On the Feast of Saint Joseph

Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls - Pray for me.

This prayer was found in the fifteenth year of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle. Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep it about themselves, shall never die a sudden death, or be drowned, not shall poison take effect of them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy; or shall be burned in any fire, or shall be overpowered in battle.

(Say for nine mornings for anything you may desire. It has never been known to fail, so be sure you really want what you ask.)

Saint Philomena's Prayer Room
by Fr Gibas

I ask that we support with our prayers and Lenten sacrifices.

  • Daniel Vallera, PhD: Head of Research Lab at University of Minnesota. Doing research in the area of cancer. At present developing a drug that will cause complete remission in a patient with Lymphoma which is showing great promise. Pray that God will support him with the grace of perseverance and the Wisdom to know how his creation functions.
  • Jerry Knepper: Father of Renee, a nurses’ aid here at Altercare/Navarre, Ohio: Mr. Knepper was recently informed he has prostate cancer. His daughter wants us to pray that her Father will trust God, and have a positive attitude towards what present day medicine can do for him.
  • Virginia McBurney: Pray for the grace that she persevere in her return to the Sacraments after being away for many years. Also pray that she will not be overcome by a sense hopelessness due to her growing disabilities.
  • Mary Peterman: Ninety year old resident of Altercare/Navarre. Needs pray support to accept the disabilities of old age. Anxieties concerning the faith life of some members of her family.
  • Chelsey Johnson, daughter of Sherry Johnson, beautician here at Altercare: Chelsey needs the Wisdom of the Holy Spirit to know and accept God’s gender plan for human beings.
  • Courtney Johnson: Needs prayer support to help make good decision about work, home selection, and family life (including having another child.)
  • Sherry Johnson: Needs the help of God’s graces to deal with life’s struggle.
  • Fr. Robert G. Gibas: Needs God’s help and the support of His people to provide the Spiritual and social needs of the people here at Altercare/Navarre and some members of their families. Help us, that we will all be tuned in together to do God’s will for ourselves and one another.

St. Philomena, pray for us – we desperately need you.


Fr. Robert G. Gibas
Archconfraternity Spiritual Director
For all of the United States of America





Support the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena

The Sanctuary of Saint Philomena is not a parish Church. We do not have parishioners who support this place of worship on a weekly basis. We are completely dependent on the love and generosity of you, the world-wide devotees, to keep the doors of the earthly home of Saint Philomena open.

We pray at the Sanctuary for the devotees of Saint Philomena to recognize and provide the means to pay our monthly utilities of gas and electricity. We also pray for the means to install a lift at the Sanctuary to enable physically challenged pilgrims to experience the entire home of their beloved Saint.

In order to ensure the Sanctuary is able to keep our doors open to you and to continue to offer God continual praise and to be the focal point through which our prayers are received by Saint Philomena and interceded for before God at the Sanctuary, you may donate in the following ways:

  1. Direct to the Sanctuary:
    1. By personal check payable to the "Sanctuary of Saint Philomena." For security reasons, please send your donation through registered or express mail to the Sanctuary's address at the bottom of this newsletter.
    2. Online - Go to our Support Page, Click Here
    3. By bank transfer to the Sanctuary's Bank account: BANCA UNICREDIT MUGNANO DEL CARDINALE(30525) BANK ACCOUNT:N° 000400102946 SWIFT CODE:UNCRITM1E94 IBAN:IT18D0200875790000400102946
  2. U.S.A. Tax-Deductible Donations may be sent to the new non-profit set up in the United States:
    1. Online - Go to our Support Page, Click Here
    2. Postal mail donations can be made to: Saint Philomena Sanctuary Support Fund, Inc. P.O. Box 4114 Bergheim, Texas 78004, U.S.A.
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Sanctuary of Saint Philomena
Piazza Umberto I
83027 Mugnano del Cardinale
Avellino, Italy
Tel: 0039 081 825 7204 Fax: 0039 081 511 2733
Rector, Msgr. Giovanni Braschi

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