin Mother’s Soul.

When a heavy cross is laid upon our shoulders, we accuse God of unfairness and uncaring cruelty, and we abandon our faith. “How could a good God do this to us!” Did the Father not love His only Son? Did God not love the purest Virgin whom He had made the Mother of His Son? Yet, God found no more precious gift for His Son and His Mother than suffering! Through suffering, the great work of Redemption is accomplished. God sends suffering to purify us and to save us. When suffering comes, we must trust God, lovingly receive the cross and know that the victory of Easter awaits us. With Mary, let us take courage. We will climb the steep hill of Calvary so that, one day, we may savor the joys of eternal Beatitude.

“The highest veneration, after God, is due to Mary because there is no other being in Heaven or on earth arrayed in so sublime a dignity and so near to God as is Mary, the Mother of the Most High, the Spouse of the Holy Ghost. When Mary was on earth, She was exalted to the pre-eminent dignity of having the Son of God subject to her and, now in her full glorification, shall She behold her dignity lowered and the love of her Divine Spouse and Son, lessened? NO! On the contrary, She shall receive, as a reward for the love She bore her Divine Son on earth, the greatest participation in His Eternal Glory. She shall sit as His beloved Mother on the right Hand side of her Son, upon the throne of glory and majesty so that the whole heavenly court may offer to their Queen the eternal homage due her as the promised Victress over Hell by reason of the Fruit of her virginal body.”

Taken from the SERVITE MANUAL
Nihil Obstat: Rt. Rev. A. Hillebrand, V.G. Prot. Apost., a.i.p.
Censor Librorum, Portland, Oregan – February 2, 1925

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Make haste to enroll your family and friends in the forty days of Holy Masses which prepare our hearts for Good Friday only to open them to the Joys of Easter Sunday!

THE HOLY MASS IS YOUR LIFE!

The rational man needs the Mass to pay Almighty God the debt of homage and adoration he owes Him. The grateful man needs the Mass to pay his debt of thanksgiving. The sinful man, and who among us is without sin, needs the Mass to propitiate God’s Justice and to pay his debt of satisfaction. The needy man needs the Mass, that praying with Jesus Christ and through Him, he may offer a prayer that is worthy of being heard and, thus, discharge his duty and debt of petition.

At the hour of death, the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon. At every Mass, you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins. Assisting devoutly at Mass, you render the Sacred Humanity of Jesus, the greatest homage. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions. He forgives you all the venial sins you are determined to avoid. He forgives you all the unknown sins you have never confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.

By hearing Mass, you afford the Souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief. One Mass heard by you, during life, will be of more benefit to you than many offered for you after death. Holy Mass preserves you from many dangers and misfortunes that would otherwise befall you. You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass and win for yourself a higher degree of glory in Heaven. At Mass, you kneel amidst the multitude of Angels who are present at the adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe. You receive the priest’s blessing which Our Lord Himself ratifies in Heaven. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

Nihil Obstat: P. L. Biermann, Censor Librorum.
Imprimatur: + George Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago

The names you send for individual enrollment for the Sacred Masses during the Lenten Season and Easter Octave will be placed upon the Altar. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy and all the priests you have helped in Ukraine will offer these Masses. Suggested donation for each enrollment is $5. Mass cards will be provided for the persons enrolled. Please PRINT the names CLEARLY:

1.                                                       7.

2.                                                        8.

3.                                                        9.

4.                                                        10.

5.                                                        11.

6.                                                        12.

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

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St. Philomena, Wonder-Worker (continued)

One year, owing to political unrest, the alms offered at Mugnano had diminished so much that Don Francesco had not enough to pay for the usual celebration of the Feast of the Saint. He cut down the expenses of it by half. Even so, he had to borrow thirty ducats towards them. On the evening of the feast, he went home tired and anxious not knowing how to pay the rest. A young girl asked to see him. She looked so full of trepidation that Don Francesco imagined she bore bad news of the revolution at Naples. He begged her to tell him the worst quickly. It was not that at all. St. Philomena had appeared to her in a dream complaining with much displeasure that Don Francesco had given her such a poor feast. She mentioned everything on which he had economized, including the music and the brocade hangings. “I am a Martyr and a Virgin. What does he take me for? How grieved I am!”

What, asked the poor girl, was she to say to the saint if she appeared again? Don Francesco knew his saint. His conscience was clear, for since he had no money to pay for them, it would have been dishonest to incur heavier expenses. He smiled and said, “Tell her to come to me for the answer; we shall see who is right, the saint or I. Go in peace!” Parish priests have their dignity too; they are in charge of the parish expenses. But, Philomena had the last word; for when he came to pay the bills, after settling them all, he found in his alms-box ninety ducats left without touching the thirty he had borrowed.

Philomena was as fond of her feast as most little girls of thirteen are of their birthdays. On the first anniversary of the Translation of her relics, just when the bells were going to be rung for the first Vespers, two hundred and forty soldiers, the troops of Joseph Bonaparte, entered the town.

Seeing the crowds, the commander became very suspicious, stating that it looked to him like a conspiracy against the Bonapartist Government. “Oh, a festival is it! Well, any more talk of a festival and my soldiers and I will settle down at Mugnano to keep an eye on it. The townsfolk will have to provide us and our horses with shelter and food.”

In those days, Mugnano was so full of trust in Philomena they simply went to her about it. The wise commander, seeing such an air of peace and piety about the people, and not being a bad man, changed his mind. He not only gave leave for the feast to continue, but begged that it might be celebrated as it had been intended. Everybody was delighted. St. Philomena showed her power and would have her feast; the French officers would have no trouble at all. Good humored among the child-like people, the soldiers decided to join in the feast themselves. This miracle-working Saint sounded delightful to them. The whole regiment, in full dress uniform, was ordered to be stationed about the town and actually in the church to keep order. The delight of the inhabitants at seeing the enemy turned into a Guard of Honor for Philomena knew no bounds.

They rang the bells and let off mortars all night. The French had no objection to using up their own gunpowder in this pacific manner. By the next morning, everyone was in such a good humor that the whole squadron accompanied the procession, and added greatly to its pomp. Alternately, they kept the crowd in order, and took turns playing the drums and flutes of the village. Next day, unexpectedly, the commander ordered his men back to Naples. The burden of feeding and sheltering such a number of men and horses was suddenly and miraculously removed. St. Philomena must have been smiling to herself as they rode away.


