Very dear Rosary Makers,
May the peace of the Risen Lord be with you all. Great and big thanks to you all; I always receive your Rosaries in due time and I always keep you in my daily prayers. May Jesus Christ and Mary our Lady and the Mother of God bless you and all that is yours.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Gebreweld Worku.

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My Dear Generous Rosary Makers,
How shall I thank you for the big parcel of lovely colorful rosaries, medals and pictures that arrived this morning?  You can imagine our joy! A million
thanks, and may Jesus and His Blessed Mother bless and reward you and yours. Our prayers will certainly follow you and Mary, the infant Jesus always keep you in His love and care. The 200 rosaries are most beautiful. People like them, all the more, as they are long and can be used around the neck as a constant protection for the devotee. I cannot tell you how fast they disappear. There was so much joy, happiness and love for our daily rosaries, that I wished you could be hear to see this on every face, young and old. People love Him, love Our Lady and are many times visiting her shrine and our Blessed Mother always in our prayers and very often heard and their requests granted.
Thanks to all the generous and devout rosary workers for their big gift of rosaries I am very grateful. May the Lord bless and reward them. I shall close now with renewed thanks and love to all. May God bless and love you.
Yours ever grateful,
Sr. Imelda
St. Bridget’s Convent Chennai South India

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Thank you so much for the box containing 50 rosaries! These rosaries will be on their way to Guatemala. I'm sure the people of the town of Valle Nuevo will be so excited to have these rosaries and to know they came from the United States. Thanks again, and to all "Happy Holidays."
Colleen Myas

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Dear Rosary Makers,
Greetings and all good things to you!
Some days ago I was surprised again by a precious parcel from your corner of the world. Thanks a lot for your continuous support and tireless commitment.
I hope and pray that a good share of the blessings, resulting from all the rosaries said with your beads, will benefit yourselves and accompany you throughout the New Year 2009. With my heartfelt thanks and best regards, I remain,
Yours faithfully and God Bless,
Fr. Werner Iten - Mwinilunga/Zambia

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Dear Members of Our lady's Rosary Makers
It is Thursday morning, a sunny-but-cool day in Pecos, Texas. I am in the midst of preparations for my annual trip to the mission in the mountains northeast of Mexico City. This will be my 45th year making this trip. But, even before leaving, I have already starting my visitation of the inmates at the prison I visit here in Pecos. I have already delivered the 300 rosaries you gave me to the Deacon I work with here. I have been to the prison 3 times already, and am celebrating Mass there today in the afternoon.
We will be having our annual prison retreat in late February, 2009. It will be then that the 300 rosaries will be distributed. The inmates and deacon prefer these rosaries; they get others from other places, but these are the best. So, he keeps them until the retreat, to which over 600 inmates come. We never have enough rosaries, but are most blessed and grateful for your loving help.
As for the 300 other rosaries, they will be going with me to Mexico City and to the villages in the Sierra Madre Oriental in the State of Hidalgo, Mexico. The Otomi Indians and their dependants will be receiving them.
In the name and love of all these people, I want to personally thank you and tell you that you are in the love of your brother and servant in the Lord's work,
Father Pedro Vasquez Garcia

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Dear Rosary Makers,
Thank you ever so much for the rosaries and other religious goods you have sent to our diocese. I know they will be put to good use.
I will be 76 in this year, so am getting ready to retire. Our apostolic nuncio is busy finding a successor and hopefully this will happen sometime this year. I have mixed feelings as I know there is a time to step down, but I will miss our people after 36 years in South Africa, our people are like family to me and I still celebrate the Eucharist in three different parishes every Sunday.
God has been very good to me as I love being a parish priest as well as having good health.
God bless you and all your helpers. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Take care, in Christ,
Bishop Joseph Potocnak,
SCJ Catholic Diocese of DE AAR

