CTF – SOS DRS Wajir Mission Accomplished

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Mary, CTF volunteer nurse bade goodbye to a Somalian elder.

KENYA – On the 4th of July, the Camillians in Wajir, Northeast Kenya packed their bags and came home to Nairobi after they have accomplished their humanitarian mission of bringing relief and initiating recovery to the Somalian populace of the said region. They were there since August 2011 as the core team of the Camillian Task Force (CTF) – Kenya, a humanitarian mission office of the Order, headed by Bro. Joseph Khiyaniri, MI together with the Camillian Sisters and five other volunteers under the guidance of CTF – Rome.

In 2011, the Horn of Africa particularly Kenya had faced a severe food crisis due to long dry spell and mass evacuations of Somalians to Kenya due to civil war. A combination of drought-induced crop failure, poor livestock conditions, rising food and non-food prices and eroded coping capacities were some of the key factors contributing to the food crisis, which has made 3.75 million people in Kenya food insecure. An estimated of 385,000 children under 5 years old and 90,000 pregnant and lactating women were suffering from acute malnutrition.

Responding to the call of the Church to bring relief to the victims, the Camillian Task Force (CTF), Rome sent a team to the diocese of Garissa on August 2011, to conduct assessment and implement programs of intervention. Programs were implemented immediately until June 2013 in Wajir. The project was funded by CEI – Comitato per gli Interventi Caritativi  a favore del Terzo Mondo, Caritas Italiana, PROSA, ISOLANA, SOS DRS, and the Camillians (men and women communities).

The project was divided into two phases: relief (6 months) and rehabilitation (1 year). The first phase had focused on health and nutrition program through mobile clinics and food distribution, and water access provision. The second phase had focused on building capacities of people and community resilience through food security (greenhouse farming), community-based health care (training of health care workers and mobile clinics), and public sanitation programs (building of ecological sanitary – ECOSAN toilets). All these programs have benefited 9 villages and thousands of muslim families (Somalian refugees) in Wajir.

The said project has terminated on June 30. It was able to achieve its primary objective which is bridging muslim and Christian communities in Wajir to achieve peace, self-reliance and resiliency. Most of the village chiefs and local government representatives had given high regard and recommendation to the project. A village chief of Hodan, Wajir said: “I have never seen a group like the CTF in Wajir who really helped us so much not simply by giving more dole outs but really working, caring and listening to us. CTF, we are with you and don’t leave us.” CTF has applied pastoral care in emergency approach and worked closely with the diocese. It uses the strategy of grassroot participation in planning, decision-making and implementation of programs. This method has made a deep impact on the Somalian beneficiaries and communities, and it also challenges other humanitarian organizations to engage in programs that overcome and transform the culture of dependency to a culture of self-reliance and resiliency. These communities have been depending on food aid for the past ten years, and now they were able to prove that they can produce food in the desert as an alternative source to pasturing.

Mons. Paul Darmanin had expressed his deep gratitude and commendation of what the CTF has done to his diocese and at the same time has pleaded the CTF to continue its efforts. The CTF has promised to follow up what has been started in Wajir in order to assure sustainability of the programs in the next two years.

CTF India’s Mission

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On June 16, 2013, the heaviest rainfall on record lashed India’s Himalayan region of Uttarakhand forcing glacier lakes and rivers to overflow and inundate towns and villages in 168 districts at about 37,000 square kilometer area. The state of Uttarakhand has been experiencing heavy rains continuously for 2 days and the downpour has caused flash floods and landslides in various places like Srinagar, Joshimath, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Govindghat, Kedarnath, Gaurikund and Uttarkashi, etc. and caused the destruction of houses, roads, communication and transportation. According to unofficial reports damaged to life has reached around 14,000 deaths and recently, authorities say that the 5,748 people registered as missing are now “presumed dead” – making the disaster the deadliest ever in the Himalayas. Some of them were Hindu pilgrims as they celebrated Chardam Yatra (Hindu feast). Hundreds of buildings including 40 hotels situated along the bank river Alakananda, more than 100 roads and 40 bridges are swept away by the flood waters.

