Past Missionary News From Around the World, March 2009


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

My dearest Patti,

Jessica received the package of your abundant gifts today!

We are overwhelmed with the blessings!

We cannot thank you enough. All of things you sent her have touched her & me with your generosity.

I ask the Blessed Mother & St. Philomena to bless you for your kindness.

Sincerely,
Judie Kolloen (Nana)
 

Monday, March 30, 2009

Dear Patti,

we are so thankful for the gift you sent to us; i.e. Emmanuel, he was good to us, we were surprised when he arrived in Yei during the onset of the Christmas season, he is a real missionary, many people were going home for him he was leaving home to meet the suffering.

Everyone is thankful for the courage he showed when he left to the parish of Assumption where people were running from the havoc by Kony rebels in Congo, we were challenged with his action, he really showed courage, many of the people he nursed with oil in the wounded parts is really unforgettable, poor women from Congo that had been raped by rebels and most of them had septic wounds were nursed by Emma with his holy oil of St. Philomena! There are many people who are excited about the oil and the sacramental from Emmanuel, have a healing effect. There are numerous men and women that are showing scars of what were dangerous and septic wounds!

Pray for us but you have really consoled us!
Valerio
Sudan
 
Dearest Mamma Patti

I am sorry for my delaying to mail to you because I was at the old Marian monastery of Our Lady. I thank you so much for your love, support, trust and zeal. Thank you so much for sending the small boxes to us, they are very hard with us, we have here many against our work, they do not love Our Lady much enough , we have to pray to them, this old monastery of Our Lady is in a wonderful place like in heaven, I feel there that I am with Our Lady in the sky and not on earth, it is very old during the presence of the crusaders here, since more than 1000 years ago, The Holy wars of the crusade in the holy land. It is really a wonderful place you can feel and smell the sanctity of the all place, the land, the citadel, the church, the rivers, the monastery; it is rebuilt by the Jesuits priests since 200 years or more. I will send you more photos; I prepare the lists of the members.

I keep you always in my poor prayers, especially with Dr. Thomas and all his dear family, I would like if you can send me their photos to me I will be very thankful and gratitude to you dear Mamma and Director.

Ave Maria.

Your little son, slave of the Immaculata
John Kayrouz.
Lebanon
 

Friday, March 27, 2009

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Dear Patti,

I am very happy for the prompt reply. You can send as many as you like. I have some students in Thailand and they can bring or send them back the rosaries and other holy articles. I come to know about you from Bishop A. Than. He shares me a few rosaries received from you.

You see, I have many Catholics in my small diocese. There are 20 per cent of 200,000 populations and each time I make my pastoral tour each is eager to get something from me. I pity them if I have nothing. They are very devoted to our Lady.

Children also need medals. They are very proud to show of!

Will be waiting for the parcels of rosaries.

+ Sotero Phamo
Bishop of Loikaw
Myanmar
 

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Photos from John Kayrouz
Lebanon
Photos from John Kayrouz Lebanon.
Photos from John Kayrouz Lebanon.
Photos from John Kayrouz Lebanon.
Photos from John Kayrouz Lebanon.
Photos from John Kayrouz Lebanon.
Photos from John Kayrouz Lebanon.
Photos from John Kayrouz Lebanon.
Photos from John Kayrouz Lebanon.
Photos from John Kayrouz Lebanon.
Photos from John Kayrouz Lebanon.
Photos from John Kayrouz Lebanon.
Photos from John Kayrouz Lebanon.
Photos from John Kayrouz Lebanon.
Photos from John Kayrouz Lebanon.
Photos from John Kayrouz Lebanon.
Photos from John Kayrouz Lebanon.
 

Monday, March 23, 2009

Dear Mother Patti,

I'm happy to send you some photos as promised. These were the product of the school project that I wrote you about.

Hope you received the report I sent already. The lists are on its way to you, mom. More school enrollment has started.

Thanks for your prayers.

My Parish Priest published information about the Living Rosary on our Parish bulletin at the first Sunday of Lent. I will see him again for another publication.

I told the directors of those schools to be patient for the Crucifixes. They really needed them.

Ave Maria!

Paul E. EKpe
St. Joseph's Anglophone Parish,
Yaounde-Cameroon
Africa
Paul E. EKpe, St. Joseph's Anglophone Parish,, Yaounde-Cameroon, Africa
Paul E. EKpe, St. Joseph's Anglophone Parish,, Yaounde-Cameroon, Africa
Paul E. EKpe, St. Joseph's Anglophone Parish,, Yaounde-Cameroon, Africa
Paul E. EKpe, St. Joseph's Anglophone Parish,, Yaounde-Cameroon, Africa
Paul E. EKpe, St. Joseph's Anglophone Parish,, Yaounde-Cameroon, Africa
Paul E. EKpe, St. Joseph's Anglophone Parish,, Yaounde-Cameroon, Africa
Paul E. EKpe, St. Joseph's Anglophone Parish,, Yaounde-Cameroon, Africa
Paul E. EKpe, St. Joseph's Anglophone Parish,, Yaounde-Cameroon, Africa
Paul E. EKpe, St. Joseph's Anglophone Parish,, Yaounde-Cameroon, Africa
Paul E. EKpe, St. Joseph's Anglophone Parish,, Yaounde-Cameroon, Africa
Paul E. EKpe, St. Joseph's Anglophone Parish,, Yaounde-Cameroon, Africa
Paul E. EKpe, St. Joseph's Anglophone Parish,, Yaounde-Cameroon, Africa
 
Dear Mrs. Patti Melvin,

Greetings of love and peace from Fr. Pelse Onelil!