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.

Please Click here to Share Your Gift of Faith


Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday January 14, 2015

Monday, February 9th, 2015
Dear Patti,Thank you immensely for your kind letter and especially for your prayers for my health. Indeed, I am grateful and very much obliged to you. I have received the boxes you sent including the one for Sister Yvette Sam. We thank you very much. The feast of St. Philomena went off well and the attendance was good, as you can see from the picture.

As usual delegates came from the neighboring parishes. It was indeed very encouraging. Fr. Pochal, my parish priest who joined the Living Rosary group last year and Fr. Clement who is also a member of the Living Rosary and Diocesan Chaplain to Marian devotions joined in this great celebration.

I enclose 41 lists of new members and we thank the Lord for the good numbers. I have been down with malaria and our plight in the tropio malaria and no vaccine is available for treating this disease.

We pray for Afzaal and thank our dear members in the USA who helped to provide funds to send him to India for spinal surgery. We pray for his father, Javaid Anwar that the Good Lord reward him with Eternal Life.

We thank you profoundly for the precious devotionals and articles which we will share with the leaders to draw souls to the joy and peace of our holy Faith. I pray daily for your family, staff and for your financial situation.

Thank you so much for the joy, peace and happiness you bring to so many across the globe. May the Good Lord reward you a hundred-fold!

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Monsignor Joseph Ayeah – Cameroon


I was so happy when I received your envelop. I sat down and prayed to St. Philomena. Whenever I receive your parcel, I feel that St. Philomena is with me. I will share all the things with my friends. There is one miracle I wish to share with you. When my brother went to tie our goats, he saw one goat’s face was swollen and was skinny. He told my father who took the goat to the animal doctor but the doctor had gone elsewhere on call. I told my father that we have a great doctor and it is Saint Philomena. I put some holy oil on my goat’s face and prayed to Saint Philomena and told her I love my goat, and to heal him fast. The second day, when my brother went to tie the goat, he told my mother that the swelling on goat’s face had gone and it is feeling well and has been healed. This is a miracle in my family. Please send me some cords and oil of St. Philomena and books on her life, and Sacramentals and prayer cards as I want to take it to church to share with my friends.Yours faithfully
Irene Lal – Fiji Island

OUR SAVIOR’S LAST APPEAL

The tragic hour the aged Simeon had foreseen in his terrible prophecy came to pass. The Cross stands out against a cloud-filled sky. A dreadful silence resounds through that city liable for the murder of its God. Jesus is expiring. At the foot of the gibbet whereon the great Victim is nailed stands Mary, motionless, silent, engulfed in untold grief, gazing upon her dying God. What created mind could fully understand her suffering? We are familiar with trials: loss of material goods is not fatal and bodily ills make our flesh tremble, yet our minds can remain at peace. Doubts, discouragement and despondency cast shadows on our lives and may make it unbearable, but the greatest suffering springs from the heart when love is wounded.

Mary suffered through the love she bore her Son. Hers was a martyrdom which surpasses that of the martyrdom of blood. To comprehend the intensity of her pain, we would have to comprehend the depth of her love. She gave herself unreservedly to her Son, for original sin had not tarnished her Immaculate Heart. Now, her beloved Son, endures before her very eyes the most cruel, the most unjust, the most ignominious of tortures. Step by step, She follows the somber procession wending its way up Calvary. She witnesses the horrible scene of crucifixion, hears the heavy hammer drive the sharp nails into the adorable hands and feet of her Child, tearing His Flesh as His Precious Blood spills onto the ground. The soldiers jeer and the high priests mock His goodness, His holiness and His very divinity. Not for a moment does She abandon Him, nor does She miss a single moment of His suffering. When Jesus dies, She is at His Feet. There is a phenomenon the medieval philosophers called ecstasy. Love takes the heart, so to speak, of the one who loves and exchanges it with the heart of the beloved. All of Jesus’ sufferings resonated in Mary’s Heart. When the soldier’s lance pierced His Heart, it simultaneously pierced the Virgin Mother’s Soul.

When a heavy cross is laid upon our shoulders, we accuse God of unfairness and uncaring cruelty, and we abandon our faith. “How could a good God do this to us!” Did the Father not love His only Son? Did God not love the purest Virgin whom He had made the Mother of His Son? Yet, God found no more precious gift for His Son and His Mother than suffering! Through suffering, the great work of Redemption is accomplished. God sends suffering to purify us and to save us. When suffering comes, we must trust God, lovingly receive the cross and know that the victory of Easter awaits us. With Mary, let us take courage. We will climb the steep hill of Calvary so that, one day, we may savor the joys of eternal Beatitude.

“The highest veneration, after God, is due to Mary because there is no other being in Heaven or on earth arrayed in so sublime a dignity and so near to God as is Mary, the Mother of the Most High, the Spouse of the Holy Ghost. When Mary was on earth, She was exalted to the pre-eminent dignity of having the Son of God subject to her and, now in her full glorification, shall She behold her dignity lowered and the love of her Divine Spouse and Son, lessened? NO! On the contrary, She shall receive, as a reward for the love She bore her Divine Son on earth, the greatest participation in His Eternal Glory. She shall sit as His beloved Mother on the right Hand side of her Son, upon the throne of glory and majesty so that the whole heavenly court may offer to their Queen the eternal homage due her as the promised Victress over Hell by reason of the Fruit of her virginal body.”

Taken from the SERVITE MANUAL
Nihil Obstat: Rt. Rev. A. Hillebrand, V.G. Prot. Apost., a.i.p.
Censor Librorum, Portland, Oregan – February 2, 1925

——————–

Make haste to enroll your family and friends in the forty days of Holy Masses which prepare our hearts for Good Friday only to open them to the Joys of Easter Sunday!

THE HOLY MASS IS YOUR LIFE!

The rational man needs the Mass to pay Almighty God the debt of homage and adoration he owes Him. The grateful man needs the Mass to pay his debt of thanksgiving. The sinful man, and who among us is without sin, needs the Mass to propitiate God’s Justice and to pay his debt of satisfaction. The needy man needs the Mass, that praying with Jesus Christ and through Him, he may offer a prayer that is worthy of being heard and, thus, discharge his duty and debt of petition.