In the field of disaster management it is only through a collective responsibility and effort of the public, voluntary organizations and local government agencies that we can attain our expected outcome in our relief activities. Recognizing this reality, the new administration of the Camillian Indian Province has decided to become a consoling hands among the victims of flood-ravaged Uttarakhand. Last July, the Camillian Task Force (CTF) of India lead by  Fr. Siby Kaitharan, MI and two other Camillian religious (Fr. Jaison and Fr. Sojan) together with some members of the Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) went to Uttarakhand, distributed relief goods and conducted a rapid assessments of needs for about two weeks in preparation for a long term intervention plan.  This August 3, the first batch (13 volunteers) of the CTF team lead by three Camillians (Bro. Madhu, Fr. Teji, Fr. Jofree) pushed back to Uttarakhand to begin the relief and rehabilitation program. They are ready with eager minds to render services to the flood victims in some districts of Uttarakhand. The relief and rehabilitation programs will be executed in two phases: 1] to meet the immediate needs of the victims such as food, temporary shelter and clothing within 3 months; 2] to respond to the social needs, strengthen psychosocial support and build permanent shelter of survivors.

Program Objectives

  1. To supply food and water in the relief camps;       
  2. To provide medical services to affected people; and
  3. To provide temporary shelter to those who are stranded and permanent shelter to resident survivors whose house were completely damaged.

Priorities 

Potable Water

Streams and rivers have been contaminated and turbid and not safe for human consumption. Primary water source facilities were damaged and people has to walk for long distances to get water. The survivors have no dry wood to boil the water. Thus potable water, water treatment facility and repair of water sources are urgent needs.

Medical care service and sanitation facilities

Many people are at risk with various illnesses and contaminations. Most of the families have no or lost their sanitation facilities. In some villages, only the upper caste families have latrines whereas the lower caste (poor people) practice open defecation near the water sources which brings the risk of oral-fecal contamination. Thus, medical service and prevention of transmission of diseases are badly needed.

Shelter

Affected populace are living in temporary makeshifts that exposed them to harsh weather conditions. People living along the rivers has moved up to higher grounds or lived with their relatives whose houses are small and pose a danger of disease transmission due to congestion. Majority have lost their sources of income and have nothing to rebuild their houses or to rent temporarily. CTF India team has identified Simlakala (village) where 107 families have lost all their properties and shelters but not all received help. At present, they are staying along the roads using plastic tents. They are planning to find a safe place in order to build permanent houses (50) for underserved families.

Appeal for Help

 The disaster of Uttarakhand is a national tragedy affecting a large number of people. The religious along with the rest of the Church are deeply moved by this tragedy and responds with prayer and action to support the victims. The most affected area is the diocese of Bijnor. Fr. Siby, CTF India coordinator said: “We are closely collaborating with the Diocesan authorities and getting involve in their intervention activities. Thousands have died, lost their houses and livelihood; thousands of unidentified dead bodies are found and thousands are still missing. It takes a long time to build their life back to normalcy. We appeal to everybody to support this cause with their prayers and financial contributions according to their means and possibilities. We shall ensure that whatever financial aid you may like to provide through the CTF-India reaches to the people for whom it is intended to.”

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World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 17 – 30, 2012

World Mission Rosary Intentions

December 17 – 30, 2012

Servants of Saint Camillus Disaster Relief Services (SOS DRS)/Camillian Task Force (CTF)

“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen


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General Rosary Intention: That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom, make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

Africa (Green Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Maria Goretti, the Patron Saint of Rape Victims, may come to the aid of those affected by rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster: Rape Map of Democratic Republic of the Congo Extract from: UN alleges rapes in DR Congo unrest: “The UN has accused government troops and M23 rebels of raping and killing civilians and looting towns during battles in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last month. The United Nations said on Friday that UN investigators had confirmed that M23 rebels and government troops had committed serious abuses in their battle for control of mineral-rich North Kivu province and its capital Goma. The investigations indicate that Congolese army soldiers committed rapes, looting and other human rights violations after they retreated from Goma following its capture by M23 rebels. The UN mission could not confirm reports that 72 rapes were committed in the Minova area, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) south of Goma, but its initial investigation found that several violations, including rape and looting, were committed by Congolese army elements, UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said. ‘Preliminary investigations by MONUSCO indicate that several human rights violations, including rape and looting, were committed by FARDC (Congolese army) elements (in Minova),’ del Buey told reporters in New York. ‘MONUSCO cannot confirm the reported figure of 72 rapes but is on the ground conducting further investigations,’ he said.” See also: U.N. Confirms Rapes in DR Congo Unrest, Why eastern DR Congo is ‘rape capital of the world’, UN investigates rapes in DR Congo unrest. Videos: Rape in a lawless land.