Thanks for sending that beautiful message by Father Angelo Beda Ison, OFM.

It is evident from the message what ULRA stands for; your heavenly effort to bring many more to Christ through the intercession of Mary. I feel proud to be part of this effort. What a blessing that the Lord has given to Father Angelo Beda Ison, OFM to relive the passion of the Lord and the salvation it brought to us! As he finds it incomprehensively difficult to grasp the full meaning of it, yet the joy of the salvation it offers to everyone who wants to obtain it, makes him an ardent witness of it. Thus, he calls out everyone to come and share his joy. Real witnessing!

Lenten season is also a time to experience the presence of our Mother at our side while we make our Way of the Cross. She is ever close to us as she was during the FIRST Way of the Cross to Her Son.

You will be dearly remembered while we offer the Holy Eucharist and pray the Rosary along with 94 of our tiny Garo tribal boys and girls.

Have a graceful season of Lent!
With love and prayers,
Fr. Pelse Onelil
 

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Yesterday I had a wonderful Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA) mission a bit far and I went with my car and a promoter, we had mass and I took time to explain everything to them about St. Philomena, Ven. Pauline Jaricot, decade and they were happy, I enrolled them all, gave them booklets, rosaries and invested them with scapulars and encouraged them to live a good life! It was wonderful!

You will get the photos with names in first week of April! Happy Feast of Annunciation!

Viva Patti

Ave Maria

Fr. Patrick Mary Filomena
 

Friday, March 20, 2009

We pray for you!! We got boxes

We taken so many days without hear you, and we have to tell you that medals complete over.

We heard Ugandan soldiers went away and also things are better, Miraculous Medal is doing wonder many now afraid not.

And there was girl of 11 years old who escape rape. The rebel or soldier (we don’t know) told her that he see the medal around neck so he is also catholic and said to her that he was not to harm her!

Great news.

We thanks you so much

Severino
Congo
 
Dearest Madame Patti,

I am once again sending to you the lists of new members here in our place in Surigao city who zealously accepted the devotion, please confirm if you received the list completely by sending us a reply mail.

By-the-way, as of now we have no more available supplies as the small box that you had sent last February 2, 2009 had already been distributed and many are still asking and very much willing to accept the devotion. In fact, at present there are pending names in the hands of my wife and we are waiting for other supplies to arrive if you could provide us more supplies. Just to inquire, Have you send the forex box that you had promised last February 2009 because until I have not yet receive the same?

Two weeks ago, we went to our Bishop Most Rev. Antonieto Cabajog, D.D, Bishop of Surigao having an audience with him together with my wife and I chanced to refer to him about the devotion and asked him if he is amenable of the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA) devotion, he replied with a big "YES" and even gives us his blessing to continue the distribution of the devotion in our diocese. HIs blessing gives us more courage and dedication to share our Time, Talent and Treasure by spreading this powerful weapon against evil one's in our present time. Hope you will support us by sending us more supplies although we could not contribute to the association in terms of financial support to defray your expenses as we all know of our present global financial crisis hitting in us especially here in the Philippines.

We also gave to the Bishop the Philomena T-shirt, the Holy Mass sacred objects and the guide for the Mass of the dead that you had sent last December 2008 and he was very happy for those gifts that you had given to us.

The words that came out from our mouths are not enough to express our heartfelt and deepest gratitude first and foremost to our God, King and Savior Jesus Christ, Mama Mary and to St. Philomena, the wonder worker and of course to you and your family and to the benefactors, volunteers and workers of the Universal Living Rosary Association for this great blessings that we received from the association. Anyway your reward of eternal glory waits ahead of us in heaven.

Let us always glorify the most powerful name of the Lord Jesus Christ through our share in His Kingdom in this world.

Thank you so much, Kudos to all of us, good morning to all of us while we are now in the second quarter of the Lenten season 2009!

Please pray for us!

All for JESUS AND MAMA MARY,

Bro. Jelson Doloredo Bangoy
Surigao City
Philippines
 

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Dear Patti,

Peace.

I'm so blessed today as I together with those named after St. Joseph celebrate today the solemnity of our patron saint Joseph, husband of our Blessed Mother.

Blessed because as I open the box I received from you yesterday, I was touched by the same color of all packs of rosaries which is white. This is a great significance as I am preparing for my silver jubilee of my religious profession comes May 30, 2009 in the Dominican Missionary Congregation. With the past 25 years as a religious, I learn to love more our Blessed Mother and one proof is I appreciate so much this devotion of praying the Rosary communally and individually. I also include in my daily prayers those who are constantly spreading this devotion.

So I am thinking that all people who will receive these rosaries and the other religious articles sent thru me will be of beneficial for their spiritual upliftment.

Affected so much with this overwhelming emotion I felt, I would like to express my deep gratitude to the association and to you PATII who is untiring in spreading the devotion to out Blessed Mother in praying the Rosary. Congratulations, thank you and more power to you and to the entire association all over the world!

