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.
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:
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
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!
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.
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