Saint Maria Goretti: Patron Saint of Rape Victims (Feast Date: July 6) Extract from Saint Maria Goretti:  Beautiful, pious farm girl, one of six children of Luigi Goretti and Assunta Carlini. . . . the family was forced to move onto the Serenelli farm to survive.  In 1902 at age twelve, Maria was attacked by 19-year-old farm-hand Alessandro Serenelli. He tried to rape the girl who fought, yelled that it was a sin, and that he would go to hell. He tried to choke her into submission, then stabbed her fourteen times. She survived in hospital for two days, forgave her attacker, asked God’s forgiveness of him, and died holding a crucifix and medal of Our Lady. The vision of Maria in a dream led to Alessandro’s conversion, and he later testified at her cause for beatification.” See pictures of Saint Maria Goretti,  July 6 – Saint Maria Goretti: Patron Saint of Rape Victims, Official Prayers to Saint Maria Goretti and video: Saint Maria Goretti. See also: July 6 – Saint Maria Goretti: Patron Saint of Rape Victims.

Oceania (Blue Beads)  

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  St. Francis Xavier, the Patron Saint of New Zealand, may come to the aid of those affected by the rare tornado in Auckland, New Zealand. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Disaster: Tornado  Map of New Zealand Extract from Rare tornado kills 3 in New Zealand’s largest city: “An unusually destructive tornado swept through neighborhoods around New Zealand’s largest city Thursday, killing three people and forcing 250 more to evacuate damaged and powerless homes. The small tornado hit Hobsonville and Whenuapai, western suburbs of Auckland, during a midday storm that also uprooted trees, damaged buildings and caused flooding that closed roads. Authorities said that as well as those who died, seven people suffering a range of injuries were admitted to hospitals. Thursday’s tornado was the deadliest in New Zealand in more than 60 years. Although the country reports about seven tornados on average each year, most are small, mild and do little damage. New Zealand’s temperate maritime climate means it isn’t prone to the large, destructive tornados that plague places like the American Midwest. Auckland Council spokesman Glyn Walters said the storm made about 150 homes uninhabitable. He said some of those homes had roofs torn off or were severely damaged while others had more minor damage or had lost power. He said 250 residents were taken to an air force base at Whenuapai, where council staff and welfare workers were assisting them.” See also: New Zealand tornado: freak storm hits Auckland suburb, Tornado hits small West Coast town, Rare tornado kills three in New Zealand. VIDEOS: Deadly, rare tornado hits New Zealand, Three dead as tornado strikes New Zealand city.

Saint Francis Xavier: Patron Saint of New Zealand (Feast Date: December 3) Extract from Saint Francis Xavier: “Tremendously successful missionary for ten years in India, the East Indies, and Japan, baptizing more than 40,000 converts. His epic finds him dining with head hunters, washing the sores of lepers in Venice, teaching catechism to Indian children, baptizing 10,000 in a single month. He tolerated the most appalling conditions on long sea voyages, enduring extremes of heat and cold. Wherever he went he would seek out and help the poor and forgotten. He traveled thousands of miles, most on his bare feet, and he saw the greater part of the Far East. Had the gift of tongues. Miracle worker. Raised people from the dead. Calmed storms. Prophet. Healer.” See picture of Saint Francis Xavier. See also: December 3 – Saint Francis Xavier: Patron Saint of Missionaries, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Indianapolis, Apostleship of Prayer, and Against Epidemics.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Peter Gonzalez, the Patron Saint of Mariners, may come to the aid of those affected by the shipwreck in the North Sea.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster: Baltic Ace Car Carrier Collision with Corvus J. Map of Netherlands Extract from Baltic Ace Sinking: Body Found in North Sea Search for Seven Missing Crew: “One of the seven crew missing after the Baltic Ace cargo ship sank yesterday has been found dead in the North Sea by search and rescue teams. This brings the confirmed death toll to five. The other six crew members are presumed dead, but the search for their bodies continues. The Baltic Ace ship, which was carrying cars, collided with the Corvus J in the North Sea 40 miles from the Dutch coast last night. Crew members from the Baltic Ace were forced to abandon ship after it started to sink quickly. The Corvus J was badly damaged but did not sink. None of its crew were harmed. Four people from the Baltic Ace were confirmed dead and 13 other were rescued. A further seven were missing and the coast guard called off the search for them at 2.00am. They resumed the search this morning, but were looking for bodies rather than survivors. The crew members were from Bulgaria, Poland, Ukraine and the Philippines. Two of those confirmed dead and three of the missing men are believed to be Polish. The captain, who was also Polish, survived.” See also: Ships collide in North Sea, killing 4, Baltic Ace, Cargo Ship, Sinks In North Sea After Colliding With Another Vessel, Baltic Ace death toll. VIDEO: Baltic Ace shipwreck: Dutch coastguards call off search.