At the hour of death, the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon. At every Mass, you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins. Assisting devoutly at Mass, you render the Sacred Humanity of Jesus, the greatest homage. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions. He forgives you all the venial sins you are determined to avoid. He forgives you all the unknown sins you have never confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.

By hearing Mass, you afford the Souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief. One Mass heard by you, during life, will be of more benefit to you than many offered for you after death. Holy Mass preserves you from many dangers and misfortunes that would otherwise befall you. You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass and win for yourself a higher degree of glory in Heaven. At Mass, you kneel amidst the multitude of Angels who are present at the adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe. You receive the priest’s blessing which Our Lord Himself ratifies in Heaven. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

Nihil Obstat: P. L. Biermann, Censor Librorum.
Imprimatur: + George Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago

The names you send for individual enrollment for the Sacred Masses during the Lenten Season and Easter Octave will be placed upon the Altar. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy and all the priests you have helped in Ukraine will offer these Masses. Suggested donation for each enrollment is $5. Mass cards will be provided for the persons enrolled. Please PRINT the names CLEARLY:

1.                                                       7.

2.                                                        8.

3.                                                        9.

4.                                                        10.

5.                                                        11.

6.                                                        12.

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:

THE LIVING ROSARY, P.O. BOX 1303, DICKINSON, TX 77539, USA

Click here to download and print this information.


St. Philomena, Wonder-Worker (continued)

One year, owing to political unrest, the alms offered at Mugnano had diminished so much that Don Francesco had not enough to pay for the usual celebration of the Feast of the Saint. He cut down the expenses of it by half. Even so, he had to borrow thirty ducats towards them. On the evening of the feast, he went home tired and anxious not knowing how to pay the rest. A young girl asked to see him. She looked so full of trepidation that Don Francesco imagined she bore bad news of the revolution at Naples. He begged her to tell him the worst quickly. It was not that at all. St. Philomena had appeared to her in a dream complaining with much displeasure that Don Francesco had given her such a poor feast. She mentioned everything on which he had economized, including the music and the brocade hangings. “I am a Martyr and a Virgin. What does he take me for? How grieved I am!”

What, asked the poor girl, was she to say to the saint if she appeared again? Don Francesco knew his saint. His conscience was clear, for since he had no money to pay for them, it would have been dishonest to incur heavier expenses. He smiled and said, “Tell her to come to me for the answer; we shall see who is right, the saint or I. Go in peace!” Parish priests have their dignity too; they are in charge of the parish expenses. But, Philomena had the last word; for when he came to pay the bills, after settling them all, he found in his alms-box ninety ducats left without touching the thirty he had borrowed.

Philomena was as fond of her feast as most little girls of thirteen are of their birthdays. On the first anniversary of the Translation of her relics, just when the bells were going to be rung for the first Vespers, two hundred and forty soldiers, the troops of Joseph Bonaparte, entered the town.

Seeing the crowds, the commander became very suspicious, stating that it looked to him like a conspiracy against the Bonapartist Government. “Oh, a festival is it! Well, any more talk of a festival and my soldiers and I will settle down at Mugnano to keep an eye on it. The townsfolk will have to provide us and our horses with shelter and food.”

In those days, Mugnano was so full of trust in Philomena they simply went to her about it. The wise commander, seeing such an air of peace and piety about the people, and not being a bad man, changed his mind. He not only gave leave for the feast to continue, but begged that it might be celebrated as it had been intended. Everybody was delighted. St. Philomena showed her power and would have her feast; the French officers would have no trouble at all. Good humored among the child-like people, the soldiers decided to join in the feast themselves. This miracle-working Saint sounded delightful to them. The whole regiment, in full dress uniform, was ordered to be stationed about the town and actually in the church to keep order. The delight of the inhabitants at seeing the enemy turned into a Guard of Honor for Philomena knew no bounds.

They rang the bells and let off mortars all night. The French had no objection to using up their own gunpowder in this pacific manner. By the next morning, everyone was in such a good humor that the whole squadron accompanied the procession, and added greatly to its pomp. Alternately, they kept the crowd in order, and took turns playing the drums and flutes of the village. Next day, unexpectedly, the commander ordered his men back to Naples. The burden of feeding and sheltering such a number of men and horses was suddenly and miraculously removed. St. Philomena must have been smiling to herself as they rode away.


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.

Please Click here to Share Your Gift of Faith


Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday January 7, 2015

Monday, February 9th, 2015
Dear Patti Melvin,On behalf of our prayer groups in Singapore, I truly want to thank you for your time and patience with our order. My apology to you for any inconvenience caused. I should perhaps let you know why we have placed such a large order for the blessed cords and oil of St. Philomena.

Two weeks ago, St. Philomena apparently appeared in Singapore to a lady named Cecilia while she was praying the Rosary. Cecilia did not think much about it as she did not know who St. Philomena was. The following day, while at prayer, St. Philomena appeared to Cecilia. She could not understand why this vision happened again. On the third day, she finally took courage to ask who she was and she heard a voice saying, “PHILOMENA” “PHILOMENA” “PHILOMENA”

Cecilia then quickly called her friend whose name is Cecilia and described the vision as a very beautiful young girl, holding an arrow and a palm. So her friend told her about the life of St. Philomena and she found an old book on the life of the Saint and passed it on to her to read. While standing at the book shelf in her room, trying to find the book on St. Philomena, believe it or not, the book on the Life of St. Philomena by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan, fell right in front of her. I believe everything happens for a reason. That is why we are all trying to spread the devotion to the Saint and what better way than to start with the order of her blessed cords and oil. Now, you know why I am trying to help the group with these orders.

Thank you and God bless you!

Judy – Singapore


Compliments of the season! I thank God and our Mother Mary for their protection, and also thank St. Philomena. I received your parcel and took a few of all you sent to my people in Nigeria. Please send to me in Italy a lovely box so I can send it through one of my Sisters who is going to Nigeria. In Nigeria, there are many problems. My own documents which I sent to Nigeria, came back to me after 2-3 months. I could not be in the picture because of the Nurses’ Workshop I attended to renew my Nursing License.I have given my senior brother’s wife everything you sent me so she can spread the Living Rosary devotion in Nigeria.

