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Weekly News Flash from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena, Thursday, October21, 2015

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Dear Mrs. Patti Melvin,I would like to inform you that, in early September, I received a parcel you sent to me. I also received a letter you sent on 10th September. In your letter, you said you have a good stock of new leaflets. This month, October, we have planed to reach several Parishes, so we need more leaflets and other materials. You said you have a lovely little book titled, HOLINESS THROUGH MARY written by Fr. Francis Ripley. I have never heard about it. I will be happy if you send a copy to me.

I am trying my level best to do whatever I can to make sure the ULRA is known to everyone. I make sure each new member has the booklets titled, Universal Living Rosary, in Swahili “ROZARI HAI” the booklet with Rosary Mysteries meditations and the booklet with St. Philomena’s prayers titled, Mt. Philomena, mlinzi wa Rozari Hai. For making copies of these booklets and other important documents, I normally pay 100 Tanzanian shillings for each page.

You have asked in your letter of August 20, 2015 that you would like to know what we need to expand the work for Our Lady. The thing we need most is a PHOTOCOPIER which will help both to get more copies and reduce the cost to make copies.

Last week, I sent to you the lists of 135 new ULRA members. On Sunday, 11th October, we held a special Mass for enrolment of 75 new members at Mashati Parish. May God bless you!

< Stephen – MOSHI, TANZANIA >

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August 8, 2015
Dear Patti Melvin,I would like to convey my gratitude for the Sacramentals you sent to me. I really appreciate them. The St. Philomena oil and cords are not enough. People are most in need of it. They are asking me each and every day. The cord which you gave me, I gave to one of our Sisters, Sr. Estockia, who was sick. When she got it and started wearing it, after three days, there was a very big improvement. Her mother is also sick. She needs the oil and cord. Many of my Sisters would like to have the cords and oil.

There is a lady who was pregnant. She is a sister to one of our Sisters in our congregation. She was hoping for a baby girl, because she has two boys. I gave her some oil and the image of the Saint. We agreed that, if the baby will be a girl, we will give her the name, Philomena. Here is the photo of the baby and the mother. In addition to that, my sister, at home, had a sick daughter and I gave her the small cord and oil packet. Now, she is well. There are so many stories.

Lastly, Sister Fidelis from the Poor Clares Monastery has handed over to me this Living Rosary work. She could not go out and assist people so she has entrusted the work to me. I wanted to confirm this to you.

Even my group at school is very happy and, this coming academic year, we are planning to start another group at Mtendere Secondary School so we will need more Sacramentals. The schools will commence on 7th September.

Wishing you all the best,

Yours in Christ,

< Sr. Clara Ukayendawataika
Likuni Girl’s Sec. School – MALAWI >

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MEDITATION ON THE HOLY GHOST (continued)

FOR THE TWELVE FRUITS OF THE HOLY GHOST

O Holy Ghost, Eternal Love of the Father and the Son! Deign to grant me the Fruit of CHARITY that it may unite me to Thee by means of love; the Fruit of JOY that it may fill me with a holy happiness even in the midst of affliction; the Fruit of PEACE that it may give me tranquility in my conscience; the Fruit of PATIENCE that it may make me love the Cross and help me to bear it; the Fruit of BENIGNITY that it may incline me to relieve the necessities of my neighbor; the Fruit of GOODNESS that it may make me kind to all; the Fruit of LONGANIMITY that it may maintain me in patience in the midst of opposition; the Fruit of MILDNESS that it may make me endure tranquilly whatever there may be in my neighbor to cause me annoyance; the Fruit of FAITH that it may permeate me with respect and love for the Word of God; the Fruit of MODESTY that it may regulate all my external acts; the Fruit of CONTINENCY that it may preserve my body in holiness; and the Fruit of CHASTITY, that my heart remaining ever pure in this world, I may deserve to see Thee in the Mansions of Thy glory. Amen.

PENETRATE MY HEART

(Prayer of St. Augustine)

O Divine Love! O Bond that unitest the Father and the Son, Spirit of Power, faithful Consoler of the afflicted, penetrate to the profoundest depths of my heart! Let the splendor of Thy light shine in it. Let Thy sweet dew fall upon it that its great dryness may cease. Send forth the heavenly rays of Thy love to the sanctuary of my soul, so that penetrating there, they may enkindle burning flames that will consume all my weakness, my negligence and my languor.

Come, then, come Thou sweet Consoler of desolate souls, Thou Refuge in danger and Protector in distress. Come, Thou that cleansest souls of their stains and healest their wounds. Come, Strength of the weak, Support of those about to fall. Come, Teacher of the humble, Vanquisher of the proud. Come, Father of the orphan, Hope of the poor, Treasure of those in need. Come, Star of the mariner, safe Harbor for those in danger of shipwreck. Come, Strength of the living, Salvation of those about to die. Come, O Holy Ghost, come and have mercy upon me.

Make my soul simple, docile and upright, and show pity towards my weakness with such clemency that my nothingness may find grace before Thy infinite greatness, my impotence before Thy omnipotence, and my offenses before the multitude of Thy mercies. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, my Savior. Amen.

INTIMATE PRAYERS

Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee my body with its senses and I beg of Thee to employ them for the greater glory of God. Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee my eyes, that they may look only on my Jesus. Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee, my ears, that they may be attentive only to Thy divine inspirations. Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee all my senses, that they may serve me only to love Jesus and to sacrifice myself for Him. Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee my soul with all its faculties, that it may be Thy temple and Thy oasis.

Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee my memory, that it may be mindful only of Thy beauty and of the words, acts and passion of my Jesus. Holy Ghost, I consecrate to Thee my heart with all its affections, that captivated alone by the charms and the delights of Thy love, it may ever find in Thee peace, love, strength, light and all Thy Gifts and Fruits, and that loving Thee every day more and more, and making Thee loved by many souls, and by the whole world, were it possible, Thou mayest also love me more and more, and make me holy with all those that I love. Amen.

FOR OUR COUNTRY

O Holy and most Beloved Spirit of God, to Thee do we commend all the needs of our dear country, confident that, in Thy mercy, Thou will hear us and deliver us from all evils which afflict or threaten us.

Come, Divine Fount of all happiness, and pour down Thy holy Peace upon our dear land, and maintain it in peace in spite of all enemies, whether from within or without. Thou who art the Soul of the Catholic Church, Thou who does shed abroad divine charity, Thou who art the Light of the understanding and the Divine Fire that inflameth the heart, draw to the fair bosom of the Spouse of Christ all Her erring children, giving the priceless gift of Faith to those who possess it not, and confirming us all in loving service and obedience to our Holy Father the Pope and to the Bishops and Pastors of the Church.

Behold our miseries, O Divine Spirit! Look upon the countless offenses committed, in public and in private, against the Divine Majesty. Certain it is that we have merited naught except castigation at the hands of God, but have we not Mary, our Mother and Thy Immaculate Spouse, and have we not Thee Thyself, O Spirit of Consolation, to save us from enemies and from the effects of our offenses!