Saint Peter Gonzalez: Patron Saint of Mariners (Feast Dates: April 14) Extract from Bl. Peter Gonzales: “Peter Gonzales, also known as St. Elmo or St. Telmo, was born to a Castilian family of nobility. He was educated by his uncle, the Bishop of Astorga, named canon of the local cathedral, famous for his penances and mortifications, joined the Dominican Order, preached and made chaplain of the court of King St. Ferdinand III. He converted and influenced the soldiers of his country, evangelized, and died on Easter Sunday. He was canonized by Pope Benedict XIV in 1741. Peter evangelized throughout his country and all along the coast. He had a special fondness for sailors. He used to visit them aboard their ships, preaching the Gospel and praying for their needs.” See PICTURE of St. Peter Gonzales. See also April 14 – Saint Peter Gonzales: Patron Saint of Mariners.

America (Red Beads)    

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Loreto, the Patron Saint of Aviation, may come to the aid of those affected by the Jenni Rivera Learjet accident near Monterrey, Mexico, and plane accidents elsewhere.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster: Map of Mexico Extract from U.S.-Mexican singer Jenni Rivera dies in plane crash: “Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera died in a plane crash after the small jet she was travelling in went down in northern Mexico, her father said on Sunday. A spokesman for the state government of Nuevo Leon said investigators had found the remains of Rivera’s Learjet, which disappeared from the radar 62 miles from the northern city of Monterrey at about 3:30 a.m. local time/4.30 a.m. EST. Speaking after the wreckage was discovered, the singer’s father, Pedro Rivera, told Telemundo television all seven of the people on board the plane, including two pilots, had died. ‘Everyone was lost,’ Rivera said, flanked by two sons. Investigators are still searching the crash site in the municipality of Iturbide, south of Monterrey. The transportation and communications ministry said the wreckage was strewn so far and wide that it was hard to recognize anything. It was not clear what caused the crash.” See also: Rivera death: US to help plane crash investigation, Accident & Incident Data.
VIDEOS: Jenni Rivera’s plane plunged from 28,000 feet, Mexican official says, Jenni Rivera, Latin music star, dies in plane crash. CTF/SOS DRS Recent Response to Disasters in America: Haiti, Chile.

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Loreto, the Patron Saint of Aviation (Feast Dates: May 9, November 10, December 10) Extract from Our Lady of Loreto The Holy House of Nazareth: “December 10th, 1294, in the area of Loreto, Italy (across the Adriatic Sea and southwest of Tersatto,) shepherds reported seeing a house in the sky, flying across the sea, supported by Angels. They reported, one of the Angels (Michael) wore a red cape, and seemed to be leading the others. They saw Our Lady and the Baby Jesus seated on top of the house. The Angels continued inland, about four miles, and landed with their precious house and its Royal Passengers into a wooded area called Banderuola. The news spread, quickly drawing many people to pilgrimage to the House in Banderuola. But they were not all working on the same agenda. Robbers came to waylay, rob, and beat the pilgrims. The faithful stopped coming, and the house quickly fell into neglect. The Angels, who had been put in charge of protecting the House, lifted it again and set it down on a small hill in the middle of a farm. The only problem was, this land was owned by two brothers, named Antici, who began fighting immediately over ownership of the house. So the Angels moved the house, a third time, to another hill. This time they placed it down on the middle of a road, the site it occupies now, and has for the last 700 years. Tradition tells us that as soon as the house moved off the brothers’ property, they became the best of friends. The Angels had moved the Holy House three times in one year.” See also: May 9, November 10, December 10 – Our Lady of Loreto: Patron Saint of Italy and of Aviation, NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF LORETO.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Rose of Lima, the Patron Saint of the Philippines, may come to the aid of those affected by Typhoon Bopha in that country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster: Typhoon Bopha Map of Philippines Extract from Death Toll From Typhoon Exceeds 450 in Philippines, “The death toll from the typhoon that tore through the southern Philippines this week rose past 450 on Friday with over 500 still missing, and there were assertions that climate change, deforestation, poor planning and other factors had worsened the catastrophe. The government’s main disaster agency said Friday afternoon that 456 people were known to have been killed by Typhoon Bopha, with 533 people missing and 445 injured. Local officials estimated that the final death toll would exceeded 500. About 393,000 people were said to be living temporarily in evacuation centers or receiving some other form of government assistance. Government officials said this week that storm patterns related to climate change had put communities unaccustomed to strong typhoons in Bopha’s path. But they also said the destruction had been exacerbated by deforestation from illegal logging and small-scale mining, as well as poor planning and confusion created by maps supposed of vulnerable areas. ‘I requested samples of the geohazard maps and even I couldn’t read them,’ Senator Loren Legarda, an outspoken proponent of disaster preparedness programs, said Friday in an interview.” See also: Typhoon in Philippines leaves nearly 300 dead, hundreds missing. VIDEOS: Typhoon Bopha carves across Philippines, killing scores of people, Philippines: Typhoon Bopha leaves over 270 dead, Typhoon Bopha: Death Toll Tops 350 In Philippines; Scores Missing In Worst-Hit Areas, Filipinos report food shortages after Typhoon Bopha, Philippines Mindanao island hit by Typhoon Bopha. CTF/SOS DRS Response to Disasters in Asia: 2011-10 Floods in Thailand, Pakistan,