Thank you and God bless you,
Sister Chinelo – Casa di Riposo, ITALY


OUR SAVIOR’S LAST APPEAL

The tragic hour the aged Simeon had foreseen in his terrible prophecy came to pass. The Cross stands out against a cloud-filled sky. A dreadful silence resounds through that city liable for the murder of its God. Jesus is expiring. At the foot of the gibbet whereon the great Victim is nailed stands Mary, motionless, silent, engulfed in untold grief, gazing upon her dying God. What created mind could fully understand her suffering? We are familiar with trials: loss of material goods is not fatal and bodily ills make our flesh tremble, yet our minds can remain at peace. Doubts, discouragement and despondency cast shadows on our lives and may make it unbearable, but the greatest suffering springs from the heart when love is wounded.

Mary suffered through the love she bore her Son. Hers was a martyrdom which surpasses that of the martyrdom of blood. To comprehend the intensity of her pain, we would have to comprehend the depth of her love. She gave herself unreservedly to her Son, for original sin had not tarnished her Immaculate Heart. Now, her beloved Son, endures before her very eyes the most cruel, the most unjust, the most ignominious of tortures. Step by step, She follows the somber procession wending its way up Calvary. She witnesses the horrible scene of crucifixion, hears the heavy hammer drive the sharp nails into the adorable hands and feet of her Child, tearing His Flesh as His Precious Blood spills onto the ground. The soldiers jeer and the high priests mock His goodness, His holiness and His very divinity. Not for a moment does She abandon Him, nor does She miss a single moment of His suffering. When Jesus dies, She is at His Feet. There is a phenomenon the medieval philosophers called ecstasy. Love takes the heart, so to speak, of the one who loves and exchanges it with the heart of the beloved. All of Jesus’ sufferings resonated in Mary’s Heart. When the soldier’s lance pierced His Heart, it simultaneously pierced the Virgin Mother’s Soul.

When a heavy cross is laid upon our shoulders, we accuse God of unfairness and uncaring cruelty, and we abandon our faith. “How could a good God do this to us!” Did the Father not love His only Son? Did God not love the purest Virgin whom He had made the Mother of His Son? Yet, God found no more precious gift for His Son and His Mother than suffering! Through suffering, the great work of Redemption is accomplished. God sends suffering to purify us and to save us. When suffering comes, we must trust God, lovingly receive the cross and know that the victory of Easter awaits us. With Mary, let us take courage. We will climb the steep hill of Calvary so that, one day, we may savor the joys of eternal Beatitude.

“The highest veneration, after God, is due to Mary because there is no other being in Heaven or on earth arrayed in so sublime a dignity and so near to God as is Mary, the Mother of the Most High, the Spouse of the Holy Ghost. When Mary was on earth, She was exalted to the pre-eminent dignity of having the Son of God subject to her and, now in her full glorification, shall She behold her dignity lowered and the love of her Divine Spouse and Son, lessened? NO! On the contrary, She shall receive, as a reward for the love She bore her Divine Son on earth, the greatest participation in His Eternal Glory. She shall sit as His beloved Mother on the right Hand side of her Son, upon the throne of glory and majesty so that the whole heavenly court may offer to their Queen the eternal homage due her as the promised Victress over Hell by reason of the Fruit of her virginal body.”

Taken from the SERVITE MANUAL
Nihil Obstat: Rt. Rev. A. Hillebrand, V.G. Prot. Apost., a.i.p.
Censor Librorum, Portland, Oregan – February 2, 1925

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Make haste to enroll your family and friends in the forty days of Holy Masses which prepare our hearts for Good Friday only to open them to the Joys of Easter Sunday!

THE HOLY MASS IS YOUR LIFE!

The rational man needs the Mass to pay Almighty God the debt of homage and adoration he owes Him. The grateful man needs the Mass to pay his debt of thanksgiving. The sinful man, and who among us is without sin, needs the Mass to propitiate God’s Justice and to pay his debt of satisfaction. The needy man needs the Mass, that praying with Jesus Christ and through Him, he may offer a prayer that is worthy of being heard and, thus, discharge his duty and debt of petition.

At the hour of death, the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon. At every Mass, you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins. Assisting devoutly at Mass, you render the Sacred Humanity of Jesus, the greatest homage. He supplies for many of your negligences and omissions. He forgives you all the venial sins you are determined to avoid. He forgives you all the unknown sins you have never confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished.

By hearing Mass, you afford the Souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief. One Mass heard by you, during life, will be of more benefit to you than many offered for you after death. Holy Mass preserves you from many dangers and misfortunes that would otherwise befall you. You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass and win for yourself a higher degree of glory in Heaven. At Mass, you kneel amidst the multitude of Angels who are present at the adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe. You receive the priest’s blessing which Our Lord Himself ratifies in Heaven. You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

Nihil Obstat: P. L. Biermann, Censor Librorum.
Imprimatur: + George Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago

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St. Philomena, Wonder-Worker (continued)

Many people have witnessed Philomena opening and closing her eyes as they knelt at her shrine and prayed to her. Sometimes, the eyes will open partially, as though she were peeping at them like a child who cannot bear to keep a secret much longer. The eyes that look out are so bright they seemed to be made of light.

Marianna Masucci refused to believe that anyone had seen such a thing. “How is it possible that the Saint can open her eyes when she has none beneath those closed eyelids? How could such a thing happen to a face made of paper?” I fancy an Anglo-Saxon could not have put it more cogently. “If she shows this wonder to others,” went on Marianna, “why not to me?” To this challenge, Philomena opened her eyes, looked severely at Marianna, and shut her eyes again!

Philomena was very wide awake to the prayers of her adopted Mugnano. From this day forward, graces, favors and wonders immediately overflowed, like the waters of a stream long dammed up. It was something unheard of. It was marvelous: Cures of body, soul, mind, spiritual and temporal graces, instantaneous healing of incurable maladies and striking conversions. All that was asked was obtained. The inhabitants soon began to fly to St. Philomena for assistance in all their necessities. They found their prayers were not only heard, but granted with a rapidity that has ever since been one of the special characteristics of the intercession of this great Virgin and Martyr.

Casamericiano was shot several times and had been mortally wounded by bandits. He could not move. The surgeons could do nothing for him. His relations set out on a pilgrimage to Mugnano and had a High Mass sung for his cure. They then returned home. Some days later, walking barefoot, the man whose body was so full of bullets brought an effigy displaying his many wounds. This he left at the shrine as his ex-voto to thank Philomena for his cure.

