Past Missionary News From Around the World, September 2009


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Dear Patti,

I got the box you airlifted me, its precious contents were intact. Those books....Hillarie Belloc: How the reformation happened. The Characters of The Reformation, Europe and the Faith......really Belloc knows how to captivate his readers....every topic he handles comes out live. Do thank the benevolent tan book company again and again....may God bless them and us all

For the month of Oct...Holy Rosary month....I planned to continue what I had began on the 15th Sept....Our Lady Of Sorrows.....That day I went some 15 miles from Kumi and shared with them, first the Video film of Jesus Of Nazareth (a borrowed piece).....and then the Holy Rosary. I also cleared a lot of misunderstanding which our brothers The Charismatic’s had raised regarding the Rosary, etc. It was a glorious day for all of us. Many other areas want me to visit and share with them....I go when I can, due to expenses, as we have to hire a motor bike (here known as boda boda). Otherwise all is going well what with the beautiful literature you, send......If it were possible to send me Religious Video Tapes or DVDs.......

Our prayers for you and the kind hearts whose great help we could not have done anything......Ave Maria Plena Gratia.......

Lawrence Esiangu
Living Rosary Centre
Kumi
Uganda
East Africa
 
Dear Patti,

Here is a report of the program held at New Christian Colony, Jhelum on Friday the 28th of August, 2009. I hope you will find some space to upload it.

The program was started with hymns, followed by prayer and Holy reading from the Gospel according to St. Luke Chapter 1, verses 46 - 54. Then Mr. Ijaz Basharat was invited to express his views about "Mother Mary's Life and Character". He very nicely summarized his speech saying, "We received "The Lord Jesus Christ a gift due to Mother Mary's 'YES' to God's call".

Then Mr. Afzaal Anwar Khokhar In charge of "Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA) Pakistan Centre" introduced people with the Living Rosary and its aims objectives (Daily Decade). He also shared the biography of St. Philomena who was given the title of "Patroness of the Living Rosary" by His Holiness Pope Gregory XVI. After this Miss Shameela Rouse explained the symbols related to St. Philomena exclusively such as arrow, Holy Cord, anchor and Lily.

Then Mrs. Noureen presented a very nice hymn in the honor of Holy Mother. After that Mrs. Parveen Rouse, Mr. Parvaiz, Mr. Marqus (ULRA local leader of Jhelum, Sargodha and Daska respectively), Mr. Parvaiz Gill and Mr. Yaqoob Barkat (Program organizers) expressed their views.

The program was ended with the recitation of the Holy Rosary in the honor of the Immaculate Conception and hymns. While thanking the participants and administration for arranging such an effective program in the honor of Mother Mary; Mr. Afzaal presented a big portrait of Mother Mary to St. Mary's Academy (Mr. Yaqoob Barkat), a big Rosary to Mr. Ishaq Ghouri and a statue of St. Philomena to Mr. Parvaiz Gill.

In the end, Rosaries along with Decade Cards, Oil, Scapulars and Medals were distributed Free of Cost among people who wanted to be a part of Living Rosary Family. Finally, rice was served to all the participants.


Yours in Christ and Holy Mother,

Afzaal Anwar Khokhar
Pakistan
 

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dear Patti,

THank you very much for the box you sent me. It arrived savely. I found the scapulars which I needed most and the Holy Oil. Oh! i was on the point of aking for more Holy Oil.So now I am satisfied. for a while. People are finding it very useful in their needs their sufferings. They are very grateful indeed.. And I am very very gratefull also. I tell you the honest truth that I use it every morning and night. If It was not for the Holy Oil I always say to myself that I would have died a long time ago.It helps me to bear my pains.
I feel much better though The work I did for the preparation for the episcopal ordination was a big load on my health.

I thank you and your staff for the prayers . May God bless you all.

Yours in Mary Immaculate
Sr. Clara Rapholo sc.i.m.
Lesotho
Africa
 
Dear Mrs. Melvin,

Thanks for your mail and your worries for me. I was very busy this month and will be in the next month also. I have returned today after visiting Sargodha, Jhelum and Daska. There is an institute at Sargodha "Sargodh Institute of Technology". The students and hostel in charge Mr. Yousaf wanted to celebrate the Feast of St. Philomena last month but they could not due to their academic schedule. Now they planned to celebrate Feast on 26th. I will send you the pictures and a report of the program very soon.

Next month, I am going to Sahiwal, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sialkot and may be Karachi. So, I will need more and more devotional items. As you mentioned next month is the month of Holy Rosary I will have to struggle more to reach souls and gather them in the Living Rosary Family.

Next month, I am printing out the newsletter also. I will have to find out time for translation, typing, designing also. I hope to manage it with your prayers and the guidance of Our Lady.

OK, Good Bye and God Bless You,

Yours in Christ and Holy Mother,

Afzaal Anwar Khokhar
Pakistan
 
Dear Directress,

Greetings of peace love & joy in our Lord Jesus,

Here I introduce myself I am Sr. clotty Olivera belonging to the congregation of Ursuline Franciscans. For the last years I work mostly as a pastoral coordinator in our Mysore province India.