We implore Thee, then, to send forth Thy vivifying breath to renew the face of our dear land! Who, O Divine Spirit, can triumph as Thou can, against the powers of Hell itself! For, art Thou not the Fire that consumeth all sin, Essential Purity, the Bond of brotherhood that we so yearn for, Truth infallible, and Love, oh yes, Love Divine that unites all, reconciles all and purifies all!

Save us, then, for we perish! Fortify, preserve and extend the reign of Thy Church in our beloved land; allay all strife, political, social and domestic; enlighten, guide and possess our rulers, through the merits of Christ Our Lord and the intercession of Mary, Thy Immaculate Spouse.

St. Michael, Archangel, who has so often been sent to combat for us against Lucifer and his vile followers, deliver us from the wiles of that evil spirit, and grant that our holy religion may triumph over the enemies who blindly oppose or persecute Her. Amen.

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In Memory of Your Departed Loved Ones

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

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

SUGGESTED STIPEND DONATION: $5.00 each for Enrollment in the NOVEMBER Bouquet of thirty days of Requiem Masses for your departed Loved Ones: PRINT VERY CLEARLY EACH NAME!

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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, Thursday, October13, 2015

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Lord, that I may see!

Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

We are so very grateful for your strong support in helping our missionary efforts both here and abroad. You are well aware of the tragedies and crisis every- where, and the great consolation is that Our Blessed Mother will use all our pain, sufferings and strife to obtain for us perfect peace and deep union with God. We pray for the Gifts of the Holy Ghost and abandon ourselves totally into the Arms of Jesus and Mary. This little prayer, Prayer for Guardian of Souls, is something very powerful and I wanted to share it with as many as possible. We are making it into a holy card which will be ready very soon.

Thus, the secret of sanctity is LOVE, love of God and the love with which we perform all our actions. Every day, we must undergo interior warfare as our unruly appetites and self-will rage to have their way. The only way to holiness is through the Cross. In time, we will welcome every circumstance in our lives that can produce in us the least resemblance to the Life of Our Lord and Master. His Life was full of contradiction; friends misunderstood Him, His work was criticized, hate and jealousy surrounded Him. His Life was one uninterrupted Way of the Cross! Our work for souls must be done by means of the Cross. We must find our strength in hardship and our joy in suffering. There will be endless struggle which will require heroic endurance. We cannot go it alone. Let us beg God to make a beautiful home in our souls where He can ever dwell; a home from which no one will ever dislodge Him. Self-denial is the heart of sanctity, the price of being near to God. Only resignation to God’s Will brings peace.

We must generously give ourselves to souls, with joy and without expecting anything in return. God sees us; we are His privileged children; He made us His Apostles, His victims of love. The struggle of our lives is to let Christ rule! The Road of Pain is the Way to Heaven! All things that hurt are divine blessings. Every trifling cross is a fragment of the Sacred Host in which, in spite of its littleness, we will find God whole and entire! Alas, few of us give God our all, few trust Him enough to part with self, and few are willing to die for Him. Pull up the stakes, cut away the moorings, and hand over to God your whole being, body and soul, with all its powers. They are His undisputed property. Allow Him to live His own Life within your life!

Will to will the Will of God!

Our prayers are¬ with you both day and night.

PATTI MELVIN, Director – ULRA
Let us pray for one another.

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The DAILY ROSARY is …

An ACT of OBEDIENCE to Our Blessed Mother;

An ACT of FAITH in the Incarnation (Joyful Mysteries);

An ACT of LOVE for Jesus Crucified (Sorrowful Mysteries);

An ACT of CONTRITION and PENANCE for our own sins and negligences
(Sorrowful Mysteries);

A REMEDY against future Falls (Glorious Mysteries);

An ACT of HOPE and LONGING for Heaven (Glorious Mysteries);

An ACT of HUMILITY in honor of Our Immaculate Queen;

An ACT of PRUDENCE (an Eternal Life Insurance Policy, if you will);

An ACT of JUSTICE and GRATITUDE for God’s Infinite Goodness and Mercy;

An ACT of FORTITUDE for overcoming obstacles through perseverance;

An ACT of TEMPERANCE for conquering self-love, aridity and laziness;

A PRAYER of INTERCESSION for the conversion of poor sinners;

A PRAYER for the Souls in Purgatory; ( richly indulgenced )

A HYMN OF PRAISE to the Name of JESUS;

A REPEATED PETITION for a Happy Death!

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MEDITATION ON THE HOLY GHOST (continued)

Before ascending into Heaven, Christ instituted a Sacrament through which the Holy Ghost comes to us in a special way and enables us to profess our Faith as strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Jesus Christ. That is the Sacrament of Confirmation: it is so called because it confirms and strengthens us in the Faith. The Acts relates two incidents of the Apostles administering this Sacrament.

“When the apostles in Jerusalem,” Acts says, “heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John. On their arrival, they prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost for, as yet, He had not come upon any of them, but they had only been baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus.” (8:14-16)

Equally explicit is the second case related in Acts: “On hearing this, they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus; and when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they began to speak in tongues and to prophesy.” (19:5-6)

What a pity it is for a person seeking to advance in holiness not to go to the Holy Spirit, the source of holiness, light, strength and consolation! Pray to the Holy Ghost and He will multiply His holy inspirations in your soul; He will pour His gifts into it and He will take up His dwelling within you. (Pause and reflect)

RESOLUTION: I shall cultivate a special devotion to the Holy Ghost and come to Him for light to know my duty and strength to fulfill it. Every day, I shall say some prayers in His honor.

Prayers to The Holy Ghost For Light and Love

Ant.: Come, O Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy Love. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Let Us Pray: O God, Who hast taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the Gift of the same Spirit we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolations, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Short Act of Consecration

O Holy Spirit of God, take me as Thy disciple: Guide me, illuminate me, sanctify me. Bind my hands that they may do no evil; cover my eyes that they may see it no more; sanctify my heart that evil may not dwell within me. Be Thou my God; be Thou my guide. Withersoever Thou leadest me, I will go; whatsoever Thou forbiddest me, I will renounce; and whatsoever Thou commandest me in Thy strength, I will do. Lead me, then, unto the fullness of Thy truth. Amen.

Warm my heart, Spirit of Love and of Light, Third Person of the most happy Trinity, One God with the Father and the Son in all eternity, behold Your Jesus within my heart, and possess me utterly for the sake of this divine and most dear Guest. Warm my cold heart with the flames of pure love, cleanse me of every stain, make my soul beautiful with every virtue that I may be less unworthy to be the tabernacle of this august Sacrament.

What can You refuse me, my God, Who hast given me the most precious of all gifts? I ask with the greatest confidence, for every grace and blessing for myself, for all who are mine, for Thy holy Church, for all the faithful and for all mankind. I grieve with deep contrition for all the sins and infidelities of which I have been guilty toward Thy Divine Majesty and for the sins of the whole universe.