Soon, wax models of almost every part of the human body hung among the offerings at the shrine. Yes, they must have looked very queer. I suppose Philomena, with her sense of humor, must have found them even funnier than we do. But, do you think it mattered that her shrine began to look like a large doll hospital? Each and every ex-voto gives witness to the power she has with her Divine Spouse.

Do you think it would have been better if I had drawn a graceful literary veil over all these strange goings-on and had just talked vaguely of graces and favors or if I had not tried to make you see those thank-offerings? What is the good of this book if it does not give you, as far as possible, the atmosphere of the shrine? It seems to me that Philomena might object very strongly to having a genteel veil thrown over her shrine. If you want a miracle, you must pocket your reasonable agnosticism and go honestly as a pilgrim to her shrine, if only in thought we can say if we please: “Philomena, I wish you had a shrine more to my taste.” But it doesn’t sound very polite, does it? When one calls on a stranger of whom one hopes to ask a favor, one does not generally begin by saying, “I do wish your drawing-room was less tawdry.”

Philomena wouldn’t part with an inch of tinsel or an ounce of wax any more than we would part with the gifts that the fumbling fingers of those we love have made for us. Philomena’s renown soon spread. In Naples, there were numberless altars to her. Devotion to her spread like wildfire. The rich built and endowed chapels in her honor. They placed therein beautiful pictures and statues which became centers of miraculous power, her love and the gratitude of the faithful. In the city of Genoa, more than twelve hundred ex-votos in silver were offered at her shrine in less than eight months.
There is much more to be told about her shrines in France and England. But, in spirit, we must become pilgrims to Mugnano first. Here, she preaches to the world her message of absolute simple and matter-of-fact confidence in God. St. Philomena is always insistent of her dignity as a virgin and martyr because that dignity is relative to the dignity of Christ Himself. Bombs, guns, a poor papier-mâché figure, red and blue deckings and tinsel flowers she accepts with pleasure, but not any lack of reverence.


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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.

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday December 31, 2014

Monday, February 9th, 2015
Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,With the dawn of Epiphany, that day in which the King of Kings will establish His reign of Peace upon the Earth is fulfilled. From the extreme parts of the unbelieving East come in person the Magi, Gentiles, who take the place of those in the Synagogue who refused God’s Love. Charity is the bond of perfection which unites all Christians together as one great family of God. We must be full of mercy, kindness, humility, modesty and patience. We must bear with one another and forgive one another. Only then will the Peace of Christ dwell not only within our hearts, but also in those around us. Our homes will truly be like that of Nazareth. We must make our offering to the new-born King, after the example of the Magi. Our offering must not be anything material or lifeless. He that is Life gives His whole Self to us in return. Let us present to Him our hearts, a living sacrifice that His Will may be done in us. No man can be wise without Faith, which reveals to us that we must be united by love to form one Body in Christ, partaking of His Life, His Wisdom, His Light and His kingly Character.

The Magi followed a star which spoke to them through a divine grace. They were attentive and obedient with promptitude to the inspiration given them by God and they made haste to Bethlehem. They left their country, their riches, their families and their quiet in order to follow a star which went before them; the dangers of such a journey, the fatigues of pilgrimage which might last for weeks or months, the fear of awakening in a Roman Empire hostile to them, mattered nothing to them. They arrived in Bethlehem in the humble stable of the Son of God-made-Man. Presiding over His Mystical Body, Mary is present as co-operatrix in the world’s salvation and as Mother of Divine Grace. And, so it is consummated, Bethlehem is not merely the birthplace of Our Redeemer; it is the cradle of the Church! The poor stable of Bethlehem held within it all the riches of Heaven and Earth. The gifts brought by the three Kings to the Infant Jesus sublimely express the three characters of the God-Man. Gold which signifies that charity which unites us to God; Frankincense which signifies prayer that brings God into man’s heart; and Myrrh, self-abnegation, suffering, mortification, whereby we are delivered from the slavery of our corrupt nature. The relics of the three Kings are kept in a magnificent Shrine, a superb Cathedral and one of the grandest Churches of the Christian world, the Cathedral of Cologne. There, they are honored as Prophets and Apostles.

We pray for you and your family, your spiritual strength, physical health and material needs, family unity, protection from every evil, and for your perseverance and a holy death.

I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:

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

With the prayers and respect,


Fr. IVAN KOLODIY
Byzantine Rite, Greek-Catholic Church, UKRAINE


Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,The Mystery of the Incarnation has enriched our lives and given us great hope for the bleak days which loom ahead of us. Of ourselves, we can do nothing! With God, everything is possible. Let us remain humble as the shepherds and filled with the wisdom of the three Kings from the East. Patience and obedience are the words which guide us into the New Year.

After the Magi departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in his sleep, saying, “Arise and take the Child and His Mother, and fly into Egypt; and be there until I have called for thee. For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the Child to destroy Him.” Let us look into the mystery of the Ways of God as a means of achieving His high purposes. Here, we see the unconditional pliability of the soul which is essential for perfection. Do we have this unquestioning obedience to the dispositions and permissions of God’s fatherly providence over our whole lives? “Arise, fly into Egypt.” No questions asked, no consideration of circumstances, no pause for excuse. They start off without delay on this long and dangerous journey to Egypt. In God’s judgment, there was something eminently divine and surpassingly loving in this supreme test of the quality of the obedience of Mary and Joseph, and of their conformity to His ever wise and loving providence: Perfect, ready and entire execution of God’s holy Will. What a lesson for us all is their blind obedience, absolute trust and unconditional compliance to the Will of God.

“I have come from Heaven not to do My Will, but the Will of Him Who sent Me.” (John 6: 38)

The respectful and confident love which good children bear to their father, makes them resolve to love not only according to the commandments he imposes, but also according to the desires and preferences he manifests. The purpose of the Incarnation and Redemption of the Eternal Son of God was not merely to open Heaven and enable human souls to enter there, just saved and nothing more. NO, the purpose was to open Heaven so fully that all the places and thrones forfeited by the rebel angels should be filled by deserving human beings and should be filled gloriously. What of the Gold, Incense and Myrrh He is expecting you to offer today: Your Lives, Your Treasures and Your Aspirations? Hold nothing back; Trust Him, love Him, give yourselves absolutely and entirely over to His Divine Pleasure!

I remain, one with you, in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.


