Today I defended my master thesis and was admitted to study PHD program in Poland. I will study by computer from Ukraine and will need from time to time to come to Poland to take my exams. It gives me the possibility to stay in Lviv and work for the Living Rosary full time and I will be able to continue my work without any problems for four years. Today I come back to Ukraine to work for the Living Rosary.
Also I have very good news. Our missionary center is going to publish the Novena to Virgin Mary from Lourdes. Also in this book was put information about the Living Rosary Association and how to enroll to ULRA and information about our devotion. Therefore I hope that more new people will join our organization. Also this is very tremendous news. One of the most important bishops from Ukraine asked the ULRA to publish his reflections upon the Rosary. He is very smart bishop and good preacher. His reflections are very traditional and many people ask us to publish this book I think it will be very good idea to publish this book. At the end of the book I am going to add the information about our organization and mission. Recently I met with the bishop Sofron Mudriy and he told me that he gives official permission to publish this book and he thanks the Living Rosary Association and you for our work and sacrifice. I think it is very important step which will help us to extend our mission and get the recognition from the bishops of Ukrainian Greek - Catholic Church. What do you think? Please let me know but I ask your permission for publishing this book and Novena to Virgin Mary from Lourdes. I ask you the official permission and will wait until you will let me know.
More new members are enrolled and I am going to send you more pictures and new members list this week.
Dear Mrs. Patti This month we will need to increase the copies of the newspaper for 10,000 because more people are willing to receive the newspaper and more people enroll to Living Rosary Association by reading of our newspaper. I thank you very much and May God Bless you.
All the Sacred Masses are arranged and I am going to send the notes tomorrow morning to you via - regular post mail.
I am looking forward to hear from you and May God bless you.
Faithfully yours with the prayers and respect father Ivan Kolodiy
Father Ivan Kolodiy
But still I am worried as I have not received any note from you. Can you please write a few lines?
I want to tell you today about my visit to Hasilpur (about eight hours travel from faisalabad). I went there on 25th in the morning and reached there at about 7:00 p.m. On 26th Bishop Andrew Francis (Bishop of Multan Diocese) also came there. He offered Holy Mass. Fr. Francis was there from Larkana for lecture. You might have heard about the series of bomb blasts in Pakistan. Almost everyday, there is a blast somewhere in Pakistan. Even in Islamabad (Capital city of Pakistan) is not safe where last days Marriot hotel has been ruined taking lives of many including some foreigners and Pakistanis. So, likewise while Bishop was giving thanks after Mass, news were heard about a blast in Hasilpur. Fr. Asif the parish priest immediately tightened security. When the news came on media my daughter and my mother contacted me and asked me if I was safe. They all were very worried. At night, before I returned back we went to the site. It was just five minutes distance from the Church. The bomb had been placed on the railway line which blasted while train was passing over it.
So, this is the condition here. It is very dangerous these days to travel, no body knows what will happen where the bomb is; in the bus, train, van, hotel or bus stand railway station etc. Therefore please always keep me especially in your prayers.
After waiting a lot, I have ordered to print banners of St. Philomena. Because I am going to Jhelum on Wednesday and Sr. Iffat asked me to bring it. Then I will go to Mianwali, Sialkot and Nowshera. I think I will cancel the Nowshera because it is in N.W.F. Province and there the security condition is very worse. Please send two airlifts as soon as you can.
I am sending you some new lists and pictures.
OK, Good Bye and God Bless You,
Yours in Christ and Holy Mother,
AFZAAL ANWAR KHOKHAR
Fr. IVAN KOLODIJ
ULRA – UKRAINE
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|Sr. Mateiya is the local leader of the Living Rosary in Dolyna City and enrolled many new members.|
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|This family was saved from a divorce by Saint Philomena. They became very devoted to the Living Rosary and Saint Philomena as they received many graces.|
News sent to us from Monica Opris, Romania
I and family were very shocked to hear of the Ike cyclone that hit your area. All of us were very very sorry to hear the news. Last night after we heard the news, we right away entered our prayers room and prayed for you and your family, your mom, you’re staffs, all benefactors, The Slater's, and all ULRA members in your area, and those who are living in the disaster area. We keep on praying for all of you and hope that all of you are safe and haven't been hurt of suffered any damage. We pray and hope that your house and the Philomena Missionary Center will not be destroyed by the worst cyclone. We also hope that all you loved ones are well. After praying for you, I tried and tried to send you the e-mail news but unfortunately it failed. I think the connection was probably temporarily unavailable or something mechanical error. So now I am here at the internet cafe to write you and hope that you'll get the news.