I highly appreciate your noble & sacrificial mission in honor of our Lord Jesus & beloved mother Mary. May they bless your hard labor of sacrificial love, concern & humility. You have strengthened the mother Church in your unique way. The Lord reward your lives every moment on this mother earth.

There are several simple Catholic people devotees of mother Mary & Jesus who ask Rosary & religious articles to pray and strengthen their faith and confidence in God. They constantly come and ask me. As this is a small center called Divya Jyothi (Divine Light of Infant Jesus) for faith formation & evangelization, as a meeting point to meet the people to spread the love of God.

Since from few years I received some religious articles I took courage to humbly request to you to send some of these to our innocent and humble people. My intention is nothing but to strengthen the people in their faith & confidence in the Lord and thus through prayer to spread the love of mother Mary & Jesus to every nook and corner of this universe.

Alone I am not able to do, sure but I have many sisters to enable me in this work it is like a network I usually build up the relationship, as we are pastorally oriented sisters our charism is to teach, & to reach out in basic catechism and faith formation.

Thank you very much for reading this ordinary letter. May I request you to kindly consider our need and grant us the needed Rosaries & sacred Sacramentals?

In return I offer all your intentions for your generosity to our dearest mother Mary. Mary will enhance your mission supporting your responsibility a true mothers concern & love towards her children. I highly appreciate in the past a few times I did receive your gifts, I & my team in the Lord are ever grateful to your noble and esteemed institution & especially to your kind, & gracious self.

Thanking you in anticipation for your generosity, concern & love. God bless you abundantly.

Yours lovingly & devotedly in Jesus

Sr. Clotty Olivera
The Pastoral Coordinator
Divya Jyothi
Jayapura Hobli
Udbur Village & Post
Mysore
Karnataka State
India
 
Dear Mother Patti,

Here are some photos I took when I went to Catholic Primary School Mokolo 3 Yaounde. I gave the directoress of the School, Madam Edoa Marie 5 Crucifixes. And also gave 5 Crucifixes to Mr. Atangana Mballa, the director of Catholic Primary School, Nkol-Nton, Yaounde controlled by Pallotin Fathers They were delighted. I will be going them more since there are still more classrooms left without Crucifixes.

I also included a photo I took with the Ambassador of Cameroon to Liberia with his wife.

Enrollment of new members in the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA) is on-going. I will send lists in few weeks.

Hope you received the most recent lists I sent.

I told wrote to our leader in Liberia giving him directives.

Ave Maria!!

Paul E.Ekpe
Yaounde-Cameroon
Africa
 

Monday, September 28, 2009

Yesterday is when the feast of St. Padre Pio was remembered, was pushed to 27th from the original 23rd Sept, for convenience of the faithful that are predominantly a working class! Mass was well attended, it started at 10:00 p.m., was presided over by Archbishop Augustine Kasujja, a Ugandan born first African nuncio working on the world's fourth largest island, Madagascar that is currently politically turbulent. Msgr. Augustine is in the final days of is month's leave. In his homily, he was honored to preside over the mass and the launch of Major's book.

After the mass, the archbishop shared with us, the need for more missionaries, the experiences he has from his first appointment in Algeria and now in Madagascar. He called on us to create more missionaries!

Major Wababa, presented his book in style for the launch, wrapped and well secured in a gift craft, the bishop accepted to cut the red tape over the gift basket, in the presence of Fr. Farnandes, the head of the predominantly Indian born custodians of the shrine. After the launch, the archbishop went through the book and assured all that present that Major's book had gone through all that as required by the Catholic Church, he advised all to buy and lead it! Prelate went further and requested an intensive cultivation of a culture for spiritual books reading

The book St. PHILOMENA SHINES IN THE HEART OF AFRICA is the first ever written by a major in the ranks of the army! It predominantly talks about Godfrey Wababa's life, work, family and how he came to be a strong member of Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA). Fr. Farnandes also gave more information about St. Philomena and the Living Rosary, stressed the issue about the Rosary.

The day was crowned when I was also privileged to get a photo with the Archbishop.

Bravo Major Wababa.

Emmanuel Kitandwe
ULRA Liaison
Kampala
Uganda
 

Friday, September 25, 2009

Dearest Mother, Patti,

Greetings in the Lord!

I was overjoyed on receiving your special parcel. It came in few days ago. I just can't imagine the contents especially the wonderful book: Mary and the Priestly Ministry. What a treasure to me! I've been poring over it since it came in, using it for my daily reflections. It provided materials for further meditations after feasts like Birthday of Our Lady, Most Holy Name of Mary, and Our Lady of Sorrows. Priest friends who saw this book became interested. I promised them copies subject to your usual assistance. Also, there are other five priests with whom I pray every month, who I know will be interested in this work. Only a good and sweet mother would discover what a priest son should need in a year set aside for priests' renewal. It's a good opportunity for us to make great spiritual journey inwards. I've followed the program with keen interest. Please God, I might join in the International Meeting for Priests in Rome come June 2010.