Very truly yours,

Sister Josephine Fernandez, O.P.

Philippines
 

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Dear Patti,

Happy feast day of our Lady of Annunciation as well as our poster - father " St. Joseph" of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lenten season has come and we observed our way to the cross around the city.

Repentance, recollection and conversion in our heart dwell with us.

Four forex box arrived last Friday, March 13, 2009. A huge number of Rosary beads, miraculous medals, boxes of dedicated decade booklets, religious articles, posters of St. Philomena, poster of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, poster of our Lady of Fatima, some books, books of catechism, streamers of St. Philomena, streamers of St. Michael, streamer of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and streamers of Ven. Pauline Jaricot, some newsprint, and most of all the twelve pieces of Albs, four pieces of surplice, the eight pieces of child cassocks, the five pieces of stoles and two pieces of black cassocks and etc.

A heartfelt thanks and a grateful heart extended to you and your staff, benefactors and donors too. You are always in my daily prayer and I always offer a thanksgiving mass for your fruitful apostolate work around the whole world.

Carmelita G. Baric
San Carlos City
Negros Occidental
Philippines
 
Thanks Mum,

I do forget that we have the same name! I wish you a happy feast day! You are already like St. Patrick in decade mission! You have gone all over the world through your letters and charity! Bravo! Keep it up!

Today I discovered that one of my promoters in Kisumu called valentine is selling St. Philomena's oil at 5 dollars each the small bottle! I will stop her immediately!

People have found the value and power of St. Philomena's oil so there is too much demand and some promoters do take the advantage to sell them! I always stop them!

Viva Patti

Ave Maria

Fr. Patrick Mary Filomena
 
Dear Mother Patti,

I sincerely apologize for have not been able to communicate before now. Hope you will forgive me.

I have just completed 2 sections of one school and lists of 1,665 names went off this morning. Hope it arrives safe. Many post office stamps on it.

I will send photos via e-mail. The problem of crucifixes is in almost all the class-rooms. I counted about 100 class-rooms without a Crucifix including some director’s offices.

Also, enrollment in other sections of the school will begin this coming week.

Meanwhile, yesterday, Re. Fr. Cornelius visited our center. He came for the event of Pope's visit to Cameroon and since he heard about our Center in Yaounde, he said it was a great opportunity for him visiting our center for the first time. He is a Parish Priest of one Parish in a jungle village in the South West Region of Cameroon.

I gave him enrolment lists and items including Stations of the Cross pictures to frame and place in his Parish. He went also with Oil and cord and some important brochures.

More so, some members who had come for the visit of our Holy Father and for the Pontifical Mass at the National Stadium tomorrow had been calling and visiting our center. For such members, it is double opportunity attending Pope's Mass and discovering our center.

Our Holy Father came since yesterday at 4:00 p.m., Yaounde time. He will leave for Angola on March 20, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. Yaounde time.

Let's all pray for his safe trip to Africa and that his trip to increase the faith of our Christians. And that Our Lady Queen of the Apostles to accompany him throughout the journey.

Ave Maria!

Paul E. EKpe
Yaounde-Cameroon.
Africa
 

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bravo mum!!! Wonderful!!

Yesterday the two big boxes arrived in peace! Inside were wonderful things, the small bag for my ULRA mission! I was so happy mum that I celebrated a special thanksgiving mass for you! I prayed for you in a special well! I am using it already!! Viva Patti! What will I do for you???? Any way God Bless you and give you many many more years!

Other sacraments were rosaries many white rosaries, books of total consecration and Rosaria Hai booklets, novena to St. Philomena many, cards for registrations, forms and holy pictures of our lady especially Immacualata! Shirts of St. Philomena, many other devotional booklets, and scapulars many, medals and big bottles of St. Philomena oil and St. Philomena's and Ven Pauline Jaricot photos and booklets, holy pictures, crosses, and so on! Big bravo mum!! Viva viva!!!!

We appreciate all and we pray for you and hoping that the good lord will give you long life and good health! We trust in god and our lady and St. Philomena and Ven Pauline Jaricot! Well done mum more grease to your elbow!

Now am still preparing for the Tanzania trip with prayers and novena!

Today is my feast day - St. Patrick of Ireland pray that I will be like him!

There is another group I will go to give seminar about the Universal Living Rosary Association of St. Philomena (ULRA) soon!

Forward ever and backward never!

Viva!!!

Ave Maria

Fr. Patrick Mary Filomena
Kenya
 

Monday, March 16, 2009

Dear Patti

Today I received 2 small packets from you...one sent on January 19 and the other February 2. Thank you so much for the help you sent on February 2. I got it today March 16...and it is South African R60 which is equivalent to US$6. Thanks once again. Patti, do we still have active promoters in Zimbabwe....??...and can I get in touch with them so that we can work as a team? I need to know where to start....please give me your advice on this. I am also kindly asking for some rosaries, I have none at the moment. Try and send a small box if possible...see if it reaches me then we can map a way forward.

Things are getting back to normal here, a new government was formed last month and all of a sudden there is food in the shops, prices are going down and violence levels too have gone down. Thank you for your unceasing prayers during our time of need. I hope to hear from you soon.