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Greetings,
It's getting close to Christmas, and I wanted to keep in touch with you during this joyful and holy time. I hope you are well.
I turned 75 this past May, and did send in my letter of resignation as all bishops and priests are requested to do at that age. It was accepted by the Vatican, but I was asked to stay on until a suitable successor is found.
When that time comes, and since I'm pretty healthy, and love being a priest, looking forward to the future to see what the lord has in store for me, without the responsibility of being a bishop.
When I arrived in South Africa in 1973, I really didn't know what to expect. The 1st Bishop of De Aar, Joseph De Palma SCJ asked for priests, and I just wanted to be a parish priest, so I came. It turned out to be a blessed time.
I'm thankful to God for His goodness to me, as well as to all the priests and people here, who have become family. I've been fortunate to be with them. My life couldn't have been better.
So at this time, I hope the Child Jesus will be as good to you as He has been to me. May He bless you and your loved ones at Christmas with His love and serenity, peace and calm.
Have a Blessed, Holy, and Merry Christmas,
Love,
Bishop Joseph Potocnak, SCJ
Catholic Diocese of DeAar South Africa

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Thank you very much for the rosaries you sent me at the beginning of this year. We are very thankful to receive such a wonderful gift from you. We received all the religious items in good order. I have started distributing the rosaries, the scapulars, holy cards and pictures to different people according to the need. I will distribute them to the sick in the hospital, some will be distributed to the aged during my village apostolate and some will be distributed to the Legion of Mary members group and some will go to the youth. Chikwawa Catholic Cathedral is a very big parish with 30 out-stations and a Catholic population of 30,000 baptized Catholic Christians. As you can see there are many people who ask or request for the rosaries and other religious articles from me every time I am doing my apostolate.
I still express the wish to be considered with some more rosaries and other religious items as they are on high demand. Please keep on sending send us more rosaries. We are tirelessly praying for the benefactors and benefactress who are making it possible to send these religious items to Africa.
Once again, many thanks for your gifts please continue sending us the rosaries,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Fr. F. Bzyakulima
Diocese of Chikwawa, Malawi Central Africa

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My dear Rosary Makers,
I received a few rosaries from Sr. Beatrice so I would like to thank you because of your hard work and taking the trouble to send them. I will pray for all your intentions and good health. you are making a lot of sacrifices and doing a hard work.. Our Lady of Rosary bless and keep your work.. I'm very thankful for your gift of rosary. Sr. M. Beatrice gave me some scapulars also -thank you very much. I share my rosaries with my friends. They are very happy and pray for all. God bless you all.
Sr. Michael
Bridgettine Convent, Kerala State India

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Dear Rosary and Scapular Makers,
I just received the lovely beautiful rosaries, scapulars, and crucifix as well as some holy pictures and medals. I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude towards you and find no words to express it adequately. May the good God bless and reward you and may our Blessed Mother Mary intercede on your behalf. I do understand that many people are involved in this noble and wonderful endeavor and do kindly thank them for their great sacrifices.
Here the people appreciate your great apostolate and they admire your great sacrifice and the devotion to our Mother Mary. In our hostel many non-Catholic girls ask for rosary and they recite it and wear it and show their veneration to Our Lady. I ask them to pray for your intentions. I know you have to make lot of sacrifices to prepare the rosaries and scapulars and dispatch to us. May God give you the strength and courage, love and good health to continue your great and wonderful ministry. Be sure, our prayers will follow you always and every where.

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Dear Rosary Makers,
Our Blessed Mother will be very pleased with your most noble and wonderful work and she will ask Her Divine Son to bless you abundantly. She will be on your side to guide and protect you. In our parish I distribute the rosary and they are extremely happy to receive it and they ask me to thank you on their behalf.
Hope all of you are doing well. May Jesus and His Blessed Mother help you in all your needs both spiritual and material. Much love to all the Rosary and Scapular Makers.
Yours ever gratefully in Jesus & Mary,
Sr. M. Beatrice - Bridgettine Convent
Kerala State, India