SAINT PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continues)CHAPTER III

Miracles Begin

The solemn ceremonial for the reception of the relics was fixed for Sunday, August 11th. Before dawn, Mugnano was the gathering point for crowds of people from neighboring villages. All came to see the new saint. “Would she work miracles?” Each one – old, young, prosperous and destitute – had urgent requests to be made at her shrine.

They were met by the excited inhabitants who greeted them with the story of the cure of Don Francesco at Rome, the rapping of the Bishop in the carriage, the change in the statue’s looks, and many other wonders which had accompanied the shrine from Naples. Every story about Philomena would spread like wildfire. They must have heard, too, about the cure of the gangrened hand, of the bearer who was in pain, of the beam of light on the road, of the shrine growing heavy and light again, of the whirlwind which could not blow out the candles, and of the rain on the parched fields. You know the energy with which a Neapolitan will even explain the importance of taking a left and not a right-hand turn; imagine, then, the little knots of people in front of the church before it was opened! Had our great-grandmothers been there, they would have supposed that a revolution was being planned.

The apparent ringleader of the furious mob was Angelo Biano. He was marching up and down, waving his arms. You see, he had been bedridden with gout for months and unable to go to work. He had to sit groaning in his bed, nothing but an expense and a care to his poor relatives. When he heard of the new saint who was coming, he prayed to her during the whole of that Friday night before her arrival to grant him the grace to see and kiss her relics. He vowed that, if she would cure him before morning, he would accompany the procession to the church. His prayer seemed unheard, for his pains increased beyond measure. A depressing answer from the new saint. But Angelo was not so easily put off. Somehow, his hope also increased. When he heard the bells and the bombs announcing that she was drawing near Mugnano, he dragged himself up, grimaced and shed tears with the pain, somehow dressed himself, seized his stick, and tumbled out of his house into the street. There, he was cured. He ran to join the procession, shouting the news and praising God and Philomena. The church was opened and the crowds poured in. It was not much quieter inside than outside.

For nine days, the population prayed before the saint, the ninth day was marked by many miracles. This suggests that the other eight days were not. The whole of that week, in spite of their greetings, prayers and offerings, Philomena lay like Sleeping Beauty, pretending not to hear them. They must have tired of their loving and deferential praises, and began to coax her. Although she was a saint and a martyr, to them she was also a little girl of thirteen. They understood that Philomena was a Christian like themselves, only a much better one whose own troubles were over, she was in Paradise now and had every opportunity of getting for them what they needed. They said to her, “Look, darling, look at my poor arm now! You see how bad it is. You remember what you did for the lady at Naples, don’t you darling? Well, now you are going to do something like that for poor Rosamaria, aren’t you, my pretty?”

But, Philomena didn’t do a thing!

Angela Guerriero had a ten-year-old son who was crippled and unable to stand. Fervently, she prayed for eight days without a sign of cure for her boy. On the ninth day, just as she had bowed her head at the Elevation, she heard a slither beside her. Turning around to see if Modestino had fallen, she saw him running up the aisle to Philomena to thank her for his cure. Forgetful of everything, his mother cried out, “A Miracle! A Miracle!”

Everyone’s head was raised. They saw Modestino stand on his own bare brown feet. Everyone cried just as loud as Angela had done and the church resounded with their thanksgiving. After Mass, Modestino walked round the town showing everyone his straight legs and feet. His dear mother wept tears of joy.

Everyone in the town pushed to get into the church for Vespers. This was impossible; the church could not hold them all. One woman, carrying a heavy two-year-old baby, pushed and struggled in vain to get inside the church. Having suffered with smallpox, her child was incurably blind. During the sermon, when the crowd was standing more or less still, she managed to edge her way, inch by inch, to the shrine. Not very polite behavior during a sermon. She dipped her finger in the oil of a lamp which was burning before the shrine and anointed the baby’s eyes with it. Instantly and without pain, the scarred eyelids opened and the eyes beneath them saw the light of the lamp. The baby laughed with joy and made a grab at it.

Cries and shouts of triumph echoed throughout the church. The crowd outside pushed and struggled to get in and see what had happened. The preacher shouted his loudest in the hope of calming the congregation. He feared lest someone might be trampled upon or crushed in the excitement. But no one would pay the slightest attention to him. They wanted to see the baby. With difficulty, the good man got hold of the child, carried him high over his head to the pulpit and there he sat for all to see. The miraculously cured baby preached a sermon far better than the priest could do by sitting there dazed with the noise, the lights, the faces and the world of sight.

The full flood of miracles began: a cripple of twelve years was cured, a beggar whose rags hardly covered him obtained strength of limb that he might once again earn his living; a blind man left a most precious ring at the shrine as a “love offering” and was completely cured upon his return home. Another cure of blindness was the girl from Nola, whom the best physicians could not help. She refused to leave the shrine, saying she would stay there till Philomena cured her. She would not even go out to take a meal. Kind neighbors brought her a little food, which she ate in the church. At nightfall she had to leave. Just as she was being led away blind as ever, she saw the side windows of the church and those in front glowing with the last light of the sunset. She began to rejoice. The next morning she returned with still more confidence to the church. She remained there the whole of next day. Upon coming out of the dim place, she saw a hedge by the roadside and men like trees walking. At noon the following day, surrounded by prayerful devotees, she was heard to exclaim, “I can see the statue in the Shrine!” A little later, she saw the details of it as well as the church. When rejoicing crowds brought her back to her lodging that night, she showed her hostess that she could thread a very fine needle with silk. Don Francesco had intended, after the novena, to take the shrine from the church and put it in his own private chapel. He had meant the little saint to be his counselor and friend. By now, she was the counselor and friend of the whole of Mugnano. It would be a rash act to try to take her out of the parish church. A chapel was prepared. On the 29th of September, Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, the shrine was moved to this chapel after a Solemn High Mass. Another High Mass was sung at the new altar above the relic and the Te Deum chanted. The Translation of Saint Philomena was complete.


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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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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday December 24, 2014

Monday, February 9th, 2015
Dear Esteemed Members and Benefactors the Living Rosary,

We are eager to share with you today the vast scope of the work done this year through the Living Rosary Center here in Ukraine.