Saint Rose of Lima: Patron Saint of the Philippines (Feast Dates: August 23, 30) Extract from Extract from SAINT ROSE OF LIMA, VIRGIN—1617: “Rose seems to have taken for her model St. Catherine of Siena, and, like the earlier saint, she experienced so ardent a love of God whenever she was in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament that exaltation completely filled her soul. Yet Rose was not without a practical side. Her father had been well-to-do, but when he lost money in mining ventures, the family’s fortunes reached a very low ebb. Rose helped out by selling her fine needlework; she also raised beautiful flowers and these too were taken to market. One of her brothers, Ferdinand, was sympathetic and understanding toward this sister who was so markedly “different.” As she grew to maturity, her parents were anxious to have Rose marry, and indeed there were several worthy aspirants for her hand. Rose did not wish marriage, and, to end the arguments and offers, she joined the Third Order of St. Dominic, donned the habit, and took a vow of perpetual virginity.” See PICTURES of St. Rose of Lima. See also: August 23, August 30 – Saint Rose of Lima: Patron Saint of the Americas, the Philippines, Peru, the West Indies, India, Latin America, Central America, PRAYERS to St. Rose of Lima.


Printable World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 17 – 30, 2012

Servants of Saint Camillus Disaster Relief Services (SOS DRS)/Camillian Task Force (CTF)

“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.” Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen    

Kreyol Version  

May Jesus Bless You!          ay y Jesus Bless Yo

General Rosary Intention:  That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom, make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

Africa (Green Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Maria Goretti, the Patron Saint of Rape Victims, may come to the aid of those affected by rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Oceania (Blue Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  St. Francis Xavier, the Patron Saint of New Zealand, may come to the aid of those affected by the rare tornado in Auckland, New Zealand. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Peter Gonzalez, the Patron Saint of Mariners, may come to the aid of those affected by the shipwreck in the North Sea.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

America (Red Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Loreto, the Patron Saint of Aviation, may come to the aid of those affected by the Jenni Rivera Learjet accident near Monterrey, Mexico, and plane accidents elsewhere.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Rose of Lima, the Patron Saint of the Philippines, may come to the aid of those affected by Typhoon Bopha in that country. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

For the complete version of the CTF/SOS DRS World Mission Rosary Intentions and more information about our work and mission, visit http://www.ctfmercy.org

World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 3 – 16, 2012

World Mission Rosary Intentions

December 3 -December 16, 2012

Servants of Saint Camillus Disaster Relief Services (SOS DRS)/Camillian Task Force (CTF)

“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen


Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary English; Spanish; Italian

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General Rosary Intention: That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom, make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