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My Dear Rosary Makers,
At the very outset let me wish you and all your devoted rosary makers a very blessed, peaceful, grace-filled New Year 2009. May Mary our good Mother bless each one of you in superabundance!
Let me now thank you all for the long awaited parcel which reached me yesterday - what immense trouble you all have taken to send me such beautiful rosaries (200), besides the 2 bundles of brown scapulars (20) rosary booklets; holy pictures, picture cards and a large crucifix; May Mary bless each of you and keep you beneath her mantle! I close with loving wishes and assurance of prayers - daily!
Yours in Mary,
Sr. M. Anne Grace, Christ King Convent Tambaram, Madras

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Dear Our Lady's Rosary Makers,
I hope you are well. Thank you very much for the rosaries and other religious articles you mailed to us. They are very beautiful and it will be used by our people here. I do appreciate your assistance, dedication and love in making the rosaries and sending them to us. May God bless you. May peace, grace and the special blessings of our Infant Jesus who was born in Bethlehem be with you and all the Rosary and Scapular Makers. Be assured each one of you are thought about daily and have our prayerful support. I find your support and assistance very much in my life.
Wish you all the best.
With love & prayers.
Sr. Jaya, St. Jude's convent
Chundale Kerala India

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Dear Rosary Makers,
Greetings from the Philippines!
Thanks for the 200 beautiful rosaries, scapulars, holy pictures and medals which I received several days ago. You are very kind and generous. We
appreciate the great work it takes to make the rosaries and scapulars and pack them and send them to us. We are very grateful to you all. May God and the Blessed Virgin Mary bless you and all your work.
Hope you are all in good health. Best regards to all the Rosary and Scapular Makers. May God and the Blessed Virgin Mary be always with you all. Be assured of our prayers.
Your in Christ Jesus,
Sr. Andreina Sammut
Tagaytay City 4120 Philippines

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Dear Our Lady's Rosary Makers,
Merry Christmas! I'm in California to spend Christmas with my sister and her husband. Having been 32 years in the foreign missions and being 81 years old, all my family members have gone to God, with this one sister remaining. I will be here until after the New Year and then I will return to Nigeria.
I'm writing to let you know I'm not now in Nigeria just in case a shipment of rosaries has come in, and you would be waiting for me to acknowledge it. When I return to Nigeria, if a shipment did, indeed, arrive, I will write you then to acknowledge it with thanks.
May God make it a happy, holy and peaceful time for you. Before I left Nigeria for America some of our seminarians who were to go home for Christmas came to me begging for rosaries. I gave them 10 each and told them to keep it quiet, because, no doubt, all of the seminarians would then come asking for rosaries also. The remaining supply would not suffice for all, because the rosaries were too few for the seminarians who are 70 in number. I would love to have given 10 to one and all-but that would have been impossible. The good thing about giving rosaries to the seminarians when they go home to their villages is that the rosaries are then dispersed all over Nigeria into the Villages where I'm sure the poor people do not own rosaries. The seminarians come from all over the country from the different tribes. I would never be able to visit all those places and give rosaries out to the people. So, now, thanks to the seminarians going to their home villages at least 10 of your rosaries will find a home, in each village, where they will be used in prayer.
California weather is nice. It gets nippy at night and I enjoy that. Nigeria's hot tropical climate is for me more a mortification than a pleasure. In the evenings here in California I like to bundle up and go out on a walk.
At 1: 15 p.m. today I'll give a talk to the Altar and Rosary Society at my sister's parish church. It is a dedicated group of women (no men in it!) and they help the church in many ways, but, unlike your society, they do not make rosaries. They pray it together, but do not make and send out rosaries for others to use. Nonetheless it is a fine
group of ladies.
May He attend to all your hearts desires.
Yours,
Fr. Richard Thiele CSSR

