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Update from Fr. Ivan Kolodiy:

Received May 16, 2022 At 7:56AM (CDT)

Dear Sheila, thank you very much for the wire you sent to me today. Also, this week I received a large box from Patti with many wonderful rosaries! I am so very grateful for your warm response to this urgent need. Our hearts reach out to you and all the Benefactors who are helping my country to survive this war. Surely God will grant to you and your family many blessings. The Ukrainian people keep you daily in their prayers. We all anticipate the Beatification of Blessed Pauline Jaricot, our saintly foundress, on May 22, 2022. She waged war with the Masonic sect of the French Revolution through the Miraculous Medal and the Holy Rosary. The Faith in France was saved largely through her singular efforts. We sing her praises and invoke her intercession today for our country and our families. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy


Update from Fr. Ivan Kolodiy:

Received May 10, 2022 At 5:54AM (CDT)

 Today I received your money wire for which I am deeply grateful. Here is a little update about the situation in Ukraine. Thanks be to God there are no air strikes or rockets here in Western Ukraine. In Eastern and Southern Ukraine more war operations are taking place. In Lviv the hospitals are packed with the wounded soldiers so we need to support the hospital which is near our parish. Many people are supplying the army with money, food and ammunitions. Every store has special baskets and boxes where food and money for the soldiers may be placed. People from every area have fled to Poland, Germany, Hungry and other neighboring countries where they can be safe. All the men between the ages of 18 and 60 years must remain in the country to help fight. If any man wants to escape military service and leave the country, he will be put in prison. There is a huge shortage of gas. The petrol stations will see us only 4 gallons of gas at one time. The government is asking us to grow potatoes and vegetables to feed ourselves. There is food in the stores but we must help to feed the refugees who have come to Lviv. I have sent Patricia pictures to share with all of you. I realize how important it is for your faithful staff to keep running the Living Rosary and am offering special Masses for blessings upon your wonderful staff. Thank you very much for sending me the booklet: To Jesus Through Mary. I always like to read the books and leaflets you send for the members of the Living Rosary here. Your materials help to keep our faith strong. We pray God will grant us the grace to end this war and obtain victory. May God bless and protect you and your families. With profound respect and gratitude. Fr. Ivan Kolodiy


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Universal Living Rosary Association

"The aim of the Living Rosary is to ask God, through the intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary, for the conservation of the Faith in Catholic countries, the conversion of sinners, the strengthening of the just, and the exaltation of the Holy Church.


The people who join together for this pious exercise, divide among themselves the recitation of the prayers of the entire Rosary, and divide into groups of 15, in honor of the 15 principal mysteries of our redemption. Their intention is to form, by the union of their hearts, as so many living rosaries which unceasingly recall to the Celestial Father the sign of salvation manifested to St. Dominic by the Mother of Mercies.


After Our Lady of the Rosary, the Association recognizes and honors as its mediatrix before God, the illustrious Virgin and Martyr, St. Philomena, named by the Sovereign Pontiff, protectress of the Living Rosary."
 - Venerable Pauline Marie Jaricot

Everything that happens occurs for a reason. It was no accident that God chose the soul of the Venerable Pauline Marie Jaricot to form the Universal Living Rosary Association for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and in honor of Saint Philomena. Each of us is called to serve God and it is no accident that you are being called to help further this sacred mission.

We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
– Romans 8:28

Pauline, a young and very pious French girl, dedicated herself to the heart and love of Jesus and gave the Church one of the greatest works when she founded the Society for the Propagation of the Faith missionary work and the Association of the Living Rosary.  Her immense desire to love and her thirst to possess God inspired her to act for His Glory.

Jesus died for all men! Why weaken our hearts with less noble desires?
– Pauline Jaricot

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The Living Rosary Association was Pauline’s inspired plan to save the Church in France and encourage everyone to learn their faith through Catholic books. The association began its devotion of distributing fifteen decades of the Rosary to fifteen persons in several parishes on Dec. 8, 1826. The association was formally approved by Pope Gregory XVI and accorded canonical status on Jan. 27, 1832.