Africa (Green Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Moses the Black, the Patron Saint of  Africa, may come to the aid of those affected by terrorist bombings in Kenya. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Disaster: Terrorist Bombing Map of Kenya Extract from KENYA: Another bloody Sunday: “Before he knew what was happening, Charles Ngeana, 31, at the scene of Nairobi’s 18 November blast, was struck by a flying sheet of metal. The roof of a packed ‘matatu’ minibus on Route 28 was lifted up and its right side completely blown out. ‘I ran at first because of the dust,’ said Ngeana. ‘The impact was very big.’Ball-bearings, used to maximize the impact of an explosive device, left nearby vehicles speckled with holes. “It definitely came from inside the matatu,” Ngeana said. It took him a few moments to realize he had gashes on his face, throat and right leg. Soon after the blast, which took place in Eastleigh, the commercial centre of Nairobi’s ethnic Somali population, fighting broke out in the street. People appearing to be of Somali origin were attacked for their perceived association with Al-Shabab, a Somali insurgency group that has repeatedly targeted Kenya because of its military involvement in Somalia. In the melee, Ngeana sought the protection of a Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) emergency response team. The bomb exploded around 4pm. ‘We anticipate this on Saturdays and Sundays,’ said Abdi Nasir, the technical director of the National Blood Transfusion Service, speaking outside the Kenyatta National Hospital where 29 casualties of the blast had arrived. They were followed by over 10 casualties of the riots. ‘The previous Sunday, and for around one month, every Sunday there has been a disaster. So we were waiting, going by the current trend.’” See also: Nairobi Blast Kills 7, Kenya grenade blast kills 7, hurts 24, Kenya grenade attack: Somalis attacked in Nairobi.

Saint Moses the Black: Patron Saint of Africa (Feast Date: August 28) Extract from Monastic Library † St. Moses the Black: Meditation Strengthens Spiritual Life: “St. Moses, also known as the Ethiopian, was a large and foreboding man whose fame was grounded in seeking vengeance and spreading violence. Hiding from local authorities, St. Moses took refuge among monks in a colony in the desert of Scetis, near Alexandria. The meditation and prayerful dedication of their lives, as well as their inner peace and contentment, helped St. Moses find the meaning of life and end his journey in seeking out the one eternal and true God of the Universe. St. Moses was to discover happiness in his life, a peaceful meditative, soul settling type of happiness which would forever turn his life toward the Lord Jesus Christ. . . . In its infancy, his now new found spirituality immediately confronted a difficult time while he was adjusting to monastic life. Soon, while in his cell, St. Moses was attacked by a band of robbers. He fought them overpowering them with his physical prowess, and then dragged them to the chapel where the other monks were at solemn prayer. He abruptly reported to the monks that he didn’t think it was Christian to hurt the robbers further and asked what he should do with the captured robbers before them. According to tradition, the extremely overwhelmed robbers repented, confessed, converted, and entered into monasticism under the leadership of their captor, St. Moses the Black.” See picture of St. Moses the Black. See also: August 28 – Saint Moses the Black: Patron Saint of Africa,  Moses the Black. VIDEO: Saint Moses the Black & Strong.

Oceania (Blue Beads)  

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  St. Adelaide, the Patron Saint of Abuse Victims, may come to the aid of those affected by abuse of military personnel in Australia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Disaster: Abuse of Military Personnel Map of  Australia Extract from: Australian minister apologises to military abuse victims: “Australia’s defence minister has apologised to military personnel past and present who were sexually abused or otherwise mistreated during their service. He also started an inquiry into hundreds of allegations of abuse over six decades. Stephen Smith made the apology in parliament on Monday on behalf of the government as the latest step in a two-year effort to reform the culture of the Australian military and make it more accepting of women. ‘Young men and women have suffered treatment which no member of our defence force or our community generally should experience,’ Smith said. ‘Young men and women have endured sexual, physical or mental abuse from their colleagues which are not acceptable and do not reflect the values of a modern, diverse, tolerant, Australian society,’ he added. He noted claims that officers had abused their positions of trust through their own behaviour or by turning a blind eye to the actions of others. Smith also announced that the retired judge Len Roberts-Smith had been appointed to examine allegations of abuse from more than 1,000 people dating back to the 1950s.” See also: Australia apologises to victims of abuse, Australian military abuse detailed in damning report, Australia Apologizes for Sex Abuse in Military. VIDEO: Australia apology for abuse in the military.