In atonement, I offer to Thee this spotless Victim whom I possess through Thy kind love. I desire to partake in all the merits of the Saints, in the praise of all the Angels, in the good works of all the holy souls on earth, and to offer them all to Thee in thanksgiving and supplication, in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Thus, may I deserve most Holy Spirit, to live forever with Thee in the peace and happiness of that heavenly Home where Thee, with the Father and the Son, are the delight of all the Blessed, One God, world without end. Amen.

For WISDOM and TRUTH

Holy Spirit of Truth, Lord of Light, have mercy, we beg of Thee, upon all the blind of heart. Their souls, dear Spirit of Love, are overcast and clouded with self-sufficiency and pride or blinded by the allurements of this world. They have forgotten Thy judgments, have wandered far from the way of Thy Commandments, have despised and rejected Thy graces; and now their conscience, grown dull and hard, no longer gives them warning of the danger to their soul.

Have pity, dear Lord, and forget the many times they have abused Thy graces, refused Thy consolations and Thy Divine Majesty by their sins. Stir them once more, by Thy almighty power, out of the sleep of indifference and sin. Bid the scales fall from the eyes of their souls, as of old they fell from the eyes of Saul, the persecutor of Thy people, when he became Paul, the Apostle of the Gentiles, full of Thy Spirit of Wisdom and of Truth.

Through the intercession of that mighty Apostle, who has known what it means to be blind of heart and has experienced in his own person the power of the Holy Spirit, help all the blind of heart. And, as we ourselves share, alas, to some degree, in this blindness of soul, open our eyes also, to see and to realize what we now know and believe, so that we may put off all sin and affection to sin and may serve God faithfully with a loving heart. Amen.

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Dearest Patti Melvin,Happy feast of Our Lady of the Rosary! May you who promote the devotion to the Holy Rosary be richly blessed by Our Lady, Queen of the Holy Rosary! May all our benefactors be enriched with the blessings of this day by Our Lady of the Rosary! May Luz Isenhour and all the members of the ULRA, who are sick, be healed through our prayer of The Rosary!

With heartfelt gratitude, I acknowledge the receipt of the parcel of August 3, containing St. Philomena’s oils of 2015, a packet of Rosaries, an envelope of Agnus Dei, Prayer of Spouses, Dedicated Decades of Winter 2015 and Booklets of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Philomena’s wrist cords and Chaplets. Thank you so much! I am quite delighted and grateful to receive all these. I thank the Holy Spirit for inspiring you to send us the Chaplets.

One of my Sisters lost her Chaplet and has been following me to get a Chaplet and I did not have. Mine too was missing. Thank you, St. Philomena! Thank you, our dearest friend, Patti, for the Chaplets and for all the spiritual materials, and for the book that I am looking forward to get. May the Good Lord bless and reward you abundantly for all you do for us!

Here comes the celebration of St. Philomena’s feast day in Shy Kumbo Cameroon. On this great day, we had a Holy Mass with special offertory for the poor. Before the last blessing, I spoke to the parishioners about the power of the Holy Rosary, and quoted Bishop Oliver Doeme to whom the Lord appeared reminding us that the Holy Rosary would be the weapon that would expel the Boko Haram. I also spoke about Ven. Pauline-Marie Jaricot who prayed to St. Philomena, the Wonder Worker, who is powerful before God and got healed and dedicated the Living Rosary under the patroness of St. Philomena and that is why it is called “The Living Rosary of St. Philomena.” After the talk, I invited new members to meet me for enrollment and 58 new members were enrolled.

On this day, I got testimonies from a mother with two children, by name Prisca Nyuydine. She said she was very sick during her pregnancy and was afraid she was not going to have a safe delivery. She prayed to St. Philomena and delivered safe and sound. When her two children were sick, she prayed and applied St. Philomena’s oil on them and they got healed. Second testimony, this elderly mama, Emilia Vongburi, said she had painful eyes and could not see. She prayed to St. Philomena and applied the oil on her eyes and now she can see well.

Please see attached the pictures of the testimonies and pictures of the celebrations from other Parishes. I continue to keep you in my prayers. Thank you immensely. We remain united as we pray our Rosary. Stay well! God bless you!

Sr. Mary Florence Angwe
St. Joseph’s Convent Shisong – Cameroon

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My Immaculate Heart will be Your Refuge and the Way that Will Lead You to God!Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, promoting wars and persecution of the Church: evolutionist materialism, atheism, class struggle, negation of the right to own property, rejection of the sacredness of marriage, and robbing parents of the right to educate their children. Today, negation of the moral law abounds in over three fourths of the world’s population. Crushed by earthly cares, robbed of truth and crippled by physical sufferings, where can we turn? There is not one among the Angels and Saints in Heaven whose heart is capable of compassionating our sufferings like the Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary! All you who are afflicted and suffering go to Our Lady and tell her of your distress. Weep, if you will, and She will console you. Her Soul was transfixed with a sword; She understands fully well your grief. From the Heart of Mary goes forth the saving virtue which cures all our ills. By the intercession of Our Queen, the lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear, the paralyzed recover the use of their limbs, and the dying return to life. Our Lady draws as She wills from the Heart of the Divine Physician, the balm that cures our bodies and souls. If Mary has healed bodies, how much more She delights in helping the spiritually blind regain their vision, paralyzed souls to once again walk in strength, and lukewarm Christians to regain their early fervor and live their faith courageously. Let us bring all those in their last agony, those on cots and in wheelchairs, the sick, the weak, and the dying to the Queen of Heaven. She will place them at the foot of the Tabernacle of Love, wherein dwells the Divine Physician. We allow ourselves to be operated on by a mere mortal, but we protest when God sets to work on us. The chalice of suffering He offers us may be a bitter one, but has He not reddened it by His own Blood? We must not be grief-stricken that God is sharing with us the greatest mark of His favor: The Cross!!!

During the Month of October, as we celebrate the great victories of Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Lourdes over Satan, let us bring our sick, our suffering and our dying to the foot of the Holy Altar to be bathed in the Most Precious Blood of Jesus through a Holy Mass Bouquet spanning the 31 days of October. Please list the names of your Loved Ones who are suffering physically, spiritually or emotionally, so they may take part in this Holy Mass Bouquet. A lovely Mass card will be sent out to you for each one you enroll.

SUGGESTED STIPEND DONATION: $5.00 each for Enrollment in the OCTOBER Bouquet of 31 days of Masses for your Sick and your Suffering: PRINT VERY CLEARLY EACH NAME!

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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, Thursday, October 7, 2015, 2015

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Dear Mother Patti,

Today, St. Philomena took me to a remote Parish, the St. Michael’s Parish, Nkol Meting, in the outskirts of Yaounde.

I left our center at 7:30 am, but the Mass which was supposed to begin at 10 am, finally started at about 12 noon.