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Dearest Volunteers in Christ,
Herewith I pen these lines to express my very sincere thanks of well deep gratitude towards the noble gesture you have done to me, in sending your beautiful rosaries and religious articles. Truly, it is a marvelous and wonderful gift to me and the people in need.
May the Great Lord and our Mother Mary & St. Joseph bless you all abundantly for all the pains and troubles to make them and send them to me for a noble cause. The people who receive them are so happy and grateful to you. Much more than that, I have got a great appreciation towards you all for spending so much of money, efforts,
and doing a very great sacrifice. In spite of all the problems in the world, it's beautiful, because the people like you all.
Be assured, all the rosaries etc. you sent, are given freely to the needy. When it's possible, please do continue to send. God Bless you all, thanking you all so much,
Fr. I Amal Raj
Sacred Heart Church, Chennai, 600-057 Tamil Nadu, South India

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Dear Our Lady's Rosary Makers,
THANK YOU so very much once again, for the wonderfully made rosaries and the religious articles we received. It's perfect timing for Christmas.
We house 200 aids orphans some of them are not Catholic, however ALL want to wear rosaries around their neck. Once they are in their third grade they could ask to go to the Religious classes. After 2 years of study- even if their parents are not Christian if their baptismal godparents will promise to look after their spiritual welfare, they get baptized.
So, again, thank you all for your continued support of us.
Keeping you in our prayers, Gratefully,
Sr. Rosalie Lacorte Maryknoll Sisters Musoma, Tanzania

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Dear Rosary Makers,
We are grateful to look back on a fruitful year and are happy to share the progress and highlights with you:
We changed our name from Youth Alive Club to Community Alive. We work these days with children (from 3 years on) youth, adults, bibis and babus (grannies and grandpas) - in short: the community.
The children are doing well, the care givers of the children are faithful to their big task and to Community Alive, the self help groups for men and women with HIV / AIDS are steady and the health of many stable. We felt the need for new groups and initiated 2: one for children with HIV / AIDS assisting them and their caregivers with extra rich porridge, advice & support; and one for caregivers of people sick with AIDS.
In January we welcomed our new Bishop Michael Msonganzila. We are grateful for his support and spiritual guidance as we respond with compassion to the needs of our many suffering and needy clients during this HIV / AIDS crises.
We turned the old church in the back of the Community Alive yard into a creative learning centre and a library so we can improve the performance of the children in school and for their future.
Joseph Musira, a former teacher, government employee and a long time volunteer with Youth Alive Club-is our new manager. He is a big help for Sr. Mary Reese with her daily duties. New in the team are also: Markus Geiger (development worker). Esther Nyanjugu (supervisor), Ibrahim Mashaka (accounttant), Monica Paul (teacher).
We spent a wonderful Easter celebration with all our 200 children and 50 guests - children from a befriended organization and played group games, danced and even fought a friendship soccer match. A short but heavy thunderstorm interrupted the dance show but would not spoil fun!
In June and July each child got 2 new bed sheets, a new mosquito net and 3 pieces of underwear - you should have seen them giggling.
In August and September Community Alive was busy with planning for the next few years. Our work and support will be needed for some more years to come.
Tupendane is a beehive. Orders from all around the world keep us busier than ever. Sr. Rosalie is looking to the security of the young women that they will have a stable business venture in the future. We plan to build a new workshop for the girls closer to town.
It will be on the second floor of Tupendane cafe and carpentry shop. We are happy that we already got a good part of the money together. So our aprons, bags, bead necklaces, cards and sweaters will soon be sold at the same place as they are produced.
Since this fall we have our website. Please have a look at www.communityalive.or.tz
Peace, love and prayers,
Sr. Rosalie Lacorte - Maryknoll Sisters
Musoma, Tanzania

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Dear Friends:
I am so happy to let you know that I have received a package of rosaries and scapulars and this note is to thank you from the bottom of my heart. It means so much to me since I take them every Sunday to parishes for visits. You can just imagine the joy on their faces as we distribute these rosaries to them as they answer some of the questions we ask them about our mother and her intercessory prayers.
We have 500 priests working in our Archdiocese and there are 337 parishes with 500,000 Catholics. Most of them participate on Sunday services and many of them attend daily mass. It is a real joy for the community to attend daily mass before they for their daily work. Most of the churches have 5.45 a.m. masses to attend to the people those who for work at 7 a.m.
We still have good number of vocations but the future does not look that great. There is consumerism growing and declining interest towards becoming priests and nuns. Hence we need the intercession of our lady to help us and our church.
Kindly convey my most loving regards to everyone who is involved in making rosaries and helping the faithful allover the world. Their sacrifices are deeply appreciated and their love for the church acknowledged. Our hope is that many of these people those who receive the rosaries will the donors when they reach heaven.
With most loving regards,
Bishop Sebastian  - India

