"The Solemnity of All Saints is a celebration of all the saints in heaven the ones we know and love and the ones we have never heard of, the ones we don’t know of." Father Jason Kulczynski, National Director of the Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena for the United States.

Dear devotees of saint Philomena,

On this very special day within our church, I write to you with heavy heart, although a heart filled with faith and hope. Carol Davis, our Archconfraternity Center Representative for the State of Georgia, is very ill. I got word yesterday that she has been moved to hospice care. I ask you to join with me in praying for her through the intercession of Saint Philomena V.M., who is so powerful with God. In this past month dedicated to the Holy Rosary we also place this intention into the hands of our Heavenly Mother. I ask each of you to offer up your holy rosary today for Carol.

As we enter into the month dedicated to the Holy Souls in purgatory, and as we pray for them, we ask them to help with the recovery process for Carol. Carol is a very special person with a heart full of love for Saint Philomena and a powerful devotion and drive to carry out the mission of spreading her devotion.

Carol’s prayer group meets weekly for devotion/adoration hour which is on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Saint Peter Chanel Catholic Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell, Georgia, United States 30075.
 

MULTIPLE MIRACLES!!!!

Read a story of miraculous recovery in Carol’s own words:

On January 12, 2012, twin boys Cooper and Sutton Davis were born to Josh and Kim Davis, of Brandon, MS at 5:36 pm. They were five weeks premature but in perfect health. At about six months in the womb, Kim and Josh were informed that Cooper had a hole in his heart. Immediately, prayer requests were sent out and at our Saint Philomena devotion, we openly called out for her intercession to heal Baby Cooper. To lower the fear of early labor, the doctor placed Kim, an attorney, on bed rest because of this high risk pregnancy. That meant no traveling, no heavy lifting, and working her job from home. She was told to get plenty of rest and to stay off her feet. Kim followed doctor’s orders as best as she could. At an appointment on the morning of January 12th, an ultrasound revealed low amniotic fluid surrounding the twins. So, they were delivered by C-section that afternoon - Cooper first and Sutton second. Cooper weighed 5 lbs 2 oz and Sutton weighed 5 lbs 11 oz. Miraculously, the hole in Cooper’s heart was closed and both boys were able to go home with their mother without spending any time in the NICU.

This pregnancy was truly a miracle, because in November of 2004, at the age of 27, Josh was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. He had to undergo chemotherapy, radiation and finally surgery, to remove the dead cancer cells and get good margins. He was also told that it was very likely he would not be able to have children because of the treatments he had to undergo to fight his terrible disease. Saint Philomena was with Josh throughout this ordeal and when Msgr. Giovanni Braschi was here in Roswell, GA in the fall of 2004, he anointed Josh with her sacred oil and touched him with her first class relic. That was the start of a beautiful relationship with Saint Philomena. This year marks his seventh year in remission.

By the grace of God, Josh and Kim found out they were pregnant in June of 2011 and to their amazement, they were expecting twins. God blessed them with double the joy! More than one miracle is inside this story. Let’s rejoice and pray for those we love!

Carol Davis
Archconfraternity Representative
Roswell, Georgia, United States

I am very proud to present a story from our Archconfraternity of Delaware Representative, Lisa Bowen. Lisa put in great effort to support and promote the "Serve for the Cure” cause for a local hospital, and in particular, the Helen Graham Cancer Wing of which her family and friends have benefited. This event was specifically designated to support Breast Cancer. I pray you enjoy reading her report and the great photos that Lisa has supplied. Please help her Center support this cause:

Event Report : “SERVE FOR THE CURE” -- October 8th 2013

The evening for "Serve for the Cure" was action-packed and to "serve" a great purpose. I am proud to say, the Archconfraternity Center of DE was one of the Co-sponsors of this worthwhile event! Through the generous hearts and pockets of many donors, students, teachers and parents, many who have breast cancer will be assisted. This money will go to help out those who cannot pay for tests or treatment at the Helen Graham Cancer Center, located in Christiana, DE. The coach for Archmere Academy, MaryPat Kwoka, said this was the 7th year for this event!