Soon after Mass, the Parishioners lined up and a good number of them were enrolled. Many remarked, “This method of praying the Rosary is much easier to encourage one to love the Rosary.” As you can see, the people have no access to Rosary leaflets, Rosaries and brochures. They embraced the idea of the Daily Decade. Some prominent parishioners enrolled their children, even those who were not at Mass. I was assisted by another promoter from a nearby Parish, Nkongoa.

We encouraged our promoter in that Parish to continue the enrollment on every Sunday as we are about entering the Month of October, the Month of the Holy Rosary. I left the jungle Parish at about 3:45 pm.

Recently, I was able to travel to our French speaking countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Cotonou – Benin and Togo: The trip was very useful and bore much spiritual fruit. I want to thank you and all our benefactors for making this trip possible. Your help in directing boxes to the three areas that would arrive at the time of my visit to each country were very helpful. We met with priests, Sisters and lay apostles and gave them full introduction, Sacramentals and a plan for continuity of the devotion.

In Benin and Togo, Voodoo worship is wide spread. I am back at work now in Cameroon and will send you photos of our mission. Ave Maria!

< Paul – CAMEROON >

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My Immaculate Heart will be Your Refuge and the Way that Will Lead You to God!Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, promoting wars and persecution of the Church: evolutionist materialism, atheism, class struggle, negation of the right to own property, rejection of the sacredness of marriage, and robbing parents of the right to educate their children. Today, negation of the moral law abounds in over three fourths of the world’s population. Crushed by earthly cares, robbed of truth and crippled by physical sufferings, where can we turn? There is not one among the Angels and Saints in Heaven whose heart is capable of compassionating our sufferings like the Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary! All you who are afflicted and suffering go to Our Lady and tell her of your distress. Weep, if you will, and She will console you. Her Soul was transfixed with a sword; She understands fully well your grief. From the Heart of Mary goes forth the saving virtue which cures all our ills. By the intercession of Our Queen, the lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear, the paralyzed recover the use of their limbs, and the dying return to life. Our Lady draws as She wills from the Heart of the Divine Physician, the balm that cures our bodies and souls. If Mary has healed bodies, how much more She delights in helping the spiritually blind regain their vision, paralyzed souls to once again walk in strength, and lukewarm Christians to regain their early fervor and live their faith courageously. Let us bring all those in their last agony, those on cots and in wheelchairs, the sick, the weak, and the dying to the Queen of Heaven. She will place them at the foot of the Tabernacle of Love, wherein dwells the Divine Physician. We allow ourselves to be operated on by a mere mortal, but we protest when God sets to work on us. The chalice of suffering He offers us may be a bitter one, but has He not reddened it by His own Blood? We must not be grief-stricken that God is sharing with us the greatest mark of His favor: The Cross!!!

During the Month of October, as we celebrate the great victories of Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Lourdes over Satan, let us bring our sick, our suffering and our dying to the foot of the Holy Altar to be bathed in the Most Precious Blood of Jesus through a Holy Mass Bouquet spanning the 31 days of October. Please list the names of your Loved Ones who are suffering physically, spiritually or emotionally, so they may take part in this Holy Mass Bouquet. A lovely Mass card will be sent out to you for each one you enroll.

SUGGESTED STIPEND DONATION: $5.00 each for Enrollment in the OCTOBER Bouquet of 31 days of Masses for your Sick and your Suffering: PRINT VERY CLEARLY EACH NAME!

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MEDITATION ON THE HOLY GHOST

In his Encyclical on the Holy Ghost, Pope Leo XIII strongly urged the faithful to have a special devotion to this Divine Spirit and exhorted all Bishops and priests to preach this sanctifying devotion with a new and burning zeal. His Holiness pointed out that the Holy Ghost is constantly at work in the Church, which undertakes nothing of importance without invoking His aid in the solemn hymn, Veni Creator.

The words of the Holy Father were most timely, for many of the faithful seem to have forgotten the important role which the Holy Spirit plays in the life of the Church and of the individual. He is the guide and the sanctifier of both. Indeed, He is the very soul of the Church.

Shortly before His Ascension into Heaven, Jesus commended this devotion to the Apostles and promised to them the coming of the Holy Ghost. “But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost,” He said, “whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you.” (Jn.14:26) (Pause and reflect)

In order to understand the powerful influence exercised upon the Apostles, consider how timid they were when they assembled in the cenacle after the crucifixion of their Divine Master and Leader, Jesus Christ. They undertook no missionary work: they remained in prayer, awaiting the coming of the Holy Spirit who would transform them into intrepid Apostles, proclaiming the Gospel of Christ in all lands.

“And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished,” relates the Acts, “they were all together in one place and, suddenly, there came a sound from Heaven, as of a mighty wind coming and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And, there appeared to them parted tongues, as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with diverse tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak.” (2:1-4)

Not only did the Apostles receive the gift of tongues but they received the courage, strength and fortitude to use that gift and, thus, to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to friend and foe. They became valiant and fearless men: instead of fleeing danger, they esteemed it a privilege to face perils of all kinds and even to die for the Faith of Christ. (Pause and reflect)

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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, Thursday, October 1, 2015, 2015

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Dear Members and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

October is the month of the Most Holy Rosary, dedicated to the Angelic Psalter and veneration of the Virgin Mary. It was the Mother of God who gave us the Holy Rosary. What a great strength to realize that we are all united throughout the world in this infinitely powerful prayer! Each one of us contributes to the efficacy of this great prayer which resonates from one end of the earth to the other.

What we cannot do ALONE, we can do TOGETHER!

My dear married couples, you must remember that God has chosen you for the part you must play in your families and, since He has chosen you for this role, He will supply you with all the strength you need to do your job meritoriously and in a way that is pleasing to Him. You may count on His help to achieve happiness and holiness in the marriage you have legitimately contracted and from which you no longer can withdraw. All regrets as to what might have been had you not married, are idle and futile. The only thing that matters is that you make the most of your situation through good sense and the Grace of God. If you are not fully happy in your married life, it is not a sign that you were not destined for it.

We are pilgrims in this life steering towards our Eternal Home and the more discomforts and annoyances we undergo, the less we should be disturbed by them. Blessed are they that fear the Lord! Worship God faithfully. Pray aloud as a family in the morning and evening, and before and after meals. The prayer need not be long, but it should be said regularly and constantly by the entire family. Abundant blessings will follow! The family Crucifix should be the most precious object and should form the most cherished and frequented shrine in the entire house. Before this Crucifix, the family pours out their grief and asks solace, courage and strength. In response to blessings, the family kneels before the Crucifix and speaks their appreciation and gratitude.