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Dear Rosary Makers:
Our lovely Easter season ends tomorrow with the solemnity of Pentecost. I hope you enjoyed the season. I certainly did, and I'll miss it after it has passed.
During Easter season I have the custom of praying the Glorious mysteries of the Rosary everyday, and that helps to keep me in the Easter sentiment. During advent and Christmas season I do the same with the Joyful mysteries - and during Lent with the Sorrowful mysteries. These mysteries of the Rosary have helped enhance the Spirit of the Liturgy for me along with the Divine Office and Mass readings. That is one reason why I wish to promote the Rosary among our Catholic people – to enthrall them with the seasons of the Church.
Yesterday I was in the city of Lagos, Nigeria, and Father Callistus gave me a box sent me from you, the Rosary Makers of Grand Rapids, which he picked up at the Lagos Post Office. I was much pleased to receive that box. On getting back to home base in Ibadan I opened the box to see again the familiar and beautiful Rosaries that you make. They have color and strength and are made, I truly believe, with dedication and love by you Rosary Makers. They came at a good time shortly before the ordination of our 5 Redemptorist Priests on July 11th and 7 deacons at the same ceremony. I say the Rosaries came in good time because all 12 of these ordained will be coming to me for rosaries for sure. The new deacons and priests come every year for them. They give these to friends and relatives. That has become a custom among our ordained.
On my part, I'm happy to spread the Rosaries around among the people, so they may all go into praying this devotion to Our Lady. I have asked before whether the relatives and friends of the ordained may not already own a rosary of their own. The answer was: yes, some of them do, ...but the gift of a rosary from a newly ordained priest or deacon has special meaning to them and they usually give away their old rosary to someone in their village who is in need. No rosary goes unused. That answer satisfied me - and I know it is true. The Nigerian villages are huge in size and many of these villages have a huge church in them because there are many Catholics living there. And most of these Catholics are poor farmers who barely make a living from their small farms. They appreciate gifts, especially holy ones.
Your box this time also contained sacred medals and chains - especially St. Anthony chains. These are marvelous gifts to give to my people. They love chains. They love to wear medals and crosses. They look upon sacramentals as divine protections. Perhaps they are a bit superstitious about these - but there is a lot of faith involved also. My simple people have a lot to teach us in the sophisticated world where faith has become more intellectual and my lack the element of the heart.
Anyway, THANK YOU for the Rosaries and for the religious articles. All of them will be put to good use. They will help bring my people closer to Jesus and our Blessed Mother.
Regards to all of our Rosary Makers. I wish I knew them, each one personally. In prayer, I remember all of you and ask Our Lady to care for you in your needs. I may not know each of your needs, but she does. And I pray she will help you through the prayers of all of us.
Gratefully,
Rev. Richard Thiele CSSR Nigeria


THE LETTERS BELOW COME FROM MISSIONARIES ALL OVER THE WORLD 
They are just a few of the thousands we have received over the years.
These were published in our August 2009 Newsletter.
It is a most formidable task to keep up with the ever increasing requests but we try our very best.
It takes many monetary donations in addition to the work our rosary and scapular makers do
to supply so many dear prayerful people in poor countries.  Consider how blest
those of us are who have money and access to religious goods stores and suppliers
to buy our own rosaries etc.  Think about the millions of people worldwide
whose only recourse to acquire these devotional objects is through
your generosity and good works.    Thank you kindly.
Our Lady’s Rosary Makers of West Michigan.


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