God love you.

Alois
Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
 
Dear Director, Patti Melvin,

Thank you so much for the parcel you sent to me and for your most welcome letter and religious materials. I appreciate your blessed work and kindness. While we live in different continents, Jesus Christ has made us one family and the love of Jesus Christ binds us together. The gift you sent to me, they reached me safety so on behalf of myself, my family and all our new members, I say thank you and I keep you in my prayers.

Please I request you that to send me another religious gift if you have because most of people especially children they love it and they want to pray the Rosary since they see someone who wear the Rosary or medals. So please Madame more and more rosaries and medals at least 400 rosaries and medals or more accompanied with study materials because most of children in Tanzania primary schools are poor so they want to buy it and because this gift is free in charge it can courage them to pray Rosary and to learn more about our mother Saint Philomena.

You can send us as gift of Easter but I believe that that gift you send us will help to save more souls of people Madame so please send us many as possible as you can in order children to celebrate Easter with the gift from our mother Philomena. Don't forget to pray for us.

May God bless you!

Mr. Richard Rabbow,
ST. Theresa Catholic Church,
Tanzania
East Africa
 
Dear Patti,

AVE MARIA.......Machines this end have not been cooperating...Otherwise most grateful for the money you sent me. And most importantly, thank you for steady flow of sacramentals, both by Air Lifts and Post Office....Thank you Thank you and thank, for us ALL the kind hearts that have sacrificed money, time, and precious Prayers to bring salvation right to our doorsteps........

The sets of THE WAY OF THE CROSS, you have been sending me, have reached our remote villages......First, we get them laminated (for fear of water, dust and also to make them harder)..Then they are blessed. After that 14 of members create 14 Stations at reasonable distances from each other....and our remote villages, become natural Way to Calvary...every Friday. Our Promoter gathers them back for the next Friday. I pray the habit will stick on even after Lent......

Our Souls Departed......AJILONG CHRISTIN, OKALANG ISUDO, DRAKU ORESTE, ATEKU GEORGE, ONORIA DODO, AMONG ESTHER, ASIO ROSE

Lawrence Esiangu
Rosary Centre
Kumi (U)
East Africa
 
Dear Sr. Patti,

God's blessings! With regard to Vanni situation is unspeakable and horrible situation and no way of going to a priest or civilian only ICRC that also with lots of difficulties. But the remnant is with lot of difficulties flee to the government controlled area yet without a hope of future and treated in a sub-human way. Only some religious sisters and priests are able visit them after a prolonged permission. So I shared with those religious some sacramentals. Yet even to reach these religious with sacramentals by post is more and more difficult due to security reasons. Anyway we as Catholics have not lost the hope of 'salvation'. Now I from the south tell the people to pray for those victims yet misunderstood by some extremists among the sheep, But pray for these innocent ones who are treated in sub-human rather in-human ways by some competent authorities. May God bless us all! With regard to Living Rosary mission we are somewhat steady and progressing faster. Everything for the greater glory of God.

Yours in Iesu et Maria,

Rev. Fr. Andrew
Sri Lanka
 

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Dearest Mrs. Patti,

I would like to inform you that this month the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena center in Ukraine enrolled 1200 new members and I hope to the end of the month we will enroll proximately 1,800 new members. Almost every day we enroll 15 people and form the Living Rosary groups. Also this week I am going to send you three boxes with the decades cards and you will receive the, within a week. Also I check the box with the documents and it left the US customs control and you will get it on Monday in Dickinson.

Dearest Mrs. Patti the Living Rosary is growing very well in Ukraine and I would like to ask you how can I help you more in your efforts to make Living Rosary International stronger and more effective?

With the prayers and respect father Ivan Kolodiy

Father Ivan Kolodiy
Ukraine
Europe
http://www.livingRosary.org.ua
 
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Friday, March 13, 2009

Dear Patti Melvin, ULRA Director,

In November 2006, a great-grandchild was born with at least two holes in his heart and a cyst on his brain. He endured a difficult surgery to close one hole, but faced future operations. The doctors would keep the cyst under observation until he reached five or six years old, a better time to evaluate the surgical technique they would use to remove the cyst. At six months, little Jonnie appeared more like a newborn, with an ashen complexion and was quite listless. He would face a series of operations.

I was saying my morning devotions when an inspiration interceded with "read the Garabandal article." The thought persisted, and I looked over to the magazine rack beside my chair and picked up a recent copy of the magazine with Blessed Anna Maria Taigi’s picture on it. Feeling compelled to leaf through the magazine, my attention was drawn to an article on Blessed Anna Maria. As I read the words, "Anna Maria was very fond of invoking Saint Philomena for intercessions of healing that were most often answered," a strange, forceful thought crossed my mind like a command: "Have Father anoint little Jonnie with St. Philomma oil." The inspiration remained strong, and I felt compelled to call Father Paul Andrade, our Pastor at Our Lady of the Sun International Shrine, where a lovely, large statue of St. Philomena graced the right side of the sanctuary.

Father told me to have baby Jonnie brought to the church the following Sunday and he would anoint him with St. Philomena oil. I said I had some that I would bring. The anointing ceremony took place on May 20, 2007. Moments after the anointing, we noticed a decided change in the baby’s overall appearance. It was difficult to describe; his skin tone was pink, unlike the pallor we were used to seeing. He was sleeping peacefully, rather than the shallow labored breathing we were accustomed to. In one week, he had gained four pounds.