We have tried to compile figures which contain the full report of achievement of our work in 2014 in Ukraine. This year, we enrolled over 15,000 new members to the Living Rosary organization. Our people are very grateful to you for making it possible to maintain the Center here. It is an extremely busy and active Center. We published over 60,000 leaflets on How to Pray the Rosary and have distributed them throughout the country. The people who are active in the battle for the dignity and independence of Ukraine from Russian tyranny, have been praying the Rosary every day. Many of our people are troops who are defending our country in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. We have sent over 5,000 Rosaries for them. Many military men give witness that their lives were saved and they were able to return to their families through the power of the Daily Decade.

This year, the Center published over 45,000 Catholic Calendars for our members and for the poor. The Calendar provides information about our work and gives the people a means to contact us for the fruits of membership in the Living Rosary. We are now approaching the Feast of St. Nicholas which is observed on December 19 in the Greek Catholic Church. This day is highly respected among the children and youth of Ukraine. We published 15,000 booklets about St. Nicholas for children, which encourage them to believe in God and love the Mother of God. This year, we published over 100,000 cards and different leaflets of devotion. We have been able to distribute our materials to those women who are contemplating the intention of killing their babies by abortion.

Youth is one of our special focuses and a book was published on, “How to Love and Serve God.” This book was widely distributed in schools and the families of the members of the Living Rosary. We have worked hard to spread devotion to St. Philomena, distributing over 100,000 cords of St. Philomena, 50,000 thousand Brown Scapulars and chaplets of St. Philomena to the poor and the sick. During the year of 2014, our Center posted through the mail, over 10,000 letters and boxes with books and Sacramentals to the whole country.

We implore you to continue to help us to accomplish that which is absolutely vital to the peace of the world. We are praying very hard to convert Ukraine, Russia and the whole world. Our hotline is open to all those who are suffering and need guidance 24 hours a day. We could do more, but funds are sadly lacking. And, we witness this month the great tax increase of 17% interest on all things purchased. This is a great suffering for our people.

Your families, your special intentions, your needs, good health and courage are always in our prayers at Holy Mass. We wish for all of you protection from evil, holy perseverance, courage and the fulfilment of all your dreams and works.

I and all the priests, members and staff of the Living Rosary in Ukraine wish you a Happy, Holy Christmas and New Year filled with strong health and peace of soul!

With the prayers and respect,

Fr. IVAN KOLODIY
Byzantine Rite, Greek-Catholic Church, UKRAINE


Dear Patty Melvin,

The package of religious articles arrived in good condition. I appreciate your efforts in getting it to us. They are very useful in helping us continue to promote devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Philomena, our Wonder-Worker. They came just in time for the needs of one of our professors to share with her students and the parishioners of her subdivision. You can imagine the joy in their eyes and the happiness on their faces after receiving the Sacramentals. Lists of newly recruited members of the Living Rosary are also enclosed.

I shared the holy oil and cord of St. Philomena with Daisy, a patient who just had her kidney transplant recently. She is scheduled for a liver transplant soon. Please include her in your prayers. May I also ask you to pray for my painful knees which sometimes make it difficult for me to move around! I still have a few drops of the holy oil so I can apply on my knees every night. I trust that St. Philomena will miraculously heal me.

Please send me another package and include the holy oil and cords of St. Philomena. Thank you for your generosity and support. Let us be united in prayers. Gratefully in Our Lady,

Sr. Magdalena Goretti, SPC
St. Paul University
Cagayan, PHILIPPINES


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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.

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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Wednesday December 17, 2014

Monday, February 9th, 2015
Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,We send our warmest wishes to you and your family for a holy and happy Advent Season and glorious Christmas. Your great love for God and zeal for souls has reached to the ends of the earth during the year. Many lives have been enriched through your prayers and your support. It is a struggle for us to understand why God permits the great suffering in the world today, yet through it, He unites us to His crucified Heart. Our prayer for you is that your entire family will be united one day in Heaven for all eternity. For this, our FIAT is most essential!

We are on the battle field. We must know God, know our enemies and know ourselves in order to make the right decisions. We cannot simply drift, we must choose, not now and then, but day by day in all the events of our lives. God’s law and authority are supreme. All that leads us away from God stems from the devil and his angels. He is the deceiver, the liar, the denier. We must exalt in our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces steadfastness and hope because through it God pours into our hearts His Love. We must choose between God and self. This is the ultimate test. Are we able to admit our dependence upon God? Our exposure to the tyranny of Satan can be made Stair-Steps-to-HEAVEN if we but use each pin-prick, every spot on the table cloth, every temptation and every fall an act of love for God and of confidence in His Power to help us. We must make use of every trial and experience in this life, united with Christ, as part of our training for Heaven.

All sin in the world has come about through the cooperation of man with Satan. The greatest menace to the welfare of souls can be measured by the extent to which Satan has succeeded in making himself unknown. Satan is hiding today behind the almost universal denial of his existence.

Those who engage in the direct practice of Satanic Rites commit a deadly and horrible sin, but their influence is far less dangerous than the overwhelming devotion of so many to the aims of Satan which are fostered by everyone who allows himself to be drawn into the Cult of Materialism! Our profession of faith in Matter independent of God is a direct and most grievous violation of the First Commandment. It is the idolatry of Satan and gives him great power over the minds and hearts of mankind. Christ and His Will are the greatest protection we have against the power of Satan!

I remain, one with you, in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Patti Melvin
PATTI MELVIN, Director ULRA

Let us pray for one another.


ST. PHILOMENA, WONDER-WORKER (continued)

The ninth of August was the day chosen for the triumphal journey to Mugnano. When the two men who were chosen to act as bearers arrived from Mugnano, poor Donna Angela realized that Philomena, whom she had come to love as her own daughter, was going. She could not bear to part with the shrine. Don Francesco reminded her that she was not necessarily parting with Philomena just because she must part with the relics. Philomena was a saint in Heaven who would be as near her in Naples as she was near to her own relics in Mugnano. Donna Angela continued weeping, saying what she had said before, what the interested bearers could not quite understand, about the way the expression of the figure had changed more than once while she was tending it. The spirit of Philomena had animated this clay made from paper, as it had once perfectly informed and animated the clay of her body.

Don Francesco, being an Italian, understood a mother’s heart. “Come,” he said, taking something out of his pocket. “Here is the one and only key of the shrine. You shall have it. She shall belong to you like a daughter. I will only be her guardian. I shall not be able to touch her without asking you for the key. If there is a demand for relics and I want to touch her with pieces of linen which can be distributed, I shall have to ask you to come and unlock the shrine.”