Throughout the evening, attendees feasted on cookies, cupcakes, participated in auctions, and tried to win on 50/50 type activities! During the event I saw and met many great people - people who give so much of themselves for others. I also saw many cancer survivors recognized for battles won. The team members of St. Elizabeth’s and Archmere Academy took pink carnations to each of the cancer survivors present to congratulate them on their victories and courage in defeating this dreaded disease.

I had the great privilege to meet the Britton family. Lisa Britton was there with her two grandchildren and her daughter, Dominique. Dominique was in the midst of a battle with breast cancer. She seemed very brave despite the cross that had been placed upon her at the young age of 30. You could tell she was a great mom to her two adorable children, Gianna and Evangeline - so attentive & loving. I could also see her mother, Lisa, was a great support for her daughter. At some point during the conversation, I found out this family already knew about Saint Philomena! In fact she had met a Priest, Father Joseph Amalfitano from Philadelphia, who prayed over her with Saint Philomena relic! I was shocked to hear this because I also know Father Joe.

It is just amazing how the devotees of Saint Philomena always seem to find each other in the most unlikely (yet likely) places.......

*(Update on Dominique as of October -- Dominique has reported she has received a "pathological cure of this cancer"!! May God be praised for His Mercy and we thank Saint Philomena for her intercession!)

I ask each of you to support the fight against breast cancer in your communities. Anyone fighting this cause needs your prayers, so please join me in praying for Carol and all who suffer from this illness.

Sending you a special blessing from the Sacred Altar of Saint Philomena,

God Bless you


Msgr. Giovanni Braschi
Rector of the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena


Father JasonDear friends of Saint Philomena,

The Solemnity of All Saints might be said to be an expression of God’s encouragement on our journey to His Kingdom.

On our life’s journey we often experience the need to be encouraged, because we so often encounter difficult and unexpected problems which are often not easily solved. In the face of these challenges we can easily become discouraged. This is also true in the spiritual life. Faith can be a difficult business. There too we experience struggles, temptations, and sin, and many become discouraged in their pursuit of goodness and holiness looking out at a world marred by evil.

It is for this reason that the Church today directs her gaze to the Saints, the countless number of men and women of every age who have gone where we hope to follow, who live with God in perpetual light and inexpressible joy. We rely on their intercession even as they long for our arrival, and continue their good work by praying that we will remain open to God’s saving grace, and persevere in our daily efforts to obey His word and to do His will.

The Saints are those faithful servants of God whose sole desire was to do the will of God often at great cost to themselves. They know the difficulties we face. Well aware that salvation requires more than a desire to be good . . . or to be a nice person, but requires the daily response to the call to perfection and holiness. This is our call, and the Saints are proof that the goal can be attained.

Pope Benedict XVI reflected: “Today, the Church is celebrating her dignity as "Mother of the Saints, an image of the Eternal City, and displays her beauty as the immaculate Bride of Christ, source and model of all holiness. She certainly does not lack contentious or even rebellious children, but it is in the Saints that she recognizes her characteristic features and precisely in them savors her deepest joy.

The liturgy we celebrate invites us to share in the heavenly joy of the Saints who celebrate eternally the heavenly liturgy. In our veneration of the Saints, the Lord reminds us of His mercy and of His desire that we join them. But we cannot achieve this without great effort on our part by continually striving to be faithful to God’s love and to the graces He sends us.

Blessed Pope John Paul II taught: “When the form of this world has passed away, those who have welcomed God into their lives and have sincerely opened themselves to his love, at least at the moment of death, will enjoy that fullness of communion with God which is the goal of human life.

All holy men and women, Saints of God, pray for us!

Reverend Jason V. Kulczynski,
National Director of the Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena for the United States


Support the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena

mothertheresa"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving." - Mother Teresa.

 

If you can, please send a donation, offer prayers for the works of the Sanctuary and the Archconfraternity. Tell people about them and spread the devotion to our favorite little saint. We have many devotional items available to help support your prayer life: statues, relic medals, cords, holy oil, books, prayer cards, and more. With each purchase, you directly support the Sanctuary.  You can view the various items and shop online at www.shopphilomena.com.

You may make a donation in any of 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: SANTUARIO SANTA FILOMENA – fil n° 0007 BANK ACCOUNT: n° 1279013 SWIFT CODE: BPMOIT22 IBAN: IT19L0539275790000001279013
  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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83027 Mugnano del Cardinale
Avellino, Italy
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