Jonnie was to be operated on within two weeks, so he was taken in to see the doctor for the pre-op tests. The doctors were amazed! The x-rays were normal; no "holes" could be found, and an examination of the brain showed that the cyst had significantly shrunk.

Today, Jonnie is a normal, happy, healthy two-year-old! The doctors have written testimony of the child’s miraculous recovery, affirming that no scientific reason could be given.

Please accept the enclosed check for one-hundred dollars ($100.00) for a Triduum of Holy Masses to be celebrated in thanksgiving for favors received and also for meaningful employment for family members who have recently lost their jobs, or otherwise have slow work schedules. I pray my appointed Decade daily and love receiving the Dedicated Decades.

Sincerely yours in the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

ANNA D. GREENMUN
Phoenix, AZ, USA
Miracle of Jonnie Greenmun, Phoenix, Arizona, United States.
Miracle of Jonnie Greenmun, Phoenix, Arizona, United States.
Miracle of Jonnie Greenmun, Phoenix, Arizona, United States.
Miracle of Jonnie Greenmun, Phoenix, Arizona, United States.
 

Thursday, March 12, 2009

My dearest mom, Patti,

Thanks so much and be blessed for all your concern and love, and prayers.

Mom, thanks so much that I received in good condition the box with sacramentals, oh, so marvelous and beautiful rosaries, scapulars magazine and MM and love all are received with love and will distributed to the new members, as we pray much this lent season.

Thanks I will write you again,

Have a beautiful lent

Sister Martha
Daughters of Mary,
St. Therese srs convent,
Arusha
Tanzania
 
Dear Mrs. Patti Melvin,

Thanks! What else shall I say?

So kind of you to send a prompt reply to my mail, this shows your eagerness to encourage others in speeding the devotion to our Mother. May our Mother be with you and all your co-workers always! As you asked for a few photos of our mission and various activities of the mission, please find the same attached herewith. I would be very glad to send few more, if you wish to have more. Hope everything goes well with you. We are into the Lenten tourings to the villages which means within these two months we would make our visits to all the 68 villages under our parish area. Mostly we stay for a full day and night with the villagers, teaching them various things related to faith and praying the Holy Rosary being one of the most important aspects. Thank you for accepting our request. I would definitely tell of you and you ministry to the people over here. Be sure of our prayers through the intercession of

Mary our Mother!

AVE MARIA

Fr. Joseph Onellil
All Saints Mission
Some of the Boarders
Some of the Boarders
The Parish Church; Marian Sodality Members making a Procession in their Sodality Attires
The Parish Church; Marian Sodality Members making a Procession in their Sodality Attires
First Communicants are brought to the Church with Traditional Welcome Dance
First Communicants are brought to the Church with Traditional Welcome Dance
Marian Sodality Members Renew their Promise & New members making their promise
Marian Sodality Members Renew their Promise & New members making their promise
A typical Garo tribal hut and the family members
A typical Garo tribal hut and the family members
The priest is welcomed to the Alter with traditional dance during a Village Mass
The priest is welcomed to the Alter with traditional dance during a Village Mass
From a Marian Procession during the Month of October
From a Marian Procession during the Month of October
New Baptisms
New Baptisms
From a Marian Procession during night
From a Marian Procession during night
 

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Dear Patti Melvin,

Greetings from peace and love from All Saints Mission, Rongara, India!

I am Fr. Joseph Onelil, the parish priest of All Saints Mission, Rongara under the diocese of Tura, Meghalaya, INDIA. Fr. Jojo Ancheril introduced you to me and the ministry you undertake to spred the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our parish is the remotest parish of the diocese of Tura. There are about 6840 Catholics under the parish and there is good scope of many more people coming over to Catholicism. All the parishnors are tribals belonging to Garo tribe. The faith in these parts of the country is comparitively new but people manifest great religious fervour. there is a strong presence of other denominations too.

The faithful of the parish have great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Even though we are often belittled by other denominations for our devotion to the Blessed Mother, we are unpreturbed. We proudly manifest our filial devotion to her.

We have a strong "Marian Sodality Group" the members of which involve in a big way to promote the Marian Devotion. We have regular Rosary for which many faithful gather and specially on Saturdays Marian Sodality members gather to pray Rosary.

Praying Rosary has become an integral part of the family prayer of the people. People celebrate with great enthusiasm all the Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We conduct Marian Processions, Bible Rosary (Solemn Rosary with readings from the Bible), group rosaries, neighbourhoo rosaries etc.

As I said before, it is a very secluded area surrounded by thick jungles. The Parish area lies on the international border of India and Bangladesh. Religious articles are not available in our locality. We have to procure them from very far areas. The items like rosaries are really costly here. As these tribal people are really poor, many of them cannot afford to purchase them. And also we do not have much literature on Marian devotions. therefore, on behalf of the parishnors of All Saints Mission, Rongara i request you to kindly send us Rosaries and literature on Marian devotion which could be distributed freely for the people here.

May God bless you and the Mother intercede for you always!