Other Sacraments are administered outside the Communion rail: Confession, Communion, Confirmation and Baptism. But, in Holy Matrimony, the Church throws open the gates to the sanctuary and introduces the candidates into the Holy of Holies, to the very spot where the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ is offered. The bride and groom are to learn the greatest tragedy and the highest triumph of Love! Each one must die to himself and live for the other as Christ gave His Life for the Church. God appointed the husband as the leader of the family. The husband is the head of the wife. (Ephesians 5:22-24) Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord, because the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the Church. Husbands, love your wives. To the father of the family falls the obligation to organize religious life within the home. He should lead the family in prayer, and devote some time with his family to discuss Scripture thus bringing to them the spiritual food they need for union and strength. The special feasts of the Church should be celebrated in the home with hymns, festive meals and special prayers. Guard must be kept so that the family will remain chaste, moral and respectful of one another. The family is a domestic church. Following these principles, the household will have the greatest possibility of remaining faithful to Christ.

Every day, during the month of October at 8 p.m., the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for all of you, for your family members, all of your spiritual and material needs, for your health, courage and perseverance. During the Sacred Liturgy, we will ask Almighty God to fill your hearts and bodies with joy, health, courage, faith, hope and love. After the Sacred Mass, we are going to celebrate the Service of the Small Paraklesis (Intercessory Prayer) to the Most Holy Theotokos. The Small Paraklesis is chanted in times of distress and sorrow of soul. Then, the Holy Rosary will be prayed for you. I encourage all of you who have sorrow in your life and difficult health issues, problems with your children and who need special protection, to flee to the arms of the Virgin Mary. She is going to help you.

“O our most blessed Queen, O Theotokos, our hope, guardian of orphans, intercessor for strangers, joy of the sorrowful, protectress of the wronged: thou seest our misfortune, thou seest our affliction; help us, for we are infirm; feed us for we are strangers. Thou knowest our offence: absolve it as thou wilt, for we have no other help beside Thee, no other intercessor, nor good consoler, except thee, O Mother of God. Do thou preserve and protect us unto the Ages of Ages.”

Please unite your prayers with ours as we pray every evening together. If you have the possibility, you may light a candle in your home during your prayers.

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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Dear Apostle of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,Your gifts, prayers and sacrifices nourish and build up the Mystical Body of Christ in this great battle between good and evil, truth and error, love and hate. What a blessed privilege to help the Mother of God nurture souls unto everlasting beatitude! With the Pope here visiting and so much at stake for families and our Nation, we simply cannot do enough. Souls must be reached. When people are in pain, they are more receptive to spiritual remedies than during times of prosperity.

Now is the time to reach out to Every Soul we possibly can, ONE-by-ONE!

Is our faith a sham or a reality? Many of us have the faith, but we are not using it. Our mothers gave it to us, and their mothers before them. The faith is transmitted from mother to son. How meaningful our prayer to our Blessed Mother would be, if only we used the faith that we possess in making it!

Our Lord and Our Lady do not do as much as they could for us, because we think they are not able. It is we who limit the bounty of their mercy. The way to reach God is through the intercession of Mary. We must see Mary, walk with Mary, talk to Her, realize She is a real person who will listen, love and respond. Let us look at Mary for the first time with new clarity and intensity. Believe that She is alive, that She is real, that She has eyes, a face, a smile, a memory, an intelligence and a heart! She is a woman with a mother and father of her own, a Son Who is truly God, and Who loves you, and Who will deny you nothing that you ask. Mary is omnipotent in the power of her prayer. Mary is omnipotent in the power of her intercession with Her Son. Mary can do anything God can do. The difference is not what God can do and what Mary can do. The difference is the way they do it. God wills something and it happens. Mary prays to Him for something and He does it! God will NEVER say no to His Mother! Approach Jesus through Mary, and it will be done.

Our Lady is not peripheral or accidental to the life of the Church, not the object of a devotion which challenges the centrality of God and of Christ, but an integral part of the Church’s essential life!

All for Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Our prayers are¬ with you both day and night.

PATTI MELVIN, Director – ULRA

Let us pray for one another.

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Dear Sr. Patti,

Please find some time to spend on this letter which tries to give a short history on spreading of the Living Rosary in our country in the past 15 years. This has been our regular program of the Living Rosary which has fetched thousands and thousands of members: We approach the parish priests and with their permission, we conduct one day or two days seminar in a parish. A single day program usually starts at 9.30 a.m. with Rosary and ends at 4 p.m. Prior to his accident, Brother Roche used to give a short introduction for 30 minutes on Ven. Pauline Jaricot and the Living Rosary. Thereafter, from 10.30 a.m., I motivate the congregation on the Catholic Faith, the role of Our Blessed Mother with reference to Genesis 3:15 and Revelation chapter 12, importance of Family Rosary, and how the Daily Decades hasten the Triumph of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The subject also covers Purgatory, Confession, Mass, Reparation and Fatima. However, before lunch between 12.30 and 1.00 p.m., our focus will be on Daily Decade again which prepares the people to feel proud of being a part of the ULRA. During the lunch time, 1.00 to 2.00 p.m., members are enrolled and books on the Secret of the Rosary and Saint Philomena are distributed. We also form new promoters at this time.

After lunch, I again motivate people on wearing the Scapular. The priest then invests the Scapular on the members. The final session from 3.00 to 4.00 p.m. will be taken by Bro. Ruban on St. Philomena. The program concludes with the Holy Mass and people are blessed with St. Philomena oil. This has been our regular program for the past 15 years and through this means large members are enrolled in the ULRA.

In order to miss no invitation from any Parish Priest to introduce the ULRA in his parish, I resigned my government job as Deputy Secretary to Government of Tamilnadu in the year 2011. The reason for dealing with fundamental Catholic issues in the ULRA conference is this: “A large number of Catholics have moved to protestant denominations in the past 20 years and this has become a continuous process in our State.”

In one parish of South India, out of the 3000 families, 1000 families have moved to Pentecostal denomination. The trend is spreading to other areas also. Apart from this outward threat to the Faith, the church is also facing inward threat. Our State contains 17 dioceses. Already in five dioceses, the Hail Mary, Full of Grace has been changed into Hail Mary, who has obtained more grace based on Revised Standard Version of the Bible.

Steps are being taken by the hierarchy to introduce the same in other dioceses also. We are doing our mission with a bleeding heart and teaching people not to lose their Catholic Faith. We are very much aware of the fact that the Daily Decade and Family Rosary are the only remedy to this danger.

The ULRA is our duty, obligation and life. Brother Roche has withdrawn due his ill health after the accident, and Bro. Ruban and I will carry on the mission as long as God permits. Even in our absence, rest assured that the Living Rosary mission will go on as we are training some youngsters in the same line. Since the rest taken by Br. Roach, we have conducted the following parish level seminars:

In 2014: September and October:¬ Holy Eucharist Church and four parishes.

2015: January: Tambaram Fatima church and in February: four parishes. From March to August, we held conferences in 14 parishes in our city and neighboring cities.