Saint Adelaide: Patron Saint of Abuse Victims (Feast Date: December 16) Extract from St. Adelaide: “Born c.931 at Burgundy, France ; died 999 at the monastery of Seltz, Alsace; canonized in 1097 by Pope Urban II. The daughter of King Rudolph II of Burgundy she was promised in marriage when she was only two years old, to Lothaire, the son and heir of his enemy, Hugh of Provence. Lothaire was killed when still young and Adelaide was to have a tumultuous life that paralleled the struggle for political power of the times, something she had come to symbolize. Having been sought after by various kings and nobles, after Lothaire’s death, she was finally married by Otho the Great of Germany who had invaded Italy. When Otho’s son – Adelaide’s stepson – the Emperor Otho II died, his son Otho III, a child became emperor. In 991, Adelaide was invested as the Regent of the Empire and she used her power as the effective empress to increase evangelization efforts, especially in northern Europe, built many monasteries and churches, and aided the poor.” See PICTURE of Saint Adelaide. December 16 – Saint Adelaide: Patron Saint of Prisoners, Abuse Victims, Large Families, Second Marriages.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Altotting, the Patron Saint of Germany, may come to the aid of those affected by the fire at the Caritas (a Catholic charity) factory in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

Disaster: Caritas Factory Fire Map of Germany Extract from Deadly fire at German workshop for disabled: “Seven people were also injured in the fire, which broke out on Monday in the small town of Titisee-Neustadt in the southwest of the country, according to local news agency DPA. “We can tell you that we have 14 dead. The process of identification is ongoing,” said Karl-Heinz Schmid, a spokesman for police in the nearby city of Freiburg. ‘We also have a large number of injured who have been taken to hospital.’ Most of the injured suffered from smoke inhalation, but all are expected to recover, said officials. The fire broke out around 2:00pm (1300GMT), according to media reports and had still not been extinguished nearly two hours later. Police were unable to determine the cause of the fire which broke out in a workshop housing some 120 people with disabilities in the country’s Black Forest region. DPA quoted a source as saying there had been an explosion in a storage room. . . . Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull reported that the factory, operated by the Catholic charity Caritas – named for the Latin term for the virtue of charity – was a modern facility. It will be days before officials know the cause of the fire, but there has been no suggestion of arson, he said.” See also: German Inferno Kills 14 at Site Employing Disabled, Fourteen disabled people die in fire at German workshop. Videos: Fire kills 14 at German workshop for disabled.

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Altotting: Patron Saint of  Germany (Feast Dates: August 5) Extract from Extract from Our Lady of Altotting::”The Shrine of Our Lady of Altötting became very popular towards the end of the fifteenth century, actually 1489, as a result of a major miracle.  A little child, about three years old, had gotten too close to the edge of the river, and had fallen in.  Not being able to swim, he drowned.  When his mother found the child, she lost control of her senses for a moment, and then heard an inner voice telling her to rush the dead body of the child to the Holy Chapel of Our Lady.  She ran for all she was worth to the Chapel and laid the body of her child on the Altar of Our Lady.  People who were in the church at the time joined the mother in praying for a miracle, which would bring the child back to life.  All said they felt an awesome presence coming from the image of Our Lady just prior to the miracle taking place. After praying and wailing for what seemed to be a long time, the mother felt life coming back into her child”  See picture of Our Lady of Altotting. and video:  Our Lady of Altotting., August 5 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of Altotting: Patron Saint of Germany.

America (Red Beads)    

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Frances of Rome, the Patron Saint of  Motorists, may come to the aid of those affected by the Thanksgiving Day auto accident in Texas. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Disaster: Thanksgiving Day Auto Accident Map of Texas, U. S, A. Extract from Texas: Two Dead, Many Injured in 140-Car Pileup: “Two people died and more than 80 were hurt Thursday when at least 140 vehicles collided in eastern Texas in a pileup that left trucks twisted on top of one another and the authorities rushing to pull survivors from the miles of wreckage. The collision occurred in extremely foggy conditions about 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day on Interstate 10 southwest of Beaumont. It was not immediately clear how the pileup began, but Deputy Rod Carroll of the Jefferson County sheriff’s office said the fog was so thick that deputies did not immediately realize they were dealing with multiple accidents. ‘It is catastrophic,’ Deputy Carroll said. ‘I’ve got cars on top of cars.’”  Massive Texas Highway Crash Mars Thanksgiving Celebrations (VIDEO, PICTURES).  VIDEOS: Texas motorway pile-up kills Thanksgiving motorists, Interstate 10 Beaumont, Texas pileup wreck update: Fog suspected in 100-vehicle Thanksgiving crash, Thanksgiving day pile up on Texas highway.  CTF/SOS DRS Recent Response to Disasters in America: Haiti, Chile.