Hope to hear from you,

Yours in the Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

Fr. Joseph Onelil
All Saints Mission
Meghalaya
India
 
To: The Universal Living Rosary Association of St. Philomena

I received your package just this afternoon. We are really surprised that the carrier Philippine Postal Office sends us one Box from St. Philomena. It was a high time that when opened it is full of surprise. With the presence of many parents who happen also had their cooking for our feeding session for our young children with the groups Rotarians who witnessed as I open the box. Surprisingly, The Rosary and Miraculous Medals as our chapel patroness here. The parents were very very happy that at last they have rosaries. I distributed to them hands-out, Rosary, the medal, and other sacramentals, and even the Rosaries received also. The teachers also were both happy as my comrades in propagating the Rosary. On Saturday March 15, 2009 is their recollection for Grade VI, and Sunday with Rev. Fr. Apduhan will celebrates the Thanksgiving Mass with the community. I planned by this in our Community mass and pupils that these will be given after consecration to become holy. It is high time that our patron is "Medalya Milagrosa"

Thank you so much and God will give you more blessing and abundance/ rewards

Your Brother,

Sir Cesar
Malasag Elementary School
Cugman,
Malasag,
Cagayan de Oro City,
Philippines

p.s. we will send photos on our activities.
 
Dear Patti,

We thank God for you did for us and now sure people who there loves us so many indeed, we no word thank you thank for what did for us. Two boxes with Miraculous Medals come to us and we are thanking the Rwanda soldier! Do you knows, soldier tell us that he talks to Emma and he surprised that he one day see Emma in Rwanda at parish his when he for holiday from barracks , Emma talks about Rosary in those day and soldier became excite and this increase in him faith, Oh! we share treasure of Miraculous Medals and all went on as grab because even peacekeeper wanted, all peoples hunted us until Miraculous Medals will finish, demand high for protect, we tell everyone to pray you everyday so war stop, Moslem stop kill our people, We so happy but need more possible if.

Also give peace you and helpers for give Miraculous Medals to us, children and girls most danger and protect them from janjaweed, protect us, much.

Shukurani shukurani karis (This is thank you very much indeed)

Keep with us all time

Angela
Sudan
 
Dear Patti,

Thanks for all that you are doing, I am in happy mood because I have got another message from the Rwandan soldier in Darfur, funny enough we talked in Kinyarwanda, his local dialect; that I have not forgotten for the 2yrs I have not visited Rwanda!

He is humbly asking to offer another service if it’s possible! He says, it’s uncertain for a soldier to stay for long in one location! He asks whether it possible, to exploit another chance of his current position and offer another service; deliver another two or three boxes of MM to Angela. He has shared with me the way he saw the poor skinny and frightened refuges scrambling to reach for a medal!!

From his point of view, this would be a miracle, saying that one never knows whether another golden chance of the kind can come! In light of this Fr. Romano from Wau is also in Juba for reasons concerning the Sudan Catholic Radio Network, he shares that he will help if possible on his return, go with the boxes and send them the way I will direct him. What do you say?

If you see we can utilize the chance, lift the boxes today so that they will be in Uganda by Sat. On Monday they come to me in Juba for Fr. Romano to take on Wednesday.

Fr. Romano is one of the few holy priests. He works with me openly although he is tied up with work. Let me hear!

Emmanuel Kitandwe
ULRA Liaison
Uganda
 

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dear Patti,

Alleluia!!! Go for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

A new innovation in our faith has been observed and practiced. A day before first Friday, we have our one night vigil of the Blessed Sacrament. Religious organizations were scheduled every hour before the first mass on first Friday. Another innovation in the observation in our Lenten Season. The stations of our way to cross were observed as early us 4: 30 dawn around the city. Our Faith has been practice by more sacrifices and suffering in our selves which is truly reparation of our sins. I really appreciated our parish rector.

Our devotion of the Sacred Heart, and our devotion on the Divine Mercy and the promotion of the Holy Rosary and the devotion of St. Philomena deeply promoted by our parish rector together with our parish chaplain were greatly observed and practiced.

I hope and pray the Holy Spirit may shine upon us and bless us with abundance of graces and shower to everyone of us and with our love ones.

May God bless us all!!!

Carmelita G. Baric
San Carlos City
Negros Occidental
Philippines
 

Monday, March 9, 2009

Hi Patti

Thank you for replying so soon. I have news to share with you, previously I had ordered some oils for two nieces who have been trying to get pregnant, and one took 18 years the other about 5years, the both got pregnant through the St. Filomena's oil and cord. I just found out this morning that the clinic told her she is pregnant and she said she still is in a state of shock. What a miracle. She said she was going to tell her father tomorrow on his 60th birthday as a surprise, how is that.

I have to tell you since my son was diagnosed with caner I used to bless him every day with holy oil, and just before he saw the light of God, and was describing it to us not realizing he was ready to leave us. To me this is the most midcults holy oil one can use. Many people with little faith and now I hear so many response all to do with the holy oil, as I typing It, just occurred another 5 people have used this oil for pregnancy, and for the suffering of health , and some already have the children and I have never seen them so happy.

The niece who been wanting children for LAST 18 years, said if it's a girl they will call it after St. Filomena (FELICITY OR PHIL for a boy.)

Thanking you for your kind prayers and work.