On Dec. 8, 1986, Richard and Patricia Joann Melvin, married more than 30 years, began a revival of Pauline Jaricot’s Living Rosary lay apostolate in an effort to honor Our Blessed Mother and St. Philomena. What originated with less than 30 people dedicated to praying a daily decade of the Rosary has grown to more than 11 million devoted Christians around the world, all praying their dedicated decades of the Rosary each day of every year.


Today, over 12 million souls, faithful servants, are joined worldwide through the Living Rosary and united with Mary in prayer one decade at a time to hasten the triumph of Her Immaculate Heart and to bring about the Reign of Jesus Christ the King.


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Share Your Gift of Faith


For centuries, our cherished Catholic faith has been passed from person to person, parent to child, etc. Each of us carries in our heart a special memory of how God first graced us with the knowledge of the faith and how Our Blessed Mother, Saint Philomena, Venerable Pauline Jaricot and other saints changed our lives and brought us closer to Christ.


In our work in the Universal Living Rosary Association, we see first hand how millions of souls are currently living without that knowledge of God and are living outside of His grace. We have been given a beautiful opportunity to carry out Christ's work and pass on our faith and blessings to others who would otherwise never be introduced to Our Lord, the Savior of all mankind. Just as we pray for the souls in Purgatory who have no one to pray for them, we should also make it a part of our life's mission to pass on our faith to as many souls as possible who have no one else to pass it on to them, who don't know Our Lord and His promise of salvation.


This is the box we send out to the foreign Missions $77.95. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragements for our Promoters.

This is the box we send to the Foreign Missions, on your behalf. You donate the shipping, which is now: $112. It contains Rosaries, Scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Cord & Oil, Newsletters, Calendars, Catechism books, 2 TAN books, large color prints, lists and encouragement for our Promoters.


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Power of the Rosary

Pope Leo XIII said, "There is nothing more excellent than that numerous voices pray without interruption from all parts of the world, simultaneously lifting up supplications to the Blessed Virgin Mary as they meditate on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary."

Say the Rosary every day, to obtain peace for the world.
– Our Lady of Fatima

The Living Rosary is a continuation of the Rosary given to St. Dominic by Our Blessed Mother while he was combating the Albigensian heresy in the South of France during the thirteenth century. Our Blessed Mother asked St. Dominic to spread devotion to Christ by saying the Rosary and meditating on the life of Christ, each and every day.

Hail Mary! Full of Grace; the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.




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May Christ dwell in our hearts through faith, and may charity be the root and foundation of our life.
– cf. Eph 3:17

Following the example of the Venerable Pauline Jaricot, who founded the work of "a penny a week" for the Propagation of the Faith, you and your family may also consider dedicating monetary support equivalent to a meal a month or other offering to the Living Rosary.


The majority of the members of the Living Rosary are in third world countries. Every donation received goes directly back into this universal and heroic missionary effort through the distribution of Catholic literature, holy cards and sacramentals such as the holy oil of St. Philomena.


Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena is a nonprofit Corporation 501(c)(3) charitable organization and as such we automatically give "Tax Receipts" to all those who make a financial donation. For those who donate $100 or more, a "TRIDUUM of MASSES" will be arranged for the donor and his/her family. Thirty dollars of every $100 donated supports the missionary who will offer these masses. Through your help, the prayers of the missions will continue to work miracles in the lives of all of its members and families, thus strengthening the Mystical Body of Christ.


Another option is to donate $50 to cover the flat rate to send a parcel of materials and sacramentals to the missions abroad. God bless you for your generosity.





Please support the missions by donating Rosaries, Scapulars, old missals, medals, holy cards to the missions-nothing goes to waste and all is placed carefully with a reliable catechist or missionary : send to

Living Rosary
Suite 100-C
2401 Termini St.
Dickinson, Texas 77539
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Patti Melvin, Director

Universal Living Rosary Association

P.O. Box 1303, Dickinson, Texas 77539, U.S.A.

Fax: (281) 337-3722 / (281) 309-9821

E-Mail: Filomena@Philomena.org

Web: www.Philomena.org

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