Saint Frances of Rome: Patron Saint of  Motorists (Feast Date: March 9)  Extract from Saint Frances Of Rome (Optional Memorial) 1384-1440: “Saint Frances of Rome, or Francesca Busso, was born in Rome in 1384 of a noble family and at the age of 13 she was given in marriage, and had three children. She was devoted to serving the poor, using her family fortune to do so, but then her husband backed the wrong side in a battle between contenders for the papacy. They lost everything, yet she continued to serve the needy, and when her husband died after 40 years of marriage, she entered a religious congregation which she had helped found, and eventually she became its superior. She died while reciting the Office of the Blessed Virgin on March 9, 1440. She is obviously a model for housewives, widows, and religious, but how she got to be a patron of motorists is one of the mysteries of the faith.” See PICTURE of St. Frances of Rome. See also: Frances of Rome (Multilingual), Santa Francisca romana – EWTN (SP), St. Frances of Rome, Prayer to Saint Frances of Rome, March 9 – Saint Frances of Rome: Patron Saint of Motorists, Lay People, Widows, and Against the Death of Children.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Florian of Lorch, the Patron Saint against fire, may come to the aid of those affected by the factory fire in Bangledesh.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

Disaster: Fire Map of Bangladesh Extract from At least 117 killed in fire at Bangladeshi clothing factory: “A fire ripped through a clothing factory near the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka, killing at least 117 people and sending workers jumping out of the multistory building. At least 200 people were injured as they rushed to get out of the factory in Ashulia, police said. Firefighters battled to contain the raging blaze that started Saturday night on the first floor of the nine-story building and spread to other floors, leaving hundreds of workers, mostly women, trapped. Officials said some 2,000 people were working in the factory as the fire began, but it was unclear how many had been rescued. The fire department said rescue operations have been very difficult because the factory was packed with fabrics, yarn and cotton, the fire department said. It said the death toll might rise because firefighters could not enter some floors of the building. Scores of people were anxiously waiting outside the burning factory in search of their relatives. Bilkis Akhter, mother of teenage factory worker Munni Akhter, said she had checked with the hospitals and police stations but did not find her daughter, who had been working on the fourth floor.” See also: VIDEOS: Fire at Bangledesh Factory kills more than 100, Fire hits second Bangladesh garment factory, Death toll in Bangladesh garment factory fire rises.

Saint Florian of Lorch: Patron Saint against Fire (Feast Date: May 4) Extract from Extract from Global Warming: “Saint Florian is the Patron Saint of floods, battles, fire, firefighters, chimney sweeps, brewers, barrel makers. Saint Florin was an officer in the Roman army. Emperor Diocletian ordered him to execute a group of Christians but Florian, a secret Christian himself, refused and admitted to being a Christian himself. For his defiance and admission he was scourged, flayed and thrown into a river with a stone tied to his neck. Florian is the Patron Saint of both fire and flood as one legend tells of him stopping a town from burning with a single bucket of water. Images of Saint Florian often show him either holding a small burning house or pouring water onto a miniature burning town.” See also: May 4 – Saint Florian: Patron Saint of Poland, Austria, Firefighters, Harvests; against Floods, Fires, Water Dangers, Battles, Drowning.


Printable World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 3 – 16, 2012

Servants of Saint Camillus Disaster Relief Services (SOS DRS)/Camillian Task Force (CTF)

“When the World Mission Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.” Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen    

Kreyol Version  

May Jesus Bless You!          ay y Jesus Bless Yo

General Rosary Intention:  That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom, make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

Africa (Green Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Moses the Black, the Patron Saint of  Africa, may come to the aid of those affected by terrorist bombings in Kenya. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Africa.

Oceania (Blue Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of  St. Adelaide, the Patron Saint of Abuse Victims, may come to the aid of those affected by abuse of military personnel in Australia. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Oceania.

Europe (White Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Altotting, the Patron Saint of Germany, may come to the aid of those affected by the fire at the Caritas factory fire in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Europe.

America (Red Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Frances of Rome, the Patron Saint of  Motorists, may come to the aid of those affected by the Thanksgiving Day auto accident in Texas. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in America.

Asia (Yellow Beads)

Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of St. Florian of Lorch, the Patron Saint against fire, may come to the aid of those affected by the factory fire in Bangledesh.  May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.

For the complete version of the CTF/SOS DRS World Mission Rosary Intentions and more information about our work and mission, visit http://www.ctfmercy.org