Infinitely consoled, Donna Angela watched the little procession set out by moonlight, late in the evening of August 9th. One of the men who acted as bearer had been suffering with severe internal pain. The moment came for him to take his share of the burden. Don Francesco said to him, “Have faith, take your share of the weight and you will see the Saint will heal you.” To the man’s wild joy, that is exactly what she did. Praying the Rosary and singing hymns, they traveled on to Mugnano.

Soon, heavy clouds threatened a storm and all became anxious. They prayed to Philomena for help. Just then, a little space in the sky opened and the moon and stars shone bright. It was past midnight when the company came to Cimitile, formerly a suburb of Nola, a place where thousands of martyrs had suffered under the Roman Emperors. About a mile before they reached this village, the porters began to complain of the weight of the case. Both men declared that it was not that they were tired, but that the case had suddenly become as heavy as lead. Their shoulders swelled under its weight and they had to stop every few paces to catch their breath. One of them exclaimed, “O my Saint, you have become so heavy!” When they reached Nola, they said they could go no farther and laid the case down on the ground. Although it was only made of wood, on touching the ground, it gave forth a metallic sound as though it had been made of bronze. This sound was re-echoed by the earth. It was as if a salutation passed between Philomena and those who, like her, had died for Christ.

Don Francesco was afraid they would not be able to go on. He sent one bearer on to Mugnano to bring back a strong man to help. The men succeeded in raising the case and transporting it some distance. By the time they were two miles out of Cimitile, they had no difficulty at all. There was a shout of:

“A Miracle! A Miracle! The Saint has become as light as a feather again, just as she was at Naples!”

St. Philomena was teaching them that ground saturated with the blood of martyrs is holy. There was something affectionate, dignified and almost mischievous about her. Especially, today, these appealing qualities are needed to draw and convert the unaffectionate, the undignified, the pompous and the un-childlike. Mugnano had been preparing since the previous evening for the arrival of their new helper and patroness. The bells had been rung at noonday to remind every one of her arrival. Bombs had been fired because, as I said, it is an explosive country and that was how they expressed themselves. Amidst clouds of dust and the grueling sun, the villagers decorated the road by which she would come. “My word!” they said, wiping their foreheads, “If the new saint wishes to introduce herself, let her put an end to these months of drought!”


Dear Patti,It gives great joy to me and the two promoters I am working with, to see how animated the faithful are and the enthusiasm with which they have taken to the Rosary prayer. We have been blessed with a number of healings and conversions. I relate here below three miracles:

1. Two young girls, aged 9 and 11 years respectively, accompanied their mother on a maize plantation field to do the weeding. Eventually, the girls left their mother and went in search of mice. While digging for mice, the younger one stopped to ferret through the heap of soil which the older girl had dug as she thought she had seen a mice buried therein. Unaware of her younger sister’s intention, the older girl desiring to dig more, raised the hoe and, while bringing it down, accidently inflicted a deep cut on the head of her sister and blood oozed out profusely. She cried out loud for her mother who came running and could not believe her eyes. They were very far from the road and the hospital. In her desperation, she remembered that she had a little bottle of St. Philomena holy oil. She fished it out, prayed to the Blessed Virgin and to St. Philomena, shaved the wounded area and applied the holy oil. Believe me, the oozing of blood stopped instantly! As the night approached, the wounded girl started to see visions. She was seeing a very beautiful young girl, wearing a crown of flowers around her head with a little bottle in her hand, touching her head and massaging her wound with the contents of the bottle in her hand. The mother was dumbfounded and thought her daughter’s condition was getting worse. The mother had an intuition. She rushed to where she had laid her bag, got the Decade card and showed it to her, asking if this is the girl she was seeing. “Yes! Yes!” She cried out, “This is the very one!” The mother was delighted realizing that the wound of her child was indeed being massaged by St. Philomena. The wound healed without the medical doctor’s touch!

2. A one year old baby was ill to the point of death. She had severe diarrhea and the mother took her to Our Lady’s hospital here and the doctors admitted her in the ICU. On the second day of admission, the mother sneaked out of the hospital leaving the child behind, to prepare for her child’s funeral at home. The grandfather happened to be a friend of mine. He shared this information of the plight of the little one with me. Together, we set out to the hospital where we found a good Samaritan old woman attending to the deserted little girl! We knelt down on our knees, prayed to the Virgin Mary and to St. Philomena. I laid the Decade card on the bed, and gave the holy oil to the woman and said, “Drop a little oil in the baby’s mouth and smear a little on the baby’s anus.” At this point, the child’s grandmother and mother came in, and the grandmother took over the process of anointing the baby. In two days’ time, the child’s condition improved. On the fourth day, the baby had to be shifted to the general ward and, a week later, discharged from the hospital. Today, the child is alive and healthy!

3. Rosaria, a mother of five children, had gone to her maize and groundnut field with two of her children, Clement aged 13 and Raymond aged 15. They had carried with them a two and a half liter plastic water container, not opaque and without a lid. They toiled in the field till late in the day. Clement became more exhausted and very thirsty. He sat down to quench his thirst. He picked the container and gulped down the water. Alas, there was a swarm of bees in the container and he was stung by some bees. His throat became swollen in no time. He was rushed to the hospital, his condition worsened and he could hardly eat anything or swallow water. The doctor recommended an operation. Rosaria’s neighbor, Pascalina, had the holy oil of Saint Philomena and asked Rosaria to pray with her to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to St. Philomena. They prayed intensely. Then, Pascalina put a few drops of holy oil into Clement’s mouth and smeared a bit of the oil on his throat. Later that evening, they were joined by a group for a prayer session. Pascalina again poured a little holy oil into his mouth. After this, Clement was able to swallow the water. Eventually, he was able to eat solid food! The doctor averted the operation.

The young people can definitely benefit from the YOUTH FOR PURITY campaign at home and in the schools. We only have to organize ourselves for it. I am a lay person, 77 years old, widower and a father of 13 children. We need Decade cards, Rosary numbers, Sacramentals, St. Philomena cord and oil, two or three small statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, large posters of St. Philomena pictures and printed materials.

You are always remembered in my prayers.

Aloysius Kunda
Mpika, Zambia – C. AFRICA


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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.

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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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