The confirmed future programs are as follows:

Aug 23: Koilpatti
Aug 30: Pallikonda
Sep 6: Tambaram
Sep 12, 13: Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Sep 20: Moovarsan pettai
Sep 24: Vanuvampettai
Sep 27: St. Thomas Mount
Oct 4 and 10: Tambaram and Trichy

In July and August, we enrolled 570 new members in the Living Rosary. Please send an introduction letter to Ruban and to me, for our recognition as Living Rosary Promoters when we conduct the ULRA conferences in various Dioceses. Please pray for us. Ave Maria!

Best regards
Dhanaraj Rodrigues, Chennai – South India  .

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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 September 23, 2015

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
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 on October 2 at St. Peter’s Church, Jaffa, 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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MTHE BEAUTIFUL HANDS OF A PRIEST (concluded)The priest offers them the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. It is in our great hour of need, the priest has the power to cure the injuries of the soul, after sin has been committed. In the Christian life, there rises up tempests of trials which can make us slaves of the devil. But, the voice of the humble priest has the Power of God to say to the sinner, “I forgive you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.” These words terrify the devil and he takes flight. Thus, peace and serenity are restored to the miserable sinner.

Only the priest can bless the love of two people who promise fidelity to each other at the Sacred Altar in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. The new family, the basic unit of civil society, is blessed by Almighty God and takes root in society with the religious benediction of the priest. The priest unites his efforts with those of the parents to educate the offspring of their union in the teaching of the Faith and to prepare them for the reception of the Sacraments.

The priest is with us at the point of our departure from this earth, in death, unto eternity. The poor soul in the throes of death is terrified with fear at the prospect of facing Almighty God. The priest is at his side to forgive him and remind him of the great Mercy of God, giving him the courage to focus all his desires upon Heaven. He blesses his body and directs all the longings of his soul to God. Every day at Holy Mass in the memento for the souls departed, he unites us to the death of Christ and prays for the release of the souls who are suffering in Purgatory.

The obligations of a priest are not only for those moments in life at which time we stand most in need, but they spread to all branches of humanity. Where there is sadness, he may give joy; where there is injustice, righteousness will be defended; he encourages youth to be firm in virtue, obedient to their parents, faithful to duty and be a respecter of other persons. He enlightens souls of their obligations to God, family and humanity. He reminds wealthy persons of the obligations they have to help others and pay a just salary. Thieves and robbers are exposed and decried. He defends fidelity and purity in the people of God. Because his mission is a mission of truth, the priest is the salt of the earth. Truth is not accountable. Truth is One! Only the preaching of the priest enlightens and directs humanity for our short walk in life. In the last twenty centuries, thousands of priests have sacrificed their lives and suffered intense martyrdom to obtain from God the spread of His Kingdom upon Earth.

There is no good work upon earth in which the priest has not offered his help. He performs duties in education, arts and research; he has founded institutes for charity, universities for education, hospitals for the sick and homes for the elderly. Works that civilize missions and enrich cultures are all examples of his love and zeal. Servants of peace and love, these priests continue to give without receiving any recompense in return. Often, they are repaid with hate and cruelty. For his sacrifice, the priest is to be respected. When he falls short of performing his duty through human weakness, still he is due respect. He is the person, who represents Jesus Christ and is clothed in the power of His office. St. Francis said, “If I should meet an angel and a priest, I would first greet the priest, for the angel is a friend of God while the priest is God’s Minister.”

All Christians have a duty to the priest. A society without a priest, will not better itself. Saint Jean Vianney said, “Leave a place without a priest and, after 20 years, man begins to venerate the animals.”

There are two ways to help priests: Pray for them that they will be pious and holy, and pray that Christ will send many priests into His vineyard so that the harvest will be great. Help with funds for priestly vocations and support seminarians in third world countries.

One who gives a priest to the Church, is giving another Christ. The gift of a priest to a nation is the most beautiful gift that can be given.

Pour out, 0 my God, on Thy priests, in all its fullness, the spirit of sacrifice. For it is alike their duty and their glory to be offerings, consumed for the souls of men and to suffer many times distrust, injustice and persecution. May they ponder what they say every day at the Altar: “This is My Body! This is My Blood!” May they dwell on it and apply it to themselves: “I am no longer myself but, so to speak, Jesus and Jesus Crucified!”

O my God, I am on fire with longing that Thy priests may be holy. I earnestly desire that all those consecrated hands which touch Thee may be kindly hands whose touch Thou may find sweet, and that the lips which pronounce at the Altar words so sublime may never be desecrated by anything trivial or unbecoming.

May they live up to the ideal of their high calling! May all men find them, like the Host, simple and great, accessible to all and servants of other men!

O my God, grant that they may take from today’s Mass a thirst for tomorrow’s and that, being themselves full of the gifts they have received, they may have grace to impart them abundantly to others. Amen.

Imprimatur: + LIONEL AUDET, V.G., Quebeci, die 14a septembris 1968

Prayer to St. Jean-Marie Vianney

Almighty and Merciful God, Thou didst make St. Jean-Marie Vianney wonderful by his pastoral zeal and constant prayer and penance. Grant, we beseech Thee that, by his example and intercession, we may be able to win the souls of our brethren for Christ and, together with them, attain to everlasting glory. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

St. Jean-Marie Vianney, Patron of All Parish Priests, Pray for Us!

“You must accept your cross; if you bear it courageously, it will carry you to Heaven.”
~ St. Jean-Marie Vianney ~

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My Immaculate Heart will be Your Refuge and the Way that Will Lead You to God!

Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, promoting wars and persecution of the Church: evolutionist materialism, atheism, class struggle, negation of the right to own property, rejection of the sacredness of marriage, and robbing parents of the right to educate their children. Today, negation of the moral law abounds in over three fourths of the world’s population. Crushed by earthly cares, robbed of truth and crippled by physical sufferings, where can we turn? There is not one among the Angels and Saints in Heaven whose heart is capable of compassionating our sufferings like the Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary! All you who are afflicted and suffering go to Our Lady and tell her of your distress. Weep, if you will, and She will console you. Her Soul was transfixed with a sword; She understands fully well your grief. From the Heart of Mary goes forth the saving virtue which cures all our ills. By the intercession of Our Queen, the lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear, the paralyzed recover the use of their limbs, and the dying return to life. Our Lady draws as She wills from the Heart of the Divine Physician, the balm that cures our bodies and souls. If Mary has healed bodies, how much more She delights in helping the spiritually blind regain their vision, paralyzed souls to once again walk in strength, and lukewarm Christians to regain their early fervor and live their faith courageously. Let us bring all those in their last agony, those on cots and in wheelchairs, the sick, the weak, and the dying to the Queen of Heaven. She will place them at the foot of the Tabernacle of Love, wherein dwells the Divine Physician. We allow ourselves to be operated on by a mere mortal, but we protest when God sets to work on us. The chalice of suffering He offers us may be a bitter one, but has He not reddened it by His own Blood? We must not be grief-stricken that God is sharing with us the greatest mark of His favor: The Cross!!!