The challenges of the time are calling for more decisive actions from us, as you have always noted. Your messages have not been more relevant to me and to us than in a year like this. I treasure all these motivations from you. You're a great inspirer and motivator. Do not relent!!! I'm proud to have you as a mother and a faithful friend. You've always stood by me as Mother Mary stood by Her Son dying on the cross of Calvary. I think we should strive to live more boldly our Christian vocation than we see in our Muslim brothers and sisters some of whom are fundamentalists. Instead of being armed with bomb as the suicide bombers and extremists, we should rather be armed with the Divine Love of Christ who said He came to cast fire on earth, wishing it were already blazing.

Mum, thanks once again. My warmest regards to all who help you reach our ends more easily and quickly. Remain blessed in the Lord. You're always in my prayers.

With lots of affection,
Your son,
Tony
Rev. Fr. Anthony Chinedu Ezeugo
Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity
Onitsha
Nigeria
West Africa
 
New bricks, commissioned by me in February 2009 for my church's outdoor Rosary Walk. I had no idea at the time that this year would later be dedicated to St. Jean Vianney. Taken at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Houston, Texas on September 25, 2009.

Henry Blundau
Houston, Texas
United States
Dear Madam,

Greetings!

I am not sure if I have already sent this documentation. There were indeed several occasions among teachers, students, and community people - involvement.

Thank you so much for your prayers Madam.

Thru Mama Mary, we reaffirm our commitment and the mission continues for the devotion to our St. Filomena.

Always,

Cleofe
Philippines
 

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA) Mission in India during July - September, 2009

1. On July 6th, 2009, attended the FIRST MEETING OF THE PROMOTERS' SRI LANKA convened by Rev. Fr. Andrew Uthayadas, Animator, and Srilanka.

2. July 9th to 11th, 2009 in Manaparai Our Lady of Lourdes Parish of Tiruchi School Campaign in 4 Schools was undertaken and on 10th and 11th Rosary Conference was conducted. 650 students were Introduced to Living Rosary 384 joined Living Rosary In the Parish 30 people were enrolled.

3. On July 16th, 2009 Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 23 people invested with Brown Scapular. (Parish St. Jude's Church, Chingleput.

4. On July 26th, 2009 in Vellore Diocese Village Parish Kozhappallur one Day ULRA Conference held. 180 People joined Living Rosary.

5. On August, 2nd 2009 in St. Theresa's (Little Flower) Church of Tiruchi Diocese One Day ULRA Conference was conducted. 210 joined Living Rosary.

6. On August 2nd, 2009 St. Philomena feast was celebrated in Elappakkam Parish of Chingleput Diocese. All the parishioners participated.

7. On August 9th, 2009 St. Philomena Feast was conducted at National Centre level people participated.

8. On 15th August, 2009, in the Parish of Holy Cross (where Living Rosary Spiritual is Parish Priest) of the Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore 259 were Invested with Brown Scapular.

9. On August 16th, 2009 One Day ULRA Conference was conducted at VICARIATE (10 Parishes participated) at Myladuthurai of Thanjavur Diocese. 90 were enrolled in Living Rosary.

10. On August 18th, 2009, School Campaign was carried out at Yercaud, Salem Diocese, and Cluny Sisters' Nazareth School. 104 Students were enrolled in ULRA.

11. On August 18th, 2009 in the same Parish, Our Lady of Vailankanni English Medium School students of 27 were introduced to ULRA and enrolled.

12. On 23rd August, 2009 in the Parish of Our Lady of Fatima, Jalahalli of the Bangalore One Day ULRA Conference conducted. 350 Parishioners participated. Of these 350 people along with the members of their families 450 people joined ULRA.

13. on 24th of August, 2009, in the Parish of Our Lady of Fatima, Jalahalli Bangalore Archdiocese Students of Cluny Sisters Tamil and English Medium School was addressed On ULRA mission and 291 Students joined ULRA whereas 350 students participated in the address.

14. On August 27th, 2009, St. Joseph's Technical School Students run by Salesian of Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore were introduced to Living Rosary. Were enrolled in ULRA.

15. On September 6th, 2009 Catechism Class Students of Our Lady of Health Parish of the Archdiocese of Madras Mylapore were introduced to ULRA and joined.

16. On 20th September, 2009 in the Parish of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Dharapuram of Coimbatore Diocese One Day ULRA Conference was held. 350 attended. 120 joined the ULRA.

17. A Tour was undertaken in the Diocese of Kottar, Tamil Nadu (S. India) to meet 3 Diocese (2 Syro-Malankara and one Diocesan Bishop) Bishops, One Women (HOLY CROSS), AND One Parish ULRA mission will be undertaken in December this year and in March, 2010. One Comitium (Legion of Mary) Officers were met and sought their cooperation in this regard.

K.JOSEPH ROCHE
National Animator (India)

N.B. From July to September, 2009 ULRA visits and Campaign undertaken 9 Dioceses in spite of bad health. Ave Maria!