Today is Sunday here and we will write your names and the intention for your safety and put it on the Holy Altar to be prayed by the priest and also by the people who attend the Holy Mass which will be scheduled this afternoon at the Cathedral. I also have tried all I can to contact some members of Living Rosary to pray for all of you. May God protect you, and Our Blessed Virgin Mary and our loving Saint Philomena, The Angels and all Saints be with all of you. All of us here would be grateful if you are able to inform us how all of you are now.
Dearest Patti, I and family would like to thank you heartily for your prayers that I am still alive. But I still have to be very careful as it is still very painful when I walk or when I sneeze or cough. I hope I wouldn’t have the second operation for this. This pain made me unable to write you sooner as I expected after I checked out from the hospital. Consuming medicines might have caused some side effects to my health. But now it seems much better and for me this cure was a miracle one. I keep on using Holy Oil, wearing Cord and I thank to our Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Philomena for their intercession that I am still alive at the moment. I also would like to let you know that the boxes (three) boxes of sacramentals and a letter sent from you have arrived me safely. Thank you very much for few Angus Dei and other sacramentals for the people here. They have been well distributed to the members awaited for them. They were very happy to have the sacramentals and they told me that they were very happy to recite their Decades daily. I keep on spreading Living Rosary, I often got the phones from those who wanted to ask information about Living Rosary, and some came to see me at my home. My sons and my wife helped me a lot in spreading. Being stronger and stronger I plan to see some schools to introduce Living Rosary to the students and the teachers there. At the moment I have enrolled many new members and I will send the names to you very soon. If possible I will send them to you after the Holy Mass. Now I have to go back to my home to prepare my self to attend the Holy Mass. I will do it on my way home after Holy Mass at the Cathedral. I will write and tell you more about a lady whom miraculously healed from his bad disease.
I think that is all for now, and our heart and prayers are with you and family, with all of your Staffs, with all benefactors, and with The Slater’s. Our very best wishes to all of you from me and family.
Our love and our union in prayers,
Milkier Kari and family
Timor, NTT, Indonesia.
|Rosary group. How are you? I hope you are doing great for the sake of our loving Father. I came back to Jerusalem after long summer activity in Ethiopia specially I have been in the poor Christian area. It was my great joy to be there and to teach them about our heavenly Mother Mary and for our patron St. Filomena.
After teaching them I gave for all young people and children the Rosary and Medal which you send me last time they where very grateful for you and for all those whom support you in different way to reach them.
Dearest Patti, Whenever I kiss the altar for the celebration of Mass I remember you. Just I sent you some photographs of the children.
Mary, pray for us!
Thank you for your work, thank you for your effort, thank you for doing that which others should, but don't do.
I will remember you and your staff in my prayers - and will continue to send donations for the simple reason that they're needed and not necessarily for an answered prayer. I mentioned in my note to you that St. Philomena had stepped up to the plate and hit one out of the ball park ... you, undoubtedly, do that every time a new issue of Dedicated Decades arrives in my mailbox.
Continued success to you and your staff.
Sincerely, Ann Badach
Good afternoon! I wanted to give you an update on the generous shipment of religious materials, Rosaries and Scapulars. We have 70% of what you sent in one box. We are waiting on the shippers to come and to pick it up. We are sending it by private company Medrano. Sister Laura is raising funds now for the shipment. She just began the school year and was quite busy at the end of August. We are really blessed to have your help and the help of St. Philomena! And I just want you to know that we are grateful. As Sister Laura has time, she will be packing a second box with the remainder of the materials and we will be getting that off. I helped with the first box, but am now on my regular job, which is a ship doctor - I am writing from the ship - we are in St. Petersburg, Russia, now. May our gracious Lord and Lady bless you - may the lay apostolate be blessed - I bless you for bringing me the devotion of St. Philomena and for all that you do.