During the Month of October, as we celebrate the great victories of Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Lourdes over Satan, let us bring our sick, our suffering and our dying to the foot of the Holy Altar to be bathed in the Most Precious Blood of Jesus through a Holy Mass Bouquet spanning the 31 days of October. Please list the names of your Loved Ones who are suffering physically, spiritually or emotionally, so they may take part in this Holy Mass Bouquet. A lovely Mass card will be sent out to you for each one you enroll.

SUGGESTED STIPEND DONATION: $5.00 each for Enrollment in the OCTOBER Bouquet of 31 days of Masses for your Sick and your Suffering: PRINT VERY CLEARLY EACH NAME!

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2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

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 September 16, 2015

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
GLORY BE TO JESUS CHRIST!

Dear Apostles and Benefactors of the Living Rosary,

Thank you very much for your care and support. The Center of the Living Rosary in the East is growing and we are so very grateful to you. This year, through your encouragement and kindness, our 2016 Calendar is being printed. It features Our Lady of Fatima and Her requests to bring about the Conversion and Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart. The renovation of the Church is going very well and my bishop is content with our progress. Without your big help, such a huge project would not have been possible. Still, while construction is underway, we have only a tent in which to offer the Holy Mass. When Winter comes, I do not know what we will do. Yet, we have total confidence that the Holy Mother of God will provide for our needs.

Sanctity can only be acquired by diligent use of the graces offered by God, combined with great personal effort. The finest Sermon ever preached was delivered by God as He sat on the mountain slope over 2000 years ago and presented the Beatitudes to the faithful. Speaking to a group of ordinary, illiterate country folks, He told them their vocation in life was to aspire after the holiness of God Himself. “Be ye perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect … Make your first care to find the Kingdom of God.” Christ lived and taught on earth to sanctify souls. It was for this reason that He founded the Church. He desired for all men to be saints. Every Christian is bound to seek after holiness. In our own Age, the call to sanctity is more imperative than ever, as our race seems to be drifting further and further from God. The Blessed Virgin appeared at Fatima to appeal for Reparation. God has raised up St. Thérèse of Lisieux to recruit an army of victim souls. The Popes have called all members of the Church to participate with heroic zeal in the lay apostolate!

The Mystical Body of Christ is starving because so few of its members are nourished with the Holy Eucharist. The Mother of that Body is filled with anguish at the contemplation of her Babe thus suffering. The Holy Rosary can provide the Church with a heart of prayer. Intensity of purpose, unrelaxed effort, unquenchable love, steady discipline, undaunted courage and unflagging perseverance come only from a true spirit of faith. The mark of the Cross is our sign of Hope! The Love of God is the very heart of our sanctity. The Living Rosary is Mary’s Army, engaged today in the deadly battle being waged for the salvation of souls throughout the whole world.

Each and every day, we remember you and your families at the Holy Altar of God. We beg God’s Mercy, Protection and Strength for you in the days to come.

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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Dear Members of the Living Rosary,Anthony Foster Oduro, our faithful and first representative in the foreign missions, is flat on his back with a severe condition of the neck and spine. Anthony has labored tirelessly for over 20 years with us. We ask your prayers for his health and recovery so that he may return to his post as leader of our National Center in Ghana, Africa.

Marcus has worked with Anthony faithfully for many years. Recently, he was struck down by an unidentified vehicle and his leg was badly broken. This happened after he closed the House of Saint Philomena for the night.

By God’s Grace, the work at the Center is in progress as two young ladies, who are computer literates, are now busy on the job. They have good knowledge of the work and have agreed to help us in our hour of need. They will take charge of the enrollment, packing the parcels to be sent out to the leaders and answering mails at the office.

Anthony shares from his hospital bed: “Oh, how I wish I could be back to start my normal duties! Thy will be done, O my God! I can say that our office is the busiest one on the Basilica premises and we always have people available to teach those who come for instruction, but we are the poorest office in terms of financial support.”

Thank you and may God reward you a million times for your marvelous generosities!

PATTI MELVIN – ULRA Director

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Dear Mrs. Patti Melvin,I would like to inform you that on 16th Aug, 2015 we had celebrated the feast of St. Philomena and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Many. On that day, 65 ULRA members were invested with the Scapulars. I attach some photos and a short video which was taken on that day at Himo Parish.

Please let me know if you received my E-mail which was sent to you on Aug 14, 2015; it was about acknowledgement of the box you sent.

May God bless you!

STEPHEN – TANZANIA

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MYANMAR FLOODING AFFECTS ONE MILLION – 10 August 2015Nearly one million people have now been affected by widespread flooding across Myanmar since June, officials say. The government says up to 100 people have died and 1.2 million acres of rice fields have been destroyed.

Though schools in some areas have reopened, fresh warnings have been issued to people living in the Irrawaddy Delta region.

Myanmar (also known as Burma) always sees flooding in the monsoon season but this is some of the worst in decades.

The floods were made worse by Cyclone Komen, which ploughed through the country last week, causing extensive damage to the deprived Rakhine State. All but two of the 14 States have been affected.

Patrick Fuller, of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Yangon, said the situation in many areas remained desperate. People were “returning home to nothing”.

The New Light of Myanmar State-run newspaper said water levels in the Irrawaddy and Ngawun rivers had fallen slightly on Sunday, but remained at risk of bursting their banks.

Residents in low-lying delta areas have been urged to move to higher ground. Aid agencies warned that it will take months or years for people to recover.

Please pray for our people who are your members.
< Father Joseph Mung – MYANMAR >

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HEART OF JESUS, OUR REFUGE AND SOLACE

The Heavens hide their light for grief, and the world is wrapped in darkness. The Heart of Jesus is opened with a lance that there may be formed His only One, His perfect One, His Virgin Spouse: the Holy Church. Jesus willed that His Heart be opened that we might possess in His Heart a permanent place of refuge and solace, where everything necessary and useful to us would be found. The Wound in His Heart is the Door that remains forever open to us through which those who enter will be saved. It is a refuge for mortals and the Paradise of the Blessed.

Gaze upon the Heart of Jesus whose Love is stronger than death and more vigorous than life. All sweetness is there to arouse our faith, strengthen our hope and enkindle our love. Come and immerse thyself in this Ocean of Love. Hasten to this Fountain of Grace, to this gushing Spring of all consolation. In every peril and difficulty, throw thyself confidently upon the Heart of Jesus!

“Christ’s Heart Is Open That ALL May Enter!” Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque

A Bouquet of thirty days of Sacred Masses in Honor, Reparation, Thanksgiving and Petition to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus will be offered by Father Ivan Kolodiy in Ukraine, for you and your families, living and departed, throughout the month of September. A lovely Mass card will be mailed out to you for each person you enroll!

SUGGESTED STIPEND DONATION: $ 5.00 each for Enrollment in the September Bouquet of thirty days of Sacred Liturgies for your Loved Ones: PRINT VERY CLEARLY EACH NAME!
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If payment by Check / Money Order / Cash, please mail it directly to the address below:

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

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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 September 9, 2015

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

Your very generous donation has arrived safely. It is a mighty help enabling us to reach souls with the most powerful weapon God has given us for victory in the infernal war being waged by the demons throughout the whole world. Yet, what a blessed consolation to know that we can help and have the power to do so today, wherever we may be! There is no problem no matter how difficult, temporal or spiritual, personal or global that cannot be solved by the Rosary. United DECADE by DECADE, we march forward to victory!