2. Photo copies are sent with 9 Banners, Lists, and Newsletters by Air courier tomorrow.
 

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dear Madam:

Praise God Madam! I am happy that we are still connected. Much as I would like to place an email I couldn't because our internet line in school had been off for several months because of the landline migration problem brought about by the series of typhoons and bad weather in the Philippines. Most of us have different landline residential numbers now.

I have several forms of new members in the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA) here; I am saving to send it all to you Madam.

Last month a good friend whom I have not seen for eight years dropped by the house to attend National Conference Meeting for Military Officials and she requested me to offer some prayers at the Carmelite Monastery close to our place for her intention for a promotion as Commissioner but I took time to introduce ULRA and St. Filomena who made a difference in my life as a cancer patient and she shared her experiences that a week before her travel date she was asking herself about St. Filomena and got interested to read excerpt found in her file and she was surprised to note that when she visited us we brought this topic and was amazed.

I told her that I am a cancer patient and I have St. Filomena who is my special Saint and have this mission at the same time since then. She asked for 100 rosaries which she promised she will be distributing to the soldiers in REGION IV CABARZON that is almost eight hours trip by bus from La Union - our place to their place.

I am also preparing the distribution of rosaries for all the freshmen students on the last week of September before the start of the Rosary Month.

I also gave rosaries to the some of my friends - priests who are assigned in the remotest places in the Cordillera.

Again, we have organized the High School DMMMSU ULRA and we had already our induction of officers last July. One of the projects we intend to have is the purchase of uniforms for our choir members and musical instruments as well.

Please stay with us always and keep praying for all of us. How I wish I could visit you there someday.

All for Mama Mary!

Here is my love and regards to all the staff and your family Madam.

Cleofe
Philippines
 

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Dear Mrs. Patti,

May I please know if the Sacramentals we have received are ready blessed. The other thing is; is it possible to send for us one big picture of saint Philomena and one of Venerable Pauline. Thank you very much for the Love of God that you are sharing with us.

The following paragraph, I want to share with you of what the Lord had done to my niece through the holy oil of St. Philomena;

I have a niece who had wounds in the head for more than a year, she was taken to the hospital, and antibiotics were prescribed but did not make any change. After I have heard of St. Philomena this year in January, I searched for more information in the internet found you and you send me the oil of St. Philomena. I also became a member of the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA). I shared about our Saint with the mother; she was given the Holy oil and applied in the head, within a month she got cured. Let the name of the Lord be praised forever. Thank you very much Patti for expanding the Love of God till to the ends of the earth.

With Love,
Sr. Elizabeth Haingura
Roman Catholic Hospital
Windhoek, Namibia
Africa
 
Dear Patti,

Greetings from Malawi!

Yesterday I sent you 4 heavy envelopes of new members for St. Philomena in Nzama Parish. Oooh, Patti, St. Philomena in Malawi has gained roots! Because there are just too many people, I kindly ask you to keep sending MORE boxes on regular basis. People need these religious items so much! But because I have so many people, I have difficulties with POSTAGE, INTERNET, PHONES, STATIONERY and TRANSPORT (FUEL). Where possible, wire me some money for such coordination with the ardent members. I appreciate your kind support always! Bravo! Ave Maria!

Rev. Fr Remigius Lazarus KASAWA, DP
Nzama Catholic Parish
NTCHEU
Malawi
C. Africa
 
Dear sister Patti,

I am happy note to you that today I have sent you 60 lists i.e., 900 new members. A letter sent to me by Rt. Rev. Dr. P. Joseph to whom I gave 600 rosaries and other items. A letter from a promoter. I hope the post will reach you safe in day’s time.

My prayers are with you and all the benefactors; please do pray for me.

Yours in Iesu et Maria,

Fr. Andrew
Rev. Fr. A. Uthayadas
Sri Lanka
 

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dear Patti,

Thank you very much for your Email. It has been my habit to pray for daily you and all the Universal Living Rosary Association of St. Philomena (ULRA): Holy Mass, the Holy Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet and Way of the Cross. I believe firmly that praying for the whole ULRA is a privileged blessing for me.

The luminous Rosaries and other Sacramentals that you have been sending have been very popular among the recipients, mostly Filipino migrant workers. Because the rosaries are luminous, it is an added reminder to pray the Holy Rosary daily. The ULRA of St. Philomena is now quite popular at the St. Joseph Latin Parish Church. The Discalced Carmelite priests and nuns serve in the parish. The Carmelite Order started in the twelfth century from this region. I celebrate the Holy Mass for the Filipino migrant workers and for the English speaking parishioners in this church on the fourth Saturday of the month. It is a large beautiful church that could accommodate some 500 people. I wish I could give each one a Rosary this October.

The Missionary Sisters of Mother Teresa from Jordan and Gaza, Autonomous Occupied Territory of Palestine have been asking me also for those rosaries. I told them to write to you. I would like to campaign in all the Franciscan and Carmelite parishes in Israel and Palestine to intensify the praying of the Holy Rosary this coming October. I celebrate the Holy Mass in most of these parishes. All your booklets are also very helpful.