God bless

Love Margaret
Australia
 
We so happyyyy, so happyyyy much we receive the treasure from Emmanuel, One of us make trip to boarder and meet Emmanuel, he a good simple man of pure African dark skin we saw him brief because the ongoing future crack of rebels continue and with no fruit only steal of Congo resource.

Oh! He had been accepted to take photo by one Congolese soldiers after pay some money for cigarette, but because our soldiers all want money others stopped him and wanted to take camera but gave them money also but forced him to delete the photos he take at boarder .

Otherwise we have the three boxes you send us, oh its now nearly finish because all cry for medals! Kony rebels still kill us.

All suffering of Ddungu salutes you for protection, sent message to Emma but not yet repeat us.

Ddungu
Congo
 
Dear Patti,

Thanks for your prayers, the journey to the boarder was not simple, but went through, I can’t tell you much here in Rumbeck because the generator from which I am working is faulty any time can be off and on, But I managed to be back to Rumbeck and have now also sent off the two boxes to Darfur, I will hear! Have you got any communication from Ddungu that they welcomed the boxes!

In these last days of my staying here I have limited photography. Why? There is sensitivity due to the March 4th incitement of the Islamists president Bashir for crimes against humanity in Darfur, the issue is fresh and I will hold back to next time when I visit, things will have cooled down. Yesterday I was forced also to delete from my camera the photo of upturned lorry; this has not been the case before! But I know it will cool down.

Emmanuel Kitandwe
ULRA Liaison
P.O. Box 30877,
Kampala,
Uganda
 

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Dearest Patti,

May the peace of the Lord be with you!!!!

Please three days ago I asked a friend to help me with your request for the Twi alphabets so that Patricia could easily go on with the Booklet. This friend asked for your E-mail address and I gave it to him. He then assured me that he will send you all what you requested for the Twi Booklet to be printed there.

Kindly let me know when you receive it in your E-mail.

Also, another friend has assured me that he will help me to get the request for you by disc. If that one also becomes possible I shall post it to you without delay. I am so delightful to inform you that today I have posted to you the lists of 2,370 new Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena members who are to begin their Assigned Decades on MARCH 19TH, 2009, the feast of ST. JOSEPH, SPOUSE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. This morning we have posted to the new members their packages of devotional Items by SPECIAL MAIL. WE HOPE THEY MAY RECEIVE THEM VERY SOON. Thank you very much for your great help. May God bless and reward you more and more. We shall have a trip by next weekend. GOD BLESS YOU!!!

Yours in JESUS and MARY,

Anthony Foster Oduro
Ghana
 
Dear Patti,

Greetings. Thank you immensely for the last box arrived with all the wonderful contains we are indeed grateful and very much to you. I hope please God that Lisa is responding to treatment, she is my prayers. What about Sr. Emerentia? Hope her situation has improved. I just posted a letter to you two days ago with lists of 630 Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena members’ names for registration by airmail; it will take some time before it gets to you.

Kindly join me to thank God on the 5th of April which is the 45th anniversary of my priestly ordination. Thanks for the photo with your brother priest which you sent me on his anniversary I have it before me. Once more many thanks for all AND PRAYERFUL BEST WISHES FOR A FRUITFUL LENTEN SEASON AND A

Happy Easter

Shalom

Fr Joseph Ayeah
Catholic Mission Bambui
Cameroon
West Africa
 

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Dearest Patti,

So very happy to hear Patricia is working on our Twi Booklet. Thank you very much for that!!

We are working very hard on the enrolments. We hope to finish with it by this weekend and so we shall not have any trip this time.

Please find together with this for your study some few copies of letters received today from some Bishops in the Country.

Our prayers are with you always. Kindly keep up!!!

Peace be to you!!!!

Yours in Jesus and Mary,

Anthony Goster Oduro
Ghana

Please click here to see scans of the letters from Bishop's Link Out
 

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Friends,

Thank you so-o-o-o much! I got my rosaries and lots of things to read for our students, but not all of them got it so, I need more for everybody to join this beautiful devotion: "Praying the Rosary everyday" and at the same time to develop their ability to be responsible of the task (decade) assigned to them.

Our teachers are also interested to join this devotion. So please send us more rosaries and readings especially the Rosary guide (please include the luminous mysteries) and the booklet for Catechism and many more.

I already send first group of students' signatures (total of 120) the other day.

Thank you and more power in you ministry!

Sincerely,
Sr. Ma. Rebecca Ginturo, O.P.
 
Dearest Mamma Patti

Yes I will give you the wonderful story of this monastery and places who I talked the photos, but after write them in good English, so I need until tomorrow to finish them and send them to you. Thank you so much for interesting, I will try now to give you some information, this place or this monastery who I serve sometimes, it was a fortress ( tower, or castle) to the crusaders ,the Christians people who came of Europe to do the Holy crusade here in the east, to return Jerusalem and the Holy places to the Christians ,this monastery was one of the fortress of the Crusaders, but when the Christians soldiers loosed the holy war, they came the Muslims and destroyed all the holy places of the crusaders ,and here is one of them. The story said that the name of this tower was (Felix), it was one of the (hospitalizes), they have church of Saint John. After Muslims came, it rested this place destroyed, after the coming of the Jesuits priests and rebuilding this recent monastery, with the church of Our Lady of the fortress, who is very miraculous, and visited by all the religions, Our lady reply to all who ask Her mercy and protection here, I will send you more photos about this crusade fortress very soon, I will give you also more information after the translation to the English.