It is certain that America is at the most crucial moment of her history. Let us keep upper most in our minds the Power of the Rosary and the Message of Our Lady of Fatima. The Rosary has proven itself as a weapon of protection. The Culture of Death has gained significant control in our political affairs in recent years. It is obvious that we cannot overcome this evil on our own. Politically speaking, we are in the minority. When victory comes, there will be no question that it is through the Power of Prayer and the great Goodness of God. Our homes are secularized and meaningless comfort offered by modern capitalism has rendered safer and duller the buffer of Socialism.

The fact that our culture has surrendered so many of its core Christian values to the Culture of Death fuels their determination to convert and destroy us! Now, abortions are done in the third trimester to traffic the organs. In Austria, children were killed because they stuttered, had a hair-lip, eyes too far apart, or were disabled. They died by injection or were left outdoors to freeze to death. Times are not so different now as they were during World War II.

Father Patrick Peyton knew the Power of the Rosary and he knew that Catholic families must turn to Family Prayer, most especially the Holy Rosary! This is a time of hope when evil can be conquered if enough people join together praying the Rosary in petition, reparation and thanksgiving. “A World at PRAYER is a World at PEACE!”

NOW is the time for a renewal of Family Life, based on the sure foundation of a loving and stable relationship of mother and father in marriage. The Rosary is timeless! Never underestimate its power! It is a weapon of defense and protection. It has the power to soften the hardest of hearts, to convert the most stubborn of sinners and to align our minds to the mind of God!

HAVE COURAGE! The Rosary Solves All Problems!

One with you in the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

PATTI MELVIN, Director – ULRA

Let us pray for one another.

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THE BEAUTIFUL HANDS OF A PRIEST (Continued)

The Sacrament of Holy Orders transforms the candidate for priesthood into a sacred person, imprinting upon his soul a sacred character which can never be cancelled. He will be a priest forever! If a priest abandons his cassock because he chooses another vocation, the power of the Church remains with him (Canon 882) to absolve from sin those in the agony of death. This he can do only in the absence of another priest being present. Possessing this special charism, the priest is unlike other people. Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, he is confirmed a servant of God, who brings Christ to humanity and directs us to Heaven.

The first duty of a priest is entirely spiritual – that souls may have eternal life. His work is not for a day, a week or a year; it is taken on for an entire lifetime until his dying breath. A priest never has a day off. His duties are great and manifold. Every priest is a victim soul with Christ; his freedom and his life are sacrificed in union with Christ Crucified for the salvation of souls. We call him, Father, for truly he is.

Who is the Catholic Priest?

The priest is a son of humanity given the power to make us the sons of God! The priest is a servant of God. He must face death; all the while he has the keys of salvation. The priest is another Christ and there is none so beloved and hated as him. The priest is often at the center of controversy.

Great initiatives, generous works and superior sacrifices have been his contribution to society. The priest is a person of integrity and silence. When a man falls down because of human weakness, he is forgiven, but for the priest there is no forgiveness, only criticism and judgment. Who are they who judge and condemn the priest? They are often those he has served faithfully and well.

At the dawn of our lives, the priest is there to baptize us. Through his office and by his hands, the stain of Original Sin is washed from our souls and we are admitted into the Family of the Living. “I baptize thee in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.” Sanctifying Grace fills the soul and the infant becomes a child of God. At this point, the devil surely cries out, “O priest, you have beaten me!”

At the dawn of adolescent, the young adult will emerge into puberty and many times be challenged by the world, the flesh and the devil. The graces of Baptism will not be enough. The Sacrament of Confirmation is needed. By this Sacrament, he becomes a soldier of Jesus Christ and is given new strength to live and defend his Catholic Faith against the enemies of the soul. The Bishop (who is a priest) anoints the youth and asks the Holy Ghost to come and fill him with His Seven Gifts and Twelve Fruits. The confirmed is then given the strength of a soldier and the power to resist temptation and do good.

The priest gives us, every day, the Holy Eucharist for our spiritual nourishment. While our lives are filled with dangers, temptations and uncertainty, we have great need of Heavenly Bread to nourish and strengthen our soul. The youngest and the oldest, the rich and the poor, the educated and the illiterate are all invited to receive Our Blessed Lord, daily, at the Holy Altar in humble village hamlets and great Cathedrals.

Let us pray for one another.

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Dear Patti,I am happy to inform you that the devotional materials you sent on 22nd July, was received on 7th August, 2015.

I wholeheartedly thank you for the spiritual zeal you have to configure the world to Christ, Our Lord and Saviour. It is us in Christ, through His Body the Church, who can make people see the Light of God shine in their day-to-day endeavours. This is our duty! We need to be available all the time as this is expected of a disciple of Christ. Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place: on the street, in the city square, during work or on a journey. The devotional materials are really an aid in spurring the faithful on prayer.

May the Good Lord bless you abundantly so that you carry on the work of configuring the multitude to Christ earnestly and with vigour!

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Jenezio Chisonga.
Our Lady of the Poor
Ngabu Parish
Ngabu – Malawi

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E-Mail: August 31, 2015
Dear Mother Patti,I am very happy to receive such a big box with all the items in it. They are very lovely.

I visited Fr. Jesu at St. Georges Parish, who was very happy for the program and he promised to write to you. I am doing the enrollment in the parish and I will update you. Victoria Sillah, the lady in white shirt, is helping me with the Living Rosary propagation. Please send the big posters so that I can show the people, while I explain the program.

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E-Mail: August 14, 2015

I received one box from the post office. On 11th August, we had a procession around the church compound after the Novena to St. Philomena. The Holy Mass was celebrated by Father Kailey, which was well attended by the members as you can see from the attached photos. I have sent lists of 150 new members.

Thank you and God bless you all!

< Juliana – SIERRA LEONE >

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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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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 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

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For centuries, our cherished Catholic faith has been passed from person to person, parent to child, etc. Each of us carries in our heart a special memory of how God first graced us with the knowledge of the faith and how Our Blessed Mother, Saint Philomena, Venerable Pauline Jaricot and other saints changed our lives and brought us closer to Christ.

In our work in the Universal Living Rosary Association, we see first hand how millions of souls are currently living without that knowledge of God and are living outside of His grace. We have been given a beautiful opportunity to carry out Christ’s work and pass on our faith and blessings to others who would otherwise never be introduced to Our Lord, the Savior of all mankind. Just as we pray for the souls in Purgatory who have no one to pray for them, we should also make it a part of our life’s mission to pass on our faith to as many souls as possible who have no one else to pass it on to them, who don’t know Our Lord and His promise of salvation.

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

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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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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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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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