We are celebrating the Jewish New Year on Sept. 20. It will be Year 5770 in the Jewish calendar. May it be a year of justice and peace in the Holy Land.

Prayerful best wishes,
Fr. Angelo Ison, ofm
Jerusalem
 
Dear Patti,

Thank you very much indeed.

Yes, medals would be good too. On Sunday last I formally invested the whole Parish with the Holy Medals of the Blessed and Immaculate Virgin Mary, which Patti so kindly sent me.

I have also been blessing people with the St Philomena Oil, having told Parishioners Her story and framed the poster picture you kindly sent me of her. I blessed the picture before a solemn Holy Hour which included St John Vianney's litany of St Philomena, the Holy Rosary and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The framed poster is now alongside the picture of the Divine Mercy in a side chapel, with a picture of St Faustino on the other side of Our Blessed LORD.

Along with a marvelous outpouring of the HOLY SPIRIT (MMP383), I was kept busy in the confessional last weekend (we had 55 visiting pioneers of the Sacred Heart of JESUS) on Saturday from 4.15pm to 7.45pm and on Sunday morning from 8.00am to 10.am, and there has been much good fruit since then too.

I do not wish to take advantage of your generosity, but people here and in the surrounding areas from which the visitors came are clamoring for Rosaries and Medals as I did not have enough to go round and am now completely out of stock. So, if you can, it would be grand if you could bless me and my poor parishioners with, again, as many Rosaries and medals as you can spare.

I am pleases to confirm that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was duly offered for Patti on 18/8/09 in the Extraordinary Form.

Sincerely, in JMJ,
Fr. Gregory
St Bartholomew Catholic
Lambert's Bay
South Africa
 
Dearest Patti,

Greetings in the name of Jesus and Mary.

This is to inform you that I am just from checkups at the hospital. So happy to tell you today that my doctors have declared I am totally fit. I thank God that I am completely cured from Malaria fever.

Thank you very much for your constant prayers, support, and encouragement. I shall resume work at the office tomorrow.

Peace be with you!!!

Yours in Jesus and Mary,

Anthony Foster Oduro
Ghana
Africa
 
Dearest Patti,

I arrived at home at one o'clock last night and I even did not managed to do a shower after a month of not washing. I was busy to see about Nick's situation and to see what you sent (messages, parcels, and letters)

Thank you VERY MUCH for the new beautiful religious leaflets in Romanian. CONGRATULATIONS!!! There are very much appreciated. The little books and the CD are extremely welcome. God reward you abundantly dear PATTI!!!

Nick invited me to eat but I will do first a shower...Then I will continue to send you pictures...

I have been in Transylvania to help my mother in getting an extra special pension. It is a big bureaucracy and I did not finish my work because Nick gets sick too and Daian asked me to come quickly home to help him. So I am back. And after Nick will be restored I will go back to finish the problem with my mother. I am very sorry because I could not get any voluntary Mass card signed. But I made some pictures for you. It was VERY DIFFICULT to go walking many Km. to arrive in the place where was The celebration of THE HOLY CROSS.

Because I did not have money. But God helped me and St. Philomena was at my side along the way. I will send you as soon as I can. More details will come.

Greetings from Transylvania from our ULRA members and LOVE and PRAYERS.

GOD LOVES YOU!!!

Monica
Romania
 

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dear Friends,

I have been distributing the Sacramentals you recently sent to our parochial school children and those I come in contact with. I also sent the book "The Beautiful Hands of a Priest" to all the parish priests in our Diocese. It has been a true blessing and the children just love the Miraculous Medals on the blue cords, Rosaries, etc. In the spirit of St. Louis de Montfort, may we all be Children of Mary, Apostles of the Latter Times!

God Bless,

Fr. Brent Keith
Archdeacon, Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast
Headmaster, Cathedral Academy
Selma, Alabama
United States
 
Dearest Patti,

May God be glorified in everything we do...

Thank you so much for touching our hearts with so many wonderful things from the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA)...all the sisters are really surprise to see all the items; interesting books, precious and marvelous Rosaries, nice booklets, posters, etc...etc...There is no enough word to express how you touched me...From the depth of my heart I pray to the Lord that He may blessed your generosity, grant your prayers and will give you more strength to serve Him in His people. I also asked Him to let you know how much joy you bring into my heart...How I wish to work more for Him! I have many inspirations in life, ULRA & the little Princes is one. I am truly blessed to have known St. Philomena.

You know, I already have received a chord of St. Philomena almost fifteen years ago from a friend in Manila but I did not really commit myself to that...Now St. Philomena visited me again...and stay in my heart and will remain forever...

Best regards to everyone...

Sr. Corazon Lendio
Philippines
 
Dear Mrs. Patti,
Thank you very much for the great, great gift. The parcel arrived today this afternoon at 16h30. The Lord is always good and kind through his loving people. You are always in our prayers. May I please know if the Sacramentals are already blessed?