I send you my love, prayers, gratitude.

Ave Maria.

Your little son, slave of the Immaculata

John Kayrouz
Lebanon
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Dear Patti,

We received all the material you sent us. Thank you so much. We are working to add new members to the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena here in Dubai.

When God leads you to the edge of the cliff, trust Him fully and let go, only 1 of 2 things will happen, either He'll catch you when you fall or He'll teach you how to fly.

Blessings to you from Dubai
 
Dear Mrs. Melvin,

Thanks for the wire. I am compiling the report, there are lots of things to send you and hope to send you 3 to 4 packets this month. I hope you got my previous packet.

Yes, the situation in Pakistan is getting worse and worse. Last days, when Governor Rule was declared by President in Punjab, rallies and attacks started. Today, just now I am watching TV and there is one more bad news. The Sri Lankan cricket team was on Pakistan tour. They were going to stadium to start the match when some terrorists attacked there bus and 7 of them have been injured. So, every day we have to hear bad news.

There is no security especially to travel but we have to do because Our Lady protects. This month I will go to Jhelum on 7th to 9th, and then to Sargodha, Lahore, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana from 13th to 22nd, then on 28th I will go to Ali Pur Chatta (Hafizabad Parish). I know you are praying for me but again I request for prayers.

Please pray for Mr. Rehmat Chaudhary who is in Lahore General Hospital with Brain Haemorrahe. I went there on 28th, applied Holy Oil, and gave Scapular and Holy Water.

In Union of Prayers, for you, your team, your family and all of the benefactors,

Yours in Christ and Holy Mother,

Afzaal Anwar Khokhar
Pakistan
 

Monday, March 2, 2009

Dear Patti,

I hope that all is well there...so glad to be able to receive the e-mail newsletters now that I am mostly on the ocean on a ship! We are preparing to send out another box to Nicaragua, so that we can have some materials waiting on us there when we go for our mission in May. (It takes about two months for the shipping process). Would you be able to send some more materials for our box that we are shipping to Nicaragua? If so please send to Sister Laura Cathcart in Rock, Arkansas, United States.

We greatly appreciate your help in times past. Please know that these go to the hands of those eager to pray and to learn about St. Philomena...there is an entire Seminary in Managua (140 young priests in training) that used these materials for their last mission.

Thank you!

May the Lord continue to bless your ministry and those you so graciously help.

Sincerely,

Dr. Debra Cole
Nicaragua
 
May JESUS & MARY live in us

Dear Patti

Thanks a million for the News letter, prayer leafs, Medals, and the three bottles of holy oil and the Miraculous cods of our Patron Saint. I am happy to know a big box of holy articles is on the Way. I have names of some more members to be enrolled in the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA). As I have to attend a seminar on religious life I will be away for a period of three week. I will be writing to you and to Joseph Roche as soon as I am back. Please keep me in your valuable prayers. I assure you my prayers and sacrifices for all the members of ULRA family.

Thanking you

Sr. Zita Stella K.S
St. Joseph's convent
Kerala
India
 
Dear Patti,

I do hereby say bye to you from Wau, Yu have been my inspiration, I remember with gilt the two moments I annoyed you and condemn myself. Tomorrow I will be off to Rumbeck in the mid centre of South Sudan, from where I will have a crude connection to the border with Congo, then after that I will return to Rumbeck to see another miraculous send of MM to Darfur! Pray for me.

When you send the boxes tomorrow and the funds, drop a line to notify, hope to get somewhere from where I will read the message. Being in the mid-centre, Rumbeck is not so much yet exposed to outside world and also the worrisome culture of the Dinka is still a threat to development. Ave Maria Gratia Plena.

Emmanuel Kitandwe
ULRA Liaison
Kampala,
Uganda
 
Greetings Patti,

I am from another thrilling talk that saw some parents crying for what they have been doing before their children, thus corrupted the society.

Now tomorrow I am leaving for Rumbeck and I have decided that when those medals come it will have come back from the Congo boarder! Because I know they will take a week five days before reaching me, now automatically I beg to tell you that the distance from Rumbeck to where we are sending the two boxes (Darfur) increases. Wau is nearer to Darfur than Rumbeck ad I have to be there to fulfill that first crucial mission God willing. , I am told that since I will be sending these boxes from Rumbeck I need another 200 to make it $700 for transportation. SO I PRAY YOU TAKE NOTE OF THIS, DEOSIT 700 INSTEAD OF THE 500 YOU HAVE TOLD IS TO BE DEPOSITED TOMMORROWI don’t know whether dear Patti you get my point,. I would have waited here until the boxes arrive and I send them over to our desired soldier but I will be missing that other crucial move to the boarder of Congo in time.

Thanks dear Patti for being in spirit with the suffering lot, persecuted by fellow humans for selfish ends!

Pray for me greatly. There is a lot of heat and sand from the desert has risen to our ends here.

Emmanuel Kitandwe
ULRA Liaison
Kampala,
Uganda
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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