October 7, 2011
Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
Servants of St. Camillus
Disaster Relief Services
The CTF-SOS DRS Assessment Team in East Africa begins to implement a project to help those affected by the spreading famine.
Both prayer and action are needed.
On the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (October 7) we ask that you pray the World Mission Rosary with us to end the famine. 30,000 children have died in three months. 12 million people are vulnerable in the region. We pray to Mary for her special motherly intercession and mercy for the children of East Africa currently suffering from the famine.
In Wajir, Kenya, our CTF-SOS DRS team has joined local Camillian Sisters and Fathers/Brothers who reside in the local province in the epicenter of this on-going disaster. The team has concluded that the CTF-SOS DRS response over the next year should focus on 1) food relief, 2) potable water, and 3) a mobile medical clinic to reach out to victims in near-by communities. Currently, CTF-SOS DRS is gathering resources from Europe and the Americas for this relief work. Immediate relief is already being provided as we secure more support for the next several months.
Joel 1:13-15 (Reading 1):
Gird yourselves and weep, O priests!
wail, O ministers of the altar!
Come, spend the night in sackcloth,
O ministers of my God!
The house of your God is deprived
of offering and libation.
Proclaim a fast,
call an assembly;
Gather the elders,
all who dwell in the land,
Into the house of the LORD, your God,
and cry to the LORD!
Today’s first reading reminds us how the Old Testament prophets would regularly cry out to the Lord in times of need. Today during the on-going famine we need to make ourselves heard by the Lord. Archbishop Fulton Sheen encouraged us to raise our voices to the Lord through the medium of the Rosary. Praying the World Mission Rosary that has a decade devoted to Africa is especially appropriate at this time. Let us pray it together today. As the Camillians in Wajir, Kenya and our CTF-SOS DRS community respond to the on-going famine they need the prayer and support of us all.
The Pope has challenged all people of faith stating: “Think about all our brothers and sisters who in these days, in the Horn of Africa, are suffering the dramatic consequences of famine that has been aggravated by war and a lack of solid institutions. Christ is concerned with material needs but wants to provide more because man is always hungry for something more: he has need of something greater.”
Please support our efforts to end the famine by praying the World Mission Rosary this weekend.
Please follow the link below to make a financial gift to SOS DRS:
Thank you for your support and prayer over the last several months!
In Christ, through Mary –
Fr. Scott Binet, MD,MI
Camillian Task Force
President – SOS DRS (SOS Doctors)
SOS DRS is a non-profit organization and all donations may be deductible.
About SOS DRS: SOS DRS is a registered 501(c)3 organization in the USA and is an integral part of the Camillian Task Force of the international disaster relief organization of the Ministers of the Infirm, the Catholic Order founded by St. Camillus de Lellis in 1590. SOS DRS serve the medical, pastoral and humanitarian needs of people affected by man-made and natural disasters. SOS DRS is composed of lay people, priests, brothers and sisters who evangelize through healing and witness to the Catholic Faith.
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