Thank you very much,

May our good Lord always be with you and with all who are trying by all means to share the Love of God with others.

God Bless,

Yours,

Sr. Elizabeth
Namibia
Africa
 
John Kayrouz
Lebanon
 

Monday, September 14, 2009

Dear Patti,

Today, September 14, 2009, The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, I celebrated the Holy Mass at 6:30 a.m. for the intentions of all the members of the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena at the Basilica of the Most Holy Tomb of the Lord in Jerusalem. I also concelebrated the Holy Mass on Calvary at 9:00 a.m. for the same intentions.

I will greatly appreciate if you could send me again rosaries, scapulars and copies of "The Healing Balm of the Heart of Mary" and Prayer booklets "St. Philomena, Virgin, martyr and Wonder Worker."

I received your envelope with the enclosed stipend for September. Thank you very much.

Prayerful best wishes,
Fr. Angelo Beda Ison, OFM
Jerusalem
 
Dearest Patti,

We, as promoters of St. Philomena, have been blessed by every Sacramental you have sent us. Now parish leaders encourage youth to visit others at their homes. It is unbelievable how young and old are blessed by God for their little efforts.

Thank you very much for the holy oil of St. Philomena. Yet, the cord can never be enough for us, as they are a great sword against evils that invade people, especially in their youth. Terrible things are happening among young people and parents lose hope in God’s Providence. But, with other young and old leaders visiting them, God’s power manifests itself. People come back to God and have new hope and love for God.

Please send us more cords of St. Philomena. It is so powerful. This academic year 2009-2010, we plan to visit 7 other stations along with these leaders. So, we need more Sacramentals for our work. Please pray for us that the Holy Spirit enlightens all people to pray unceasingly.

May the Good Lord bless all you do for His people in the world!

With promise of prayers and much love,

Sr. Irene Zitha, OSB,
Twasana Convent
Kwazulu, Natal
Rep. of South Africa
 

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dear Patti,

Greetings from Legazpi City, Philippines. My name is Corazon B. Navera and an enrollee of the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA) together with my husband, Bruno S. Navera. We have been faithful to our prayer schedule as commissioned to us and pray the daily roasaries. One of our requested prayer intention was for my husband's recovery from Multiple Myeloma or cancer of the plasma in the bone marrow. Our daily prayers and especially the ULRA's prayers sustained us through the two years of Bruno's affliction.

We Praise the Lord Jesus for his goodness and mercy. We thank Him for giving us the Blessed Mother in our faith journey. My husband Bruno passed away peacefully on November 15, 2008. Praise God for the gift of consolation, for having spared my husband from pain and complications. Bruno was well prepared with daily communions and sacrament of reconciliation and anointing. With God's grace, my family is going through the process of coping and moving on with a lot of support from my relatives, friends and catholic community.

Again, we thank you and the ULRA for the grace of prayer and sharing with us God's love and compassion. More power and may the Lord continue to bless YOU AND the ULRA.

Sincerely in Christ,
Corazon B. Navera
Leagzpi City
Philippines
 
Patti,

Peace be with you. I am glad to be forwarding to you the list of those registered in the month of August. Also attached to this mail are the few pictures I took during our mission experience in the Andes last month. Bye for now and remember that you are always in my prayers.

Daniel Igono
Seminario Claretiano
Av Independencia, 1301
Magdalena del Mar Lima
Peru. South America
 

Friday, September 11, 2009

Dear Patti,

To you and to all the members of the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA) I send my greetings from Ethiopia. On the 15th of August, the Assumption Day of our heavenly Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, I remembered you all in my prayer in a particular way. In Ethiopia the Feast of Assumption is celebrated on the 22nd of August.

Today I send you a list of new ULRA members. They are two hundred and ten in number. Ninety are 230 km. and one hundred twenty are 250 km. away from Addis Ababa. During last Easter I had been to that area to help the parish priests. I took the opportunity to speak about the Universal Living Rosary Association of St. Philomena as I always do whenever I happen to be in some new places. Some weeks ago I received lists of names of those who wanted to become members of ULRA. I prepared the decade cards and sent together with rosaries, medals, scapulars and reading materials to the parish priests. I asked them to take some photo while distributing the material to the members. But experience has taught me that it will not be done.

May God bless you and guide you in your work and may the Queen of the Rosary and St. Philomena help you in everything. I am daily with you and with all our members in my prayers.

Abba W/Ghiorghis Matheos
St. Mary's Major Seminary
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia
 

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thanks mum I have a great miracle to report to you!

Today I defended my PHD and was declared as a doctor!

I Am now a simple Dr.!

I will be simple! I am a doctor for service and mission of the Decade of the Rosary!!

Thanks a lot!

Ave Maria

Fr. Patrick Mary Filomena
Congo
 

Friends,

I received the most wonderful package. I am forwarding a check for $54.00 to cover the costs. I will distribute the materials to the children in our parochial school and everyone I meet. I have never seem more Miraculous Medals, Scapulars, great books and pamphlets, etc., etc., etc. I am truly blessed by the material.