Sincerely, Debra (The Blue Army)
I promise to live "OUR COMMITMENTS" (The decade, intention, hour, duration, spread the devotion, one decade for each member, and to pray for one another) for the greater glory o God and for the salvation of souls.
May the Lord will continue to bless the association and all the members with His love and mercy.
With all my prayers,
Sr. Maria Corazon A. Lendio, DVMI
Daughters of Virgin Mary Immaculate
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|Rosary and God! They lined up for registrations, to become a new member of the Living Rosary Association! The priest was so happy that he left the masses to me! And I used their native language in saying masses as I have the gift of languages, I got them!
Mum you know there is a need to rekindle the spirit again on the members! After the crises here in Kenya, many problems, and the priests are ignorant of the devotions, they need somebody to explain to them what the devotion is all about IN PERSON!
Thanks to God the new Cardinal John was appointed as the head of pontifical mission for the propagation of faith! There we are!!! Venerable Pauline Jaricot is everywhere in Kenya, the Photos, the pontifical childhood mission, all with the life of Venerable Pauline Jaricot with seminars for priests, so many priests in Kenya are coming to know more about Pauline Jaricot and all that he had done! It is a divine providence!
Now mum I have many invitations!!! And I am almost free now! So I want to visit all the places and respond to the priests’ invitations and as of now about five priests have invited me!
You are trying mum bravo! Keep up the spirit! I will post about 5,000 names this week!
-in next message I will talk about the duties of a superior!
Fr Patrick Mary Filomena
Since January 2008, we have been hearing of Satanism in this area of Bizana. People from the Roman Catholic Mission have been reporting to us that there are some people who go around hunting for women and girls whom they can kill and remove some parts of their body viz. breasts, uterus, etc. Seemingly, they give these things to people who promise them a lot of money.
We were told that these people are able to open the locked doors of houses by simply twisting their index and middle fingers and when the door falls down, they are able to get inside the house. People say that this was happening between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. when the family members were just relaxing, having their supper or watching TV. It is said that when they get into the house like that, people try to run away to save their lives. Some would hide under the beds or somewhere inside the house if they cannot manage to get out of the house.
The eye witnesses have reported that, when the culprits get hold of a woman, they knock her on the head with a hammer and she gets dizzy and falls down semi-conscious. The culprits then draw out some blood from the jugular vein in the neck with a big syringe and fill 1 liter or 2 liter containers with the fresh blood while the victim is still alive. After that they knock the shoulders of the victim with a hammer again, so that the victim cannot lift her arms while they are removing her breasts. The culprits then cut out the uterus and other private parts and leave the victim to die, as they make their way out.
During the Holy Week, it was reported that, at least, 19 people had been killed. To our greatest surprise, none of our Catholics in that area of Luhrolweni near Port Edward was attacked and killed. They all believe that it is because they were wearing the Sacramentals: the Rosary, Mm and St. Philomena/St. Michael medal. They tell us that the blessed oil of St. Philomena is so powerful. They bless themselves with it, anoint their family members and smear it on their doors. Anyone who seems to be possessed by the evil spirit becomes well again after being anointed with this precious oil. Even non-Catholics do come to the convent to ask for Medals and holy pictures saying they believe that they evade the devil.
Our sincere thanks goes to our Blessed Mother Mary, St. Philomena, St. Michael and all the promoters of the Living Rosary. Prayers and Sacramentals have driven away the evil spirits.
May God bless and reward you all!
Bizana R.C.C. Mission
Eastern Cape - AFRICA
Parish Pries of Mariant
Papua New Guinea
September 5, 2008
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Maesai Chiangrai, Thailand
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