Your Servant in Christ,

Fr. Brent Keith
Archdeacon, Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast
Headmaster, Cathedral Academy
Selma, AL 36703
United States
Parish Web Site: www.ctkselma.com
School Web Site: www.caselma.com

 

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Dear Brother/Sister in Christ

I am sending this email on behalf of Benedictar Gorosviba of St. Fidelis Church, Mabvuku, Harare in Zimbabwe.

She acknowledges receipt of a parcel from you on 23rd June 2009.There were prayers and wonderful articles about the living Rosary. Everyone at Church is very happy and 11 groups of 15 members each would like to participate in the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA) and all the groups will meet and start the Living Rosary on 1st September 2009.

Our local parish priest, Fr. Abel Makahamadze, was away was away in Julyand August however he is back and has already given us the green light to proceed with the Living Rosary. For the time being, group members generally require some praying material (i.e. prayer cards, rosaries, medals, etc).

We will advise you on how things will be progressing.

Regards

Gilbert
Zimbabwe
 
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

I received the box of 'goodies' yesterday and am so grateful and excited. The poster of St. Philomena is beautiful, as are the other posters...WOW!!!! I will get a check in the mail for $25 tomorrow, plus an order for some other things. I will pray hard to both St. Philomena and Our Lady so that it reaches a huge number of people and we have a wonderful turnout. I know any success will be them and not my efforts.

When the Rally is over, we will take pictures to send to America Needs Fatima and I'll send them to you also.

Thank you again, Mrs. Melvin, and may God continue to bless you and your husband and the amazing Universal Living Rosary Organization.? God surely is smiling down on you with love and gratitude.

Donna Floberg
United States
 
My dear mom, Patti Melvin,

Greetings from Tanzania, we so much happy to save our almighty god and through his mother Mary, we are saying our decades for the souls, to ask for the gods mercy upon the sinners and peace on earth, by keeping our alert from worldly stains.

We are with you mom, in one spirit of prayers and bringing many souls as many as we can to enter in Gods heart for his great mercy.

May I have scapulars and other sacramental please be blessed for this wonderful work you are doing of saving souls and making the world a place of peace and holiness.

I will send again the new names of Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena membership in october2009.

Next week I will go to have my directed retreat for I was sick when my sisters are theirs in june2009.

Please for me, I will pray for you and do more in my retreat praying for the world.

Be blessed in abundantly.

Sr. Dr. M. Marthae J. Mao
Daughters of Marys
St. Therese Srs. Convent
Arusha
 

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

My dear mom, Patti Melvin,

Greetings from Tanzania, we so much happy to save our almighty god and through his mother Mary, we are saying our decades for the souls, to ask for the gods mercy upon the sinners and peace on earth, by keeping our alert from worldly stains.

We are with you mom, in one spirit of prayers and bringing many souls as many as we can to enter in Gods heart for his great mercy.

May I have scapulars and other sacramental please be blessed for this wonderful work you are doing of saving souls and making the world a place of peace and holiness.

I will send again the new names of Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena membership in october2009.

Next week I will go to have my directed retreat for I was sick when my sisters are theirs in june2009.

Please for me, I will pray for you and do more in my retreat praying for the world.

Be blessed in abundantly.

Sr. Dr. M. Marthae J. Mao
Daughters of Marys
St. Therese Srs. Convent
Arusha
 

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Dear Mother Patti,

A very Happy Feast of the Birthday of Blessed Mother, Mary.

I collected this morning 2 boxes for the School crusade.

The Rosaries and Crucifixes are very helpful.

I got some lists of new members in the Universal Living Rosary Association of saint Philomena (ULRA) to be sent this coming Week.

Once again, happy Feast Day to all.

Paul E.Ekpe
Yaounde-Cameroon
Africa
 

Monday, September 7, 2009

Dear Mother Patti,

I arrived back to Cameroon this after-noon.

I wish to thank you and all our benefactors for making my trip to Liberia on the behalf of the Univesal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA). It is a lovely experience. This because after 14 years of war, that Western African nation is doing everything humanly possible to bring peace and unity among Liberian people. The Church on its own is championing this Crusade for peace. This is the reason I could conclude that the ULRAIL is successful one hence, Our Blessed Mother in her message of Peace to the World in Fatima in 1917, appealed to human race to pray especially the Holy Rosary, make Penance and Sacrifices so that at the end of these calamities, her Immaculate Heart may Triumph and that Sacred Heart of Jesus Reign in all Hearts, families and to all nation.

I spoke in 4 Parishes. At each Parishes visited I was allowed to speak at least 15 minutes of each of the 3 the Masses of the day. At the end of my speech, huge numbers of Parishioners use to gather around me, asking series of questions concerning how the Rosary could be prayed better. Many confessed of neglecting to go Confession on regular basis.

A good number of enrollments are recorded at each Parish visited.

A particular mention is to be noted at St. Kizito Parish, where Rev. Fr. Ambrose Kromah allowed me his homely hour for me to talk to the congregation at all 3 Masses of that beautiful Sunday, August 23, 2009. When I went to the thank Fr., or his kindness on behalf of the ULRA for opportunity, he humbly told me" I'm happy for your coming to my Parish, please, do come again".

Another remarkable Parish is St. Mary's Parish which was my last point of call. There also, I was called up to speak to the Parishioners by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Francis Johnson from Ghana. I spoke in 2 Masses instead of 3 because I was very busy enrolling a large line of people who came forward to enroll. At the end of my 30 minutes of presentation, Fr. Francis told the congregation that "Brother Paul's will serve as the Parish Retreat for 2009".

Seminar remarks were also made in the Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Joseph’s Parish respectively.

Again, what gave me great joy was that "everybody keep asking me when else are you going to here again Brother Paul"?

More so, my visit to the sick Archbishop of Monrovia, his grace, Marcus Francis. I could feel the sadness of all the people of Liberia for the over 2 year’s sickness of their Shepherd. On this note, I call on all to pray to God to send St. Philomena to restore the health of the Archbishop through the use of Holy Oil and cord blessed in her honor.

Moreover, my visit to home of Missionaries of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, in Liberia is worth mentioning. When the sister in-charge, Rev. Sr. Renetta, took me to the hall of the AIDS/HIV victims, I saw with my eyes the legacy that holy Mother Teresa left for us. The spirit to show one another true and sincere love of Christ in our fellow brothers and sister, especially the sick.

I left some Scapular and MM including some Rosaries with sister. What gave me joy was that when I met Sr. Renetta at the Pastoral Center just 2 days before my departure, she told me that Rev. Fr. Larry, an American Priest and Parish Priest of Holy Innocents came and invested the Scapular on the sick. And sister assured them that if they die that Our Blessed Mother will assist them. To them it was comforting.

I left and recommend James W. Doe as our Coordinator in Liberia. I told him that he will be confirmed by Our Universal Director, Mrs. Patti Melvin after 6 Months. This will depend on his performance and effectiveness and competence in the Apostolate. I saw in James as being capable to do the work. This is because he was with me from my point of arrival to the point of my departure. He at the time is much freer than any other person that I met.

I have directed him to send you his full name and address.

Rev. Sr. Mary Laurene assured me that the Archdiocese will support him in the Apostolate depending on his seriousness.

She spoke the sister in-charge of the Pastoral Center to allow James to carrying out the activities of the ULRA in the Center for the main time.

Most of the teachers in some of the Catholic Colleges in Monrovia area agreed and took some materials to begin enrolling their students.

Schools in Liberia opened Sept 1st, 2009.

Let's support the work and activities of the ULRAIL in our prayers so that it may reach every soul.

In Jesus and Mary,

Paul E.Ekpe
Yaounde-Cameroon
Africa
 

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Dear Mrs. Patti,

Greetings. You can see me fully dressed in the clothes you sent to me. You can see me blessing and imposing scapulars on the faithful of Anjin Zone in Fulikom Parish during my pastoral work. More than 500 scapulars were shared. When I settle down I will type all the names to you. May the Lord be Praised.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Be my salvation.

Jude Thaddeus Langeh Basebang, cmf
Théologat Clarétain,
Central Province,
Republic of Cameroon,
Central Africa
 
Dearest Mamma and director Mrs. Patti

Thanks to God, you received the photos, I work in this wonderful monastery with a big zeal and happiness to Our Lady, I can in this place catch or reach many people Lebanese and Syrians Christians ,because its place is in the border of Syria ( the monastery of Our Lady ),now we prepare a big celebration for the feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, so there is a big procession and big mass for a hundreds of Christians people in this region, so I have the occasion to enroll many hundreds of new members who loves Our Lady so much and come to celebrate Her big Feast, I am very proud of you dearest Mother and director, many of members here keep you in their prayers and to the ULRA, our success here is because of your love and zeal to our work and to the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we are really as a one big family ,united together with the decade of the Rosary, and our love to our Patroness Saint Philomena, who wish one day can build a little church in honor of Her, I wish you can put this report with the photos who I sent ,I pray so much to our dear benefactors especially Dr. Thomas and his very dear family, and my sister pray always to them and have a big gratitude to them and to their big heart and love to her and to our work here. I keep you in my poor prayers; I send you my love and gratitude.

Ave Maria.

Your little son, slave of the Immaculata

John Kayrouz
Lebanon
Asia
 

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Dear Patti,

You are right to wonder what happened to me. I am well but lately there has been too much works on the field where no computer is and cell phone closed most of the day. By chance, I passed by the post office and got a letter from you which touched me because you were asking about what happened to me. I am going to get time to give you a full and pictorial report on how far your big box has served the needy and members enrolled as new members in the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena. Can you believe that to every school I supervised, I secretly carried my novena prayers. With the brilliant face of St. Philomena to touch the hearts of the youth to turn to Jesus?

I hope the Holy Spirit will give me time to share more with you.

Thanks

Sr. Irenata G Biyela
University Of Zululand
South Africa
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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